June 23, 2017
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
New York, NY – Actors and stage managers at 72 U.S. theaters will get raises ranging from 16% to 81% over the next five years, under a tentative contract announced June 13 between Actors’ Equity Association and the League of Resident Theaters.
The proposal, which would be retroactive to Feb. 13, also adds $1.7 million in employer contributions to the union’s health fund and includes preventive physical therapy for performers who work on shows with significant choreography for longer than eight weeks. The league, with 72 not-for-profit theaters in 29 states and Washington, D.C., employs more Actors’ Equity members than Broadway or commercial productions do. “This was an incredibly difficult negotiation for Equity, but in the end, we have a contract that will deliver immediate wage increases to Equity members and create more work opportunities for Equity principal actors, members of the chorus, and stage managers,” Actors’ Equity executive director Mary McColl said in a statement. Members who have worked on league productions over the past four years have until June 23 to ratify the agreement. Read more