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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Friday, November 28, 2014

11 Broadway Shows To Get Excited About in 2015

A new year means new shows! Here are 11 we cannot wait to see in 2015. “Fish in the Dark”  (Opens March 5)To say Larry David’s Broadway debut is highly anticipated wou…

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Shubert Theatre

In honor of the publication of “The Untold Stories of Broadway, Volume 2,” we asked theater historian (and one of Backstage’s future power players of Broadway) Jennifer Ash…

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

6 Young Playwrights Every Actor Should Know

One of the most important and fulfilling aspects of the performer’s work is that of collaboration; though actors team up with a variety of artists and elements throughout the creative …

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Monday, November 17, 2014

The 4 Plays in NYC's 31st Annual DirectorFest

The same festival that helped launch the careers of Diane Paulus, Pam MacKinnon, John Rando, and over 300 other eminent directors returns Dec. 13–16 at TBG Theatre. DirectorFest 2014, …

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Neil Patrick Harris, Louis C.K., and Others Honored at Made in NY Awards

Weylin B. Seymour’s in Brooklyn was buzzing Nov. 10 as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Media & Entertainment Commissioner Cynthia López honored some of the city&rsquo…

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

8 Reasons to Support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Whether you’re angling for a selfie with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick or a “Cabaret” poster signed by Alan Cumming, there are many ways to give to the Broadway communi…

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

13 Innovative Physical Theater Companies

From the Greek chorus to Commedia dell'arte to Japanese Noh, movement has been a key element of storytelling since the earliest days of the theater. Often incorporating elements of music, da…

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Monday, November 3, 2014

L.A. Theater Honors Get Competitive

Los Angeles theater awards are becoming increasingly competitive as small companies jostle for recognition with their larger rivals. In the past, companies such as Center Theatre Group have …

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