Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Unions

SDC to release hiring data in effort to combat racism

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has announced new measures it will take to combat racism within the industry.  Among the initial steps, the union...

SDC and AGMA hire medical professionals to create reopening guidelines

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has partnered with the American Guild of Musical Artists to hire a team of medical professionals to create...

Actors’ Equity outlines safety plans for the reopening of theaters

Actors' Equity has unveiled four overarching principles needed to safely reopen theaters across the country.  The preliminary principles, designed by epidemiologist Dr. David Michaels, rely...

Equity-League health insurance premiums rise during shutdown

Health insurance premiums will increase for members of Actors' Equity as fund trustees grapple with maintaining insurance coverage while theaters are closed.  The quarterly premium...

Broadway unions raise concerns on health insurance, the return of theater

A coalition of entertainment unions held a call with members of the press Wednesday to highlight the similar issues plaguing their members while theater...

Actors’ Equity hires former OSHA member to establish COVID-19 safety standards

Members of Actors' Equity will not return to work in the theater until the union deems it safe to do so, Equity announced Friday. In...

Broadway unions were not told new closing date ahead of announcement

Theatrical unions were not informed of Broadway's extended closing date ahead of its public announcement, according to sources familiar with the matter.  Rather, union leaders...

Musicians’ union waives payment requirement for Broadway Cares event

The Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids fundraiser will go forward after the American Federation of Musicians agreed Monday to waive its requirement that its members...

Musicians pen open letter asking for Broadway Cares fundraiser to go on

The musicians involved in a dispute between their union and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS are asking the union to stand down. Broadway Cares had planned...

Disney on Broadway fundraiser canceled after union dispute

The streaming "Disney on Broadway" fundraiser, scheduled to take place Monday, has been canceled after Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS failed to reach an agreement...

Actors’ Equity calls on federal government for health insurance subsidies

Actors' Equity is calling on the federal government to provide health insurance subsidies to members of the entertainment community who have lost coverage due...

Actors’ Equity extends deadline for dues payment

Actors' Equity has extended its dues deadline to July 31, 2020 in light of the economic hardships facing its members. The dues, which amount to...

All Broadway unions reach payment deal with Broadway League

The Broadway League has reached a deal to pay and provide health insurance to all Broadway employees during the currently scheduled suspension of Broadway...

Actors’ Equity, Broadway League reach deal over payment during shutdown

Members of Actors' Equity, which includes actors and stage managers, has reached a deal with the Broadway League over salary payment during the shutdown. The...

Broadway unions band together to ask for city and state relief

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds, which encompasses 13 theatrical unions, has joined the call for government relief for workers across all facets...

Actors’ Equity creates new contracts for live streaming

Actors' Equity has created new contracts that allow select producers to record and then release performances online to ticket buyers. These temporary agreements are available...

Dramatists Guild issues statement after playwrights asked to return advances

The Dramatists Guild spoke out Wednesday against theaters that have reportedly been asking playwrights to return advances now that their productions have been cancelled. The...

Actors’ Equity advises on unemployment benefits as actors await salary news

Actors' Equity is sending its members guidance on applying for unemployment benefits as actors await word on any salary they may receive during the...

Actors’ Equity urges producers to postpone auditions

Actors' Equity has asked producers to "temporarily postpone" auditions due to updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control on coronavirus. The union cites the...

IATSE joins other Broadway unions in calling for government relief

IATSE, which represents stagehands and other technicians and artisans on Broadway, has joined other Broadway unions in calling for government relief for its workers. The...

Musicians’ union, Actors’ Equity call for government relief after Broadway shutdown

After the shutdown of Broadway theaters and bans on large groups due to COVID-19, the musicians' union and Actors' Equity have called for government...

IATSE and the Broadway League reach tentative contract agreement

IATSE, the union that represents stagehands and hair, makeup and wardrobe technicians, has reached a tentative agreement with the Broadway League and Disney Theatrical,...

Evan Yionoulis elected executive board president of SDC

Evan Yionoulis has been elected executive board president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Yionoulis is an Obie Award-winning director, who was recently appointed...

Actors’ Equity votes to approve new Broadway contract

Actors’ Equity members have voted to approve a new production contract with the Broadway League, the actors’ union said Wednesday.  The two groups had reached...

Broadway League, Actors’ Equity reach tentative contract agreement

The Broadway League and Actors’ Equity Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, the two groups announced Monday.  Negotiated during the first...

Musicians’ union strikes new deal with the Broadway League

Local 802, the union representing musicians playing on Broadway and elsewhere, announced a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday that entitles Broadway musicians to wage...

Actors’ Equity votes to create national convention

Members of Actors' Equity have voted to create a national convention, among other changes to Equity's constitution. The first convention will be held in 2021...

Musicians’ union initiates grievance process against ‘Be More Chill’ over orchestrator

Local 802 is initiating a grievance process against “Be More Chill,” after it says the show violated the union contract by reversing its decision...

Musicians’ union, Broadway shows work through debate over orchestrators

A one-sentence clause in a union contract has been causing headaches for the Broadway industry. Due to a clause in the collective bargaining agreement...

Actors’ Equity starts fund for actors, stage managers as strike continues

Actors’ Equity has approved a fund for members who may lose out on work during the strike against developmental work, according to a letter...

Equity strike expands to include non-Equity actors

Actors' Equity has expanded its strike against developmental work to include actors working to gain membership in Equity. The strike, which began Monday, originally barred...

Australian arts and entertainment union issues support for Equity

The Australian Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, the union that represents actors, journalists, dancers, orchestral performers and more, says it "stands in solidarity" with...

Theatrical unions show support for Equity strike

A day after Actors’ Equity announced a strike against developmental work produced by the Broadway League, theatrical unions have voiced support for their efforts. On...

Actors’ Equity bars members from participating in new developmental work

Actors’ Equity has barred its members from participating in any developmental work on new shows with the Broadway League. The strike comes as Equity has...

SDC renews executive director Laura Penn’s contract through 2024

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has voted to renew the contract of executive director Laura Penn through 2024. Penn joined the union in...

Actors’ Equity negotiates for profit-sharing in developmental lab agreement

Actors’ Equity has launched a social media campaign and petition calling for changes to the developmental lab agreement as the union begins negotiations with...

Actors’ Equity names Joe Barnes national director of organizing

Joe Barnes has been named the national director of organizing for Actors’ Equity. Barnes previously worked for three years as the national representative for SAG-AFTRA...

Broadway unions speak out against Supreme Court ruling

Actors’ Equity Association and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society are speaking out against the Supreme Court ruling on public unions, as organized labor...

Broadway casting directors and League work toward settlement

Broadway casting directors and the Broadway League have made "significant progress" toward a settlement in the lawsuit concerning the unionization of the casting directors. In...

Actors’ Equity Association votes in 55 council seats in national council election

Actors' Equity Association announced the results of their 2018 National Council election Thursday, voting in 55 council seats across three regions. Kate Shindle, who ran...

Actors’ Equity votes to change the name of the Gypsy Robe

The Gypsy Robe is changing its name. After hearing concerns about the insensitivity of the name, the Actors’ Equity Association has voted to rename...

Actors’ Equity pushes for creation of Tony Award categories honoring ensembles

The Actors’ Equity Association is pushing to create two new Tony Award categories that honor equity choruses and ensembles in musicals or plays. Actors’...

Actors’ Equity announces formation of sexual harassment prevention committee

Actors’ Equity Association announced the formation of a committee Friday to prevent sexual harassment in theater. The committee is meant to come up with...

Actors’ Equity and ‘Rocktopia’ reach tentative contract agreement

"Rocktopia" has reached a tentative agreement with the Actors' Equity Association, the union said Tuesday. The concert, which began previews at the Broadway Theatre Tuesday,...

Actors’ Equity speaks out against ‘Rocktopia’ over pay for chorus members

The Actors’ Equity Association is taking aim at “Rocktopia” after it has not provided an Equity contract for its chorus members. “Rocktopia,” a concert...

Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds elects new co-chairs

The Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds has new leadership. Laura Penn, head of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and D. Joseph Hartnett of...

Actors’ Equity updates showcase code, takes out ticket cap

The Actors’ Equity Association updated its showcase code for the first time since 2009, formally eliminating price caps on tickets, among other changes. The...

New York unions pledge to stand behind casting directors

A coalition representing 39 unions in New York City is speaking up for casting directors and urging the Broadway League to allow them to...

BroadwayCon reaches contract agreement with Actors’ Equity

BroadwayCon has reached a three-year agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association that sets standard contracts for Equity members, while adding provisions for shorter appearances. The...

Stage Directors and Choreographers Society elects new board leadership

The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society has elected a new vice president and a new secretary. The union, which has an active membership of...

Actors’ Equity sends email to 1,500 employers on sexual harassment policies

The Actors’ Equity Association has conducted a national outreach on sexual harassment, as Broadway contends with allegations in the community. The union sent an...