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Actors’ Equity Association and The Broadway League Reach Deal on Safety Plans for Reopening

Michael S. Eddy, Stage Directions • NewsStage DirectionsTheater News • July 29, 2021

Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League have announced an agreement on safety protocols for Production Contract shows on Broadway and in sit-down productions across the country. This news comes as Pass Over, the first Broadway play set to resume performances, moved into the August Wilson Theatre on Thursday, July 29, 2021 for rehearsals.

[The Broadway League made a separate announcement on July 30, 2021. You can read Broadway Theatres in NYC Announce Vaccination and Mask Requirement for Audiences here.]

Key provisions of the agreement include:

[You can read the full document, Broadway League and Actors Equity COVID Guidelines July 28, 2021 here.]

“This is an important milestone on the path to getting all our members safely back to work,” said Mary McColl, executive director for Actors’ Equity Association. “We are grateful to the League for their partnership on these protocols. We all feel this plan is robust, adaptable to changing conditions and in line with the science. Vaccines work, and those who are vaccinated will protect both themselves and those who can’t be at this time.”

“The secure return of our casts, crews and employees is our top priority. The Broadway League and Equity, faced with ever-changing COVID related variables, have agreed on health and safety protocols for actors and stage managers returning to Broadway. We will continue to partner with our union colleagues as we work together towards raising all of our curtains again,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League.

Background: During the pandemic, Actors’ Equity Association has worked to prioritize workplace safety, retaining former head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Dr. David Michaels, to advise the union on pandemic safety issues. The union has regularly released updated safety guidance for producers. Equity also fought for a testing and vaccination site in New York to help reopen the city’s theatre district.

Further information from Actors’ Equity Association:
Further information from The Broadway League: