Actors' Equity Association has released its second-ever diversity and inclusion report tracking hiring and compensation trends for actors and stage managers from marginalized groups.
There has been modest improvement since the 2017 study pointing to more equitable distribution of contracts and earnings, but most improvements have been extremely gradual, inconsistent and not enough to change longtime problems in the industry.
The study also found that - once again - hiring bias is not just a problem of who gets a contract, but how much they are paid. As in the previous study, when workers from marginalized groups actually do earn a contract, they are often paid less than their white male counterparts because white men more frequently are able to receive additional overscale pay beyond the contractual minimum salary. Additional highlights from the report: