The Los Angeles Stage Alliance closed after more than two dozen local theaters withdrew their membership. Following the nonprofit’s Ovation Awards on March 30, East West Players leads an exodus about the mispronunciation of several nominees and the rules stipulating that only one theater company could be recognized for an award.
After the organization’s board of directors made the unanimous decision, the group released a statement saying “it has always been our intention to represent and promote the entire Los Angeles theater community, but at this time , we are unable to continue. For the past 46 years, LASA has worked to recognize, support and celebrate artists and theaters from all communities. We believe in equity, diversity and inclusion at all levels. As individuals, we pledge to continue our support of this community that is so dear to us. We wish the entire theater community and its stakeholders continued success.
Initially, as cinemas announced their departure from the alliance, LASA released a four-pronged action plan March 31, including plans to create a task force, an advisory board, and an operations plan in response to his mistakes.
Among those who have issued statements of solidarity with the Asian-American theater company, affirming their decision to leave LASA as well, were Center Theater Group, Deaf West Theater, Geffen Gambling Houseand Pasadena Theater.