Washington, D.C. Regional Theatre Scene Reaches New Milestone in Actors’ Equity Report

Industry News   Washington, D.C. Regional Theatre Scene Reaches New Milestone in Actors’ Equity Report
 
A number of regions around the country saw upticks in work weeks per Union member.
Thomas Keegan, Kimberly Schraf, Craig Wallace, Danny Gavigan, and Frederick Strother in <i>Death of a Salesman </i>at Ford&#39;s Theatre
Thomas Keegan, Kimberly Schraf, Craig Wallace, Danny Gavigan, and Frederick Strother in Death of a Salesman at Ford's Theatre Carol Rosegg

Washington, D.C./Baltimore is the first region to surpass an average of more than 20 work weeks per member of Actors’ Equity Association, according to the second annual Actor’s Equity Regional Theatre Report.

The report, which analyzes the job opportunities available to members in each of its 28 Liaison Areas around the country during the 2017–2018 season, states that 1,171 Equity members in the D.C./Baltimore area averaged 20.8 work weeks per member. The region also generated more than 20,000 work weeks total for the second consecutive season.

Among the regional companies in the D.C. area are Everyman Theatre, Folger Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, and Studio Theatre.

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The new report says $124 million were earned in wages by Equity members around the country. Work weeks per member increased 8 percent over last season, and 18 of the 28 regions saw gains in work weeks per member.

“This report shows that there are exciting performances being created by professional actors and stage managers all across the country, not just Broadway,” said Brandon Lorenz, National Director of Communications. “More work opportunities in regional theatre is good for everyone, giving more options for the audience to see theatre, and more money into the pockets of Equity members.”

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