Organizing a collective voice for the theater community
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Politics, Research, Outreach
As a 501 (c) 6 advocacy organization, the League of Independent Theater may endorse and support political candidates in primaries and elections. Many elections are decided by just a few hundred votes. We have had and will continue to have meetings with politicians on the local, city and state levels. We will be giving our support to politicians who are looking out for the interests of our territory.
For information on the Performing Arts Platform we are working to implement, see the Platform page.
For information on the League's involvement in the 2013 Citywide Election, see this archive.
It’s expensive to live in New York City. It’s nearly impossible to rent space to rehearse and perform if you are an independent theater artist or producer. In terms of theater real estate, there have been major losses and hard-won victories. We know we will continue to have ups and downs.
The League of Independent Theater is working on several initiatives to help off-set the costs for building owners to rent to theaters. We are also working to find new avenues for heavily subsidized rehearsal space. When artists come into a neighborhood so does business and everything begins to blossom.
If you have comments or concerns about real estate, or would like to get involved with keeping our real estate great, please contact us here.
Codes and Contracts
The League of Independent Theater recognizes and celebrates the good work of Actors’ Equity Association since 1912. We respectfully request the opportunity to discuss options that will allow those creating independent theater to work with actors who are members of Actors’ Equity in a more beneficial way for both sides. Many members of the League are also card-carrying AEA actors. We want good and positive outcomes for everyone involved.
We want to create conditions that will allow independent theater practitioners to rehearse and run productions for lengths of time worthy of everyone involved, including our audiences.
We want to restore New York City’s reputation as the place where young artists are welcomed and have a decent chance of staying and creating a body of work in our city. We look forward to many conversations on this matter. We believe a new Independent Theater Code would be good for our actors, our city, and our souls.
If you have thoughts on what should be included in an Independent Theater Code, please contact us here. Your responses will be kept confidential.
Green Practices Working Group is LIT’s newest initiative. We are dedicated to encouraging ecological practices among Indie Theater artists through multiple avenues:
Green Captains. In partnership with the Broadway Green Alliance, we will solicit representatives from independent theater companies and productions to uphold ecological practices throughout their theater-making process, and to be liaisons with the Broadway Green Alliance in order to communicate information and opportunities to their collaborators.
Salons. We will host Salons for interested individuals and concerned citizens across many disciplines (arts, science, policy) to collectively generate ideas and solutions, and to cultivate a community surrounding ecological theater practices. We will collaborate with Public Partners to voice our concerns and to brainstorm sustainable solutions for Indie Theater artists and venues seeking to curb their environmental footprint and expand their resources.
Blog. We will begin a blog exploring how Indie Theater artists of diverse generations and disciplines are incorporating green practices and ideas into their work, in order to inspire the LIT community both artistically and practically to make their own ecological changes.
Why? The League of Independent Theater is proud to be on the forefront of a shift in cultural consciousness, wherein the care we take in our artistic practice and our care for the environment become one and the same. In the face of a global environmental crisis, LIT wants to empower independent artists to be leaders of great positive change. We believe this change can be beneficial to Indie Artists' process and pocketbook as well as peace of mind; there are countless ways that “going green” can be an economic boon, and an artistic one.
We need people to help get this Working Group up and running! Join us today!