STLAS Joins Actors' Equity

 St Louis Actors’ Studio proudly announces our  2014-2015 Season we will be our first as An Equity Theatre Company

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 The 2014-2015 season marks STLAS’ first as a full time Equity Small Professional Theatre (SPT)

As we begin Season Eight (“The Best Medicine”), founder William Roth will serve as Interim Artistic Director of STLAS, paving a smooth transition into the final year of collaboration between Roth and former Artistic Director Milton Zoth.  With Zoth’s recent departure to Austin, Texas, Elizabeth Helman will now direct the season opener, ALL IN THE TIMING (opening September 19th), and John Contini will assume the directorial duties for the February production, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?  Due to scheduling conflicts, STLAS has had to replace famed Broadway director Austin Pendleton with Wayne Salomon, who will return to STLAS to direct ART by Yazmina Reza in April.

 “I’m thrilled to begin this next exciting chapter in our history, to take the Actors’ Studio to the next level,” says Roth.  “Milt and I accomplished so many wonderful things in our first seven years together, and we’ll be announcing a myriad of exciting new projects and fresh artistic collaborations as this season progresses.  Our inaugural season as a fully professional Equity theatre is just the first step.”

Actors’ Equity Association (“AEA” or “Equity”), founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 ”While STLAS has always employed Equity actors in the past as guest artists,” Roth added, “the formal process of becoming an Equity Theatre now solidifies our mission and commitment to paying theater artists a living wage, and affords our performers and stage managers the opportunity to flourish at a higher level of professional working conditions.  It’s a visible sign of the  artistic excellence that we have always tried to provide for our audience and theatre community.”

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