Broadway performers and stage managers who have worked on four shows linked to producer Scott Rudin will be released from the non-disclosure agreement under a new agreement between the Broadway League and the Actors Equity Association.
The NDA, Equity says, has banned union members from talking about abuse in the workplace.
The contract mentions four productions To Kill a Mockingbird, West Side Story, The Iceman Cometh And Lehman Trilogy. Although none are currently in production on Broadway Mockingbird Kovid is expected to return sometime after the break. Tony-nominated Lehman Closed in January, and director Ivo van Hove’s 2020 revival of West Side Story Close to Broadway’s coveted epidemic; 2018 production Iceman arrives A cast led by Denzel Washington is shown.)
The settlement – reached after the union withdrew allegations of two unfair labor practices with the National Labor Relations Board – released four Rudin-linked production actors and stage managers from privacy, undisclosed and nondisposition agreements.
After Rudin’s headline-making prolonged intimidation and abusive behavior at work after Broadway’s fall last year, Equity requested that it release actors and stage managers from the necessary nondisclosure deals for its productions.
“Equity was first called for this change when Rudin was accused by former aides of abusive behavior at work last year, and it became clear that the NDAs were preventing many more workers from speaking out,” the union said in a statement today.
In the agreement, the League, according to Equity, also agrees that its members will “use non-disclosure language only in limited, permitted circumstances, such as in contracts or riders to protect intellectual property or financial information.”
“Producer members of the Broadway League can no longer use the NDA to silence actors and stage managers who want to speak out against harassment, bullying or discrimination in the workplace,” Equity said. “Equity seeks to advance similarly defensive language in discussions with its other bargaining partners in support of creating a new industry standard.”
“With the development of new shows, we realize that sometimes NDAs are needed to protect these works in progress,” said Al Vincent Jr., executive director of the Actors Equity Association. “However, the NDA cannot and will not be used to protect anyone from the consequences of their own misconduct. This is a big step towards ensuring that they are no longer used. “