Jun 21, 2024 | News Story

Actors’ Equity Association Halts Future Development Contracts in Wake of Stalled Negotiations

Actors’ Equity Association has followed through on its notice that it will cease issuing contracts for work on the Development Agreement, effective immediately.

“We never wanted it to come to this, but the wage package put across the table by The Broadway League was just plain unacceptable. Our members cannot afford to work on this contract at the proposed compensation levels over the next five years,” said Equity Negotiating Team Chair Stephen Bogardus. “Five years ago, we ceased development work to get The Broadway League to acknowledge the work our members provide in the development of new work for the Broadway arena. Five years later, we are forced to do it again. We look forward to the day we can return to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair wage on this agreement that meets our stage managers’ and actors’ needs. We are ready whenever The League is.”

The Development Agreement is used for the development of new works by Broadway League producers, usually prior to an intended Production Contract engagement. It was created in 2019 as a restructuring of the previous Lab, Workshop and Stage Reading Agreements. During its inception, Equity staged the union’s first strike in half a century. The ultimate result was an agreement hailed for the introduction of contingent compensation, which ensured that actors and stage managers would share in the success of productions they helped develop when those productions became hits. Read more here.