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December 19, 2002

Council Approves Proposals for Upcoming CORST (Council of Resident Stock Theatres) Negotiations

Equity Seeks Five Year Pact - Current Agreement Expires February 23, 2003

The Council of Actors' Equity Association has approved its proposals for the upcoming CORST (Council of Resident Stock Theatres) negotiations, which will begin on Monday, January 6th, 2003.

Equity Senior Business Representative Rick Berg will be Chief Negotiator for Equity, with support from Equity staff members Cathy Bruce, Luther Goins and Marty McDonough. The Negotiating Team consists of 15 councillors and members-at-large, representing principal, chorus and stage managers from all three regions. Councillor Lynn Archer is Chair of the Negotiating Team.

Eleven theatres - nine resident companies and two independents - currently use the CORST agreement. According to Equity's Annual Employment Report, the contract generated 2500 work weeks in 2001-2002, with $1.6 million dollars in earnings. The CORST theatres are:

  • Barn Theatre, Augusta, MI
  • Barnstormers, Tamworth, NH
  • Flat Rock Playhouse, Flat Rock, NC
  • Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick, ME
  • Mountain Playhouse, Jennerstown, PA
  • Old Log Theatre, Excelsior, MN
  • Peninsula Players, Fish Creek, WI
  • Peterborough Players, Peterborough, NH
  • St. Michael's Playhouse, Colchester, VT
  • Totem Pole Playhouse, Fayetteville, PA
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival, Willamstown, MA

The last negotiations took place in 1996; in 1999, the terms were extended for three years with a 4% increase in the first two years and a cost-of-living increase in the third. The current contract expires on 2/23/03.

According to Berg, "Equity will be seeking improvements in a few areas of the contract, including salary increases, increased health contributions, Assistant Stage Manager staffing, and housing. By and large, however, we have a long and cordial relationship with these theatres and our members are pretty happy with the conditions at most of them."

"Equity is eager to begin negotiations and is looking forward to frank and cordial discussions of all the issues," he concluded.