Associated Actors and Artistes of America Affiliation
Membership is also available by virtue of prior membership in a performing arts sister union: SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, AGVA or GIAA.
- Applicants must be members of a sister union for at least one year
- Must currently be members in good standing of their parent union
- Must have worked as a performer under the union's jurisdiction on a principal or "under-five" contract or at least three days of extra ("background") work
With your application, you must include a written statement from your parent union stating that you meet the requirements above along with a least $400 towards your Initiation Fee. (Effective January 1, 2020, the amount due with application will increase to $600.)
Please note: this sister-union policy is not applicable to non-resident aliens.
Equity Membership Candidate (EMC) Program
This program permits actors and stage managers-in-training to credit theatrical work in an Equity theatre towards eventual membership in Equity. After securing a position at a participating theatre, you may register as a candidate. The $200 registration fee will be credited against any future Initiation Fee when you become eligible for membership. Eligibility under this program requires a minimum of 25 weeks of EMC work at participating theatres. If you complete 25 weeks you may register for Phase 2 of the EMC Program by paying an additional $200 within 6 months of completing Phase 1 to be able to work an additional 25 weeks. At any point during Phase 2 you may choose to join Equity as long as you do not have non-Equity work lined up in the future.
If you are joining Equity through the EMC Program, at least a $400 initial payment is due with your application. (Effective January 1, 2020, the amount due with application will increase to $600).
Aliens/Foreign Actor Rules
There are certain eligibility restrictions that are applicable to Non-Resident Aliens. You will need to submit proof of US citizenship or Resident Alien status with your application for membership if you were born outside of the US.