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Sample Contract for Actor


Arts Safety Research Team


Dec 2022

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Financial Safety

A sample legal agreement between a performing arts organisation and an Actor for a theatre production.

Performing Arts Organization: [Organization Name]
Actor: [Actor Name]

This contract (“Agreement”) is made and entered into on the date of acceptance by the actor, and is by and between [Organization Name] (“Producer”), and [Actor Name] (“Actor”).

1. Engagement:
Producer hereby engages actor to render services as an actor in the theatre production of [Production Name] (“Production”). actor will perform the role of [Role Name] during the run of the Production.
2. Deliverables:
Actor shall be responsible for the following deliverables:
- Attend all rehearsals as scheduled by Producer
- Perform on all scheduled performance dates for the Production
- Maintain the confidentiality of all information and materials related to the Production
- Adhere to professional standards of conduct and behavior at all times

Producer shall be responsible for the following deliverables:

- Provide actor with the necessary scripts and character descriptions
- Provide actor with a performance schedule in advance
- Pay actor the agreed upon compensation in a timely manner
1. Timeline:
The term of this Agreement shall commence on [Start Date] and shall continue until [End Date] or completion of the run of the Production, whichever occurs first. Rehearsals shall take place from [Rehearsal Start Date] to [Rehearsal End Date]. Performances shall take place from [Performance Start Date] to [Performance End Date].
2. Compensation:
In consideration for the services to be rendered by actor hereunder, Producer shall pay actor the sum of [Compensation Amount] per week. Payment shall be made on a biweekly basis. actor shall also be entitled to a share of the net profits of the Production, as determined by Producer in its sole discretion.
3. Termination:
This Agreement may be terminated by either party at any time, for any reason, upon written notice to the other party. In the event of termination by Producer, actor shall be entitled to receive compensation for all services rendered up to the date of termination.
4. Confidentiality:
Actor shall maintain the confidentiality of all information and materials related to the Production, including but not limited to scripts, character descriptions, and production plans. actor shall not disclose any such information to any third party without the prior written consent of Producer.
5. Indemnification:
Actor shall indemnify and hold harmless Producer, its affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents, from any and all claims, damages, or expenses arising out of or in connection with actor’s performance of services under this Agreement.
6. Governing Law:
This Agreement shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of [State].

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date first above written.

[Organization Name]

By: [Signature]

[Actor Name]

By: [Signature]




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