One Theater Lover Responds to Older Broadway Actors Being Kicked From Equity-League Health Plan

October 28, 2014 9:00 PM

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As a longtime and proud supporter of the acting industry and thus of Actors Equity, I am writing this with a heavy heart. I have always known Actors Equity Association to be on the cutting edge of equality and at the forefront of making progressive choices with a focus on the needs of its members. Until now. Your recent decision to alter the health insurance plan for those working inconsistently was initially troubling and, upon a lengthy reflection, causes me to question whether AEA truly has its members best interests and needs at heart.

I am certain I do not have to remind you of the employment difficulties that non-white members face, as your own records indicate that only 15% of your members are non-white, though a review of several years appears to indicate that the number of non-white members is increasing. As most roles in the...

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