Academy of Music and Union Agree to New Contract - ACADEMY OF MUSIC

NORTHAMPTON, Mass – The Academy of Music Theatre and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) Local 232 recently signed a new contract that covers stagehands working on-call for productions at the historic theatre.

Negotiations addressed labor requirements for all productions that take place at the community-based theatre, the cost of which is covered by the groups that present at the 800-seat performance venue.

“The length of the negotiations is an indication of the careful consideration that both parties gave to proposals in this difficult economic climate,” said Andrew Crystal, president of the Academy of Music Board of Trustees. “The Academy is pleased to sign a contract that reflects the willingness of both parties to work together for the common good of the Academy and the community.”

The previous agreement ended in October 2010.

“I.A.T.S.E. Local 232 is very pleased we could come to agreement on a new contract with the Board of Trustees.  As the Academy of Music Theatre evolves and grows, we look forward to being an integral part of their success,” said Brenda Shepard, president of Local 232.

The Academy has established on-going relationships with a stable of area art organizations that have a history presenting at the theater, including Commonwealth Opera, the Pioneer Valley Ballet, Old Deerfield Productions, Out! For Reel, Greene Room Productions, and Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra.

The mission of the Academy of Music is to enrich greater Northampton’s quality of life by offering first-class performing arts and film presentations in an historic theatre of national significance, and encouraging the use of the venue for social, educational and professional events.