Actors’ Equity Association Diversity Study Finds Only “Gradual, Inconsistent” Improvement

Actors’ Equity Association Diversity Study Finds Only “Gradual, Inconsistent” Improvement
Actors’ Equity Association has released its second-ever Diversity and Inclusion report, tracking the demographics of how its members are hired for acting and stage management work, and how much they were paid from the years 2016-2019.
 
In short, there has been modest improvement since the first study in 2017 — meaning that there has been more equitable distribution of contracts and earnings — but most improvements have been extremely gradual, inconsistent and not enough to change longtime problems in the industry. This includes the Production Contract that is used for Broadway shows.
 
“Moving forward, Equity intends to publish a diversity report on an annual basis to hold ourselves and the entire industry accountable,” said Mary McColl, Equity’s executive director. “It is our duty to be part of the solution, to work to tear down barriers and rebuild a structure that is truly inclusive.” The full report is available to read here.

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