Theatreworks makes move to professional actors

July 6, 2011
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Theatreworks recently completed a seasonal agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors and managers.

By completing the agreement, Theaterworks is now one of eight Colorado theaters with an equity seasonal agreement and the first in the Pikes Peak region.

Drew Martorella, executive director, Theatreworks, announced the agreement June 24.

“We pursued this agreement when it became clear that we wanted to hire more equity artists than our current casual contracts would allow,” Martorella said. “In the ensuing negotiations, we arrived at the Small Professional Theatre contract used for developing theaters. This new agreement allows us to employ more top-quality actors from all over the country. It also means we can offer equity contracts to selected local actors as well.”

Murray Ross, artistic director, Theatreworks, said:

“It means you’ll be seeing several new and talented people on our stage this season. It means we can now stand up and be counted with the other several hundred professional theaters in the country. We are official. It means we are much better able to find the right actors for very particular and demanding roles. The Small Professional Theatre contract is a significant step in our artistic development and one further indication the artistic life of Colorado Springs is growing up and continuing to develop a culture that can stand comparison with any city of its size in the country.”

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