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What can actors Equity do for an actor?

What can actors Equity do for an actor?

About Equity

  • Minimum salaries, including overtime, pay for additional duties, housing and/or per diem while touring.
  • Health insurance and pension plan, 401(k), supplemental workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Contract negotiation and administration.
  • Work rules, vacation and sick pay.
  • Bonding to guarantee salaries, benefits.

What role did actors Equity have in the development of the American theatre?

In the 1960s, Actors’ Equity played a role in gaining public funding for the arts, including the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Actors’ Equity fought the destruction of historic Broadway theaters. It played a major role in the recognition of the impact the AIDS epidemic was having on the stage.

How many points do you need for actors Equity?

25 EMC points
By performing at participating Equity regional and summer stock theatres, actors can collect points toward their membership. Each week worked at a qualifying Equity theater equals one EMC point or credit. Actors currently need 25 EMC points to join Equity.

How do you get actor Equity?

JOINING EQUITY When you wish to join Equity, you must complete a membership application and pay the required minimum of the initiation fee. Your EMC registration fee will be credited against your initiation fee (except as noted above). Once you join Equity, you will also be subject to Basic dues and Working dues.

How much do Equity actors get paid?

According to, actors who are members of the Actor’s Equity Association receive a minimum salary of $1,653 per week for either musicals or plays, as of August 2019. Those working a split week, which is less than a full week’s worth of work, receive $952 per week.

Why was the Actors Equity Association created?

The Actors’ Equity Association is the union of professional legitimate stage actors and stage managers. It was founded in New York City in May 1913, by 112 actors committed to fighting the arbitrary work rules and low wages then prevalent in the American theatre.

How many Actors Equity members are there?

Actors’ Equity Association, founded in 1913, represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers nationwide.

Can I audition for an Equity show?

All Broadway shows, and most Broadway tours, are Equity. That means you need to be a member of the union to work on the show. It also means that at least once per year, every Broadway show is required to hold an Equity audition. Unlike open calls, Equity auditions are exclusive.

How do I withdraw from actors Equity?

All requests must be made in writing. Please log into the member portal to access the form. The form may be submitted by email or mail. Requests must be made in either April/May or October/November as all Temporary Withdrawal and Suspended Payments have an effective date of either May 1 or November 1.

Can Equity actors do non union film?

The rule is simple: Once you’re a member of one of the “4As”—SAG, AFTRA, Equity, and the American Guild of Musical Artists—you’re forbidden to do nonunion work in the jurisdiction of the others.