Broadway News: Actors’ Equity Publishes 2021 Report on Hiring Bias and Wage Gaps Among Union Members

On Feb. 22, Actors’ Equity Association published a report reflecting hiring bias and wage gaps for union members in 2021. The last report, released in 2022, examined data from 2020. 

The report tracks the number of new Equity contracts and average salaries of those contracts for productions that opened between Jan. 1, 2021 and Dec. 31, 2021 in the United States. Data is organized and assessed across six identity categories — race/ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status — to examine hiring biases and pay differences through the lens of these identity markers. 

Equity’s report also examines intersectionality of identity factors related to hiring bias and wage gaps. As Equity president Kate Shindle stated in a note included with the report, “In order to make progress, we know it’s critical to recognize how identity interacts with access. To that end, this year’s report takes a closer look at a few specific intersectional categories: age/race, age/gender and race/gender.”