Labor Fight Tearing Up Touring Shows In America

“Labor strife is the most contentious dispute in touring theater today, a battleground that could create aesthetic and financial casualties for audiences as well as producers and presenters. Using non-Equity actors can greatly reduce a producer’s costs of putting a show on the road: Union actors in major productions earn $1,252 a week plus $742 in expense money, which covers lodging, meals and other incidentals of life on the road. Non-Equity producers generally don’t disclose their payroll figures, but the union asserts that non-union performers’ earnings hover around $500 a week, with an additional $250 for expenses.”