Thursday, October 1, 2020

Industry

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...