Industry Pro Newsletter: Dance Companies Partner with Developers, Disneyland Performers Join AEA

Catch up on the winners of the 2024 Drama League Awards

By: May. 20, 2024
Industry Pro Newsletter: Dance Companies Partner with Developers, Disneyland Performers Join AEA
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In California, a victory for AEA in their recent union election at Disneyland means the character and parade performers at the resort will be joining the actors union, while in Minnesota, the Guthrie faces further financial challenges after a reported $3.8 million shortfall during the 2023 fiscal year.

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Director of Development - Florida Studio Theatre

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Industry Trends

Disneyland Resort Cast Members Vote to Unionize With Actors' Equity Association

Disneyland Resort cast members have voted to unionize with the Actors' Equity Association. This decision affects characters and parade performers, granting them greater advocacy and benefits. The move follows a growing trend of performers seeking improved working conditions and representation. Union membership will offer cast members increased support in negotiations with Disneyland Resort management.

Dance Magazine: Dance Real Estate: The Challenge of Finding and Keeping Space

The dance community faces significant challenges in finding and maintaining affordable rehearsal and performance spaces. As urban real estate prices soar, many dance companies are being priced out of traditional arts districts. Solutions being explored include partnerships with non-traditional venues and co-sharing spaces. The need for stable, affordable spaces remains a critical issue for the sustainability of dance as an art form.

Broadway/New York

Winners of the 2024 Drama League Awards: Sarah Paulson, Hell’s Kitchen, and More!

Check out all the winners from the 2024 Drama League Awards, honoring the best in New York Theatre from the 2023-2024 season.

Broadway Green Alliance Will Host Spring 2024 E-Waste Recycling Drive This Week

The Broadway Green Alliance (BGA) is hosting its Spring 2024 E-Waste Recycling Drive this week. The event aims to collect electronic waste from the theater community and the public to ensure proper recycling and disposal. The BGA encourages participation from all theater professionals and enthusiasts to support environmental sustainability. The drive will take place at a designated location in New York City, with specific dates and times provided on their website.

Regional 

Los Angeles Times: East West Players Names Lily Tung Crystal as Artistic Director

East West Players appoints Lily Tung Crystal as its new Artistic Director. Tung Crystal, who brings extensive experience in theater and a commitment to diversity, succeeds Snehal Desai. Her vision includes expanding the theater's reach and impact within the Asian American community and beyond. The appointment marks a significant milestone for East West Players, the nation's premier Asian American theater company.

Guthrie Theatre Reports $3.8 Million Deficit in 2023

The Guthrie Theatre has reported a $3.8 million deficit for the 2023 fiscal year. Despite strong ticket sales and successful productions, increased operating costs and other financial pressures contributed to the shortfall. The theatre is implementing measures to address the deficit, including fundraising initiatives and cost-cutting strategies. The Guthrie remains committed to delivering high-quality theater while navigating these financial challenges.

Jeremy O. Harris Will Be Creative Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival's Creative Collective

Playwright Jeremy O. Harris has been appointed as the Creative Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival's Creative Collective. Harris will oversee artistic projects and initiatives, bringing his innovative vision to the festival. Known for his groundbreaking works, Harris aims to foster new talent and diverse voices within the theater community. His leadership is expected to shape the future direction of the festival.

International

The Portsmouth News: Titchfield Festival Theatre Fights to Stay Open Amid Planning Inquiry

Titchfield Festival Theatre faces a planning inquiry that could determine its future. The theatre argues that its closure would negatively impact the village, leading to job losses and reduced cultural activities. Local supporters and theatre representatives highlight the venue's role in the community and its contribution to local culture. The outcome of the inquiry will significantly affect the theatre's operations and the village's cultural landscape.

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May 13, 2024 - Blocker to Audible, Ezra Ezzard New Managing Director at Crossroads Theatre

In California, the continued momentum of the labor movement from last year continues on as dates are now set for the union election at Disneyland Resort in California. Job shuffles continue in key leadership positions, and Mark Morris Dance Group shows that dancers are athletes as part of a new show on ESPN+.

May 6, 2024 - Awards Season in Full Swing, Inflation Challenges Australian Arts Groups

As awards season gets fully underway with the Tony Award Nominations announced last week, and the Lortel Awards last night, the industry gets ready to celebrate the incredible work on the New York stage this past season - a season crowded with celebrities, big revivals, and exciting new shows. Around the globe, companies are grappling with rising costs of production and lower government funding.

April 29, 2024 - Gen Z is 'Broadway Curious', New Zealanders Continue Strong Arts Engagement

Reports from both New Zealand and the United States show that not only is participation in the arts not waning, there is a large population that holds an interest in engaging with the arts on a deeper level. With one report saying that both Gen Z and Millenials are ‘Broadway curious’, the question emerges of how best to reach these audiences with the right information and prices that can turn them from being curious to being regular attendees.

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As audiences get set to return to in-person performances, and as your company works to market your own return to the stage, make sure you've got your upcoming shows in our regional events calendars. Listings are free of charge, with boosting options available. Get your show listed now

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