"This is a deeply painful time for everyone who depends on the arts for their livelihood."
Fans of Broadway will have to wait a little longer for shows to resume — until at least late May.
Equity stage managers have reported having contracts cancelled entirely when a theatre signs with SAG-AFTRA instead of Equity.
At issue: Who should represent performers and stage managers when theater is recorded and streamed, one of the few viable options during the pandemic.
Leaders of SAG-AFTRA are in a bitter jurisdictional battle with Actors' Equity over which union should cover the taping of live events.
President Trump said he will stop negotiations on another stimulus package until after the election.
Donald Trump has instructed Senate Republicans to block all coronavirus relief until after the election.
The fund that covers thousands of performers will require that they work more weeks per year to qualify.
The U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 theater actors and stage managers is blasting a proposal that would raise eligibility requirements for members to receive health care during the pandemic.
Actors’ Equity members will need to work more weeks to qualify for health insurance coverage in 2021.
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