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Keeping the Lights On Off-Broadway: How the City Must Step Up

This essay was written by Robert Stanton and published in the Gotham Gazette. Seeing an Off-Broadway play may have saved my life. Joseph Papp gave me my first acting job in 1985, in Shakespeare in the Park, and offered the… Continue Reading →

Myth #2: You Are Easily Replaceable

“There’s power in a factory, power in the land, power in the hand of the worker. But it all amounts to nothing, if together we don’t stand, There is power in a union.”- Billy Bragg “You’re easily replaceable. There are… Continue Reading →

In Defense of Artistic Work

“Sit in a full theater, and you will think you see so many lines drawn from the circumference of so many ears, while the actor is the center. He doth not strive to make nature monstrous; she is often seen… Continue Reading →

A Chicken in Every Pot and an ASM on Every Contract

Not too long ago, Equity ratified a LORT contract that added jobs for stage managers for the first time since the 1990s. When SPT was re-promulgated shortly thereafter, NO jobs for stage managers were added despite the fact that many… Continue Reading →

Myths that Keep Actors and Stage Managers Exploited and Broke

Prologue If you are a professional stage actor or stage manager in the United States, it’s likely that you have many beliefs about the “realities” of being a theatre professional. However, you may be surprised to learn that what you… Continue Reading →

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