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NY Daily News

ALBANY - It could be curtains for child actors on Broadway: Proposed state regulations would slash the number of hours for child performers. And that, critics say, would make it nearly impossible for juveniles to work on Broadway. "They are just that restrictive," said Keith Halpern, director of labor relations for the Broadway League. The proposed state Labor Department regulations would prohibit actors under the age of 18 from working past 10 p.m. - before most Broadway shows end - and limit the hours they could work. Actors between the age of 9 and 16 would be limited to no more than five hours of actual work and must have at least three hours of schooling. "It doesn't work within our environment," said Maria Somma, spokeswoman for the Actors Equity Association, the union for stage managers and actors. Labor Department spokesman Leo Rosales said the new regulations result from a 2008 law that empowered the labor commissioner to "safeguard the health, education, morals and general welfare of child performers." Rosales said the rules, quietly proposed in November, could be altered.

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After reading the new regulations, she was appalled. A month later she founded her own advocacy organization, Child Performers Coalition, with the intent to persuade the Department of Labor to table its proposal. "I don't see any of the provisions favoring productions or performers, save a couple of them," Crisp said. "There are a couple of production-friendly provisions, and there really are no child-friendly provisions." Crisp is not alone in her opinion.


1st Backstage Article

Kelly Crisp was on set with her son Toliver when she got a call from his manager. Toliver was shooting a Spike Lee–directed anti-smoking public service announcement. The boy's manager called to tell Crisp about an email he had just received from Anne Henry, co-founder of the activist group BizParentz Foundation, regarding a new set of regulations for child performers proposed by the New York State Department of Labor. Crisp, a former public prosecutor and professional


NY1 Television

Frank DiLella, NY 1's "On Stage" reporter, profiles the Child Performer/Labor story in a three minute segment that will air throughout the weekend and Monday. The story features Kelly Crisp, Founder of Child Performers Coalition, Adam Riegler, currently performing on Broadway as "Pugsley" in The Addams Family and Maria Somma, spokesperson for Actor's Equity. Leo Rosales, spokesperson for the NYS Department of Labor can be heard in a telephone interview with Mr. DiLella.

Significant Changes To Current Rules

The New York State Department of Labor will make "significant changes" to a controversial set of proposed regulations governing child performers, according to a department spokesperson. Leo Rosales said today that the volume of feedback the department has received regarding the regulations prompted a decision to revise them. He declined to enumerate the specific changes. "We will be making changes," Rosales said. "After the 7th, we will issue a new set of proposed rules taking into account all of the comments that were submitted, then putting out another 30-day comment period after that."


Progress Towards Safer Regulations

What a difference a year makes. Last January, the New York State Department of Labor sparked outrage over its proposed new regulations for child performers. In a series of contentious hearings, the proposals were pummeled by producers, agents, union representatives, and parents, who claimed that the rules would create confusion and endanger New York's entertainment industry, as well as the welfare of child entertainers.


NY Lawmakers Get Involved

Albany is beginning to take aim at the New York State Department of Labor's controversial proposal for new regulations governing child performers. In a letter sent yesterday to the Labor Department, freshman state Sen. David Carlucci expressed concern that the new rules would place child performers in danger and stifle New York's film and TV production industries. "The film, production, and theater businesses are responsible for thousands of jobs in New York state," Carlucci wrote. "If we were to impede these businesses with undue or burdensome regulations, they may seek to do business in another state or country. This would cause serious economic consequences for New York and damage its reputation for being a premier film and television mecca."