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Louisiana Theatre Life - May/June 2013

AACT/Fest 2013 -- Carmel, Indiana --Come for the Shows, Stay for the Parties Reason to go: 2 Plays, 26 workshops and Endless Networking The festivities begin with an early bird party intended as a "getting to know you" time, Tuesday evening at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, following the second performance session, the first official afterglow party takes place. Thursday features two parties. The first is a happy hour hosted by Steele Spring Theatrical Licensing from 5 - 7 p.m. The second is another afterglow party beginning at 11 p.m.

Louisiana Theatre Life - March/April 2013

It's festival season!  One of my favorite theatre events is attending and participating in the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) bi-annual play festival.  Festivals happen at the state, regional and national levels in the odd numbered years. For the 2013 festival season, the Regional Festival is being hosted in our home state of Louisiana.  The Acadiana Arts Center in Lafayette will be bringing magic to the stage with representative theatres from each of the five states in the Region VI area.  The dates for the performances are April 19-20, 2013. You are goin

Louisiana Theatre Life - January/February 2013

New Years Resolutions The idea of New Year's Resolutions dates back hundreds of years. Typically people make resolutions to self-improve in the coming year, from eating healthy or exercising, to becoming more open-minded or caring. Here is a list to help you grow as an individual in 2013. Support the local community. This can come in the form of buying local produce or shopping at small family-owned stores. Another idea would be to support local theatrical to highlight local talent and effort.  

Louisiana Theatre Life - November/December 2012

Did your theatre ever say that they had all the money they needed for marketing?  No, neither did ours.  Our theatre has been operating continuously since 1948 and still, we hear folks say that ‘I didn’t know that there was a Community Theatre here!’.  So what can be done about that?  Here are some pointers for ways to increase your visibility in the community when you are on a budget. Marketing for Community Theater:  Whether your group calls it publicity, public relations, or advertising, it all comes down to the same thing… making potential audience members aware of who you are and what

Louisiana Theatre Life - September/October 2012

Why do we need volunteers in a nonprofit orgaization? The whole nonprofit field was built on volunteerism. Almost every nonprofit began with a group of volunteers sitting around a table trying to find ways to solve a community problem. As our agencies have grown and become more complicated, we needed to hire staff, and we have professionalized our operations to the point where we have forgotten how to utilize volunteers. 

Louisiana Theatre Life - July/August 2012

Budgetary restraints are the source of much despair in the arts world.  In these days of less volunteerism and budget cuts, it becomes more and more difficult to get a job done than ever before. So how do we make the case for the Arts to state arts funding programs, foundations and schools? 

Louisiana Theatre Life Newsletter - May/June 2012

Boards in the spotlight:  Let’s talk about commitment - no, not the kind with padded walls and a straight jacket (though many feel that anyone involved in theatre should have the papers ready), but that which deals with duty and devotion.When people marry, they commit to each other “for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health,” signifying that this is a serious, ought out decision, as it should be. So why am I thinking about commitment when it comes to theatre? 

Louisiana Theatre Life Newsletter - March/April 2012

Liquor Liability:  To Buy or Not To Buy?by Ken Roberts             Our theatres are constantly competing for today’s entertainment dollars, and one of the first things they have discovered is that by offering alcoholic beverages, they can win out over most other entertainment venues. Because many of our patrons enjoy cocktails before a performance, during intermission, afterwards, and especially at our fundraising special events, the issue of a theatre’s liability when serving alcohol is constantly at the forefront. 

Louisiana Theatre Life Newsletter - January/February 2012

7 Reasons Why Theatre Makes Our Lives Better 1st, theatre does no harm. Theatre is one of those human activities that doesn't really hurt anyone or anything. While we're engaged in making or attending theatre, or any of the arts for that matter, we are not engaged in war, persecution, crime, wife-beating, drinking, pornography, or any of the social or personal vices we could be engaged in instead. For this reason alone, the more time and energy we as a society devote to theatre and the arts, the better off we will be. 

Louisiana Theatre Life Newsletter December 2011

Traditionally, theatre in December could be any number of oft-repeated tales, from Christmas fare like pantomime and the nativity, to seasonal stories made popular by radio, television or film, or even, regular programming not related to the holiday. 

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