Thursday, April 23, 2015

Equity Approves New 99-Seat Rule Over Member Objections

Actors’ Equity Association imposed Tuesday a $9-per-hour minimum wage for actors on Los Angeles’ mid-size theaters. Equity’s national council voted to move ahead with the p…

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Nominees Announced for 60th Anniversary Drama Desk Awards

The Drama Desk Awards celebrated their 60th anniversary today with the announcement of the 2015 nominees. Recognizing outstanding work on, Off-, and Off-Off-Broadway, the awards are a signif…

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Elisabeth Moss, ‘Fun Home,’ and ‘Hamilton’ Nominated for Drama League Awards

Theater awards season is upon us and the 81st annual Drama League Awards have announced nominations for the past season on and Off-Broadway. Nominees for the Distinguished Performance Award …

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The 65th Annual Outer Critics Circle Nominees

Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and publications covering NYC theater outside NYC, honored the finest talent on and off Broadway with the announcement of this year’s …

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Friday, April 17, 2015

L.A. Now Casting ‘Aspects of Love in a Small Town’ and Upcoming Auditions

Talent is currently being sought for the film “Aspects of Love in a Small Town.” “Aspects of Love in a Small Town” is centered on a group of closeted gays and misfits…

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

WATCH: Hugh Laurie Audition for ‘House, M.D.’

Hugh Laurie played Dr. Gregory House as a restless, acerbic smart-ass from the get go. The TV series that ran for eight years until 2012 won the actor two Golden Globes and four consecutive …

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Jason Robert Brown at Home at SubCulture

Jason Robert Brown first played SubCulture in the summer of 2014, only because the usual spots were booked. But once he played the NoHo arts venue, he never wanted to leave. “I thought…

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

The 10 Best #Broadway Personalities on Twitter

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses waiting in the rush line for “Les Misérables!” If you’re #living on the high of this amazing New York theater seas…

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

1 Way to Educate the Theater’s Next Generation

The oohs and aahs were audible from over 1,500 New York City public school students when a backdrop of Coney Island at sunset dropped down on the Lyric Theatre stage during an educational pe…

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154 Sonnets for Shakespeare’s 451st Birthday

If you find yourself wandering by the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park midday on April 24, you’ll hear the words of a famous 451-year-old writer. The fifth annual Shakespeare’s…

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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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