Stage managers and actors should be paid like everyone else It's only fair
JUDGE IT BY THE BUDGET
I'm proud to be a Core Member of #FairWageOnstage and to be running for Eastern Regional Vice President with Fair Wage On Council's #FWOC15. And there is nothing more fundamental to the Fair Wage Movement than the idea of "Judge It By The Budget."
My wife works as a theater administrator, and every time she moves to a new job with a larger company, her salary goes up. It only makes sense: a larger company pays its workers more. And that's the way it works for the majority of people making a living working in professional theater.
Just not for stage managers and actors.
Unfortunately, Equity has for too long allowed our contracts to tie our pay to outdated and irrelevant metrics such box office receipts, number of seats, the price of tickets, or the number of performances per week. This means that it's possible for our members to move from a gig at a $4 million theater to one at $25 million theater and take a pay cut in the process. It makes no sense, and it's grossly unfair.
Stage manager and actor pay is only fair when it is tied to the total finances of the non-profit organizations for which we work, not solely the earned income that we generate. It's time for us to stop being paid based on the size of the room we happen to be working in. I'll do everything in my power as your Eastern Regional Vice President to change this fundamental unfairness.
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