SDC and Off-Broadway League Reach New 5-Year Agreement

by Jacob Coakley
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SDC AND THE OFF-BROADWAY LEAGUE REACH NEW 5-YEAR AGREEMENTThe new five-year agreement between the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and the Off-Broadway League covers commercial Off-Broadway producers as well as the not-for-profit theatres that are members of the Off-Broadway League and includes provisions for compensation increases over the life of the agreement, recognition of developmental activity (readings, workshops, etc.), and more.

SDC AND THE OFF-BROADWAY LEAGUE REACH NEW 5-YEAR AGREEMENT

The Off-Broadway League and Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) have reached a new five-year agreement effective July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2019. The Agreement covers commercial Off-Broadway producers as well as the Not-For-Profit theatres that are members of the Off-Broadway League.

After a successful round of negotiations, SDC and the Off-Broadway League agreed on compensation increases over the life of the agreement, recognition of developmental activity (readings, workshops, etc.), and adjustments to the touring provisions with the intention of spurring more  Off-Broadway touring activity.

“Off-Broadway is an incubator for new and inventive theatrical work that spreads across the country,” said Adam Hess, President of the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers. “These productions could not happen without the contributions of the talented directors and choreographers of SDC. The Off-Broadway League is very grateful to SDC for a successful negotiation fueled by mutual respect and a desire to work together to find creative solutions to the economic challenges facing Off-Broadway. We hope this new agreement will foster more opportunities for the immensely talented artists in the Off-Broadway community and beyond.”

“This was a very successful and collegial negotiation,” said director and SDC Off-Broadway Negotiations Committee Chair Evan Yionoulis.  “SDC understands the challenges facing Off-Broadway producers, both commercial and nonprofit, and appreciates their acknowledgment of the vital contributions that directors and choreographers make to work in the arena – from development to production. I’m very happy about the agreement we secured on behalf of our Members, which could not have been achieved without the Off-Broadway League’s meaningful recognition of our craft.”

SDC is the theatrical union representing more than 2,700 professional stage directors and choreographers throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster a national community of professional stage directors and choreographers by protecting the rights, health, and livelihoods of all its Members.

The Off-Broadway League was founded in 1959 to foster theatrical productions produced in Off-Broadway theatres, to assist in the voluntary exchange of information among its members, and to serve as the collective voice of its membership in pursuit of these goals.