The Actor`s Equity Association is currently led by President Kate Shindle. The AEA represents more than 51,000 actors and stage directors across the country (although the U.S. Department of Labor is closer to 40,000).  The AEA works to provide performers and stage managers with quality living conditions, salaries and services worthy of life.  There are three ways to become a member of Equity: through an AEA contract, EMC points or through a brother union. If you are offered a position under an AEA contract, you can join for the duration of your contract. You can also become a member by creating a series of Participation Points (CME). To do this, they secure a job in a theatre participating in the EMC and then register as equity candidates. For each week they work in a participating theatre, they earn a point. Exporting companies must earn at least 25 weeks of EMC work, with an initial payment of $400, to become an official member of equity. You can also become a member since you are previously a member of a sister trade union for the performing arts: SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, AGVA or GIAA.
To qualify in this way, you must be a member of the brotherly union for at least one year, be a member who is well placed in that union and have worked as an interpreter under the union`s jurisdiction on a main contract or „less than five” or at least three days of additional work („background”).  Akloge (LOA). With the Small Professional Theatre, LOAs are used in development situations. LOA provide theatres with the time and flexibility to become a standard equity agreement. Each LOA is negotiated individually and conditions vary from theatre to theatre and from season to season. For each LOA, it refers to a standard rule book for provisions that are not expressly defined in the OAA. The new streaming agreements do not apply to Broadway productions, all of which have been concluded. The union`s contract with DenBroadway producers „already has media registration rules in it,” said a spokesperson for Actors` Equity. The League of Resident Theatres (LORT). The League of Resident Theatres (LORT) Agreement is used by regional non-profit professional theatres in the United States. Some theaters employ resident businesses every season, although most actors work on a show basis. Five categories, based on actual weekly cash crude (over an average of three years), determine wage and staffing requirements.
Local tours and accommodation are allowed, but by diem is required if an actor makes aaway accommodation tours of the theater. This agreement applies to both drama and musical productions. Off Broadway Agreement. The agreement applies to theaters that have less than 500 seats in The Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, but are not located in the Broadway neighborhood.