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Greening the Theater

1 November 2010 6:03 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

When I came to L.A. from Iowa in the '70s, I found a vibrant theater community. Actors who had come from all over the country to work in film and television were creating an exciting scene because it was crucial to honing their craft. There was a sense of community, commitment, and innovation. I joined the Odyssey Theatre, where I've worked as actress and associate artistic director for 34 years.But about 10 years ago, a curious thing happened. While the people I had worked with through the years remained committed to theater, we saw fewer and fewer young actors aching to get involved. From the '70s through the early '90s, a casting call for young actors yielded 200 to 300 people. Currently, such a call brings fewer than 100. There are many theories for this: a change in culture, more-desperate financial times, etc. But one theory holds that this new »

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