Off-Broadway Actors Are Seeking a New Contract and a Pay Raise

News   Off-Broadway Actors Are Seeking a New Contract and a Pay Raise
The current contract expires November 6.
A scene from Off-Broadway's <i>Fuerza Bruta.</i>
A scene from Off-Broadway's Fuerza Bruta.

Actors' Equity Association, the actors’ union, is in negotiations with The League of Off-Broadway Producers and Theatres, which represents commercial and non-profit Off-Broadway theaters, for a new contract to replace the one that is scheduled to expire November 6.

Though neither Equity nor the Off-Broadway League is making its bargaining positions public, the Wall Street Journal reports that one of the main issues appears to be a salary increase.

Union president Kate Shindle tweeted the following on the subject:

By contract, Off-Broadway is defined by the seating size of theatres, ranging from 100-499 seats. At the low end, 100-199 seats, pay currently starts at $593 a week. At the high end, minimum salary is $1,057 a week for theatres with 351-499 seats.

The size of the increase being sought was not reported, nor were any other issues in the negotiations.

Some not-for-profit Off-Broadway theatres are on a separate contract that has different rates.

(Updated August 10, 2016)

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