Peter Finlayson

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Peter Finlayson is the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-chief of FootLights magazine and footlight.click. 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 .

Advancing Theatre

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For ten years, FootLights has been trumpeting the merits of Los Angeles Intimate Theatre. Innovative work, intimate, powerful, the vision of the new American Theatre….and the value of theatre is boundless. While FootLights is no longer a lone voice in the wilderness on this topic, there are a few obstacles that have yet to be overcome. We live in a region, which if we include ...

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‘Hamilton’ Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Th direction of American theatre is changing. Not just hip-hop, but actor created productions, that share profits with the participants. As reported in American Theatre NEW YORK CITY: The Pulitzer committee announced the winners of the 100th annual Pulitzer Prizes at Columbia University on April 18. In the drama category, Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda received the top honor along with a $10,000 cash prize. The finalists for the drama prize were Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and The Humans by ...

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Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (final part)

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The intimate theatre community is a community of artists. We believe artists should be paid. We share that common goal with Equity. We also believe Equity’s attempt to radically alter intimate theatre in Los Angeles is precipitous and will not lead to more contract houses and more paying jobs for artists here in Los Angeles. We hope we can work with Equity and other local ...

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Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 2)

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“And the other is that – and I think this is one of the things that guided the Council – the idea that a mid-sized theater could open at this point, or even a smallish theater, could open at this point in Los Angeles when they had to compete with the 99-seat business model (which is much more cost-effective) is kind of preposterous.”  ~ Actors’ ...

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Letter to Editor: Plaintiffs’ Response to AEA President (Part 1)

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We thank Dakin Matthews, Steven Leigh Morris and many others for their eloquent, considered responses to Kate Shindle’s recent statements during her interview on The Producer’s Perspective. As Mr. Matthews said we also think “she is an admirable, trustworthy, and hard-working president,” and we “don’t for an instant question her integrity or her motives.” Like Mr. Matthews, our concern is with ideas and actions. We ...

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A Modern Union

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Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States, is getting ready for its annual elections. Out of fifty thousand members, the hope is to get ten thousand members to participate. Should that effort succeed, the result would be a significant increase over the number of votes cast in 2015. And 2015 was actually a spike year in ...

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Looking for the Promised Land

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February is Black History Month, an organized effort to recognize, accept and validate the African American Experience in Western Culture. It’s complicated. It’s about pride, it’s about history, it’s about education, it’s an effort to merge two ideas that often seem conflicted. Community And Diversity. How do we meld common interests (community in this case Western Culture), and special/individual interest (again in this case, the ...

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LASA plan for Theatre Centers has a future

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The hope of building theatre centers seems one step closer today, as the West Hollywood City Council has earmarked funds to buy the Coast Playhouse on Santa Monica Blvd. “The Coast Playhouse redevelopment and activation will anchor a potential Center City Arts District …”    

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What do you mean, Diversity?

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Do you want to start an impassioned discussion? Get a range of opinions you didn’t even know existed? Mention the word, “Diversity.”   Boom, there it is.   The word that is fraught with contention, loaded with preconception and armed with rampant militancy. It is an ideal that is sought, a concept that is at times avoided, and for most part, profoundly misunderstood. As a nation, we ...

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Sheldon Epps Talks Diversity and LA Theater

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Sheldon Epps has been the Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse since 1997. He came to that position with a great many credits, including being the Assistant AD at the Old Globe, the founder of several theatre companies, and a noted director on and off Broadway. His television credits read like a who’s who of Hollywood.  We talked just before his announcement to step down ...

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