Looking Beyond the Minimum-Wage Mess in LA Theater

LA Observed

Alarm bells are going off in the LA theater community about Actors’ Equity’s proposal to require most productions to pay Equity actors the minimum wage – soon. Reading some of the dire predictions, it would be easy to surmise that this step would doom most of LA theater – or at least eliminate the use of Equity actors in most LA productions except those at a handful of larger theaters.

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founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 Actors and Stage Managers. Equity seeks to foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks.