Counting Actors the first 100 shows: Contracts without health weeks

Shows produced in the San Francisco Bay Area use a ton of different union contracts, ranging from the Modified Bay Area Theater (MBAT) contract through the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) contract.  Rather than break shows down by specific contract, it seemed like it would be easier to look at contracts that provide ‘health weeks’ and contracts that don’t.

In order to qualify for Equity health insurance, an actor needs to have worked at theaters that offer ‘health weeks’ as part of their contract.  To get six months of health insurance, an actor needs to work 12 weeks out of the previous year, and to get a year of health insurance, an actor needs to work 20 weeks out of the previous year.

Today’s post focuses on theaters that use contracts without health weeks.

There were 11 shows (11% of total)  that fit this category.

Those shows had:

  • 2 male directors, 9 female directors (18% and 82%)
  • 5 male writers, 7 female writers (42% and 58%)

87 total actors

  • 46 men and 41 women (53% and 47%)
  • 16 union actors and 71 non union actors (18% and 82%)
  • 11 union men and 5 union women (69% and 31%)
  • 85 local actors and 2 non-local actors (98% and 2% of total actors, or 13% of union actors were non-local)

These shows were:

  • TheatreFirst & Bootstrap Foundation/Hanging Georgia
  • Hapgood/Imaginary Love and Cherry Orchard
  • Custom Made/The Book of Liz
  • Crowded Fire/Sticky Time and Exit Pursued by a Bear
  • Shakespeare’s Associates (Livermore Shakes)/Lend me a Tenor and Macbeth
  • Julia Morgan Project/Becoming Julia Morgan
  • City Lights/August:Osage County
  • AlterTheater/A Man, His Wife and Her Hat
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