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About AEA:
The Actors Equity Association

Actors’ Equity Association

“The Actors Equity Association (AEA) represents more than 48,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members.”

How to join

You may join the Association by virtue of employment under an Equity contract. Please note that certain contract types also have a length-of-employment requirement before a membership application becomes valid (the Membership Department will advise you at the time of joining).

Film Writers’ Association


Membership is also available by being an existing member (of at least one year) of:

- American Guild of Musical Artists

Please note: this sister-union policy is not applicable to non-resident aliens. See the AEA website for more information.

You may also join through the Equity Membership Candidate Program (EMC). This program permits actors and stage managers-in-training to credit theatrical work in an Equity theatre towards eventual membership in Equity.

Foreign Actors should check the website for the eligibility restrictions that are applied to Non-Resident Aliens.

How much does it cost?

Working Dues: 2.25% of gross earnings under Equity contract, which are collected via weekly payroll deductions

Initiation Fee: Equity’s initiation fee is currently $1,100 and must be paid within a maximum two-year period.

Billing Periods: Equity’s billing periods are May and November of each year.

For more information, check the official Actors' Equity Association website at

Film Writers’ Association


Other Actors Equity Association Contacts

National Headquarters
Address: 165 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036

New York City
Address: 165 West 46th street, New York, NY 10036

Address: 10319 Orangewood Boulevard Orlando, Florida 32821

Address: 125 S. Clark Street Suite 1500 Chicago, Illinois 60603

Address: 6755 Hollywood Blvd 5th Floor Hollywood, CA 90028

For more information on joining the Actors Equity Association and its benefits visit:

If you are new to the acting business, have a look at some things that you can do and that can help you get into the Actors Equity Association.

There is such a thing as joining unions too soon. Read this interview with a New York agent who talks about when the right time to join is.

Have a look at this video: The Top 10 Reasons Why Most Aspiring Actors Never Make It.

Being a successful actor in AEA will depend largely on your ability to get acting work. On our library page, you will find acting career books that can help you understand how to make that happen for yourself.

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