It’s Our Birthday, Let’s Celebrate!

footlights birthday starFootLights is now ten years old. It started as a dream. The dream was to create a publication that would serve Los Angeles the way Playbill serves New York. A simple idea, hell, how hard could it be?

Now ten years later, that question, that idea, has led to a magazine that serves a significant part of the Los Angeles intimate theatre scene. In those ten years, we have provided programs for thousands of productions. We have printed and distributed more than three million copies to audiences throughout our great city, and we have achieved a part of the dream: to offer a common point of inquiry for theatre enthusiasts no matter where they may be.

It seems hard to believe that just ten years ago, very few people had any idea of just how prolific our theatre community was. Now, in some small part due to FootLights, and our efforts to illuminate the entire Theatre Community, Los Angeles is winning a reputation as a theatre center.

But Los Angeles deserves more. Our community is a beacon to intimate theatre. Why?? Because we produce so many different shows, many of which move on to longer lives and bigger stages. More than 100 different productions have been born here and moved to create thousands of jobs. Los Angeles needs a champion for our community. A brand if you will, that screams from the rooftops, “You want great theatre? Here it is!”

And that is precisely where we’re now headed. To be more accurate, that is what we now do. You may notice, for those of you familiar with our publication, we have a new look. We’ve expanded our writing staff and we’re now consciously pursuing a goal of providing insights into the companies and people that make our community great.

Go to our website, (yes, that’s the new handle), and you will see a great many items about theatre. We have more than 500 pages of articles, editorials, features on the LA theatre scene, and the people who create it. You’ll find a comprehensive list of which shows are opening soon and which shows are currently playing, organized by closing dates. If you’re looking for a particular show, or what’s playing at a particular theatre, we have an easy search. For many of the shows that are listed, you’ll find not just show information, but you’ll see a copy of their programs.

Every month in our programs we have editorials, interviews and profiles. This month we’re looking at the Anteaus Theatre Company as they make ready their move to new larger facilities in Glendale. We have a regular column that is authored by Kevin Delin, a keen observer and theatre patron. In this issue, he shares a thought or two on the movement to “translate” Shakespeare. We’re entertaining submissions by members of our community who have a vibrant voice, and, of course you will find my monthly take on what’s going on with our beloved art, Theatre.

Remember theatre is about community, and FootLights is dedicated to bringing theatre to you – in print, online, and on your phone. Tune in, the show has just begun.

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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