Well, since we discuss the Actor's Equity Union, here's an example of actors who work in a very commerical atmosphere who are in the midst of an attempt to organize.
Read about it in the NY Times, here.
Thanks to Matt Trumbull for bringing this to my attention.
First, this illuminates that Professional Acting is a very broad church. These are performers who use their talents to make a great deal of money for a major corporation. If they shouldn't be unionized, who should? Unions were created precisely for protecting the interests of these performers. (Another question might be, is it doing so here?)
This also illustrates just how far away Equity's interests lie from downtown theater and indie theater. These performers perform advertising.
I'd love to hear some perspectives on this.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.