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Equity Reports Stage Jobs Rise in West

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.

Other highlights:

* 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, click on News & Media, and then Annual Study.

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