• Joseph Carter

    As a person who works in the theatre industry, I’m finding a lot more theaters are offering part-time and not full-time work, and therefore do not offer me overtime. I have had it happen many times where, as stated in the article, I spend over 40 hours a week in tech and therefore should be paid overtime but the theater has to find some way to accommodate that by having me paid more and working with less people. I’m curious to see how this will affect the budgets of the productions themselves, if at all.

  • Nate Wheatley

    Is Ms. Adams stating that she thinks it is a good idea to take advantage of parents continuing to pay for their children’s healthcare as long as possible so she doesn’t have to provide healthcare to entry level employees?

  • Whitney Nelson

    I think this article covers a good amount of the pros and cons of this topic. Some of the things that resonated with me was the fear of losing your job or being replaceable if you aren’t willing to overlook hours so you can stay on the clock. I also see many theaters closing either permanently or until they can get back on their feet. However, I think this is good for the overall well-being of the theater and its employees/artists. We don’t have to be apart of a culture that says “because we love what we do means we should do it for dirt cheap.”

  • Desmond3

    Great article. My personal favorite part: “The key was to rethink how the theatre wrote its grant applications; instead of focusing on the art itself, their application focused on the workers responsible for making it happen.” YES. There’s no art without people making it. Thank you for writing this.

  • Intel

    I’m surprised your article doesn’t discuss the option included for non-profits where they can reduce a non-exempt workers base salary to compensate for the over time. My understanding is that several LORT theaters are using this option to avoid the situation entirely. Check out the DOL FAQ for non-profits, page 3, last paragraph. https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/overtime-nonprofit.pdf