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Bio:
Andrew Schmedake is a lighting designer for theater, dance and live events. His careertaken him everywhere from opera and ballet to cruise ships, haunted houses and TED Talks. Presently, Andrew lives in Los angeles and lectures part time at UC Santa Barbara. He is an alumni from the MFA Program in ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Andrew Schmedake is a lighting designer for theater, dance and live events. His careertaken him everywhere from opera and ballet to cruise ships, haunted houses and TED Talks. Presently, Andrew lives in Los angeles and lectures part time at UC Santa Barbara. He is an alumni from the MFA Program in ... (read complete bio)
New Live Streaming Show WHAT'S NEXT? Asks What's Next For the Entertainment Industry Photo New Live Streaming Show WHAT'S NEXT? Asks What's Next For the Entertainment Industry
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2020

With live performance venues closed around the world, many artists are looking to the future by creating new material, adapting old material, and exploring artistic ways to utilize the digital landscape. Many others are trying to figure out just what's next for live entertainment.

Pixel Playhouse Presents A Live Interactive Musical Comedy: DEFINITELY NOT CLUE Photo Pixel Playhouse Presents A Live Interactive Musical Comedy: DEFINITELY NOT CLUE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2020

Definitely Not Clue is an ambitious, interactive murder mystery musical adventure developed for Twitch that combines live and pre-recorded elements with in-chat audience engagement for a truly unique and polished take on digital theatre.

Cast Announced For THE ART COUPLE At Kirk Douglas Theatre Photo Cast Announced For THE ART COUPLE At Kirk Douglas Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2020

Casting is set for Sacred Fools Theater Company's production of a?oeThe Art Couple,a?? which will be performed at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of Center Theatre Group's fourth annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre. Written by Brendan Hunt and directed by Lauren Van Kurin,

Photo Flash: Actors Co-op Presents Lee Blessing's A BODY OF WATER Photo Photo Flash: Actors Co-op Presents Lee Blessing's A BODY OF WATER
by BWW News Desk - Feb 10, 2020

Actors Co-op's production of Lee Blessing's β€œA Body of Water” with the world premiere of Blessing's new ending, directed by Nan McNamara, produced by Crystal Jackson, opened to a SOLD OUT house Friday night.   The play runs now through March 15, at Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre in Hollywood, California.

Lee Blessing's A BODY OF WATER is Coming To Actors Co-op in February Photo Lee Blessing's A BODY OF WATER is Coming To Actors Co-op in February
by BWW News Desk - Jan 28, 2020

The Award-winning Actors Co-op Theatre Company will present 'A Body of Water' written by Lee Blessing with the world premiere of Blessing's new ending, directed by Nan McNamara, produced by Crystal Jackson. The play will run February 7 through March 15, at Actors Co-op Crossley Theatre in Hollywood, California.

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by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020

Michael Arden, Daniel J. Watts, and More Win LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards Photo Michael Arden, Daniel J. Watts, and More Win LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020

The 30th Annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards, celebrating theatrical excellence and achievement throughout Los Angeles, were presented on Monday, January 13, at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown LA.

Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Presents ELF THE MUSICAL! Photo Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center Presents ELF THE MUSICAL!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 11, 2019

The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center will be presenting the family classic holiday show ELF THE MUSICAL from December 14 a?" 29, 2019 at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley CA 93065. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Additional performances will be December 18 and 19 at 8 pm and Saturday matinees at 2 pm on December 21 and 28, 2019.

ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO Extends Through November 24 at Pacific Resident Theatre Photo ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO Extends Through November 24 at Pacific Resident Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2019

It's 1946 in Pittsburgh. An 18-year-old Andy Warhol finds himself in the basement of the working class bar. Over the course of a summer, Andy gives and gets inspiration, guidance, and friendship from a surprising source.

BWW Review: THE ABUELAS Offer Conflicts & Strong Performances Photo BWW Review: THE ABUELAS Offer Conflicts & Strong Performances
by Gil Kaan - Oct 14, 2019

A well-acted ensemble gives THE ABUELAS its relatable humanity. Stephanie Alison Walker has written a unflinching look at realistic, flawed relationships under the most atypical circumstances. THE ABUELAS (THE GRANDMOTHERS) - a follow-up of Walker's THE MADRES (THE MOTHERS) also deals with the Dirty War in Argentina in the mid-1970s.

BWW Review: World Premiere Musical DEADLY Offers Victims the Chance to be Heard and R Photo BWW Review: World Premiere Musical DEADLY Offers Victims the Chance to be Heard and Remembered
by Shari Barrett - Sep 24, 2019

Sacred Fools Theater Company is launching its 23rd season with the World Premiere of the musical DEADLY by Vanessa Claire Stewart with Music by Ryan Thomas Johnson and directed by Jaime Robledo. Taking place in 1893, a time of hope and optimism as the World's Fair turns the globe's eyes toward Chicago and the cultural explosion of art and technology on display. But it is also a time when a demon lurks beneath, taking advantage of the adventuresome spirit of modern-thinking and very independent women. It just wouldn't do to forget who they were.

ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO Extends At Pacific Resident Theatre Photo ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO Extends At Pacific Resident Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2019

Pacific Resident Theatre announces the extension of a?oeANDY WARHOL'S TOMATOa?? by Vince Melocchi through October 27th.

Actors Co-Op Announces Its 2019-2020 Season Photo Actors Co-Op Announces Its 2019-2020 Season
by BWW News Desk - Sep 20, 2019

Actors Co-op Theatre Company (Ovation Winner 2018 Best Direction of a Musical - Intimate Theatre) announces its 28th Season of shows!

West Coast Premiere of THE ABUELAS Explores Truth and Identity at Antaeus Photo West Coast Premiere of THE ABUELAS Explores Truth and Identity at Antaeus
by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2019

a?oeIf you have doubts about your identity, contact Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo.a?? So read billboards across Argentina, where thousands of people were a?oedisappeareda?? between 1976 and 1983 under a brutal military dictatorship. Questions of truth and identity are explored when Antaeus Theatre Company presents theWest Coast premiere ofStephanie Alison Walker's striking new play, The Abuelas. Andi Chapman directs for anOct. 11 opening at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center in Glendale, where performances continue through Nov. 25. Low-priced previews begin Oct. 3.

Review: DOPE QUEENS Asks What it Takes to Make a Chosen Family Home Where None Can Po Photo Review: DOPE QUEENS Asks What it Takes to Make a Chosen Family Home Where None Can Possibly Exist
by Shari Barrett - Sep 2, 2019

It's very rare for a play to leave me in tears, the first to stand to applaud a cast during their curtain call. But this was the case when I attended the World Premiere of DOPE QUEENS, brilliantly written and directed by Grafton Doyle at the Hudson Mainstage Theatre, which takes us to real places inhabited by real characters inspired by real people, grappling with hardcore real-life problems tempered by the only practical survival strategies available to them on the gritty streets of the infamous Tenderloin District in San Francisco.

Creative Teams For South Coast Repertory's 2019-20 Season Announced Photo Creative Teams For South Coast Repertory's 2019-20 Season Announced
by BWW News Desk - Aug 12, 2019

Today, South Coast Repertory Artistic Director David Ivers and Managing Director Paula Tomei announced the 13 creative dream teams for the 2019-20 season, the first programmed by Ivers. The roughly 100 individuals are among the theatre industry's finest, most creative and versatile talents.

BWW Review: An Intriguing ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO Captivates at the Pacific Resident The Photo BWW Review: An Intriguing ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO Captivates at the Pacific Resident Theatre
by Gil Kaan - Aug 12, 2019

The world premiere of playwright Vince Melocchi's ANDY WARHOL'S TOMATO receives a solid mounting at the Pacific Resident Theatre. Dana Jackson directs this fictionalized two-hander on the possible beginnings of pop artist icon Andy Warhol, with a deft hand and a meticulous eye for character development via the subtle physical actions of the two wonderfully convincing actors - Derek Chariton as Andy Warhol and Keith Stevenson as Bones Bonino, the owner of the bar's storage room which TOMATO entirely takes place in.

TomorrowLand Productions & Pop Up Theater Present DOPE QUEENS Photo TomorrowLand Productions & Pop Up Theater Present DOPE QUEENS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2019

TomorrowLand Productions & Pop Up Theater present a world premiere play, DOPE QUEENS, written and directed by Grafton Doyle.

BWW Review: Racially Confrontational NATIVE SON Remains Too Close to Today's Violent  Photo BWW Review: Racially Confrontational NATIVE SON Remains Too Close to Today's Violent Truth
by Shari Barrett - Apr 24, 2019

NATIVE SON, a novel written in 1940 by Richard Wright, tells the story of 20-year of Bigger Thomas, an African American youth living in utter poverty in a poor area on Chicago's South Side in 1939. While not apologizing for Bigger's crimes, Wright portrays a systemic inevitability behind them, making the case that there is no escape from his destiny since he is the inevitable product of the society in which he has lived since birth, faced by expectations imposed upon him by others tasked to teach him the proper way for a Black man to live in society. It is often said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. This is certainly the case in Wright's original story which could have been written today, given the similar news stories filling the airwaves right now involving police beatings of Black men and gun violence leading to senseless murders.

NATIVE SON Opens at the Douglas Photo NATIVE SON Opens at the Douglas
by BWW News Desk - Apr 19, 2019

Antaeus Theatre Company's production of "Native Son," which Center Theatre Group is remounting at the Kirk Douglas Theatre as part of the third annual Block Party: Celebrating Los Angeles Theatre, will open Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m. Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright and directed by Andi Chapman, "Native Son" is currently in previews and will close April 28.

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