On Nov. 17, members of Actors’ Equity Association gathered in Times Square to express support for colleagues currently in negotiations with The Broadway League. In contention is the contract that governs Broadway productions as well as Broadway League-produced sit-down shows in other parts of the country. The negotiations between the two parties began in September.
Equity’s director of organizing Stefanie Frey led the rally, backed by union members, including actors Gavin Creel and Maria Briggs, each of whom spoke. Frey introduced additional speakers, including Erin Maureen Koster, stage manager and third vice president of Equity’s National Council; Mario Cilento, president of the New York State American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); Vicki Whooper, “A Strange Loop” sub stage manager; and Brendan Griffith, New York City Central Labor Council chief of staff.