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Equity actors vote no on 99-seat theater minimum wage




Ramon De Ocampo runs lines for The Antaeus Company's production of Shakespeare's
Ramon De Ocampo runs lines for The Antaeus Company's production of Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part I" at a 99-seat theater.
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Leaders of the Actors Equity Association meets Tuesday to decide if their actors should get paid more than their current stipend for performing in Los Angeles's 99-seat theaters. The union wants their actors to be paid minimum wage for the time spent in both rehearsals and performances, but roughly two-thirds of actors in the union voted against it in a non-binding vote.

Actors who are against their union's proposal say it would put small theaters out of business, with many actors pursuing commercial success in film and television saying they have come to rely on the more intimate theaters as a place to practice their craft, create new and more daring work and have a chance of being spotted by someone looking for talent.

Read more on the impending 99-seat theater minimum wage vote from KPCC's Brian Watt here.



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