The Hollywood Reporter: Actors’ Equity Members Rally for Better Understudy Coverage, Sick Leave on Broadway

Members of Actors’ Equity gathered in Times Square on Thursday to rally for new protections in their Broadway contract. 

Of particular issue was the need for more understudies and swings on Broadway productions. The demand on these actors has always been high, but has recently been exacerbated by the pandemic, as actors have been thrown into roles they do not know to cover for COVID-19 cases in the cast. The pandemic also caused many members to rethink industry norms and push for a better work-life balance and safeguards within the industry.