Theatre Production Guide: Equity Contract Information
There is a common misconception among non-Equity theatres and producers about hiring AEA/Equity actors. AEA actors cannot accept non-union employment, but they can audition for any show at any theatre company. If the producers want to hire an Equity actor, they can negotiate an agreement, usually a Guest Artist contract, with the union.
Visit the AEA Document Library at http://www.actorsequity.org/library/library_home.asp for more information regarding contract applications and other AEA rules and guidelines.