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 for more information regarding contract applications and other AEA rules and guidelines.



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