Political Research and Outreach Committee
John Clancy, Chair
The P.R.O. is creating a Performing Arts Platform and will endorse candidates in elections who support the platform. We will have events that will allow candidates to state how they will support the arts in New York City.
Chris Harcum, Chair
The Equity Committee wants to develop an Independent Theater waiver through Actors' Equity for those who work in venues with 99 seats or less in New York City. We seek the support of actors in the union and look forward to conversations with Actors' Equity Association.
Real Estate Committee
Randi Berry, Chair
The Real Estate Committee is focused on finding and creating affordable rehearsal space, maintaining presently operating performance spaces and halting the steady decline in the number of available venues. A proposal to create tax incentives for landlords and developers for the creation and renting of Community Use FAR space to small performing arts venues has been circulated around. At this point each of the Manhattan community boards has signed off on the proposal. As this effort moves forward we will need to increase our lobbying efforts to include Albany, as ultimately this is a tax issue and will require a vote upstate.
Aimee Todoroff, Chair
The membership of LIT has grown from a small core of believers in 2009 to several hundred members and counting. The Membership Committee seeks to increase our ranks and get our members actively engaged in our core activities.
Heather Olmstead, Chair
The activities of the Communications Committee can be summarized in 4 distinct categories: marketing, education, public relations, and internal communications. The Communications Committee seeks to bring the large and diverse Independent Theater territory closer.