Employment opportunities were greater for Equity actors in the Midwest and West last season while they were flat for actors in the East, the union announced Friday.
In a report on conditions for the 2005-'06 season, Actors' Equity Association noted work weeks for actors rose by 9.6 percent in the Central Region, 4.5 percent in the West and fell less than 1 percent in the East. A work week is defined as one week of work for one actor. Overall, there were 299,493 work weeks.
In a news release, Equity also stated the average number of union members working in a week was 5,759 (3,667 principals, 1,187 chorus members and 905 stage managers). With more than 45,000 members, approximately 13 percent were employed in any given week.
* For the season, 17,372 different members were employed, about 38 percent.
* Member earnings totaled $297.4 million; the median annual wages were $7,040.
* Over the past 10 seasons, earnings have increased 57.9 percent, while the number of work weeks has increased 16.5 percent.
For a full report, go to ActorsEquity.org, click on News & Media, and then Annual Study.