Second quarterly report: jobs onstage

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series Facts & Figures

Here it is. Further to a couple of earlier posts, Jobs for the girls: logging the stats and First quarterly report: jobs onstage, here’s the second of four planned reports of cast numbers in programmed productions for both subsidised companies in Brisbane in 2011. We’ve added this quarter’s figures to the last to give a running total.

Plays include: An Oak Tree and Faustus (Queensland Theatre Company) and Statespeare and Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (La Boite Theatre).

When it comes to Queensland Theatre Company’s production of An Oak Tree, things get a bit tricky. An Oak Tree included appearances by 1 male actor and 23 guest actors (10 M; 13 F) in the same role across the season. Each guest appeared in one performance only. 11 other actors (8 M; 3F) played the role during the rehearsal period.

The guest figures for this production appear in the first chart (below) Comparative Chart (i) even though they represent the equivalent of a casual rather than a seasonal acting engagement in a programmed production.

Comparative Chart (i)

Comparative Chart (ii) (below) excludes the guest actor figures for An Oak Tree.

Comparative Chart (ii)

Any errors or omissions, please let us know.

A much better and fuller picture of employment of actors would include figures for other independent productions. Whilst this would be problematical as a ‘living-wage’ employment statistic (most indie productions are stipend or fee-based, deferred payment or non-waged) it would give a sense of how many performance opportunities are being made available for female actors, which is where this conversation began.

These quarterly reports do not include other casual employment for actors, such as play-readings, workshops and other creative development activities by both companies

Just for your information, the National Minimum Wage in Australia as of July 2011 is set at $589.30 per week or $15.51 per hour. Source: ASU National Net

To see what your union has negotiated as minimum rates of pay for professional work, you can download a pdf file of the 2010 Equity Minimums from the MEAA website Alliance Online.

The next update here will be in September.

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  1. Equity minimum for an actor for live performance is $915.90 per week, or $865.86 for someone in their first 3 years as a professional.

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