Monday, September 27, 2021

Industry

Prince Fellowship announces 2021 recipients

The Prince Fellowship, in association with Columbia University School of the Arts, announced that Osh Ghanimah has received The Prince Fellowship, and Lawryn LaCroix...

Black Theatre United publishes list of reforms for Broadway industry

Black Theatre United has released “A New Deal For Broadway,” outlining a series of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility and Belonging (EDIAB) reforms for the...

John Gore Organization and Black Theatre Coalition partner for new fellowship program

The John Gore Organization and Black Theatre Coalition announced on Tuesday the creation of a new joint initiative, The Black Theatre Coalition/Broadway Across America...

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Telsey Office launch casting fellowship program

The Telsey Office and Lin-Manuel Miranda and family have partnered to launch a casting fellowship program for underrepresented artists.  The Telsey Office Miranda Casting Fellowship...

Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity reach new collective bargaining agreement

The Off-Broadway League and Actors' Equity have reached a three-year collective bargaining agreement ahead of the larger industry reopening. The agreement includes work safety guidelines...

Broadway shows will not report grosses this season

Broadway shows will not publicly report grosses for the 2021-2022 season, the Broadway League said Monday.  The decision was made "based on many factors," according...

Lauren Reid named president of the John Gore Organization

Lauren Reid has been named president of the John Gore Organization. Reid previously served as chief operating officer of the John Gore Organization and currently...

CDC recommends masks for vaccinated individuals indoors

The Centers for Disease Control recommended Tuesday that vaccinated individuals wear masks inside public places in areas with high COVID-19 case rates.  The recommendation applies...

Costume designer Emilio Sosa elected chair of the American Theatre Wing

Broadway costume and fashion designer Emilio Sosa has been elected chair of the American Theatre Wing.  Sosa will succeed David Henry Hwang and Ted Chapin,...

Shubert Organization acquires ticketing provider Showtickets

The Shubert Organization has agreed to acquire attraction ticketing provider Showtickets.com from Entertainment Benefits Group. As part of the acquisition, announced Tuesday, Shubert will offer...

‘West Side Story,’ ‘Hangmen’ receive government boost for Broadway reopening

"West Side Story" and "Hangmen" received government funding that could help revive the productions.  Per data released from the Small Business Administration Monday, "West Side...

Actors’ Equity partners with air quality group on theater ventilation protocols

Actors' Equity has partnered with the National Energy Management Institute to set ventilation guidelines for performance spaces.  The guidelines include having a certified technician perform...

Broadway company manager appointed to Cuomo administration

Steve Lukens, a former company manager on “The Inheritance” and “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune,” has been named by Gov. Andrew...

Nederlander Organization, Jujamcyn Theaters receive Shuttered Venue Operators grants

Funding from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program has begun to reach Broadway, as the Small Business Administration accelerates its efforts.  Among the few Broadway...

Industry leaders launch project to provide rental assistance to theater workers

Actor Lilli Cooper, writer Kyle Jarrow, composer Andrew Lippa and other theater industry members have teamed up to provide $500,000 in rental relief to...

Actors Fund re-elects Brian Stokes Mitchell, appoints two new board members

The Actors Fund re-elected actor Brian Stokes Mitchell as chairman Wednesday and appointed two new board members.  Greg Berlanti, a television producer and creator of...

Broadway League announces inaugural Juneteenth event

The Broadway League is hosting an inaugural Juneteenth event with performances to celebrate “Black joy and unity” on Broadway.  The event, Broadway Celebrates Juneteenth, will...

SBA begins sending notice of grant awards for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program

The Small Business Administration began sending notices of awards Wednesday to approved applicants for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program. Funds have not yet been...

SBA now expects to distribute Shuttered Venue Operators Grants next week

The Small Business Administration said Friday that it now expects to begin distributing grants under the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program next week.  The agency...

Ted Chapin to step down from R&H Organization after 40 years

Ted Chapin will step down this month as president and chief creative officer of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization after 40 years in the...

Broadway League hires first director of equity, diversity and inclusion

The Broadway League has hired Gennean Scott, former vice president of human capital and inclusion at Omaha Performing Arts, as its first director of...

Actors Fund surveys theater, entertainment workers on impact of pandemic

While reopening is on the horizon, the theater and entertainment community will still need financial support in the months ahead. Since 2020, the Actors Fund...

Adrienne Warren, theater activists demand greater racial equity on Broadway

Hundreds of artists, students and activists gathered outside Bryant Park Saturday to demand racial equity on Broadway and within the theater industry at large.  This...

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program receives 17,000 applications in 24 hours

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program received more than 17,000 applications in the first 24 hours of the portal opening, the Small Business Administration...

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program moves reopening date to Monday

The application portal for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program will now reopen Monday, rather than the originally scheduled date Saturday. "We heard you and...

SBA to reopen Shuttered Venue Operators grant portal on April 24

The Small Business Administration announced late Thursday that it will reopen the portal for Shuttered Venue Operators Grants on Sat., April 24. The portal has...

NYTW artistic director Jim Nicola to step down from post after more than 30...

Jim Nicola, the longtime artistic director of New York Theatre Workshop, will step down from his post on June 30, 2022. Nicola, who has held...

Actors Fund to help book appointments at Broadway vaccination site

Starting Wednesday, the Actors Fund will help members of the performing arts community book appointments at the new Broadway vaccination site.  The site, which opened...

Broadway unions make statement on workplace harassment after Rudin allegations

Two Broadway union leaders, alongside the president of SAG-AFTRA, issued a statement on workplace harassment and bullying Monday, in the wake of allegations made...

Amanda Green elected president of the Dramatists Guild

Lyricist and writer Amanda Green was elected council president of the Dramatists Guild of America, becoming the first woman to lead the trade association...

T. Fellowship to be renamed in honor of Hal Prince

The T. Fellowship has renamed the mentorship program the Prince Fellowship in honor of its founder, the late Hal Prince.  Prince created the fellowship in...

At NY PopsUp, Amber Iman speaks up on Scott Rudin allegations, Broadway’s reopening

Performing at a NY PopsUp event Saturday, actor Amber Iman addressed the controversy surrounding one of the program's producers, Scott Rudin, as well as...

American Theatre Wing announces $1 million donation to Andrew Lloyd Webber Initiative

The American Theatre Wing has received a $1 million donation and matching challenge for its national initiative to support and diversify the next generation...

Troika CEO Randy Buck steps down from company

Randy Buck, chief executive of touring production company Troika Entertainment, is stepping down after 21 years with the company.  Buck is leaving the position due...

Veteran Broadway press agent Bill Evans to retire

Veteran press agent Bill Evans is retiring after close to 50 years in the industry.  Evans was the longtime press agent for Neil Simon, representing...

Roundabout launches Refocus Project to diversify theater canon

Roundabout Theatre Company is launching a new program aimed at diversifying the American theater canon.  Roundabout's program, called the Refocus Project, will include a weekly...

Broadway industry members await guidelines on Save Our Stages legislation

Members of the Broadway community are awaiting further guidance on Save Our Stages legislation after the passage of the landmark relief bill last month.  Save...

Theater community takes on new roles during the pandemic

When it became clear the pandemic would not be over quickly, producer Sally Cade Holmes ramped up her search for additional income streams.  Holmes, who...

Pamela Newkirk joins board of directors at Shubert Organization

Pamela Newkirk, a journalist and author of the book "Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of Billion-Dollar Business," has joined the board of directors of...

Kenny Leon named senior resident director at Roundabout Theatre Company

Kenny Leon has been named a senior resident director at Roundabout Theatre Company. Leon, who directed "A Soldier's Play" at Roundabout last season, will help...

Sony Music Masterworks acquires stake in Seaview Productions

Sony Music Masterworks has acquired a 50% ownership position in Seaview Productions, the theater production company led by producer Greg Nobile.  Masterworks, a division of...

SDC re-elects Michael John Garcés, Melia Bensussen in 2020 election

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has re-elected Michael John Garcés as executive board first vice president and Melia Bensussen as secretary. The results of...

Drama League forms new directors council

The Drama League has formed a directors council, a first for the organization, with the goal of providing mentorship to members and guidance for...

Broadway shows may not report grosses upon return

When Broadway returns, shows may not necessarily report weekly grosses.  In an interview with the podcast "Putting It Together," Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin...

Broadway rallies behind Biden ahead of election day

The Broadway community traditionally rallies behind political causes and presidential elections.  But during this election season, with the industry shut down, a pandemic raging and...

Broadway music leaders form coalition to diversify the industry

A group of prominent Broadway composers, music directors and musicians have banded together to create more opportunities for musicians of color in the theater...

Elizabeth Furze named CEO of North America for advertising agency AKA

Elizabeth Furze has been named chief executive officer of AKA's North American division.  Furze was formerly a managing partner at AKA NYC, alongside Scott A....

Edward Pierce elected as president of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829

Broadway designer Edward Pierce has been elected president of United Scenic Artists Local USA 829.  Pierce takes over the role from Beverly Miller, who has...

As shutdown continues, Broadway industry looks for an advocate

When the Broadway League announced theaters would be closed through May 30, 2021, industry members were not surprised by the news.  Some had already received...

Ruben Santiago-Hudson to join Manhattan Theatre Club as artistic advisor

Ruben Santiago-Hudson is joining Manhattan Theatre Club as an artistic advisor.  In the role, Santiago-Hudson will work with Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and artistic staff...

Second Stage Theater appoints new board members

Second Stage Theater has appointed Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Mia Campbell, Dre Taylor Lindsay, Alice Pacthod and John Sorkin to its board of trustees.  “We are thrilled...

The Actors Fund adds Debbie Allen and more to board of trustees

The Actors Fund has elected actor, director and choreographer Debbie Allen, publisher Nancy S. MacMillan, producer Elizabeth Reiko Kubota Whitney and Netflix executive Allison...

Javier Muñoz, Billy Porter, Brian Moreland and more join Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has added six new industry members to its board of trustees. Local 802 President Adam Krauthamer, producer Brian Moreland, actors Kimberly...

Stewart/Whitley casting office makes public commitments to racial equity

Amid a broader industry reckoning, the Stewart/Whitley casting office has publicly pledged to bring greater racial equity to their staff and working environment. The casting...

Cody Renard Richard launches scholarship program for BIPOC students

Stage manager Cody Renard Richard is launching a scholarship program for Black, Indigenous and people of color pursuing off-stage careers.  Working in partnership with the...

New York Times critic Ben Brantley to step down

Ben Brantley, co-chief theater critic at the New York Times, is stepping down from the post after 24 years, the Times confirmed Thursday. Jesse Green,...

Lincoln Center Theater launches play commission program for its Broadway house

Lincoln Center Theater announced Thursday the launch of a play commission program for its Broadway theater. The Beaumont New Play Commission Program will begin with...

AKA launches West Coast office, announces new NYC hires

Advertising agency AKA is launching an office on the West Coast. The Los Angeles office will be headed up by Joaquin Esteva, formerly the client...

Travis LeMont Ballenger joins Lia Vollack Productions

Travis LeMont Ballenger, formerly the associate artistic director at San Diego's Globe Theater, has joined Lia Vollack Productions as a producer. As part of the...

Brian Moreland, Kendra Whitlock Ingram join Broadway League’s Board of Governors

The Broadway League has voted Broadway producer Brian Moreland and Kendra Whitlock Ingram, president of the Marcus Performing Arts Center, to its board of...

Black Theatre Coalition aims to create employment opportunities for Black professionals

The Black Theatre Coalition, a new organization co-founded by T. Oliver Reid, Warren Adams and Reginald “Reggie” Van Lee, seeks to increase employment opportunities...

Broadway looks to Congress to support its workers

The Broadway industry is relying on the passage of additional federal relief packages to sustain its workforce. With a July 31 deadline for extending the...

The Actors Fund launches health insurance counseling campaign

The Actors Fund is launching a health insurance counseling and education campaign for performing artists and entertainment workers.  The campaign, Every Artist Ensured, will provide...

Broadway costume shops form coalition amid financial uncertainty

Broadway's costume shops have banded together in a fight for their survival.  A group of more than 40 small business owners, whose costuming businesses create...

Shubert Chairman Philip J. Smith to retire

Philip J. Smith will retire as chairman and co-chief executive of the Shubert Organization after more than 63 years at the company.  Robert Wankel, the...

‘We See You, White American Theater’ movement gains traction

After penning a testimonial speaking to racism within the theater industry, a collective of more than 300 theatremakers — artists who identify as Black,...

Apollo Theater did not create Broadway house petition

A petition to make the Apollo Theater a Broadway house garnered close to 16,000 signatures in the past week.  However, the petition, which has now...

Broadway members push for industrywide change

Members of the Broadway community are pushing for change in the industry amid a national reckoning on racial inequality.  Last week, several Black members of...

Equity-League health insurance premiums rise during shutdown

Health insurance premiums will increase for members of Actors' Equity as fund trustees grapple with maintaining insurance coverage while theaters are closed.  The quarterly premium...

TodayTix rebrands and launches new ticket program

TodayTix has temporarily rebranded itself as TomorrowTix, as the ticketing company launches new initiatives while waiting for theater to return.  Along with the new name,...

PRG shifts to making personal protective gear for doctors

Production Resource Group, which typically provides rental lighting and other equipment to theatrical productions and more, will now manufacture face shields for health workers...

Show-Score shuts down site due to impact from coronavirus

Theater review platform Show-Score has temporarily shut down its website as theaters across the country go dark. The site, which featured reviews from professional critics...

Actors’ Equity issues statement on coronavirus

Actors’ Equity has provided its staff and union members with guidance on “maintaining business continuity,” should a large coronavirus outbreak occur, the union said...

The role of a press agent, according to veteran Irene Gandy

“My job is public relations, prostitution and politics.” So quipped theatrical press agent Irene Gandy when asked how she views the career she has built...

Lauren Reid voted chair elect of Broadway League

Lauren Reid, chief operating officer of the John Gore Organization, has been elected as incoming chair of the Broadway League.  Reid will take over the...

Situation to open London office in May 2020

Situation will open a London office in May 2020, the digital ad agency announced Monday.  The expansion marks the company’s first venture into the United...

New York Musical Festival ceases operation after 15 years

The New York Musical Festival is ceasing operation after funding issues and the resignation of its senior leadership team. The festival, which features staged productions,...

Nederlander National Markets merges with Jam Theatricals

Nederlander National Markets LLC, one of the largest operators of legitimate theaters and music venues in the U.S., has merged with Jam Theatricals Ltd.,...

Betsy Dollinger signs consulting contract with Kevin McCollum’s Alchemation

Betsy Dollinger, a veteran Broadway marketer, has signed an exclusive consulting contract with producing company Alchemation. Founded by Kevin McCollum, Alchemation's projects include the upcoming...

Shubert Organization to pilot blockchain technology on Broadway

A blockchain startup is coming to Broadway in the hopes of developing deeper relationships with ticket buyers.  True Tickets, a Boston-based startup that launched in...

Helen Shaw named theater critic at New York magazine and Vulture

Helen Shaw will join New York magazine and its entertainment site Vulture as theater critic. Shaw, who was most recently a critic for Time Out...

Speaking out about vocal injuries on Broadway

“It was 11-part harmony for 90 minutes straight — and it tested the limits of every part of my vocal range.”  “In the moment of...

Sue Wagner, John Johnson leave Joey Parnes Productions to start new venture

Sue Wagner and John Johnson are starting their own production and general management company called Wagner Johnson Productions.  Wagner and Johnson are both longtime members...

Ben Holtzman selected as the next T. Fellow

Ben Holtzman has been selected as the next Geraldine Stutz T. Fellow. As part of the T. Fellowship, which seeks to develop the next generation of...

Warner/Chappell Music signs Stephen Schwartz

Warner/Chappell Music has signed a worldwide publishing agreement with composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Led by Kurt Deutsch, the company is the music publishing...

Rachel Sussman selected as the next T. Fellow

Rachel Sussman has been selected as the next Geraldine Stutz T. Fellow. As a T. Fellow, Sussman will receive a $10,000 stipend, a $20,000 budget to...

Equity principal audition sign-ups rescheduled after website outage

Signups for Equity principal auditions are being rescheduled after a website outage prevented actors from signing up Wednesday. The public-facing Equity website and its member...

Cast & Crew acquires theatrical payroll company Checks & Balances

Hollywood payroll company Cast & Crew has acquired Checks & Balances Payroll Inc., the New York-based firm that provides payroll and accounting services for...

Patrick Daly to oversee theater projects for Eon Productions

Patrick Daly has been hired to oversee the theater production arm of EON Productions, the British production company which makes the James Bond films. Daly...

‘Gypsy of the Year’ competition renamed ‘Red Bucket Follies’

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’ “Gypsy of the Year” competition has been renamed the "Red Bucket Follies.” The name change comes after Actors’ Equity changed...

Shaping the next generation of creative producers

Before “The Band’s Visit” won 10 Tony Awards, its lead producer, Orin Wolf, learned the tricks of the trade from some of the industry’s...

NYU launches Broadway Orchestra training program

New York University has launched a Broadway Orchestra initiative aimed at training the next generation of pit musicians. The initiative, which will launch with...

Araca Group exec launches Lively McCabe Entertainment

Michael Barra, former president of media and entertainment at The Araca Group, has launched a new production company called Lively McCabe Entertainment. The company, which...

Actors’ Equity votes to rename the Gypsy Robe the Legacy Robe

The Gypsy Robe will now be known as the Legacy Robe after a vote from members of Actors' Equity. The vote comes after the national...

Broadway industry members team up to open new rehearsal space in Manhattan

Broadway industry members plan to open a new studio space in 2019, which will include the largest rehearsal studios in Manhattan.  The studios, which are...

After the Tonys, the theater community goes to Israel

For the past 30 years, members of the theater community have attended the Tony Awards and then, win or lose, set off on a...

Broadway veterans reflect on decades in the industry

Actor Beth Fowler got her big first break in 1970, when she briefly took over the lead role in “Gantry” from Rita Moreno while...