Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MCC Theater’s Miscast Gala 2015 Honors Sarah Paulson and Fran Weissler

The stars were out Monday night at MCC Theater’s Miscast Gala 2015, where some of Broadway’s best honored Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Sarah Paulson and Tony-winning pr…

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

L.A. Theater Productions Await Equity Vote on 99-Seat Plan

Los Angeles theaters are holding back announcing spring productions until they know the outcome of the Actors’ Equity Association referendum on the 99-Seat Theatre Plan. “We&rsqu…

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2 Days, 50 Atlanta Theaters, and Dozens of Actors

For actors hoping to make a big first impression in a new city, it doesn’t get much better than Atlanta’s Unified Auditions. Held this year on March 30–31 at the Marcus Jew…

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

12 Touring Theater Companies That Make a Difference

Touring is a rite of passage for many young performers, and an amazing way to see the country and impact communities far and wide. From full-fledged Shakespeare to “Berenstain Bears,&r…

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

NYC Theater Continues L.A. Expansion

New York's theater community continue to expand its beachhead in Los Angeles. One of three new plays by female playwrights commissioned by Rising Phoenix Rep, Weathervane Productions, and Ra…

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

L.A.’s 99-Seat Theaters Say Revenue Isn’t Full Picture

Some intimate theaters in Los Angeles bring in close to $1 million in revenue but remain steadfastly opposed to paying actors the $9 minimum wage proposed by Equity. Critics say it shows the…

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L.A.’s 99-Seat Theaters Say Profits Aren’t Full Picture

Some intimate theaters in Los Angeles bring in close to $1 million in revenue but remain steadfastly opposed to paying actors the $9 minimum wage proposed by Equity. Critics say it shows the…

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

11 Theaters for Female Empowerment

It’s no secret that the statistics for women in theater can be grim—especially when it comes to female playwrights, directors, and designers. Though national attention on gender …

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Equity Calls L.A.'s Minimum Wage Opposition 'Shocking'

The Actors’ Equity Association unveiled backing from SEIU as a local politician threw his support behind the group opposing the union's minimum wage plan for intimate theater in Los An…

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Equity Fires Back at L.A. Theater Critics

The Actors’ Equity Association is engaged in an increasingly heated debate with critics of its minimum-wage proposal. The union has used its Twitter handle to promote its 99-seat …

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Foot in the Door for NYC Theater Interns

In the NYC theater scene, as in life, it’s all about who you know. Although the competitive nature of a city with 8 million residents may make networking seem impossible to a newcomer,…

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Second City Partnering With NBC To Scout Talent

Might be a good time to sign up for a class at Second City. The famed improv school is partnering with NBC on three talent scouting initiatives aimed at diversifying the casts of the network…

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

African-American Stage Stars Look Forward With Equity

If acting is a tough business, it can be even tougher for African-American performers. But at Actors’ Equity Association’s panel “African American Actors on Broadway: Life,…

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Can L.A. Theater Look Like Chicago’s?

Equity is preparing to square off with small theater producers in Los Angeles over a proposal to require a minimum wage for actors. The upcoming bout between the union and the producers will…

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

7 Reasons to Check Out Chicago’s Theater Scene

If you’re a Chicago resident looking for powerhouse acting, intellectual stimulation, and a great evening at the theater, check out the following seven highlights! And if you’re …

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L.A. Theater Producers: Minimum Wage 'Impossible'

Equity’s proposed minimum wage requirement for actors is “financially impossible," according to a group of Los Angeles intimate theater producers. Members of the Review Comm…

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

6 Facts About the Broadway League

Founded in 1930, the Broadway League is a national trade association covering the producers, presenters, theater owners, general managers, and operators who keep Broadway up and running; whi…

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Monday, February 9, 2015

USC-Alum Crowned L.A.'s Next Great Stage Star

Tory Stolper won one of L.A.’s top musical theater competitions despite taking a two-year songbook hiatus.   "I came in and I had one or two audition songs, things that I had audi…

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

1 Way Young Theatergoers Can Have Their Voices Heard

Attention young theater enthusiasts: You now have an online home to convene, collaborate, and satisfy your artistic curiosity. PXP, one of the Theatre Development Fund’s new educationa…

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1 Way to Springboard Your Theater Career

The American Theatre Wing may be best known for shining a spotlight on the best in theater with the Antoinette Perry (Tony) Awards, but through a variety of grants and educational programs, …

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

13 Famous Actors With Autobiographical Solo Shows

What do Sir Ian McKellen, Joy Behar, and Billy Crystal have in common? Other than the obvious talent, charisma, and fame, these three legends—along with the 10 others on this list&mdas…

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Meryl Streep, Christine Baranski, and Tracey Ullman’s Surprise NYC Artios Awards Performance

Attendees of the 30th Annual Artios Awards in New York City got a pleasant surprise last night when some special guests appeared to help honor director Rob Marshall. As the Oscar nominee and…

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Your Definitive Guide to Cheap NYC Theater

Wanna go to a show—but low on dough? For one week every year, the Great White Way opens its arms to audiences young and old, rich and poor, here, there, and everywhere for 2-for-1 Broa…

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Now You Can Nominate Your Teacher for a Tony Award

Officials at Carnegie Mellon University and the Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards have announced a new honor to be awarded onstage on Broadway’s biggest night. The Excellence …

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway Honors James Earl Jones

The Drama League’s biggest fête, the 31st Annual Musical Celebration of Broadway, will take place on Feb. 2 at the Pierre Hotel. New York theater fans can expect to see some of t…

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‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Lead 2015 Oscar Noms

The nominees for the 87th annual Academy Awards have been announced with “Birdman” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” leading with nine nominations apiece. “The Imi…

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Protecting L.A.’s Theater Directors

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society wants to clamp down on “one-off” theater productions in Los Angeles.  The city’s theater scene has come a long way from …

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Monday, December 15, 2014

4 Opportunities to See the Future of American Theater

If you’re curious about what New York and regional theaters across the country will look and feel like in the future, the 31st annual DirectorFest can be your crystal ball. Four up-and…

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Friday, December 12, 2014

L.A. Theater Producers Unhappy With Equity Enforcements

Los Angeles theater actors could soon find themselves stuck in the middle of a Western showdown between the city’s intimate theater producers and Equity.  Relations have strained …

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

18 Multicultural Theater Companies Across the U.S.

As a major voice for justice and truth, theater has a responsibility to tell universal stories to and from a variety of communities. As mainstream American theater adjusts to an ever-emergin…

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Monday, December 1, 2014

New Projects Launched on Indiegogo, including 'Foolhardy,' 'Ted Williams,' and 'The Keys'

Backstage's partnership with Indiegogo has helped raise over $1,082,000 for indie film, theater, and dance productions and web series. Will your project be next? Projects currently included …

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