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Equity's brand book and style guide outlining the union's visual and written standards can be found here.


Legal Issues
The Actors' Equity Association logo is a registered service mark of Actors' Equity Association and may only be reproduced by an individual member of Equity, who is in "good standing" status with the union or distributed with authorization to indicate that performers in a production are represented by Actors' Equity Association.

The logo may not be used by third-party organizations that are unaffiliated with Actors' Equity. Performers who are not members in good standing of Actors' Equity, and employers who are not signatory to an Equity collective bargaining agreement are specifically prohibited from using the logo. The logo must not be altered or modified in any way, whatsoever.

Basic rules in order to use the Actors' Equity Logo
The Equity logo may only be reproduced in black, white or if in color, with the correct colors: blue PANTONE 2935 and brown Pantone 1545 U. It can never be reproduced in any other colors.

When over a dark background color or a dark photograph, the logo must be in white. The logo may be resized, BUT the relative size and position of all elements in each logo and copyright must remain constant.

When using the logo, you may not:

  • Reproduce the logo in an unauthorized color, or tinted or with graduated tones.
  • Italicize, distort, skew or bend the logo
  • Use the logo as a repeat pattern
  • Outline the logo

Technical Issues
Equity's logo is available in black, white and color. Resolutions and applications for EPS, JPEG, GIF and PNG formats are described below.

Standard Print Logos in JPEG Format
JPEG logos are high-resolution (300 dpi) when scaled no larger than 100% of the file's original print size, approximately 2" square. Most show programs are prepared using the JPEG logo. JPEGs are acceptable in most design applications, but you can use a GIF format if you're designing in text programs like Microsoft Word. 

Media Logos in GIF Format
GIF logos are low-resolution (72 dpi) when scaled at 100% of the file's original print size, approximately 7" square. GIF formats work well in text and presentation applications like Word and PowerPoint and can also be used on the Web after reducing the display size. 

Specialty Logos in EPS Format
EPS files are high-resolution vector graphics that scale as small or as large as you wish, and the PostScript printer will render the image crisply – even for very large-scale projects, such as banners. Additionally, EPS logos can be placed on a colored background and will not show a white box around them (like JPEGs do). Recommended for advanced users working in Illustrator, InDesign or similar applications whose designs will output to a professional printer. You must print layouts on a PostScript printer or convert the layout to a PDF in order to print clean edges. Otherwise, use the PNG format. Available in black, white (knockout), CMYK color and Equity's two spot colors (PMS 2935 and 1545). NOTE: When you download an EPS file, your browser may change the extension from .eps to .ps – for example, instead of logo.eps it will say – you should change the extension back to eps. You can do this either in the file download dialog box, or you can change the name of the file after you download it.

Specialty Logos in PNG Format
PNG files are high-resolution graphics with lossless compression, which offer many of the advantages of EPS (including transparent backgrounds and scalability) for internet-based usage.


The following language is for use in show programs when the agreement requires notification of Equity members in the company, indicated with an asterisk next to those members' names:

"*Appearing through an Agreement between this theatre, [Producer], and Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States."


Actors' Equity Bio

Actors' Equity Association (“Equity"), founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional Actors and Stage Managers. Equity fosters the art of live theatre as an essential component of society and advances the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. Actors' Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. #EquityWorks

Equity is governed by its own members through an elected Council, representing principal actors, chorus actors and stage managers living in three regions: Eastern, Central and Western. Members at large participate in Equity’s governance through a system of regional Boards and Committees. Equity has 28 designated liaison areas, metropolitan areas with a concentration of more than 100 members.

President: Brooke Shields
Executive Director: Al Vincent, Jr.

Membership: Over 51,000 members, including singers, actors, dancers, stage managers

Founded: May 26, 1913, in New York City

Offices: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando

Among the benefits that may be included in Equity contracts are:

  • Minimum salaries, including overtime, pay for additional duties, housing and/or per diem while touring
  • Health insurance and pension plan, 401(k), supplemental workers’ compensation insurance
  • Contract negotiation and administration
  • Work rules, vacation and sick pay
  • Bonding to guarantee salaries, benefits
  • Job access
  • Dispute resolution
  • Just cause (penalties for improper dismissal)

Contracts: Equity negotiates and promulgates over 40 national and local contracts including Production (Broadway and touring), LORT (League of Resident Theatres), Stock, Small Professional Theatre (SPT), Western Civic Light Opera (WCLO), Dinner Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Live Corporate Communications, Off-Broadway, Chicago and Hollywood Area Theatres, and numerous agreements for developing not-for-profit theatres.

Additional benefits afforded to members include:

  • Tax assistance through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program
  • Advocacy for arts funding and legislation benefiting performing artists, non-traditional casting
  • Access to Actors Federal Credit Union, providing free checking, credit and debit cards, mortgages, car loans and more

Service Organizations: Equity supports many service organizations including The Entertainment Community Fund, the Career Center, Actors Federal Credit Union, Artists Health Insurance Resource Center, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Career Transition For Dancers, the Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund, Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative, The Actors Fund Home and The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts.


  • AFL-CIO/DPE (Department of Professional Employees)
  • FIA (Federation Internationale des Acteurs)
  • Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4A's)