Actors’ Equity Association and the League of Resident Theatres have extended their labor contract negotiations, which affect 72 non-profit regional theatres across 29 states, including Washington, D.C.
AEA and LORT have been negotiating a new contract since February 6, and enlisted Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to assist in the talks.
The League of Resident Theatres last hammered out an agreement with AEA in 2013. That contract expired February 12, but FMCS released a statement that both parties have agreed to extend the agreement as talks progress.
The agreement will also impact Broadway, which has several LORT-status members, including Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Roundabout Theatre Company.
Also represented on behalf of LORT at the bargaining table are such regional theatres as Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, the Geffen in Los Angeles, New Jersey’s McCarter Theatre, and Yale Repertory Theatre.
The statement reads: “The League of Resident Theatres and Actors’ Equity have agreed to announce that their continuing negotiations, conducted under the auspices of the FMCS, have produced progress in the past week, and that, with more work still to be done, they have agreed to extend their current collective bargaining agreement, which expires February 12, to allow time to continue their productive exchange. FMCS will continue to provide assistance during these negotiations.”