Life as theatre performed on a Parisian street corner

“… life is a drawn-out stream of people making entrances you’re unprepared for and exits you barely notice.” There’s a street corner in Paris with a cast of thousands. Take a seat where the Rue Pierre Lescot crosses the Rue Berger. It’s in the pedestrian zone that stretches from the Forum des Halles shopping district […]

One less critic: How Hedy Weiss and New Orleans changed my life.

When I was in law school I did some acting. I wasn’t very good but I was a big guy with a big voice and there’s always room for that in theater. Sometimes I got paid and sometimes I didn’t, but between what I did get paid and student loans and my parents’ generosity I […]

Will theatre criticism be around much longer?

No one ever built a statue to a critic, it was once famously said, but in 2013 two critics received OBE’s in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list. Michael Billington and Philip French, theatre and film critics for The Guardian and The Observer, were honoured after writing reviews in their particular disciplines for a 100 […]

Are Theatre Critics … Critical? A critic re-examines his position

It wasn’t exactly an ambush, but the first question actor Bernardo Cubria posed to me as a guest on his theatre podcast was about a complaint that actors have about critics. I was his sixtieth guest, and his first theatre critic. Why do so many reviews, he asked, just summarize the plot and not give […]

Christopher Henley sums up the Helen Hayes wage debates and offers a few gentle suggestions

I wade into the compensation debate with some reluctance. The discourse has become startlingly heated. People care about the issues, which is a good thing. But unfortunate, incendiary, even insulting things have been said on both sides to those who have expressed perspectives and opinions that not everyone agrees with. I think that’s really sad […]

I’m non-Equity and I already make a living wage, but thank you anyway.

I want to thank my friends and colleagues for their vigorous advocacy of non-Equity theatre makers – performers, producers, or both – during the discussion of theatreWashington’s new minimum pay requirements. I applaud the dialogue on all sides for remaining informed, erudite and civil.

Fresh new ideas from Pallas Theatre Collective: preparing for Helen Hayes wage requirements

Earlier this month, Pallas Theatre Collective issued a response to the new Helen Hayes Awards eligibility requirements.  You can read it here.  DC Theatre Scene reached out to us and asked us to expand on our response for their series.

theatreWashington’s minimum wage a good start. We should go further

Currently in the United States there is a great debate over what constitutes minimum wage. Why should the Washington Theatre Community be any different? Many of us are working hard contacting our reps in Washington and at home to get the minimum wage to a point where people aren’t taken advantage of by their employers. […]

In support of theatreWashington. An actor defends push for living wage

I am a professional actor in favor of wage increases for artists, and I am at a crossroads. I believe many people in our theatre community are. It has been a tumultuous week that has brought many of our core values into question, and the debate is heated to say the least. I am, however, […]

Helen Hayes wage rules put small theatres at a crossroads

There’s a huge takeaway for small theatre companies in DC following the revised Helen Hayes eligibility requirements and the removal of Ari Roth from Theater J: In DC, at least, theatre is first and foremost a business. Each of us needs to decide what to do with that uncomfortable fact.

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