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    Posted February 16, 2009

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AEA Hosts SPARK Event, "A Guide To Your First Equity Contract" in Philadelphia

On Monday, January 12, 2009, AEA participated in a SPARK event titled “A Guide To Your First Equity Contract”, sponsored by Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

SPARK is an initiative of the Theatre Alliance to ignite dialogue and opportunities for small and developing theatre companies. AEA was invited to present information concerning our developing theatre contracts like SPT, Special Appearance, Guest Artist and dispel some myths and worries about the process of application. You can see the meeting notes of the event. They are posted at the Theatre Alliance website at

The event was moderated by Karen DiLossi, Director of Programs and Services for Theatre Alliance. Panel participants were Bryan S. Clark (Managing Director, Theatre Exile), Dragica Dabo (Business Rep. Developing Theatres, AEA), Joe Erdey (Traveling Business Rep, AEA), Chris Sapienza (Philadelphia Liaison Chair).

Theatre attendees included Delaware Shakespeare Festival, EgoPo Productions, Little Fish Theatre Collaborative, The Nice People Theatre Company, Philadelphia Dramatists Center, Quince Productions and Represented Theatre Company.

We thank the Prince Music Theatre for the use of their second floor black box space. We are especially grateful for our strengthening relationship with Theatre Alliance to partner in these worthwhile events. We look forward to the possibility that in the coming years, some of these SPARK theatres could become the next “Lantern Theatre”, “Act II Playhouse” or “Arden Theatre Company”.

Pictured clockwise from left: Joe Erdey, Dragica Dabo, Christopher Sapienza, Bryan S. Clark, Karen DiLossi Photo: Tom Helmer

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