Jan 29, 2021 | News Story

Actors' and Stage Managers' Union Pledge to Help Distribute Vaccines

Joining its sibling union IATSE, Actors' Equity Association announced its commitment to providing resources from a shuttered theatre industry towards vaccinating the population— including union members.

"Our collective industry depends upon promptness, attention to detail, adaptability, creative problem solving, taking initiative and being self-starters," wrote Equity president Kate Shindle for Deadline. "That’s why so many stage managers and actors, the vast majority of whom have been unemployed since March 2020, have trained as census workers, poll workers, COVID compliance officers and more."

Shindle went on to thank President Biden for invoking the Defense Production Act, and called on the administration to create a modern Works Progress Administration to find jobs for displaced workers. Read more here.