The Off-Broadway League and United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 IATSE have negotiated the first-ever contract for Off-Broadway designers, which will work to cement standard practices in the industry. The three-year agreement was made March 4 and will go into effect in July.
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829 is a labor union made up of designers, artists, and craftspeople with a current active membership of over 4,300. Members work in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials, and exhibitions.
“This negotiation was both historic and a true example of what the process should be,” commented Cecilia Friederichs, the national business agent for United Scenic Artists Local USA 829, in a press statement. “The two sides came together and through consideration of the needs of both labor and management, created an agreement that will form the basis for what we hope is a long and mutually beneficial working relationship.”
“Off-Broadway has always been a champion of artists and their work,” added Adam Hess, president of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. “These productions could not happen without the contributions of the talented designers of USA. The Off-Broadway League is very grateful to USA for a successful negotiation fueled by mutual respect and a desire to work together to find creative solutions to the economic challenges facing our community. We hope this new agreement will foster more opportunities for our artists in the Off-Broadway community and beyond.”
Further details of the contract have not been released.