Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
In Opening the Curtain on LA Theater for KCRW radio Anthony Byrnes discuses the backstage drama of LA Theater’s small theater groups. Based on a deal with Actors Equity, actors who perform in these venues at a reduced rate of only $7 to $14 per performance. The rationale mentioned for this waiver deal is that these theaters are places to get noticed by producers for television and movies. While I do not know much about the theater world, I wonder if such logic is entirely sound?
An interesting point the article brings up is LA’s lack of not-for-profit theaters. I guess without the support of donors and other subsidies that are so important to a not-for-profit, these small, for-profit theater groups have to do what they’ve gotta do to stay afloat, including paying actors paltry amounts (granted, actors have been paid nothing for a very long time…). While I am not too familiar with the LA theater scene, I am sure that a not-for-profit theater group, which focuses on following its mission rather than making a profit, would be a welcome addition.