As Off-Broadway theaters plan their post-pandemic returns, an expiring Actors’ Equity contract presents one major uncertainty.
The contract between Actors’ Equity and the Off-Broadway League has been in place since November 2016 and is set to expire July 31. Off-Broadway theaters and producers are coming to the table with slashed budgets and rising costs related to safely welcoming casts and audiences back into theaters. Actors’ Equity is advocating on behalf of its members who have been out of work for more than a year.
The last round of negotiations between the two parties missed its initial deadline and eventually saw an increase in wages for actors and stage managers, after a social media campaign waged on behalf of Equity members.