Members or their representatives and lawyers may negotiate individual terms and conditions of employment, provided that they do not meet the minimum requirements of the applicable Equity collective agreement. From Broadway to dinner theater, Equity has a contract to cover large- and small-scale professional theater, wherever it performs in the United States. Equity negotiates and manages national and regional collective agreements between employers as well as single-parent agreements with theatre employers. These agreements provide for minimum wages, benefits, job security and many other provisions to ensure safe working conditions and a working environment in which actors and stewards are protected. Equity contracts for individual members typically include jobs in three categories: principal, choir, and stage manager. The main contract is used for all key players and most stage managers. The choir contract is used for actors who mainly do choral work. Each individual employment contract refers to a specific collective agreement and contains all its conditions. Equity competence is defined by the Actors` Equity Association and not by an employer or individual member. If you have any questions about the need for an equity contract to complete it, please contact your nearest equity office.
You can also find more information in the “Do Not Work” list. . You must always submit a copy of your employment contract to Equity, at the latest at the first sample. Many departments depend on your employment contract, including suretyship, membership, and health and pension trust funds. .