Returning to an industry built on the illusion of scarcity during a time of actual scarcity without legal or moral guardrails has traumatic & devastating implications for talent and the future of #Broadway.
Producers already doubling down on take-it-or-leave-it-because-we-know-your-unemployment-runs-out-in-September-and-your-health-insurance-depends-on-working-during-a-global-pandemic-and-oh-we-need-an-answer-tomorrow has the power to decimate an entire generation of artists.
Maintaining equitability and a culture that fosters new waves of talent will require massive socio-economic shifts at the state and federal levels, such as #MedicareForAll and 100% #StudentLoanForgiveness. We’re nowhere close and most theater owners & producers vote against it.
This billion dollar biz whose profit margins barely made sense before the pandemic makes little sense now. And thousands of seasoned professionals whose careers weren’t “peaking” before shutdown are already eyeing pivots as they realize they missed the first round of Sept jobs.
When someone like Jeffrey Seller is getting $30 - $50 million in PPP loans for one of the most successful shows ever produced but actors are drowning in student loans and unpaid back rents only to be offered less money & opportunity than 2 years ago, you’re past a tipping point.
And none of this is new, btw. I’m old enough to remember working ensemble in 2003 when it was industry standard to be paid an extra 10% every week to supplant agent fees. I made more starring in a national tour in 2007 than I made on any single theater job after the '08 crisis.
In terms of actor wages, theater has been in decline for decades. And while we freelancers that make up the industry are doing our damndest to culturally level the playing field on our end, the lack of lever-puller engagement has real life consequences. Something’s gotta give.
There was no producer or theater-owner-backed Broadway Fund to keep gig workers around. No freelancer rescue packages. Zilch. @ActorsEquity tried in Albany, but we’re ants. It doesn’t matter how much we love our #craft when survival becomes paramount.
Short-term bandaids aside (live-streaming B'way is a producer fav and probable death knell) I do hope theater owners & producers are paying attention. Without total systemic reform and/or unparalleled gov’t investment IN US, #scarcity is coming for you next. And then kaboom. Fin.

• • •

Missing some Tweet in this thread? You can try to force a refresh
 

Keep Current with Zachary Prince

Zachary Prince Profile picture

Stay in touch and get notified when new unrolls are available from this author!

Read all threads

This Thread may be Removed Anytime!

PDF

Twitter may remove this content at anytime! Save it as PDF for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video
  1. Follow @ThreadReaderApp to mention us!

  2. From a Twitter thread mention us with a keyword "unroll"
@threadreaderapp unroll

Practice here first or read more on our help page!

More from @zacharyprince

8 Jan
1) My 8th grade history teacher, Mrs. Billingsly, used to casually microagress the Jewish kids in front of the class.
“You people and your holidays 🙄”
“Any excuse not to take a test, huh?”
“I thought you guys were the smart ones”…
2) “Ah, I could tell you were Jewish”
“You think you’re white?”
“You sure you didn’t cheat?”
And on. And on. And on.
Orange County… it’s nothing new. We all coped differently.
3) Jewish people watching the news on Jan 6 experienced their wildest dreams and worst nightmares playing out simultaneously:
Read 11 tweets

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!


This site is made by just two indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member ($3/month or $30/year) and get exclusive features!

Become Premium

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!

Follow Us on Twitter!

:(