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New Equity Deal with Resident Theaters

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Actors’ Equity Association members ratified a new five-year contract with the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) in June. LORT is a national network of 72 nonprofit theaters. Equity cited major gains in the deal that includes retroactive salary increases (to February 13), improved pay for stage managers during tech week, and an increase in the number of Equity hires required per production. The new contract also has provisions for preventive physical therapy for choreography-heavy shows of more than eight weeks and the infusion of $1.7 million in employer contributions to Equity’s health fund.







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