On May 10, members and leadership of Actors’ Equity Association joined a picket line of the ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike. This demonstrated fellowship between the union for professional actors and stage managers in live theater and writers in television, film, news and new media. Equity’s executive director Al Vincent, Jr., director of communications David Levy and Equity members showed up at the HBO/Amazon offices in New York City to support members of the WGA.
“The default needs to be solidarity, especially right now with what’s happening with workers all over the world, all over our country,” Equity president Kate Shindle told Broadway News. “And arts workers are part of that too.” Of course, members of Shindle’s union were nearly on strike just a few weeks ago, but Equity and the Broadway League were able to reach a deal.
Shindle said that Equity’s declaration of support for the WGA is a calculated decision.