LA STAGE Alliance town hall on August 22. Left to right: Steven Leigh Morris, Gary Grossman, Armina LaManna, Larry Poindexter, Vanessa Stewart, Rebecca Metz, Tom Buderwitz and Michael Shepperd. Photo by John Lacey
LA STAGE Alliance town hall on August 22. Left to right: Steven Leigh Morris, Gary Grossman, Armina LaManna, Larry Poindexter, Vanessa Stewart, Rebecca Metz, Tom Buderwitz and Michael Shepperd. Photo by John Lacey

Paul Birchall reports from the August 22 LA STAGE Alliance town hall at LATC concerning the Actors’ Equity Association contract, slated to take effect Dec. 14 (barring a court or National Labor Relations Board injunction).  A template for a new proposal was presented by Larry Poindexter, drafted by a variety of stakeholders from the local theater community. Read the article here.

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