The Actors’ Equity Assn. launched a letter-writing campaign Sunday urging U.S. senators and representatives to take emergency action for those working in the theater industry in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The campaign aims to help the many actors, stage managers and other industry workers displaced suddenly and indefinitely due to the spread of COVID-19.
The news was shared in a series of tweets from the organization’s official Twitter account.
“Now is the time for Congress and local governments to put workers first to ensure that everyone who works in the arts and entertainment sector has access to emergency paid leave, health care and unemployment benefits,” read the letter. “Payroll tax cuts won’t help those whose theaters are now dark. For every middle-class actor you see onstage, there are dozens more working behind the scenes and in an administrative capacity.”