Wednesday, January 31, 2007


How Much Actors Get Paid

By and large, Equity actors support themselves through their work as performers. But according to actress Linda Gillum: "No one really makes their living just doing theater, so we all do something else." This generally means teaching jobs, voice-over and commercial work; and TV and film when they come through town. For a blink-and-you'll-miss-me role on a television show, an actor might get $500 for the day. That's a nice chunk for a single day's work, but those opportunities are few and far between.
At the other end of the spectrum are non-Equity actors appearing in fringe and storefront productions. They can make from $0 - you read that right - to $200 a week. And it's not because the companies are stingy. The money simply isn't there.
Under these circumstances, any pay is gravy. Some companies offer a one-time stipend for the entire run, ranging from $25 to $500
(from Chicago Tribune).

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Thursday, January 18, 2007


Home-Printed Tickets for Stage Shows in UK

Britain’s second largest ticketing company is to introduce print-at-home and mobile phone ticket sales for the theatre sector, in a move it claims will ease box office queues and help stamp out ticket fraud
Customers will be able to buy tickets online and print off confirmation from their home computer which includes a barcode that can be read by ushers at the theatre using a handheld scanner. The system, which is already common on Broadway, cuts out the need to visit the box office on arrival and makes it harder to for tickets to be forged
(from The Stage). I've never seen any Chicago venue do this. Do any?