The Lake Dillon Theatre Company has been appointed Colorado’s newest Actors’ Equity Union Theatre.
Actors’ Equity is the national union of more than 49,000 stage actors and stage managers working in the professional theater. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theater as an essential component of our society and negotiates minimum wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.
“The Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s status as a union house is a professional transition supported by five years of strategic planning and budgeting,” said Joshua Blanchard, executive director. “Our commitment to our community’s cultural and economic health and wealth has fueled our recently updated strategic plan, which outlines several initiatives in programming, outreach and education. This is one step among dozens.”
Since 2007, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company has employed union actors under “special appearance contracts,” offering union performers rated salaries and other associated union benefits outlined by the Actors’ Equity. By joining Actors’ Equity, the Lake Dillon Theatre Company continues its commitment to quality cultural impact for the community while promoting the profession of live theater for the Summit County economy.
“Becoming a union house is another important step for the LDTC and our strategic plan as we continue to distinguish our theater as an important force in the Colorado arts,” said Christopher Alleman, producing artistic director. “Additionally, joining the union provides living wages and health insurance to actors and stage managers, which supports our commitment to the integrity of offering a professional theater company to Summit County.”
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company has been designated as a Small Professional Theatre Level 6 under the guidelines of Actors’ Equity. Out of Colorado’s estimated 80 registered live theaters, only seven currently hold status as Actors’ Equity Union Theatres. The Lake Dillon Theatre Company becomes the eighth Actors’ Equity Union Theatre in Colorado, joining The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Curious Theatre (Denver), Creede Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks (Colorado Springs), Theatre Aspen and Aurora Fox.
The Lake Dillon Theatre Company will host a free panel discussion on Saturday at 3 p.m., which poses the question, “What is a professional theater?” Panel members will discuss the artistic and administrative criteria for a professional arts-based organization and will welcome questions and discussion from members of the Summit County community. The newly appointed Actors’ Equity Union status will be one of several topics of exploration. This panel discussion is part of the Lake Dillon Theatre Company’s 2013 four-part panel series examining relevant arts-related topics for Summit County.
For more information, visit www.lakedillontheatre.org.
“Becoming a union house is another important step for the LDTC and our strategic plan as we continue to distinguish our theatre as an important force in the Colorado arts.”
— Christopher Alleman, producing artistic director for the Lake Dillon Theatre Company