I am not an Equity member.
I mostly deal with Equity by fax or by phone about shows I am working on and the artists and technical staff involved. But I am getting the impression that the upcoming AGM is an important one for its members, so I thought I’d send you to a blog I frequently read to learn more about it from their perspective. Enter Praxis Theatre.
About a year and a half ago, Michael Wheeler wrote this post:
Whyis important and why it has to change
In many of the circles I run in “Equity” is a dirty word. It is often uttered derisively, and under one’s breath. Something to be avoided at all costs, and dealt with only when absolutely necessary. For Canadian theatre artists trying to create their own work – dealing with this hostile force is one of, if not the biggest, obstacles to pursuing their craft. It is frequently uttered in conjunction with other dirty words.
I think this is a darn shame. Read more…
Tandem followup post this week by Michael & Aislinn Rose:
Why Sunday’s RAGM is a big moment for Canadian Theatre and why it’s got nothing to do with raising dues
A-year-and-a-half ago we published “Why Actors’ Equity Association Is Important and Why it Has to Change” which at the time became one of the most read posts in the history of praxistheatre.com.
The piece concludes with 5 core points about why Read more…needs to reform its policies with regard to independent theatre that still remain true, valid, and urgent to this day:
So there you go – read on.
The CAEA Ontario RAGM is Sunday, November 20th at 7pm at the Wychwood Barns, located at 601 Christie Street. All members in good standing are welcome, and it’s recommended you bring your membership cards with you.