All stories by Peter Finlayson on BroadwayStars

Thursday, March 17, 2016

A Modern Union by Peter Finlayson

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 ho…

SOURCE: at 01:43PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Looking for the Promised Land by Peter Finlayson

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 abou…

SOURCE: at 10:28PM
Monday, February 15, 2016

LASA plan has a future. by Peter Finlayson

The hope of building theatre centers seems one step closer today, as the West Hollywood City Council has earmarked funds to take buy the Coast Playhouse on Santa Monica Blvd. For the full st…

SOURCE: at 08:43PM
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What do you mean, Diversity? by Peter Finlayson

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…

SOURCE: at 10:19PM
Friday, January 8, 2016

Steve Julian: An LA Presence by Peter Finlayson

The City of Angeles is the land of the motored commute.  And so it’s not surprising that many in Los Angeles are accustomed to the radio sound of the Steve Julian, the Morning Edition…

SOURCE: at 02:44AM
Monday, January 4, 2016

Sheldon Epps Talks Diversity and LA Theater by Peter Finlayson

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 f…

SOURCE: at 05:43PM
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Los Angeles Theatre: Let’s Stand Together by Peter Finlayson

We are days away from the end of 2015 and “What a ride it’s been!” This year the greater Los Angeles Theatre Community discovered it was more than just the sum of its parts. We came to…

SOURCE: at 11:51PM
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Raising Theatre by Peter Finlayson

When a new baby is born, everybody gushes and compliments and speaks of the promise of youth. In most cases for the next 25-30 years, the only people that usually continue with that optimist…

SOURCE: at 06:29PM
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It’s Our Birthday, Let’s Celebrate! by Peter Finlayson

FootLights is now ten years old. It started as a dream. The dream was to create a publication that would serve Los Angeles the way Playbill serves New York. A simple idea, hell, how hard cou…

SOURCE: at 06:58PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The 2015 Ovation Awards: A New Beginning by Peter Finlayson

The 2015 Ovation Awards was an impressive event. More than 1100 from the LA Theatre Community showed up to celebrate the accomplishments of our artists over the past year. Just as important …

SOURCE: at 10:49PM
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

BREAKING: Steven Leigh Morris named new Executive Director of LA Stage Alliance by Peter Finlayson

A page has turned in the volumes referring to the LA stage community. The Los Angeles Stage Alliance (LASA) has announced Steven Leigh Morris as its new Executive Director. Well known both l…

SOURCE: at 01:55AM
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Letter to the Editor: The Price of Success on Broadway by Peter Finlayson

I’ve been enjoying all the great things in the media about the show “Hamilton” on Broadway (and love the soundtrack). It seems to be a pretty special show. But I’d also like to tell …

SOURCE: at 07:52PM
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Letter to the Editor: Sticks and Stones by Peter Finlayson

by William Salyers If Britain had defeated its colonies in the war for American Independence, we’d all be speaking English today. More soberly, the word “patriot” would have a very…

SOURCE: at 06:06PM
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Theatre is a Part of the Foundation by Peter Finlayson

Often in this space we talk about theatre as a community, and as a part of a community. But actually, theatre is more. In a very real and substantive way it is a part of the foundation of co…

SOURCE: at 08:58AM
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why Is There A Fight? by Peter Finlayson

The standoff between Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and its members moves on without any sign of shifting positions. The word from AEA is that they will not consider any changes to the p…

SOURCE: Footlights at 06:28AM
Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Art vs Commerce by Peter Finlayson

One of the warriors of the Pro99 movement recently posted a statement on Facebook that is not only worthy of repeating, but important to understand. William Saylers said, “Those who believ…

SOURCE: Footlights at 04:31PM
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jon Mullich – An LA Actor by Peter Finlayson

An LA Actor   There are thousands upon thousands of people coming out of high schools and colleges all over America every year that are determined to pursue a life as an ACTOR! Parents …

SOURCE: Footlights at 03:54PM
Thursday, June 25, 2015

A Round of Applause to Actor’s Equity Association by Peter Finlayson

While Los Angeles is world renowned as the Entertainment Capital of the World, most consider that “Entertainment” as film, television and music. But live theatre is a part of that “Ent…

SOURCE: Footlights at 09:38PM
Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Cost of Theatre by Peter Finlayson

As you may be well aware, there is a battle raging as to what the landscape of LA theatre will look like in coming days. At stake is the ability of seasoned actors that are members of Actors…

SOURCE: Footlights at 07:04PM

Intimate Theatre by Peter Finlayson

Los Angeles intimate theatre is now under siege. Even if you’re tired of hearing about it, it continues. Actor’s Equity Association, (AEA) besides unilaterally changing the basic plan fo…

SOURCE: Footlights at 07:04PM

Patty McCormack by Peter Finlayson

by Graham Sibley A stint of much needed rain was falling outside The Whitefire Theatre when a petite woman ducked inside the lobby.  She was wearing a bright pink shirt under her coat that …

SOURCE: Footlights at 07:04PM