• Interview: Ming Cho Lee and Susie Medak (1997)

    By: Victoria Nolan, Professor (Adjunct) of Theater Management and Deputy Dean of Yale School of Drama

    In 1997, negotiations over renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between United Scenic Artists (USA) Local 829 and the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) had stalled.  The 1992-1996 LORT-USA Agreement had expired, and both LORT and USA walked away from negotiations with no successor agreement.  LORT continued to file contracts pursuant to the 1992-96 Agreement, although no agreement was actually in place.

    Victoria Nolan, Professor (Adjunct) of Theater Management at Yale School of Drama, invited Ming Cho Lee and Susie Medak to her class—Managing the Production Process—to discuss the issues at stake in the negotiation.  Lee is a noted, award-winning scenic designer and Yale School of Drama design faculty member who had played a central role in the history of the designers’ relationship with USA; Medak is the managing director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre and a central figure in the LORT’s negotiations.

    The transcript of this session records a remarkably cordial relationship between the two groups and a frank discussion of the problems facing this negotiation and the designers’ relationships to the theaters.

    Ming Cho Lee and Susie Medak (1997) [INTERVIEW]
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