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    Posted July 27, 2010

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Significant Improvements Highlight New Non-Profit Theatre Agreement

Significant salary increases and other improvements highlight the new three-year Association of Non-Profit Theatre Companies (ANTC) Contract approved by the Eastern Regional Board on July 13, 2010. The previous contract expired on August 1.

The new agreement includes minimum salary increases of 4% in the first year, 4% in the second year, and 3% in the third year. Additionally, Stage Manager minimum salaries increase to 20% above Actors' minimums and Assistant Stage Manager minimum salaries increase to 10% above the Actors' minimums. A Stage Manager with no Assistant Stage Manager receives 10% above the Stage Manager salaries. Dance Captain increments increase to 18%.

There were also other improvements in Stage Manager rules along with changes in rules covering clothes and make-up; publicity; rehearsals; televising, recording and motion pictures; transfers of Equity contract productions; and understudies.

Theatres producing under the ANTC agreement are Classic Stage Company, MCC Theater, The New Group, Primary Stages, The Vineyard Theatre, The Women's Project and Productions, and The York Theatre Company. There were approximately 8,000 workweeks under the expiring agreement.

Equity's Negotiating Team was Bill Bateman, Chair; John Atherlay, Brian Myers Cooper, Ira Denmark, Rosie Goldman, Greg Hirsch, John Christopher Jones, Brian Rardin and Melissa Robinette. Also participating were Second Vice President Rebecca Kim Jordan and Allyson Tucker. Staff was led by Lawrence Lorczak, Chief Negotiator, assisted by Michelle Kelts, Maria Cameron, Joe Erdey, Frank Stancati and David Westphal.

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