Eastern Code

The New York City Showcase Code is for use only in New York City in theatres of 99 seats or fewer. 

There are limited circumstances where Equity members may perform without benefit of an Equity contract. Those exceptions are sometimes referred to as "codes," "guidelines" or "rules." Unlike standard Equity contracts, these rules are designed to ensure that where members intend to hone their skills and “showcase” themselves in the hope of securing future employment, that certain basic conditions are in place. There are no minimum salaries, there is no obligation to remain in a production and none of the regular benefits or protections of standard agreements apply.

The New York City Showcase Code was most recently updated January 22, 2018.

Members can view the New York City Showcase Code in the Codes Library in the Member Portal.

Additional information for Producers about the New York City Showcase Code can be found in the Resources for Producers section of this website.

Producers with questions about the New York City Showcase Code can email eastern@actorsequity.org or call the Eastern Region Office at 212-869-8530.