Broadway World: Washington Production of Drunk Shakespeare to Unionize with Equity

The actors, stage managers, bartenders and servers of the Drunk Shakespeare production in Washington, D.C. are now the third company of the theatrical franchise to unionize as Drunk Shakespeare United. Alongside their fellow workers in Chicago and Phoenix, they have designated Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional performers and stage managers in live theatre, as their bargaining representative.  

While they would welcome the voluntary recognition their employers offered to their colleagues in Chicago, workers in Phoenix and Washington, D.C. are confident their signed union commitment cards will lead to certification by the NLRB. 

In all three cities, workers unanimously chose to unionize in order to implement systems that will preserve the high quality of the show and establish a clear line of communication with management to raise concerns as they arise.