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  • July panel: The New Showcase Code
    July 26, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cracking the Code: Understanding the New Showcase Code, and More

PANEL HAS BEEN CANCELED AT EQUITY'S REQUEST

Speakers to include: Chris Aniello, general manager with Live Wire Theatrical; Eric Goldman, theatrical attorney; Chris Harcum, Director of a Bright Future of the League of Independent Theater and a recipient of the Leading Lights of Independent Theater Award for his ongoing advocacy and support; Marlene Thorn Taber, choreographer/director with Creative Equilibrium, member of AEA New Media, Education and off-off Broadway Committees; Guy Yedwab, community organizer and artist, active member of the League of Independent Theater.

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) has made changes to its Showcase Code for the first time since 2009. Representatives from the League of Independent Theater (LIT) and attorney Eric Goldman were involved in ongoing conversations about these changes over the last several years with AEA, and can shed light on the Equity perspective and the evolution of Equity's position about this and other agreements, as well as offer insights into best practices and productive ways for both indie and commercial theater to work within Equity guidelines. Equity member Marlene Thorn Taber will join us to explain the New Media agreements, and if time permits, answer questions about changes to other Equity agreements, including the Stage Reading Guidelines. Chris Aniello will discuss the role of general manager in interfacing with Equity and other unions.

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best one-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door).  Please use the bright red reservation box on this page, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail  TRUStaff1@gmail.com 

Panelists
  • CHRIS ANIELLO

    along with business partner Robert Ahrens, began their partnership as general managers on the critically-acclaimed musical comedy DISASTER! at the Nederlander Theatre on Broadway (New York Times Critic’s Pick).  The production starred the Tony Award winning and nominated cast of Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Seth Rudetsky and Jennifer Simard, for which Ms. Simard received a Tony Award nomination. Most recently, Live Wire Theatrical general managed James L. Nederlander's presentation of Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter To Broadway at the Lunt Fontanne Theatre in November 2016, along with several other projects in development both in New York and around the country. Chris is a proud graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.  He began his career as the General Management Assistant at Roundabout Theatre Company and subsequently as the Office Manager for Roy Gabay Theatrical Production and Management.  His first company management position was on the Off-Broadway play Beebo Brinker Chronicles at 37 Arts, though he managed several readings, festival shows and workshops of various productions throughout his early career.  Among these was the first workshop, Off-Broadway production and Broadway production of the Tony-nominated Musical FELA!, with Producer Steve Hendel and Director/Choreographer Bill T. Jones.  This groundbreaking production, starring Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah and Tony Award winner Lillias White, would go on to earn eleven Tony Award nominations and win three Tony Awards in the 2010 season.  Chris's Broadway management credits include the Tony-nominated production Rock of Ages at the Helen Hayes Theatre, Honeymoon in Vegas at the Nederlander Theatre and Amazing Grace at the Nederlander Theatre.

  • ERIC GOLDMAN

    has more than 20 years of experience as an entertainment attorney. While Eric specializes in theater law matters, including project financing, Eric also practices in the film, television, music, music publishing and new media fields. As an artist’s representative, Eric has worked on behalf of numerous award winners, including Tony-award winners Howell Binkley, Jason Robert Brown, Jerry Mitchell, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Academy Award winner Howard Shore. Eric also works as a producer’s representative, including serving as production counsel to the Tony Award winning producers of Def Poetry Jam and several Tony Award winning producers. In addition to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Independent projects, Eric has worked for producers and artists in connection with productions seen around the world, including London, Sydney, Tokyo and China. Eric also regularly counsels not-for-profit theaters such as Northlight Theatre in Chicago and Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. In other media, Eric has represented American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd in the negotiation of merchandising and master class seminar agreements, and has negotiated web site development, maintenance and rights acquisition agreements for Broadwayworld.com, the LEGO Bionicle’s website and for Dick Morris’ VOTE.COM web site

  • CHRIS HARCUM

    is an award-winning actor, playwright, and producer. He is the Producing Director of  Elephant Run District and is a member of Actors’ Equity, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild. As a solo performer, he has created and performed Green, Some Kind of Pink Breakfast, Gotham Standards, Anhedonia Road, Mahamudra, The Preservationist, Things Your Don’t Know,and American Badass. His full-length plays include Martin Denton, Martin Denton, Rabbit Island, and The Devil in Ms. Spelvin. His American Gun Show received 5-star reviews in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and the Brooklyn Rail. He has appeared in over 200 projects as an actor. Chris co-adapted and played the title role in a modern version of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac. Chris stars in The Apostles of Park Slope, winner of Best Comedy Feature at the Manhattan Film Festival. He has acted in staged readings for American Bard, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Primary Stages, Guild Hall, New Jersey Repertory Company, Peculiar Works Project and many other groups. Chris trained at the UNC School of the Arts, UNC Greensboro, and the University of Virginia. He recently completed Level 5 Improv at the PIT.  Chris is the Director of a Bright Future of the League of Independent Theater and a recipient of the Leading Lights of Independent Theater Award for his ongoing advocacy and support.

  • GUY YEDWAB

    Community organizer and artist. “I am committed to equal access to culture, information, and democratic empowerment. I pursue this through community organizing, and through the power of technology, writing, and live performance to empower and transform communities.” Since 2009, Guy Yedwab has been an active member of the League of Independent Theater, a 501(c)6 advocacy organization tasked with providing collective voice for the Independent Theater community. Since 2014, Guy has been the Managing Director of Operations, and an active member of the Politics, Research and Outreach working group focused on Brooklyn. From 2008 to 2014, Guy ran a blog on the topic of how cultural conversation advances society. From 2009 to 2010, he contributed research articles to Createquity's Arts Policy Library. He ran a theater company named Organs of State from 2008-2013. The company's mission was to take the grand ideas that weave through our culture and make them tangible and human through interactive and immersive performance experiences.

  • MARLENE THORN TABER

    Marlene is currently editing her first book, and has recently published articles with AEA’s Equity News and the Journal of the SDC Foundation. She is active on AEA’s Education, off-off Broadway, and Media Committees. During the 2017-18 Season, Columbia University recommended her for a grant involving the Roma Peoples Project. From Sept. 2016 until Aug. 2017, Taber worked under contract with Dhurakij Pundit University in Bangkok, Thailand, where she taught classes in acting and film history. In 2015, she was a guest judge for an international dance competition in Bangkok and introduced students to classes in Hamlet, and the History of Popular Western Music. During the 2015 NYC Season, Marlene also produced 3 staged readings of Nick Raio’s comedy, Sheila & Angelo, at The Dramatists’ Guild. In 2014, she choreographed Renewal, her first show with Write Act Repertory. For the three previous NYC seasons, (2011,’12,’13), she directed and choreographed: Madame Bovary; A for Adultery; and an Exodus adaptation, Moses, My Love, for Passajj Productions. She was then chosen for the SDC Foundation 2013-2014 Observership Program. Contact Info: creativeequilibriumnyc@gmail.com

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