Actors' Equity and Non-Profit Theatres Strike New Deal

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Actors' Equity Association and the Association of Non-Profit Theatre Companies (ANTC) have signed a three-year contract securing increases in salary and health benefits for members of the Actors' union.

The deal, which was approved July 31, involves several New York non-profits, including Atlantic Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, MCC Theater, The New Group, Primary Stages, Signature Theatre Company, the Vineyard Theatre and the Women's Project. In addition, the York Theatre has been newly added under the contract.

Minimum salaries, currently ranging from $265-$441 for actors, will increase by ten percent during the term of the agreement: by four percent in year one, three percent in year two and three percent in year three. The increments in pay for stage managers and assistant stage managers will increase by the same percentages.

Payments made to the Equity-League Health Trust Fund by producers will increase by 23 percent over three years: starting from the current $155 to $167, $180 and $193 in each successive year.

Wages and benefits weren't the only issues brought to the table; the negotiations also improved program bios, billing and advertising and costumes as well as the use of smoke and haze onstage.

Because a theatre's box office revenue and operating expenditures directly affect its eligibility for the non-profit agreement, the maximum average weekly box office ranges were raised by five percent in order to accommodate the increased business generated by the non-profit companies; an increase in the operating cost cap was also approved. These concessions were made in exchange for the pay increases won by Equity.

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