Tag Archives: This Stage

UPDATED: LA v Equity enters Act III

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It’s been 2 years since this story began: After a Prologue of ReImagine LA activity, followed by Equity engagement with the  Los Angeles theater community via survey, focus groups, and town hall meetings, Act I opened in February 2015 dramatically:  Equity’s dropping of a “Promulgated Plan” onto Los Angeles and the announcement that the 99-Seat Plan would be terminated. Act I consisted of phone banking, ...

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When Actors Wage Battle

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Steven Leigh Morris reports the latest twist in the ongoing discussion about the preservation of intimate theater in Los Angeles: actor Ann Colby Stocking has filed an official wage claim against the Odyssey Theatre for back wages from a 2013 show.  Her claim, which concerns not being paid minimum wage, had to be filed within 3 years time of her employment. Her show at the ...

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LASA Director on Recent Theater Closings

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ThisStage: LA STAGE Alliance Director, Steven Leigh Morris, continues to espouse his theme of “we’re all in this together” concerning the recent, near back-to-back production suspensions at both the Colony Theatre in Burbank and the Cabrillo Music Theatre in Thousand Oaks.  From the start of his tenure as Director, Morris has consistently spoken about theater in the City of Angeles as one community despite attempts ...

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Steven Leigh Morris Lays Out LASA Agenda

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ThisStage:  Steven Leigh Morris, the new Executive Director for the LA Stage Alliance, lays out the initial agenda under his leadership.  It’s a 4-point plan concerning: Property Values Youth Involvement Diversity Mobility / Traffic Underscoring the entire plan is the notion that local theaters are good for local business. Rising property values in Southern California are destabilizing arts organizations at an escalating rate — particularly ...

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Sacred Fools to Move to Theatre Row Hollywood

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ThisStage.LA:  In a year that has been full of surprising twists and turns for the Los Angeles Theater Community, Sacred Fools has announced it will be moving into the space recently vacated by the Elephant Theatre Company on Theatre Row Hollywood.  Sacred Fools’ President, Bruno Oliver, explains the details to Julio Martinez: …we do want Sacred Fools to be actively involved in the livelihood of ...

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An Interview with Steven Leigh Morris, Newly Appointed Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance

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@ This Stage – Less than 24 hours after the announcement that Steven Leigh Morris, preeminent Los Angeles theater critic, had been named as the new Executive Director of LA STAGE Alliance, Michael Van Duzer had an opportunity to speak with him over the phone and ask a few questions.

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10 First-Time Ovation Nominated Companies

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@ThisStage:  The rich Los Angeles Theater Scene continues to expand.  Here are 10 companies nominated for the prestigious Ovation awards for the first time.  And many of the usual suspects will be returning as well. The 10 companies (more info in the link above): Four Larks Fresh Produce’d LA Impro Theatre Loft Ensemble Los Angeles Performance Practice Moth Theatre Company Serrano New York, LLC Sierra ...

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Video: Vanessa and French Stewart to host 2015 Ovation Awards

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@ThisStage:  Vanessa and French Stewart will be hosting the 2015 Ovation Awards on November 9, 2015.  They also penned a featured piece this month in Footlights.  More information about the Ovation Awards, including ticket purchases, can be found on the LA Stage Alliance page.

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Disability in Theater: What’s Taking So Long?

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@ This Stage: In recent weeks, a 28-year-old actor named Ali Stroker has been making headlines across theater-news outlets. The reason: She’s the first performer who uses a wheelchair to be cast in a Broadway production. Stroker, who plays Anna in North Hollywood-based Deaf West Theatre‘s production of Spring Awakening (which is now Ovation Nominated), has been building momentum for years. The appearance of Stroker’s ...

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Announcing the 2015 Ovation Awards Nominees

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This Stage:  We’re thrilled to announce this year’s Ovation Awards nominees. For the unacquainted, the Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles area. http://bit.ly/1OVLcMN

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