Broadway World: Actors' Equity Association and League of Resident Theatres Reach New Five-Year Agreement

Actors' Equity Association and the League of Resident Theatres have reached a tentative agreement for a new five-year contract.

The agreement remains subject to ratification by both Equity members and LORT members.

"We are pleased to have come to a tentative agreement with LORT that guarantees fair wages while also making significant gains reflecting the hard work of stage managers, understudies and actors who play musical instruments on stage," said Actors' Equity Association Assistant Executive Director Andrea Hoeschen, who served as Equity's lead negotiator on the agreement. "The mutual respect between Equity and LORT was palpable throughout the bargaining process, which resulted in an agreement that benefits both sides. The new contract features important advances in safety rules and equity, diversity and inclusion provisions. In return we agreed to terms that give employers opportunities to maximize their ability to rebuild and expand their audiences. In the receding wake of a pandemic that devastated the livelihoods of actors and stage managers and posed an existential threat to the well-being of LORT theatres across the country, we are grateful to the Equity members and the members of LORT who worked tirelessly through sleepless nights to find a path forward that met, and in some ways exceeded, both parties' needs."