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re: Actors’ Equity Association Announces ‘Open Access,’ Expanding Eligibility for Union Membership
Last Edit: Snowgrace 01:19 am EDT 07/22/21
Posted by: Snowgrace 01:12 am EDT 07/22/21
In reply to: re: Actors’ Equity Association Announces ‘Open Access,’ Expanding Eligibility for Union Membership - PlayWiz 09:51 pm EDT 07/21/21

All this is fascinating...for several years in the 80s & 90s, if one earned a certain amount at a theatre, including a non-union one, one could become what I think was called an "eligible performer" & attend AEA calls (btw oh how I wish someone had told me back then how many of those were held merely because they were required by the union), but one couldn't join the union. So many members protested the increase in actors competing for audition spots that AEA put an end to that for us. It took a lot of us years to earn the points/contracts to ultimately join (with 4 points left, mine was thanks to a principal SAG contract which gave me eligibility first for THAT union), & it felt like a huge achievement when we did...That said, it's in huge part to the years of non-union tours & other productions that so much good came along during them & later. Maybe more theatres, including community, will all become union ones to accomodate all the new union members...time will tell. The world is changing...
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