Gig&Tell: Arena Stage

  • Great place to work    
    11/13/2012  6:48pm

    PAY: If you're non-Equity, pay varies depending on the budget of the show in question. In a small-ish, new play, I got $150/week. In a big budget musical, I got $300/week. After I went Equity, they paid above minimum without my having to ask for it.

    HOUSING: I worked as a local, so my housing information is second-hand. Out of towners are each given their own apartment across the street or three blocks away, either.

    LOCATION: The neighborhood can be a little dodgy at night, so be aware of your surroundings and walk home with friends if you're in the far building. Sadly there's only one decent bar/restaurant in the area. At the same time, you're close to the Metro and Bikeshare, so it's not difficult to get somewhere more happening.

    FACILITY: Big, beautiful new performing arts complex that's well appointed and well designed (check out the gigantic staff kitchen). Three theaters: Fichandler (LORT B+ round), Kreeger (LORT B thrust), Kogod (LORT D proscenium). Big rehearsal spaces. There's also a café (open before performances) and a bar (open during/after performances).

    COMPANY MANAGEMENT: Stingy with comps, generous with everything else: parties with donors and friends of the theater, occasional free dinners/lunches, trips to and visitors from Congress/SCOTUS. If you're not having fun, it's not company management's fault. If there's a problem, bring it up and they'll address it.

    For the most part, it's a really excellent work environment. Everyone cares about the quality of the show from the dressers to the stage managers to the artistic director.

    Eddie?

    02/08/2013  12:37pm

    This is an amazing company to work for. I love them and their work and they really care about their actors.

    10/02/2013  4:07pm