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Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Owner, The StageCrafts

Roaring into 2020 like…

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Happy Holidays, everyone! However you celebrate, Jenn and I hope this season has brought you joy and prosperity!

Looking Back at 2019

As the year draws to a close, Jenn and I have spent the last few weeks performing together at studio/stage in Theatre Unleashed‘s annual holiday show, It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play. We’ve also spent a lot of time reflecting on the events of the past year, as well as planning the future of our venues.

This year, we saw our fair share of ups and downs.

Unfortunately, we lost The Belfry Stage right at the beginning of the year due to the landlord having other designs for the space. However, we were determined to persevere and not let one setback – no matter how significant it might be – derail us.

Fortunately, new friends provided us with unexpected gifts, like gorgeous, brand new theatre seats for studio/stage, and new opportunities!

This year, we hosted film shoots and fashion shows, showcases and screenings, world premier plays and workshops. We hosted renowned artists from around the world, and provided room for budding home-grown Los Angeles talents to flex their creative muscles.

We brought The Hobgoblin Playhouse back for the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival, and hosted over thirty Fringe shows this year between our two spaces.

Later in the year, we officially added not one, but two new venues to our folio – The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts, a gorgeous 99-seat proscenium begging for productions, and Howard Fine Acting Studio, a classroom suitable for rehearsals, meetings and small events.

Jenn, having been bit by the travel bug, became a certified Travel Advisor specializing in Disney Destinations! I couldn’t imagine a more perfect passion project for her; she’s been to the parks in both Anaheim and Orlando a combined total of almost 400 times!

I also found myself exploring new creative opportunities as I expanded the scope of my lighting design services, taking on clients with productions outside of our venues!

And to think, this was only the beginning.

It’s like they knew we were coming!

Roaring into the 2020’s

We have big plans for this coming year, for our venues and for ourselves as artists and members of the #LAThtr community.

First and foremost, we’ve launched our new website! This site is meant to provide useful information about our venues for both patrons (directions, parking, schedule) and producers (rental FAQ, pictures, video tours), as well as a client portal to our integrated booking system. 

But wait, there’s more! 

After much thought and consideration, we’re bringing back What We Do When We’re Dark, our behind-the-scenes vlog about creating and hosting live theatre in Los Angeles! New episodes will be released monthly, hosted right here on our blog.

Also, this coming year, I’m bringing back my Self-Producing for Playwrights workshop, with new and expanded content targeted for actors looking to create their own opportunities! This seminar was a huge hit when I gave it for the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights two years ago, but it’s been mothballed since. As it stands right now, I’ll be giving this seminar as a part of the Professional Development program at Emerson College’s LA campus in February. After that, I plan to offer it to the public at studio/stage in the Spring. 

We’re also gearing up to launch a new project that’s been sitting on the back burner for far too long. More on that soon. Very soon.

So, if you’ve read this far, I’m sure you’re dying to know the best ways to stay in the loop about everything we have going on. 

Well…

Felt surprised. Might delete later, IDK.

Keeping Up With The StageCrafts

First and foremost, this website’s going to be the new central hub of activity for us. If you still use RSS readers, you can subscribe to our feed here.

We’ve also revamped all of our social media. We’re no longer doing individual accounts for each venue (which may prove a little confusing in the short term, but we hope will simplify everything in the long run). You can now follow each of our social media accounts here:

You can also sign up for our patron newsletter below for monthly updates on what’s coming up at each of our venues using the form below!

Alright, I think that’s everything! The new year is looking bright and full of exciting opportunity. We can’t wait to share it with you.

Happy New Year!

 

What are you looking forward to most in 2020? Let us know in the comments!

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“Gregory was awesome to book with! Great people! Great space! It was super nice and looks amazing. Very good lighting and light settings, and stage design. We’ll be back to use studio/stage again!”

Dawnielle B.

Dancer

studio/stage

520 N. Western Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Contact:
 (323) 591-4849
 rentals@thestagecrafts.com

The Arena Stage at Theatre of Arts

1625 N Las Palmas Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Contact:
 (323) 591-4849
 rentals@thestagecrafts.com

Howard Fine Acting Studio

1320 N. Highland Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Contact:
 (323) 591-4849
 rentals@thestagecrafts.com

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