In the U.S.A., artists are seldom public sector functionaries. As a rule, they are “salaried workers” with a work contract or “independent workers”. They do not have a specific status.
Generally, full-time employees of U.S. theatre arts organizations are the administrative staffs who are salaried employees. Actors are hired as temporary employees for the duration of rehearsals and performances, as specified in their contracts. Directors and designers are often hired as independent contractors, but can also be hired as temporary or full-time employees. There have not been any significant changes in the numbers of salaried versus non-salaried workers in the U.S. theatre industry.
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Source : Theatre Communications Group
U.S. Center of the International Theatre Institute
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