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Actors Equity Strike Ends For Shows In Development

The strike was against the Broadway League; Actors Equity said that actors and stage managers involved with readings, labs, and developmental shows hadn’t seen a raise since 2007. “The new agreement will include profit sharing, higher wagers, and additional stage manager contracts.” – American Theatre
Tags: Art, Theatre, Broadway League, Actors Equity, 02.08.19

Broadway actors’ union strikes over developmental labs

NEW YORK (AP) — The labor union representing theatrical performers is demanding that its members no longer participate in any developmental stage work with commercial producers, putting Broadway’s pipeline of new musicals and plays under threat. Actors’ Equity, which represents more than 51,000 actors and stage managers nationwide, declared the strike Monday after two years […]
Tags: New York, News, Entertainment, Ap, Nation, Broadway, Actors Equity

Women In Theatre In Minnesota Succeed By Creating Their Own Spaces

In the Twin Cities, three theatre companies founded by women – including a new one focusing on opportunities for women of color and/or queer women – are changing the landscape. “‘These theaters are being founded as answers to a lack of opportunity,’ said Mary McColl, a former Twin Cities arts leader who now runs the 51,000-member Actors’ Equity union. Acknowledging that the politics of the moment have women fired up, she said she sees these companies as crucial ‘for the industry to become more i...
Tags: Art, Minnesota, Theatre, Twin Cities, Mary McColl, Actors ' Equity

Cover Reveal: The Spectral City by Leanna Renee Hieber

Happy Thursday to all! We are delighted to be hosting the cover reveal for Leanna Renee Hieber’s new book, The Spectral City, along with a few words from the author herself
Tags: Books, New York, New York City, Fantasy, Covers, Victoria, Ana, Omega, Thea, SAG AFTRA, Natalie, HOROWITZ, Barnes Noble, Eve, Donald Maass, Eterna

Union opens probe into veteran Broadway actor’s suicide

NEW YORK (AP) — A union has opened an investigation into a veteran Broadway actor’s suicide, which happened a week after what his friends say was a grueling, demoralizing rehearsal. Actors’ Equity says it has retained a lawyer to examine the events surrounding Jeff Loeffelholz’s June 29 death. The producers of “Chicago” have hired their […]
Tags: New York, News, Ap, Chicago, Broadway, Nation & World, Actors Equity, Jeff Loeffelholz

A Campaign For 'Often The Hardest-Working People On Stage' — The Chorus

Broadway chorus members won't be recognized in their own categories as part of tonight's Tony Awards. But they might be in the future, thanks to an effort from the Actors Equity union. (Image credit: Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown)
Tags: News, Broadway, Actors Equity

Actors’ Equity Lobbies for New Tony Awards Categories

Actors’ Equity Association, the union that represents theater actors and stage managers, has launched a push for two new categories at the Tony Awards that would collectively honor ensemble casts and choruses. The union kicked off its campaign with the website, which includes a petition of support that visitors to the site can sign. […]
Tags: News, Awards, Broadway League, Tony Awards, Actors Equity Association, American Theatre Wing, Actors Equity

Hollywood’s Below-the-Line Workers Anxious About New Tax Plans

As a professional juggler, Michael Rayner has a lot of work-related tax deductions each year, including $700 for the cheeseburgers he spins atop parasols, 30,000 travel miles and $220 for liability insurance, just in case one of the pins or flaming torches he flips into the air should somehow stray into the audience. His wife, […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, SAG-AFTRA, Michael Rayner, Actors Equity, Peter Mainstain

The Eterna Solution: Cover & Excerpt

Hello and a Happy Monday to all! Today we are hosting the cover and exclusive excerpt from The Eterna Solution, the conclusion to Leanna Renee Hieber’s Eterna Files series, set in her Victorian gaslamp fantasy world. The Cover: The Except: Chapter One Clara woke to whispers and dread. The shadows of her small cabin on a cross-Atlantic steamer bound for New York were too close and the cramped space seemed even more claustrophobic than when she’d fallen into uneasy sleep. The first days abo...
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Excerpt: Perilous Prophecy by Leanna Renee Hieber

Hello and a Happy Tuesday to all! Today, we are delighted to host an exclusive excerpt from Perilous Prophecy, an upcoming novel Leanna Renee Hieber. Perilous Prophecy is the prequel to the author’s seminal gaslamp fantasy, Strangely Beautiful! In the late 1860s, in Cairo, Egypt, Beatrice Smith and five other young people are summoned to become the Guard. Founded in antiquity by the goddess Persephone and the Muses, the Guard have stood between humanity and the forces of darkness fo...
Tags: Books, New York, London, New York City, Ireland, Victoria, Maria, Cairo, Central Park, Phoenix, Cairo Egypt, Gorgon, SAG AFTRA, Barnes Noble, Donald Maass, Excerpts

MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL to Receive New York Staged Reading

A new casting notice from Actors Equity has revealed that a springstaged reading is of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge is currently in the works. [Author: Alexa Criscitiello]
Tags: Theatre, Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge, Actors Equity

Actors Equity Backs SAG-AFTRA Video Game Strike

The Actors’ Equity Association has backed SAG-AFTRA’s month-0ld strike against video game companies and told members not to accept voice-over or performance capture work from the 11 struck companies. “Equity members are reminded that they cannot accept work from these employers, and they should contact Equity immediately if they are offered any such employment,” said AEA... Read more »
Tags: News, Digital, SAG-AFTRA, AFTRA, Gabrielle Carteris, Actors Equity

The Diverse Voices and Faces of LA Theater

For nearly two years, the actors of Los Angeles have carried on a courageous struggle against a plan by their own union, Actors Equity, that would decimate LA's vibrant theater scene. The union plan, which would bankrupt many of LA's small theaters, including many that serve minority, women-centered and LGBT communities, was soundly rejected a year ago by LA's union membership. However, Equity plowed ahead with the plan in the face of fierce opposition, including a lawsuit brought by its ow...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Equity, Helen Mirren, Huffington Post, Mirren, Hoyt Hilsman, LA Theater, Actors Equity

A Glimmer of Hope in the LA Theater Wars

It's been a rough couple of years both for the Los Angeles theater community and for Actors Equity, the union that represents 7,000 actors in LA. Ever since Equity proposed changes to the 99-seat theater plan, there have been protests, raucous meetings and lots of charges, counter-charges and insults from both sides. It's been a sad spectacle all around as the community has been torn apart and the labor union that has been a progressive fighter for actors' rights has become embroiled in a bit...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Equity, Huffington Post, Hoyt Hilsman, Actors Equity

AEA & Plaintiffs in Asner vs. Actors' Equity Association Expected to Head to Court Following Failure to Reach Resolution

Actors' Equity Association and the plaintiffs in the Asner vs. Actors' Equity litigation confirmed today that the two parties have been unable to resolve their dispute following discussions in recent months, and are expected to take the matter to court. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Asner, AEA, BWW News Desk, Actors Equity Association, Actors Equity

Helen Keller's Radical Vision

In 1919 Helen Keller (second from right) joined a union picket line outside a New York theater showing "Deliverance," a film about her life. In 1962, Patty Duke portrayed Keller in the film, "The Miracle Worker," costarring Ann Bancroft. Today is Helen Keller Day, which commemorates her birth on June 27, 1880. Keller remains one of the most well-known, beloved, but misunderstood public figures in American history. Nothing better reflects this than the bronze statue of Keller that sits in...
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Actors Equity and the Battle for LA Theater

The battle between Actors Equity and its members in Los Angeles has dragged on for over a year, despite behind-the-scenes negotiations to avoid a threatened lawsuit. And now ill-considered statements by AEA President Kate Shindle, along with upcoming union elections, have thrust the battle back into the public light. To give a bit of background on this long-running dispute, forty years of blossoming creativity was put in jeopardy when Actors Equity launched a proposal that would essentially gu...
Tags: La, Los Angeles, Broadway, Council, Equity, Huffington Post, AEA, Kate Shindle, Hoyt Hilsman, Shindle, LA Theater, Actors Equity