New York -- Actors’ Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, will resume consideration of safety plans in California, following improvement in the pandemic in the northern half of the state. 

“We’re pleased to be able to restart reviewing safety plans in California,” said Mary McColl, executive director of Actors’ Equity Association. “Safety plans in Southern California may require additional mitigation strategies. Producers should contact their Equity business representative to learn more. We continue to monitor the situation on the ground in California, including the development of COVID variants and the pace of vaccine distribution, which will allow more members to go back to work.”

Since the spring, Equity has been working with Dr. David Michaels, former head of OSHA and professor at the George Washington School of Public Health. With his guidance, the union has collaborated with theatres nationwide on individualized safety plans for the production of live theatre during the pandemic.  

View a list of live productions Equity has approved here.

Equity has made its safety guidance for theatres wanting to resume production under the pandemic publicly available.

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA.  #EquityWorks  

January 29, 2021