The Council of Stock Theatres (COST) Agreement covers Non-Resident Dramatic or Musical Stock and contains six tiers with different salary minimums. It may be used by commercial or not-for-profit theatres, and must have a season of no fewer than two consecutive productions, or, in the case of a unit tour, perform at two or more Stock Theatres. There may be up to four weeks of rehearsal and up to eight weeks of performances per production in one location. Touring is permitted either on consecutive stock jobbing or unit contracts. The COST Agreement may not be used within the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or San Francisco without the permission of Equity.
The current agreement began on December 28, 2015 and expires on December 29, 2019.
Members can view the COST Rulebook in the Rulebook Library in the Member Portal.
Producers with questions about the COST Agreement should contact their closest Equity regional office.