New York -- Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, has updated its safety protocols for theatres across the country with fully vaccinated companies, including the lifting of masking and testing mandates.
“The health and safety of our members comes first,” said Kate Shindle, president of Actors’ Equity Association. “We are heartened by the declining infection rates nationwide, because so many people have done their part and gotten vaccinated. As such, it will now be a smoother and less expensive process for employers to recall our members to work. We still need to be diligent about the virus, but we are very hopeful for the months ahead.”
The updated protocols are valid through the end of September and are available on Equity’s website, along with an updated intake form for theatre with mixed-vaccination status companies. Equity has separate protocols it has negotiated with the Broadway League for national tours, and talks for Broadway's safety protocols are ongoing.
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. www.actorsequity.org #EquityWorks
July 2, 2021