The Boca Raton Theatre Guild is evolving this season from a community theatre to professional company, in part by paying ‘competitive salaries,’ even hiring an occasional Equity actor, said artistic director Keith Garsson.
The 20-year-old organization is moving from ’emerging professional’ status ‘by investing more money in actors and directors,’ Garsson said.
Although the new pay scale would be negotiated, ‘before it was little or no pay. We won’t pay like Caldwell of Florida Stage’well, maybe in two years if all goes well,’ he said.
‘I see this as a major move forward in our evolution,’ Garsson said. ‘We’ve been thinking along these lines for a while now, and the success we had with this summer’s run of The Year of Magical Thinking with (Equity member and Carbonell Award winning actress) Angie Radosh just confirmed it ‘ our audiences demand and enjoy quality. We believe this new policy will be attractive not only to our audiences, but to actors and directors as well.’
The company performs at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park in Boca Raton. It’s coming season includes the comedy Hate Mail from December 3-12; Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound from Jan. 7-16; the musical Cabaret from Feb. 25-Mar. 13 and the 12th Annual Play Reading Festival from Apr. 16-17.’For more information call (561) 948-2601.