Archived entries for LA Stage Alliance

NEWS RELEASE — LA STAGE ALLIANCE CEO TERENCE McFARLAND DEPARTS APRIL 30

LA STAGE ALLIANCE CEO TERENCE McFARLAND
DEPARTS FOR LEADERSHIP POSITION
AT VALLEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE

LA STAGE ALLIANCE BOARD LOOKS TO NEW LEADERSHIP
TO CONTINUE THE WORK OF THE 40-YEAR-OLD
ARTS SERVICE ORGANIZATION

LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland will be stepping down effective April 30 after an 11-year tenure at the not-for-profit arts service organization, it was announced today by the LASA Board of Directors. On June 1, McFarland becomes Associate Executive Director at Valley Performing Arts Center, California State University, Northridge. He will join Executive Director Thor Steingraber in leading VPAC with multiple and varied responsibilities which include business development, institutional fundraising, box office, finance, community and campus engagement, and a variety of programming initiatives.

“Our thanks to Terence for his decade plus of service to our organization and to our community,” said Board Chair and La Mirada Theatre Producing Artistic Director Brian Kite. “He is an incredible leader and has guided us through many challenges and successes. I’m pleased that Terence is staying within the Southern California arts community and look forward to continued work with him as a colleague, artist, and friend.”

“What a thrilling time I’ve had leading this organization for the last eleven-and-a-half years,” said McFarland. “I want to thank the members of the board, the remarkable artists, administrators and leaders of our membership, and the tremendous staff I’ve had the extraordinarily good fortune to work with and learn from during my time at LASA. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve this robust and dynamic community.” He continued, “I’m proud of the many partnerships we’ve developed during my years at LA STAGE Alliance and the nimbleness with which the staff and I have been able to address the shifting needs of the community with the resources at hand. My tenure has been dedicated to raising the floor for the entire community while focusing on building capacity for the ‘accidental arts administrators’ who lead so many of our cultural organizations. I’m most proud of our success at strengthening and diversifying our contributed income in service to the community and I thank the long list of funders who have enabled our programs to serve Los Angeles. What a joy to know that I depart having recently secured the single largest donation in LASA’s history — the gift from Bill Bordy — a gift that secures five years of operational support for the arts journalism program.” McFarland concluded, “I look forward to seeing the resilient LA STAGE Alliance organization adapt and thrive under new leadership.”

The LA STAGE Alliance Board has engaged Karen Constine, an arts/culture management consultant, to serve as the Consulting Interim Director. Constine provides strategic counsel and management consulting to entertainment and economic development nonprofits, government agencies and corporate clients, and has served in leadership capacities including Interim General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Constine and the board will also draw upon the extensive resources of the LASA staff among others to help carry out the mission and programming of LA STAGE Alliance during the transition. Board Chair Brian Kite also announced a search committee will be formed immediately to identify the next Executive Director.

Since 1975, LA STAGE Alliance has empowered artists and engaged audiences through a series of programs, events, and advocacy efforts. All of its initiatives aim to serve and strengthen the sector — both at an individual and community level — providing resources that facilitate audience engagement, collaborative marketing, community building, and professional development. Among its accomplishments, LA STAGE Alliance produces the annual Ovation Awards, organizes LA STAGE Day to train and support arts administrators, offers convenient and clear access and pricing for rehearsal space, rents set and costume pieces to member and non-member companies and partners with technology firms such as Patron Technology and TRG for ticketing and database solutions for all member organizations. The major funders of LA STAGE Alliance include The Shari and Les Biller Family Foundation, Bill Bordy, California Arts Council, California Community Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, DEW Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Walt Disney Company, NBC/Universal, and RSF Social Finance.

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04-20-15

NEWS RELEASE — 3rd Annual LA STAGE Day — SATURDAY 5/16 AT CAL STATE LA

LA STAGE ALLIANCE 3RD ANNUAL
LA STAGE DAY
A DAY-LONG COMMUNITY EVENT
FOR PERFORMERS, DESIGNERS, ADMINISTRATORS,
STUDENTS, VENDORS, BOARD MEMBERS,
AND PATRONS OF THE ARTS
ON THE CAMPUS OF
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LOS ANGELES
SATURDAY, MAY 16

LA Stage DayLA STAGE Alliance has announced its third annual LA STAGE Day, a day-long community event for the greater Los Angeles performing arts community. Generously hosted by California State University Los Angeles, the activities will take place on the campus of CSULA on Saturday, May 16, from 9am – 5pm.

An inspiring, all-day event held at Cal State LA, LA STAGE Day brings together artists, administrators, board members, funders, and members of the community for a series of workshops, creative sessions, and panel discussions. This year’s keynote speaker will be Ben Cameron, program director for the arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

“It being such an impassioned time for our community, we hope that LA STAGE Day serves to unify and strengthen our common goals,” said Terence McFarland, CEO of LA STAGE Alliance. He continued, “One of the most inspiring speakers in the sector, Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, will kick us off as our opening keynote, discussing the current state of the field and what it takes to be resilient in these times. With concurrent tracks in marketing, leadership and artistry, there’s something for everyone with which to walk away feeling, inspired, empowered, and connected.”

Speakers and session leaders scheduled to participate include (in alphabetical order) Jenny Byrd, Andy Crocker, Mark Doerr, Meg Fister, Ashley Dunn Gatterdam, Kiki Ramos Gindler, Sara Guerrero, Paula Holt, Tina Kronis, Matt Lehrman, Jay McAdams, Ted Russell, Seema Sueko, Elizabeth Tobias, Pamela Vanderway, and Paul Vandeventer. The schedule of the day’s events can be found at lastagealliance.com/lastageday.

LA STAGE Alliance, a non-profit organization empowering artists and engaging audiences since 1975, is dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and support for the performing arts in Greater Los Angeles by strengthening the sector through community building, collaborative marketing, audience engagement, professional development, and advocacy.

Current partners include LA County Arts Commission, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts, United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, I.A.T.S.E., and Cal State LA.

LA STAGE Day is from 9am—5pm on Saturday, May 16. To become a supporter of LA STAGE Day, for up-to-the-minute information, and to purchase tickets go to lastagealliance.com/lastageday.

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04-15-15

NEWS RELEASE — LA STAGE ALLIANCE & PRODUCERS LEAGUE OF LA ANNOUNCE 99-SEAT THEATRE PLAN RESEARCH PROJECT FUNDED BY THE BILLER FAMILY FOUNDATION

LA STAGE ALLIANCE AND
THE THEATRICAL PRODUCERS LEAGUE
OF LOS ANGELES/INTIMATE
ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO RESEARCH
99-SEAT THEATRE BUSINESS MODELS
IN LA COUNTY
WITH FUNDING FROM
THE BILLER FAMILY FOUNDATION

LA STAGE Alliance, in partnership with the leadership council of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles/Intimate (TPLLA/I), will work with consultants to research the existing business models for theatre companies working in the 99-seat arena, it was announced today. The project will be completed by May of this year, with findings presented at the annual LA STAGE Day event.

Funded by the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation, the consultants (M.A. candidates at Claremont Graduate University’s Graduate School of Management Alex Rast and Cong Li) will research Cultural Data Project (CDP) data for companies that operate under the Actors Equity Association 99-Seat Plan; they will also conduct a series of interviews with community leaders to ascertain the various models currently in use. The result will be a series of case studies detailing how these businesses operate, and to what level of success.

“Some companies sustain themselves with member dues, others with income from teaching classes, some have angel donors supporting the bulk of their work, and others have been gifted with sweetheart real estate deals,” said LA STAGE CEO Terence McFarland. “We’d like to set assumptions aside and identify a cluster of models and name them so that companies with similar models can be evaluated and examined on equal ground.” McFarland continued, “The research comes at a time of much conversation in LA’s theatrical community regarding intimate theatres, much of it driven by emotion and passion. This research will allow for a data-driven approach for discussions of sustainability and business practices.”

Michael Seel, Chairman of the TPLLA/I Leadership Council and Executive Director at Boston Court Performing Arts Center added, “Our hope is that the project will delineate the variety of producing models at play in Los Angeles, identify the strengths and challenges of those various approaches, and pave the way for a diverse and sustainable future for our industry. As we move toward the development of strategic initiatives such as branding Los Angeles theatre, the results of this study will serve as a strong foundation.”

LA STAGE Alliance and the TPLLA/I Leadership Council believe the research will prove to be a valuable tool for improving the infrastructure of current and future theatre companies in the Los Angeles area.

For more information, email info@lastagealliance.com, visit www.tpl-la.com, or visit www.99seattheatre.org, the newly launched site for discussions related to the Equity 99-Seat Plan.

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01-09-15