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    Agency Update

    Deborah Epstein has received a promotion at Ambrosio-Mortimer, and is now casting theatre, film, and TV for the agency. Her affiliations are Equity, SAG, and

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    Notable Passings

    In 1996 the performing arts community bade farewell to its own, from Jonathan Larson, 35, to George Burns, 100. We will also miss:

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    A Life in the Theatre: Recalling 20 Years of Back Stage

    Let me open by wishing all of you a very happy New Year. And, begging a bit of self-indulgence, wishing myself a hearty congratulations! Friday, January 3, 1997, marks my 20th year as editor of Back Stage. Twenty years may seem like a long time in one position, but you ...

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    NEWS : Guild Merger Projects Deficit SAG/AFTRA, Seeing Red Early, May Consider New Dues Structure

    A proposed merger of two of the nation's major actors' unions could be facing a first-year deficit of $5 million, possibly leading to revision of the new organization's dues and fees structure to remove the

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    ATPAM Votes Option to Strike Nederlander

    A vote by the members of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM) has given the union's board the authority to call a strike against the Nederlander

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    Arts Journalism Fellows Selected

    The National Arts Journalism Program, funded by a $3.2 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, has announced its 1996-97 fellows. They include: Julia Klein, arts reporter (Philadelphia Inquirer); Cheryl Kushner, entertainment editor (Cleveland's The Plain Dealer); Douglas McLennan, arts writer (Tacoma's News Tribune); John Horn, entertainment ...

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    "Runaway' Fears Unfounded? L.A. Film-TV Industry Employment Hit Record High in '98

    (BPI) LOS ANGELES-Despite the recent wave of concern about the loss of U.S. jobs to runaway production, several key indicators show that employment in California's film and TV industry hit a record high in

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    STAGE AND SCREEN

    Break Down and Build Up - Performers who've found success often find self-doubt, addiction, and the need to give something back as

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    AT&T:OnStage Grants Bestowed

    Grants for the production of six new plays and one musical have been made through AT&T:OnStage, the AT&T company's nonprofit theatre sponsorship program. U.S. recipients of the 1997 grants, which total nearly $500,000, are as