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Actors Equity

The Diverse Voices and Faces of LA Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 10.11.2016 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

For nearly two years, the actors of Los Angeles have carried on a courageous struggle against a plan by their own union, Actors Equity, that would dec...

A Glimmer of Hope in the LA Theater Wars

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 09.06.2016 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

It's been a rough couple of years both for the Los Angeles theater community and for Actors Equity, the union that represents 7,000 theater actors in ...

Equity's LA Plan Targets Minorities, Women and LGBT Theaters

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 08.24.2016 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

There has been a great deal of attention and controversy surrounding a plan by Actors Equity, the labor union representing stage actors, that would de...

Developing a Show: Actors v. Producers

Cara Joy David | Posted 07.28.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

If you're friends with actors, you have probably heard complaints about these two things: 1) off-Broadway often not paying a living wage; 2) payment f...

Actors Equity's Plan to Kill LA Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

Actors Equity is trying to kill Los Angeles theater. Sounds outrageous, right? Why would a union that represents more than 50,000 stage actors and s...

Actors Equity and the Battle for LA Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 03.28.2017 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

The battle between Actors Equity and its members in Los Angeles has dragged on for over a year, despite behind-the-scenes negotiations to avoid a thre...

Equity Wars: All's Quiet on the Western Front

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

Maybe it's the summer doldrums, but an uneasy quiet has settled in on the Western Front war between Actors' Equity and LA's 99-seat theater movement.

Actors Equity and the Future of American Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.26.2016 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

There is no doubt that Actors Equity has a vital role to play in American theater in the 21st century, much as it did throughout the 20th century. However, if it wants to preserve its vital role it must change its vision of the future.

Should the NLRB Mediate LA's Equity Wars?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.30.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

It may be time for the National Labor Relations Board to step in and mediate LA's "99-seat theater wars."

Actors Equity Lowers Curtain on Piece of L.A. Civic Culture

Josh Stephens | Posted 06.25.2015 | Los Angeles
Josh Stephens

By most accounts, urban planners don't need to pay much mind to the policies of stage actors unions. It's the rare city in which theaters have much of an impact on the built environment.

Equity's Union-Busting Tactics

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

It's a perfect example of "divide and conquer" that will ultimately lead to the decline of L.A. theater. Why? Because talented young actors, fresh out of drama school or college, will be unable to form their own companies with their colleagues.

Actors Equity Meets Franz Kafka

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Hoyt Hilsman

In a twist worthy of a Kafka novel, the national council of Actors Equity, the union of American stage actors, this week rammed through a proposal that would essentially rip the heart out of the Los Angeles theater scene, even though the proposal had been voted down by two-thirds of its Los Angeles voting membership.

Actors' Equity Should Pull National Tours From Indiana

Eric Ulloa | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eric Ulloa

The theatre community has historically been a place where many LGBT people call home, but also a community that does not stand for oppression or discrimination of any kind.

Actors Equity's Threat to Los Angeles Theater

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Arts
Hoyt Hilsman

A union that is over a hundred years old should not put itself at risk of splitting apart, simply because of a hidebound leadership mired in the past. While the union movement across the country is in a fight for its life, the last thing it needs is for union leaders to hasten its demise.

Breaking Broadway

Carmen Pelaez | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Carmen Pelaez

Once again, she made it all the way to the singing but this time she was so pumped she she screamed her song instead of singing it. Charmed, the musical director reminded her to breathe and she got through it.

6 Women You Didn't Know Were Members Of The Algonquin Round Table

Kevin Fitzpatrick | Posted 03.07.2015 | Home
Kevin Fitzpatrick

I was delighted to uncover the names and stories of the other members of the Vicious Circle, women that had fascinating and full lives.

It's a Play! It's Live Internet TV! It's Both, and It Opens in Los Angeles Today

Jonathan Handel | Posted 01.07.2015 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

'The Noir Series' harkens back to the days of live TV but presents a thoroughly modern challenge to entertainment unions 'Bad Medicine,' a segment fr...

One Theater Lover Responds to Older Broadway Actors Being Kicked From Equity-League Health Plan

Kryss Shane | Posted 12.28.2014 | Arts
Kryss Shane

I have always known Actors Equity Association to be on the cutting edge of equality and at the forefront of making progressive choices with a focus on the needs of its members. Until now.

Actress Tonya Cornelisse is Out of Control!

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

Have you heard of Tonya Cornelisse? Say whaaaaaat? Get with the program, people. Tonya has two film projects being released within five months of each other. Did I say two films? I meant FOUR films!

Big Dreams Over Broadway (#ArtofY)

Alex Schattner | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Alex Schattner

Do you have big Broadway dreams? Read on as Synthia Link, a Swing in Bullets Over Broadway, shares how she landed her versatile and coveted role in Mel Brooks' jazz-age spectacle.

Q. What's In a Name? A. Your Artistic Identity

Daniel Grant | Posted 04.10.2012 | Arts
Daniel Grant

No one can be forced to change his or her name because someone else has trademarked it. "Paul McCartney couldn't stop people who are named Paul McCartney and sing from using his name... [but] you couldn't perform under the name The Beatles."

Emergency Relief Funds Help Artists in Dire Need

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.20.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

A high percentage of artists and craftspeople have no health or studio insurance, creating a small margin for any type of sickness or accident that may occur.

They Are Women, Hear Them Roar

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

I was intrigued by Symmetry Theatre's claim that fewer good roles are written for women, I found myself wondering if people might not be aware of the variety of plays that do indeed have meaty roles for female characters.

SAG-AFTRA Joint Bargaining: AFTRA Hesitates, Slightly; and More

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

An AFTRA committee, expected to recommend joint bargaining with SAG, instead referred the matter to a subcommittee, the Hollywood Reporter and The Wra...

Qualified Voting Redux

Jonathan Handel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Handel

Ironically, while spurning qualified voting for their own union, SAG's leadership urges it on AFTRA.