Actors’ Equity has moved its dues deadline. (Photo: Walter McBride/Getty Images)

Actors’ Equity has launched an emergency fund for its members with an initial investment of $500,000.

The Actors’ Equity Emergency Curtain Up Fund will be administered through the Actors Fund and support theater workers affected by the theater closures. In addition to the initial investment, Actors Equity will match another $250,000 of contributions.

“Everyone who works in theatre has had their shows postponed and are worried about how they will make rent next month, to say nothing of other essentials like groceries and health care,” Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity, said in the press release. “It is imperative that we do our part by creating the emergency Curtain Up Fund and we hope that everyone, from theatre lovers to audience members, actors and producers, will contribute right away to support Actors Fund’s vital social services and financial aid programs.”