March 12, 2020 is a date already written in the history books of New York City; the grim day on which every Broadway theater was forced to shutter in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Now, nearly two months into the shutdown and with no foreseeable end in sight, many performers are left asking, “What next?”
Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association since 2015, has been working round the clock to answer the question along with many others. Between a just-announced partnership with former OSHA Chief David Michaels, advocating for federal and state funding, and forward-thinking on exactly how and when members can safely return to work, Shindle knows the show can’t go on just yet. But the union will be ready when it does.