Next question: What is the Actorsí Equity Association?
Answer: Representing both actors and stage managers, the Actorsí Equity Association (AEA) has been negotiating wages and benefits for its members since 1913.
Every year, thousands of Broadway hopefuls flock to New York City hoping to break into the theater business. Before they rush off, they may want to stop and visit the Equity website to find out if a union is right for them.
If you arenít yet an Equity member, you might still land a role on Broadway. But your chances are slimmer. So, how do you get an Equity card?
A) Gain employment under Equity Contract. (This is often tricky because some shows won't let you audition unless you are already a AEA member!)
B) Be a member of a "sister union" -- SAG, AFTRA, or AGMA. Members of these unions can also register for AEA.
C) The Equity Membership Candidate Program. This means is you are an actor or stage manager-in-training you can register with AEA and earn credit towards eventual membership. To find out more about this program, visit the EMC Program Page on their website.
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