Broadway World: Actors' Equity Association and Chicago Theatres Come to Agreement Over Wage Increases and Benefits

Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, and Producers' Association of Chicago Area Theatres (PACT), an association of 21 professional Chicago area theatres operating under the Chicago Area Theatre (CAT) contract, have ratified a new four-year agreement.

The new agreement implements systemic changes to allow people to make a sustained living as Chicago theatre artists, and provides producers with the runway needed to implement those changes in a sustainable way. Wage increases over the term of the contract will enable actors and stage managers to build a life in the theatre. Larger theatres have agreed to new benefits that support sustainable careers for the artists who work there. Over the term of this contract, stage managers will see across-the-board improvements in the work-life balance. And the new agreement advances discrimination and harassment protections and protections for reproductive and gender-affirming healthcare.