Ethan Krasnoo is the Law Ally of Broadway.
Ethan Krasnoo is a former actor-turned-lawyer who counsels clients at Reavis Page Jump LLP in matters of entertainment, general corporate, intellectual property and employment law. He also advises entertainment and media companies, organizations and individuals on a broad range of complex commercial litigation, arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution matters and has advised professionals and non-profits on transactional and employment matters, including negotiations and terminations, and in protecting and expanding their intellectual property assets and data security.
On any given night you can find Ethan taking in a show. He is a Sondheim fanatic and loves both bold, new musicals and Rogers & Hammerstein classics, as well as anything from the traditional canon of American family dramas from writers like Arthur Miller and Eugene O’Neill to more contemporary works like Angels in America, Slave Play and August: Osage County. Ethan studied theater at Tufts University, has directed plays and musicals, and prior to law school, performed professionally in theater, film and television, with credits including the lead role of Benny in the Off-Broadway musical That’s Life and Jamie in the U.S. National Tour of My Fair Lady.
The legal side of the theater industry, be it actors’ employment contracts and union protections or production collaborations and investments—the list goes on—is a complex landscape not publicly discussed as often as other areas of show business, but one that is fascinating and important to examine for theater professionals and novices alike.
As the Law Ally of Broadway, Ethan looks at the legal behind-the-scenes of theater and the portrayal of law onstage throughout theater’s history, as well as current issues in the industry and where it is headed in the future.
You can find additional writing by Ethan on Medium @e_krasnoo.