Thoughts on Steven Leigh Morris being named new Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance

steven leigh morris podium stage raw awardsA page has turned in the volumes referring to the LA stage community. The Los Angeles Stage Alliance (LASA) has announced Steven Leigh Morris as its new Executive Director. Well known both locally and nationally for his passion about theater and his integrity about journalism, Steven recently founded Stage Raw  after 30 years with the local alternative newspaper, the LA Weekly.  In addition, when the LA Weekly bowed out of the intimate theater awards it had long hosted, Steven immediately stepped into the breach and created the first annual Stage Raw Awards in April of this year. More recently, he has organized, and played host to, a series of think tank symposia on theater in this new age and secured the very best from the LA Theater community to participate on his panels.

A rousing round of applause should be offered to the selection committee for seeing that an impassioned and active member of our community will lead LASA to facilitate the growth of our efforts rather than just advocate for them.

This will be a tough job and expectations, no doubt, will be high. But Steven is a great choice for this task. We at Footlights  are committed to support his efforts and initiatives at LASA. We are excited about Steven bringing his unique leadership style to shed a brighter light on our great theater community.

Welcome, Steven. We applaud you for your past endeavors and know you will serve us well going forward.


About Peter Finlayson

Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and While working on a prelaw program at the University of Michigan, he happily got involved with the theatre program. Much to his mother’s chagrin, law school never happened, but in a career spanning more than 4 decades, Peter has performed, directed or designed more than 150 productions. In his spare time, he is working on a new play. You can follow him on Twitter @Thtrdog .

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