NEW YORK, NY — The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) stands in full support of our Actors’ Equity Association colleagues in their ongoing negotiations with The Broadway League. We commend Actors’ Equity for their strong stance in the open letter penned by Equity touring stage managers and actors, as they advocate for the needs of their members and for striving to create a more sustainable future for all touring professionals.
The success of any production relies on the hard work and collaboration of everyone involved. Whether you are in the scenes or behind them, every professional working in entertainment deserves fair compensation, reasonable rest, and safe work-life balance.
“It’s time to Unite the Road, not just for Equity stage managers and actors, but for everyone who takes their skills and talents on tour to deliver exceptional live entertainment to audiences across the country,” said IATSE Assistant Stagecraft Department Director Stasia Savage. “This moment is one of unprecedented collaboration between unions, and there is broad consensus that workers require more for life on the road to be sustainable.”
We encourage The Broadway League to engage in constructive and collaborative negotiations with Actors’ Equity Association to create a contract that reflects the value of these skilled artists and their contributions to the industry. Together, we can ensure a bright future for live theater that benefits the entire community, from the audiences, performers on stage, and the dedicated professionals working behind the scenes.