Newly Formed ‘Independent Theatres of Los Angeles’ To Hold Citywide Auditions

Press Release

Intimate theater companies in Los Angeles that have been denied membership status by Actors Equity Association, and/or find themselves financially unable to sign AEA’s new Los Angeles 99-Seat Theater Agreement, are banding together under the title “Independent Theatres of Los Angeles.” Sixteen theaters have joined ITLA to date, with more companies expected to become members soon. Under the auspices of ITLA, citywide auditions will be held on May 7, May 10, May 13 and May 17 at four different locations.

Ten members of ITLA — Crown City Theatre Company, Matrix Theatre Company, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, Padua Playwrights, Playwrights Arena, Robey Theatre Company, Skylight Theatre Company, Towne Street Theatre, Victory Theatre Center and Whitefire Theatre — will be represented at each audition call. Additional members of ITLA include Bright Eyes Productions, Collaborative Artists Ensemble, Orpheum Theatre Corp., Santa Monica Playhouse, Teatro de la O and Zubber Dust Playhouse.

“These auditions are a way for us to become familiar with the vast and as yet untapped pool of talent in Los Angeles, and they with us,” explains Odyssey Theatre Ensemble artistic director Ron Sossi. “The auditions are open to both union and non-union actors. However, actors who are members of Actors’ Equity and have not declared financial core status should be aware that they could face sanctions for volunteering their services in our productions.”

“The purpose of ITLA is to say to Los Angeles and all other cities listening that our theaters will continue to provide an opportunity for all artists to volunteer their craft,” states Skylight Theatre Company artistic director, Gary Grossman.

“Because Equity has arbitrarily chosen to wave its rules for only a select group of theaters does not mean that other 99-seat theater companies won’t continue to flourish,” points out Victory Theatre Center artistic producer Tom Ormeny. “That’s why we are holding these auditions.”

According to Matrix Theatre Company artistic director Joe Stern, “ITLA theaters will continue to operate with the same high standards we have always championed, protecting the safety and integrity of all the artists in our theatrical families while also providing high-quality theater at affordable prices for our growing audiences.”

ITLA auditions will take place on Sunday, May 7 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046; on Wednesday May 10 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Odyssey Theatre, 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90025; on Saturday, May 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Victory Theatre Center, 3326 W Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505; and Wednesday, May 17 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Skylight Theatre, 1816 1/2 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

Open to all ethnicities. Actors wishing to audition should prepare either one 2-3 minute monologue or two 1-2 minute monologues (maximum 5 minute slots for each audition) and bring 10 copies of their picture and resume, one for each participating theater company.

Actors need only attend one of the sessions to be seen by all ten theaters. No phone calls, please.

About Tracey Paleo

Tracey Paleo is Associate Editor at FootLights Magazine. She's also the Founder and Chief Editor of the arts and culture site, Gia On The Move, where she often reviews live performance events.

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  1. You would do well to check for typos and errors prior to publishing. Just a thought.

  2. AEA Members,

    Since 2011, Actors Equity Association’s policy is to treat requests for “financial core” status as a request to resign from, or remain a non-member of, Actors’ Equity Association. Upon such a request, you will have no membership rights in Actors’ Equity. More information is available by contacting the National Director of Membership.

    As an Equity member, you may not accept employment for work that falls within AEA jurisdiction without an appropriate contract. You are required to contact Equity if you are offered any work without a union contract.

    Further, not only Equity, but SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, AGVA, and Italian Actors’ Union members may NOT accept employment in these instances without an Equity contract:

    • Non-union stage and/or live entertainment productions
    • International tours if any part of the work will be done in the United States (unless there is an appropriate union contract in place)
    • Any production with a Producer/employer who has been placed on Equity’s “Defaulting Producers” list

    In Los Angeles, CA, the following theaters and/or Producers do not currently have an Equity Agreement for their productions:

    Playwrights’ Arena, Los Angeles, CA (posted 2/14/17)
    New Musicals, Inc./Academy for New Musical Theatre, North Hollywood, CA (posted 1/13/17)
    Casa 0101 Theater, Los Angeles, CA (posted 1/13/17)
    Crown City Theatre, North Hollywood, CA (posted 1/13/17)
    Kelrik Productions, North Hollywood, CA (posted 1/13/17)
    Skylight Theatre Company, Los Angeles, CA (posted 1/13/17)
    The Complex/Matt Chait, Hollywood, CA (posted 1/13/17)
    Long Beach Playhouse, Long Beach CA (posted 12/16/16)
    Art Shulman, Los Angeles CA (posted 12/16/16)
    The Garage, Los Angeles CA (posted 12/16/16)

    For questions regarding these Do Not Work Notices, please contact Alison Harma Associate Senior Business Representative at 323.978.8080 ext. 107, or by email at

    Yours in solidarity,
    Aaron Shanks,
    AEA Member in Seattle

    • SAG FICore members most certainly receive nearly all the same benefits (the impt ones) as well as voting ballots and lots of juicy screeners. It’s likely AEA FICore operates the same way, since it is a question of legality.

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