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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

2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARD NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

2014 LA STAGE ALLIANCE OVATION AWARD
NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

THEATRE @ BOSTON COURT LEADS WITH 19,
GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE AND
LA MIRADA THEATRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
FOLLOW WITH 17 EACH,
CENTER THEATRE GROUP AND 3-D THEATRICALS
TIE WITH 13 EACH,
AND WALLIS ANNENBERG CENTER FOR
THE PERFORMING ARTS GETS 12

Nominees for the 2014 LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards were announced on the evening of Monday, September 22 at Native Voices at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. The nominations were revealed by past Ovation Award recipients Gigi Bermingham, Brighid Fleming, Parmer Fuller, Jennifer Haley, Brian Kite, Glynn Turman, and John Zalewski, along with LA STAGE Alliance Chief Executive Officer Terence McFarland.

Theatre @ Boston Court received the most nominations (19), followed by the Geffen Playhouse and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts with 17 each, Center Theatre Group and 3-D Theatricals with 13 each, and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (12). Theatre @ Boston Court garnered nine nominations for Stupid Fucking Bird (co-production with Circle X Theatre Company), seven for Everything You Touch (co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), R II (2), and Best Season. The Geffen Playhouse received nominations for The Country House (11), Play Dead (3), Slowgirl (2), and Wait Until Dark (1). La Mirada’s nominations are for Floyd Collins (9), Les Misérables (7), and Best Season. Center Theatre Group received seven nominations for Harmony and one each for A Word or Two and Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty all at the Ahmanson Theatre, The Steward of Christendom at the Mark Taper Forum (2), and St. Jude and The Black Suits, both at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, with one each. Nods to 3-D Theatricals are for The Producers (7), Funny Girl (2), Damn Yankees, Into the Woods, and Legally Blonde with one each, and Best Season. The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts received nominations for Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life (8), Parfumerie (3), and Brief Encounter (1).

Ovation Honors, which recognize outstanding achievement in areas that are not among the standard list of nomination categories, have been awarded to Dave Robbins (Music Composition for a Play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Actors’ Gang), Ahmed Best (Fight Choreography, Backyard at Echo Theater Company), and Michelle Zamora (Puppet Design, Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger, MainStreet Theatre Company).

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Press Release: LA Stage Alliance Announces 2nd Annual LA Stage Day, Sat 5/17

LA STAGE ALLIANCE 2ND ANNUAL
LA STAGE DAY
A DAY-LONG COMMUNITY EVENT
FOR PERFORMERS, DESIGNERS, ADMINISTRATORS,
STUDENTS, VENDORS, AND PATRONS OF THE ARTS
ON THE CAMPUS OF
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY LOS ANGELES
SATURDAY, MAY 17

LA Stage Alliance 2014 logoLA STAGE Alliance has announced its second 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 17, from 10am – 6pm.

LA STAGE DAY will open and close with mini-lectures from some of LA’s most engaged arts provocateurs. Throughout the day, interactive sessions and workshops will explore various elements of the performing arts community. In the afternoon, a bazaar/expo (free and open to the public) will showcase arts organizations, including LA STAGE Alliance member companies, partners, and affiliates from all over greater Los Angeles.

“We’re thrilled to bring the community together for our second annual LA STAGE DAY,” said LA STAGE CEO Terence McFarland. “Many of this year’s sessions focus on more deeply engaging stakeholders — board members, philanthropists, audiences, and elected officials. I’m certain our provocateurs will challenge and inspire attendees with their wishes for the LA performing arts community.” He continued, “Attendees can expect to walk away rejuvenated by networking with their peers, empowered with practical tactics to engage their community, and emboldened to strengthen the performing arts community through unique partnerships. Our community is filled with brilliance; LA STAGE DAY hopes to shine a light on the best of what we have to offer.”

A multitude of discussions, workshops, and sessions designed to inspire and exchange creative ideas will be offered throughout the day. Some of the categories scheduled to be explored are Arts Philanthropy, Directing Actors in Dialogue Roles, Applying for Local Grant Programs, Digital Marketing, Engaging with Government Agencies, A Director’s Role in Team-Building, and more. A private Marketing Master Class led by Jim Royce and Joseph Yoshitomi will also be offered (for an additional fee). Participants will have the opportunity to engage in marketing case studies specific to their individual organizations.

Scheduled speakers are Bill Ahmanson, Sheri Biller, Danielle Brazell, John D’Amico, Castulo de la Rocha, Amy Edlin Kramer, Olga Garay-English, Jim McCarthy, Joy Meads, Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Seema Sueko, Pamela Vanderway, Craig Watson, Renae Williams Niles, Laura Zucker, and more.

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.

LA STAGE DAY is sponsored in part by Schweickert & Company, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and California State University Los Angeles. LA STAGE Alliance programs are sponsored in part by Actors Equity, The Biller Family Foundation, California Arts Council, California Community Foundation, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, DatabaseWorks, the DEW Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Goldstar, James Irvine Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Bakers Man Productions, Ken Werther Publicity, Live Event Pros, Los Angeles County Supervisors through the LA County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, 4 Wall Lighting, Pacific Coast Entertainment, The Shubert Foundation, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Check-in for LA STAGE DAY is at 9:30am, and tickets are $40. To purchase tickets and for up-to-the-minute info, go to lastagealliance.com/lastageday.

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04-30-14