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    Posted June 14, 2006

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New Option for Business Theatre

Equity Creates New Option For Work in Business Theatre

The Business Theatre and Events Committee has created a "Memorandum of Understanding," designed specifically to address the problem of how to get pension and health credits for an actor or stage manager who works on a convention, trade show or other special event.

This new initiative for a growing industry doesn't change the remuneration to which members have agreed, but allows pension and health payments to be deducted and submitted to the Equity Pension and Health Fund through the use of a paymaster. For those members who do a lot of work in business theatre, this new Memorandum is a plus. "Now I can present this Memorandum of Understanding to my employers and I can be on an Equity contract with full benefits," said Stage Manager Marjorie Horne. "It's a lucrative industry for a lot of us," agreed Actor Judy Rice. "With this Memorandum of Understanding, we can do the work and still get benefits credit. For some of our members, that could mean getting health insurance or not."

The Memorandum is flexible, and addresses the quick nature of this type of work. The work rules are simple, and provide appropriate protection for members. So the next time you consider working a trade show, interactive seminar, convention or other type of business theatre and entertainment job, place your work on the Memorandum of Understanding and reap the benefits the Union has to offer.

For further information:

In New York contact:
Walt Kiskaddon, (212) 869-8530 or

In Chicago:
Ann Gordon, (312) 641-0393 or

In Los Angeles:
Alice Smith, (323) 634-1750.

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