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 .

LA Equity Referendum Results

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The official tally on the Referendum has been released: The ballots for the 99-Seat Proposal Advisory Referendum have been tabulated. We have already shared the results with the National Council and we will be posting the results on the member portal shortly. As I promised, here are the results of the vote count: Total number of ballots sent: 6,990 Total Number of ballots returned: 3,141 ...

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Waiting for News

While we await the outcome of the referendum, there’s a low toned rumble amongst the actors in LA, wondering what’s next? Engaged and ready to advocate for ourselves, what’s our next step? Here the deal, we should not be waiting, we should be planning. We know what we want, or do we?

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Voting on AEA proposal Continues.

The debate rages on, and and social media is filled with discussion about the merits and impact of the recently self promulgated proposal by Actors’ Equity Association.  While this initially seemed to be a local issue, parties from around the country are chiming in. Los Angeles for nearly 30 years has enjoyed the opportunity for professional actors to perform on small stages for a stipend. ...

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Stage Raw Awards

1st ANNUAL Celebration Theatre co-presents the first-ever Stage Raw Theater Awards, picking up where the L.A. Weekly Theater Awards left off last year, honoring the best work in L.A.’s theaters of up to 99-seats. It’s no secret that many of these theaters, and the quality of the work they produce, are now embattled by pending policies proposed by Actors Equity Association. The first-ever Stage Raw ...

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Bully on the Block


What do you call it when a 6th grade hall monitor goes up to the smallest 4th grader and “says get off the playground!”? We call it bullying, right? Mr. Boss approaches the mail boy and says, “Norbert, get out of my way, get me some coffee!”? It can be seen as abuse? When a union tells its members that you can’t volunteer, you can’t ...

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The Temple of Theatre

Theatre is an art form. But what is Art? From Wikipedia, we get “Art is a diverse range of human activities and the products of those activities …..”. fair enough, but I think it goes a little deeper.  From me you get, Art is the effort of the individual to express their innermost passions. Art can be created without any further consideration than the intent ...

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What is Diversity?

I wake up every day, well most every day, with the same ambitions and expectations of myself that I had when I was 25. Of course, the moment I move I’m immediately reminded that I am no longer 25, nor have I been near that age in decades. But my perspective on life, my ambition to explore my environment and my nature don’t feel any ...

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Theatre was born the moment one being tried to express a story to another. It’s as simple as that.  Given that every culture anywhere in this world has some form of theatre, it can easily be claimed that theatre is a universal art form. In some cases it looks like dance, in others it looks like religious ceremony. In some it is the ritualized process ...

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24th Street Theatre Answers the Question: What is Theatre?

It all started with a simple question from an inquisitive young boy strolling past the open doors of a converted 1928 carriage house on the corner of 24th STreet and Hoover, just as Jay McAdams and his wife Debbie Devine were on a ladder hanging their light grid in their recent new home. “What is theatre?” Since Aristotle’s “Poetics,” dramaturges, critics, artists and audiences alike ...

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Vox Lumiere at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

The breadth of human creation is a derivative of prior moments. Art, all human knowledge is built upon a foundation originally started before the dawn of man and added to by each subsequent generation. Now, after an eight-year absence from Los Angeles, VoxLumiere, (Latin for hear the light,) is re-introducing their version of this continuum. Utilizing the bare-boned industrial facade of the Los Angeles Theatre ...

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