Actors' Equity Association celebrates its sixth annual Swing Day today, Wednesday, January 27, 2021, honoring the hard-working performers who stay ready to go on at a moment's notice, for multiple roles.
A swing is a member of the ensemble who learns multiple parts, or tracks, and is on standby to cover for multiple members of the chorus. Depending on the needs of a production, a swing could go on for any number of tracks, including those written for other genders, ages, or even more than one track at once. A swing may only learn they are going on moments before a performance begins, or even in the middle of a show!
Equity will spread awareness across social media about these actors who stay ready in support of the rest of the cast. In particular, the union will post videos from swings who have worked all around the country sharing their experiences. These performers will also shine a light on the ongoing health crisis arts workers are facing in the wake of COVID-19's impact on theatre.