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November 15, 2002

Actors' Equity, Producer's League Of Theatre For Young Audiences Reach Tentative Agreement for New Three-Year Contract

Agreement between Equity and PLOTYA Actors' Equity and the Producer's League of Theatre For Young Audiences (PLOTYA) have reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) contract. The current agreement expires on December 22, 2002. The tentative agreement was reached on Friday, November 15, 2002, following a week of "intensive negotiations" said Senior Business Representative Zalina Hoosein, who served as Equity's Chief Negotiator.

Terms of the new agreement will be presented to Equity's Council for discussion and ratification at a meeting in December.

The Theatre for Young Audiences Contract is one of Equity's most important national agreements, generating over 12,000 work weeks per year. Earnings under the contract generated $5 million dollars for Actors in the last fiscal year, according to Equity's 2000-2001 employment survey.

Equity's negotiating team was comprised of 18 members including Councilors and members at large representing all three regions. Participating Equity staff members were: Senior Business Representatives Joe Garber from the Western region and Christine Provost from the Central region, Business Representatives Kathy Mercado from the Eastern region, and, Bridgett Stegall and Jonathon Widener from the Central region.

Ken Arthur, of Theatreworks USA, served as Chief Negotiator for PLOTYA.

David Lotz
Director of Communications
November 15, 2002

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