re: What is it Equity wants?
Posted by: JereNYC (JereNYC@aol.com) 11:03 am EST 02/16/24
In reply to: re: What is it Equity wants? - Guillaume 09:24 pm EST 02/15/24

I have no knowledge of this other than what I've read in this thread and you make good points here. It occurred to me that the reason for wanting more upfront might be that the actors are doing the same amount of work for a workshop (learning lines, music, blocking, choreography, etc.) that they'd be doing for an actual production and that the pay scales should be closer. Also, I don't know what anyone is paid for these things, but there may also be a general feeling that people working full time on a project, even for just a couple of weeks, should be paid a livable wage for doing so. I certainly understand the idea that the promise of future revenue doesn't pay your rent today.

And, while I haven't seen it, this SMASH workshop is even being opened to the public, which certainly smacks more of production than workshop. This might be a one time thing, but what if it's not? What if this sparks a new trend in workshopping material?

Maybe what's needed isn't money, but stricter rules on what these workshops expect of the actors or more regulations on what is allowed for these kinds of workshops. Or maybe there could be more of a sliding scale based on what producers are planning for any given workshop? You want actors off book? More money. You want actual blocking? More money. You want choreography? More money. You want to make tickets available to the public? More money. This would bridge the gap between simply doing a reading and doing a full production in a series of degrees that would allow producers to choose what they want to pay for a la carte.

Again, I know nothing and am simply guessing. Any or every thing I mention here may already be accounted for in the present contracts.
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