LA Stage Alliance ceases operations following member revolt – Deadline

The LA Stage Alliance, the 46-year-old nonprofit service organization behind the Los Angeles area’s annual Ovation Theater awards, has ceased operations following the massive resignation of its members this week. latest caused by the mistaken identification of an Asian actress at the awards ceremony.

“It is with deep regret that the Board of Governors unanimously decided to cease all operations of the LA Stage Alliance,” the organization tweeted this morning.

“We came to this conclusion with a heavy heart,” the statement read, adding, “We have had many challenges like many other organizations and at the moment we are unable to continue.”

Read the full post below.

Last week, more than 25 Los Angeles-area theater companies, including the Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse and Deaf West Theater, revoked their Alliance memberships after the nonprofit struggled. identified and pronounced the name of Asian actress Jully Lee at an awards show. earlier this week.

Los Angeles theater companies quit LA Stage Alliance after Asian actress misidentified at Ovation Awards

The LA Stage Alliance apologized and pledged to undertake “visible and transparent transformation”.

The incident happened last Tuesday night during the Virtual Ovation Awards for local theater productions. Lee’s first name was mispronounced when the nominees for Best Featured Actress were read, and a photo of another Asian actress appeared on the screen.

Lee was nominated for her performance in Jiehae Park’s Hannah and the dread gazebo, a co-presentation of East West Players and the Fountain Theater. The next day, East West Players left the organization, posting a statement on Instagram saying, in part, “The mispronunciation of our names combined with the feeling that all Asians are alike is nothing new. However, it particularly stings when the evening is meant to be devoted to raising the profile of LA’s theater community and celebrating our performers.

East West also denounced the Alliance’s traditional practice of recognizing only one theater per production, even in the case of co-productions or co-productions. “Whenever East West Players co-produces in an effort to give Asian American actors more visibility in theaters in Los Angeles, the other, predominantly white organization is uniquely listed and showcased,” the society.

In solidarity, a growing number of theater companies revoked their Alliance memberships throughout the week, including the Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theater Group, Deaf West Theater, A Noise Within, Rogue Machine, Boston Court, Latino Theater Company, Playwrights’ Arena, 2 Cents Theater Group, Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, Inkwell Theater and Artists At Play, among others. (Deaf West Players, whose acclaimed production of Spring awakening won a 2016 Ovation and was nominated for three Tony Awards, also cited the Alliance’s inability to provide closed captioning and ASL interpretation as the reason for his departure.)

LA Stage Alliance, which has its origins in two separate organizations – the Los Angeles Theater Alliance service organization founded in 1975 and the professional association League of Producers and Theaters of Greater Los Angeles founded in 1983 – serves more than 500 arts organizations from the greater Los Angeles area. , according to the organization’s website. More than 300 of them are paying members.

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