Behind the LimeLight
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Behind The LimeLight
Performers and offstage workers give and get advice anonymously while helping our industry.
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- Behind the LimeLightDO NOT WORK HERE. There have been multiple cases of production staff sexually harassing actors, and in one of those cases, the Artistic Director completely mishandled the situation when the actors came forward about it. They only pay $300/wk. You can earn $350/wk if you sign up to work the bar, work concessions, or do cast costume laundry every week. I worked at TATC when the Delta variant was going around. They had some basic COVID safety protocol, but it was hardly enforced by the stage manager. When I expressed a concern to them, they seemed very exasperated and didn't really address it. TATC also loves to put on shows with sets that are WAY more complicated than their space can handle. They have zero budget for ASMs or backstage crew. As a result, actors have to do a lot of elaborate set changes in addition to their performance tracks. Some of these set pieces are really difficult to lift and are very noisy backstage. The biggest perks were the cast housing and the company van. Some of the housing is driving distance from the theatre, but I was placed in a house that is a 3 min walk from the theatre. All the bedrooms are singles with full beds, and all the bedrooms on the top floor of our house had private bathrooms (no shower though--only a bathtub with a shower head attachment). The kitchen had pretty much everything you need. Cripple Creek doesn't have a lot in their local grocery store, so we would typically take the company van and drive 40 mins out to Woodland Park to get groceries at Safeway or Walmart. You also have to drive out to Woodland Park if you need to pick up prescriptions, go to the bank, etc.
- Behind the LimeLightThis is an LLC that exists at a hotel/function space at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs, CA. The owners of the LLC also own Pilgrim House in Provincetown, MA and hire entertainers there. - The Palm Springs living situations are chaotic for performers and the creative team alike. - Payments are not always received in a timely manner. - The owners of the LLC try to get the performers to work in the hotel restaurant/cafe. - The owners do what they can to skirt around agreements made in writing and in meetings such that working conditions become dangerous. I would urge performers to steer clear of any job postings for this LLC or the one in Provincetown.
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