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 .


Vince Melocchi

by Kyle Moore Vince Melocchi writes in a very organic manner, a habit which springs from his original training as an actor at Penn State.  While he swears that he’s not the stereotypical alcoholic playwright, it is true that when it came time to pound out a scene for his play “Lions” in which a character drunk-dials his ex, he did what any right-minded son ...

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The Colony Theatre

Los Angeles has hundreds of theatres that all aspire to greatness. Each filled with a collection of artists that dream of building reputations that will lead to sustainable careers. When these collected artists work together and focus their dreams to a common purpose, the theatre that houses them takes a huge step toward becoming an institution. A place where throngs gather to be entertained and ...

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A Day in the Life

by Jamie Ferguson Usually in college, people learn things like math, history, or science. They take lots of exams, do homework, and spend at least some time in the library. I, on the other hand, majored in acting. I spent four years learning how to figure out a character’s objective, how to appropriately apply fake facial hair, and how to slap somebody across the face. ...

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For quite some time, we at FootLights have been trying to find a way to help you, the audience, find shows. From the start we wanted to bring to light the vast opportunities that local theatre has to offer. Every weekend, new shows open. Every week new gems appear and struggle to find an audience. Until now, you’ve either gone to ads in our programs, ...

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Shakespeare & Company’s special training and its influence on LA Theatre

by Bonnie MacBird Picture this.  You are an actor, and you’ve always been told you “should” learn Shakespeare.   In your many years of schooling you’ve had exactly one two-week flirtation with Julius Caesar in high school.  That’s it. Shakespeare is like a code you’ve never cracked.  A jewel box unopened.   So you sign up for a Shakespeare acting class.  Perhaps, like me, you’ll choose a ...

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Theatre and Democracy

Every four years America engages in a great community exercise – the national election. In its inception, we can presume that the purpose of this election was to give the varied and often disparate ideas of American citizens a cohesive voice through a representative process. The results of the election would supposedly reflect the general good of the nation. It didn’t quite work out that ...

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A Noise Within

Modern theatre is replete with description and direction. Eugene O’Neil often spends pages leading up to a moment. George Bernard Shaw so often mixed his drama with prose that many think his work is better read than performed.  Tennessee Williams, Sheppard, Beckett, all trying to assure their visions.  And yet the Father of Modern Theatre, William Shakespeare seldom gave a word of description, and rarely ...

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Mark Roberts is an Affable Man

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Careers in show business are often seen as the “over night success” story. Pretty girl, cute guy walking down the street, stopped by super (producer, agent, director) and suddenly they’re stars. It’s the quintessential Hollywood success story. But in truth, careers in show business like anywhere else are made, and often over a long period of time. For Mark Roberts, the truth actually follows both ...

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New Theaters

How often do you go to see a show without having any idea of what the play is about? If you’re like most people, you go to shows for one of three reasons: you know the material, and want to see it again; you know someone in the show and want to support them; or, someone you know has recommended a production and you’re feeling ...

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In a recent interview with John Michael Beck and Michael Kricfalusi, the Artistic Director and Managing Director of The Celebration Theatre, the relevance and merit of community-focused theatre was amply brought to light. “A need to remember the past and see into the future,” is the operational guideline and vision of this 29 year old company. For the uninitiated, The Celebration Theatre is dedicated to ...

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