Actors Equity 1, Homeland Security 0

Canadian actor Geordie Johnson should be on a San Francisco stage today, rehearsing for a new production of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. But thanks to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Johnson’s work visa was refused as the DHS tightened restrictions on foreigners entering the country. The company Johnson was to have worked with was forced to recast his part, since they could not afford to wait for an appeal. Nonetheless, Actors Equity filed an appeal anyway, and this week, it was granted, the union having successfully argued that “the entire framework of agreements under which actors, directors, musicians and even professional athletes gain cross-border employment [was] in jeopardy.”