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What are actors Equity rules?

What are actors Equity rules?

Equity Codes (sometimes called “guidelines” or “rules”) are never negotiated with employers as contracts or agreements. Rather, they are internal Equity membership rules that outline the specific circumstances in which a member may work without the benefit of a contract.

Do actors need to be in Equity?

An actor is eligible for membership once he completes fifty weeks of work at theatres that are a part of the EMC program. Once a member, the actor is required to pay “yearly dues” of $118 plus “working dues” which are 2.25% of the gross earnings through an equity contract.

How do I leave actors Equity?

One may be excused from future dues in the following manner:

  1. Temporary Withdrawal – Members who are in good standing (paid to date) with a zero balance are eligible for Temporary Withdrawal.
  2. Suspended Payment – Members who have outstanding dues or assessments are eligible for Suspended Payment.

Is SAG the same as Equity?

SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) represents Actors and Voice-Over Artists in Film, TV, Video, Web and Radio. Actor’s Equity represents Actors working in Theatre.

What are the benefits of Actors Equity?

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.

How much does it cost to be an Equity actor?

Equity’s dues structure has two components: Basic dues: $176 annually, billed at $88 twice a year each May and November. Working dues: 2.5% of gross earnings under Equity contract, which are collected through weekly payroll deductions.

What happens if you leave actors Equity?

Under no circumstances may you rehearse or perform in any company without a properly executed and signed Equity contract. You may face union discipline and risk losing your membership for any violation of this membership rule – which applies even if your membership is inactive.

Can Equity actors do non Equity shows?

Equity actors are not allowed to attend non Equity auditions or work for non Equity theaters. Non-equity actors give up AEA membership benefits and often earn less money than their equity counterparts.

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