Actors' Equity Association requires that all Employers hiring Actors and/or Stage Managers on Equity contracts carry Workers' Compensation and Unemployment Insurance and have the ability to hire the Actors and/or Stage Managers as employees, and h ave the ability to process payroll on a weekly basis.

Actors and/or Stage Managers working on Equity contracts may not be hired as Independent Contractors (1099 Employees).

If your organization/company is not able to fulfill the above requirements, you must use a Paymaster service to serve as the Employer of Record. The rates and services of each of the Paymaster companies may vary, so you will need to contact the Paymaster(s) you are interested in using, and confirm that they will be a good fit for your organization/company.

This listing of Paymaster companies is provided by Actors' Equity Association as a courtesy and convenience to you, and does not represent Actors' Equity Association's endorsement of any particular Paymaster Company.

You may also conduct your own research online, or through your business acquaintances, and hire other Paymasters who do not appear on the list above, as long as they are able to fulfill the requirements listed above.

Please note: When you hire a Paymaster company, the business relationship is between your organization/company, and the Paymaster company, and any questions regarding the Paymaster should be directed to them, and not to Actors' Equity staff. The information provided on this list is subject to change without notice.

Actors' Equity Association does not endorse any particular Paymaster company.

Name Contact Phone Email Address
American Residuals and Talent (ART) Maryjane Beattie 603-367-9955 26 Gregs Way, Suite A, Tamworth, NH 03886
Austin Creative Alliance Laura Walberg 512-247-2531 81 San Marcos St, Suite C1, Austin, TX 78702
NPI Entertainment Payroll, Inc. Erin Ray 818-566-7878 ext. 2012 or 866-296-2267 2550 Hollywood Way, Suite 430, Burbank, CA 91505
Production Payroll Services, LLC James J. Sheridan 301-371-5910 5257 Buckeystown Pike, #250, Frederick, MD 21704
Sound 80 David Valdez 612-425-4365 222 S 9th St, Suite 3600, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Talent Fund LLC Kate Chasanoff 650-726-5677 or 780 Main St, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Trice Talent Services, Inc. Lori Willis 301-593-0811  
University Resident Theatre Association (URTA) Tony Hagopian 212-221-1130 1560 Broadway, Suite 1103, New York, NY 10036