Backstage: Equity Launches New Hotline for Reporting Abuse

Actors’ Equity, the U.S. union for professional stage managers and stage actors, recently announced the launch of a new hotline where members can report instances of harassment or abuse in theater workplaces. The helpline, which was announced in the union’s latest edition of Equity News magazine, is the latest step for the labor organization that’s in the midst of redefining itself as more engaged and activistic.

"This hotline is another outlet for members to anonymously report any kind of harassment or hostility in the workplace, even if they aren’t ready to bring formal charges," said Equity’s President, Kate Shindle, in a press release. Since 2017, Shindle has overseen Equity 2020—a nationwide campaign aimed at enhancing the union’s offense and influence in the labor landscape. READ MORE