• Equity and Friends Fight AIDS (EFFA) Distributes Donations to HIV/AIDS Organizations in Michigan

    Equity and Friends Fight AIDS (EFFA), a Liaison Committee of the Detroit Area Actors’ Equity Association*, has an annual campaign to raise funds for non-profit organizations dedicated to educate, support and prevent HIV and AIDS throughout Michigan.

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  • Always Be Your Own Advocate

    “So often, in the excitement of booking the job, or under pressure from the producer to sign while the director is (im)patiently waiting to begin rehearsals, members sign on the dotted line with barely a scan of the multi-page rider with those fateful terms until the producer points out that you agreed to shave your lovely locks or to dye your rich brown hair hot pink," said Senior Business Representative Beverly Sloan.

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  • Rocktopia on Broadway

    Equity scored a major victory this March when the producers of the Broadway show Rocktopia agreed to put the members of the show’s choir on Equity contracts. 

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  • Equity Lobbies at Arts Advocacy Day

    In early March, a delegation of Actors’ Equity representatives headed to Washington, D.C., to attend the 31st annual Arts Advocacy Day, a summit meeting designed to teach and equip attendees with the tools to successfully lobby for increased funding for the arts. The meeting now has special urgency given the current state of political affairs and imperiled arts funding. 

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  • Parkland Students Create Moving Tribute Through Song

    In the wake of the Parkland tragedy, many have been able to find inspiration in the examples set by many of the students, whose ability to organize and speak out against gun violence have served as a remarkable tribute to the schoolmates they have lost. And those who attended the Carbonell Awards, the annual South Florida theatre awards ceremony dubbed as their “theatre prom,” held on April 2 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, could also find comfort in a special performance.

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  • 2018 Equity Election Results

    We are pleased to share with you the results of the 2018 Council election.

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  • Theatre Spotlight: Equity Library Theatre

    Equity Library Theatre (ELT) in Chicago has been putting actors first for over sixty years. Founded in 1952, the work produced focuses attention squarely on its actors, all of whom are Equity members.

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  • Equity Across the Nation: Seattle

    Tucked between the Cascade Mountains to the east, Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains to the west and towering Mt. Rainier to the south, Seattle – “the Emerald City” – is a beautiful place to live and work. From the magnificent, landmarked home of the 5th Avenue Theatre to the sylvan setting of Island Stage Left and the Port Townsend home of Key City Theatre, our actors and audiences enjoy performance venues as varied as the environment.

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  • Diversity Matters: A More Perfect Union

    As this issue goes to print, I am nearing my first anniversary as Diversity Director at Actors’ Equity, which gives me an opportunity to reflect on important strides this office has made in the last twelve months. During the year, we have made great progress, establishing a number of firsts in the ongoing promotion of an inclusive and supportive work environment – but by no means have we seen the last of anything. We are just getting started.

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  • Equity Is Fighting For Everyone On Stage

    “Why isn’t there an ensemble award?” Harvey Fierstein posed this question while accepting his 2003 Tony Award as Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for Hairspray. And he had a point.

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