Off-Broadway refers to theatres and producers, both commercial and non-profit, who are members of the Off-Broadway League. This includes: Atlantic Theatre Company, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre, Signature Theatre Company, Classic Stage Company, Irish Repertory Theatre, MCC Theatre, The New Group, Primary Stages, Vineyard Theatre, Ars Nova, Labrynth Theatre Company, WP Theatre, and select commercial producers. If you are unsure if your production is an Off-Broadway production, ask your designer.


C. B. A.

A collective bargaining agreement (CBA) is a written legal contract between an employer (or employer group such as the Off-Broadway League) and a union representing the employees. The CBA is the result of an extensive negotiation
process between the parties regarding topics such as wages, hours, and terms and conditions of employment. The terms agreed to in the CBA apply to anyone doing the work that’s defined in the scope (such as theatrical design work
performed by designers and assistants).



A rider is a set of terms and conditions which “ride along” with a cover sheet. In effect, the cover sheet represents the whole CBA; when the employer, employee, and union all sign the cover sheet, they are agreeing to the terms outlined in
the CBA. A rider allows the employer and employee to add additional terms to the individual agreement. Most CBAs allow a rider as long as nothing in the rider precludes or contradicts any part of the CBA.


Most of Local USA 829’s collective bargaining agreements for live performance require a cover sheet (or individual agreement) to be completed by the employer and employee that outline the specific details of an individual project. This is
one way to ensure that the worker knows their work is covered by the CBA. The union creates the cover sheet, and your employer should present it to you to complete. You should not begin work until your cover sheet is signed by all parties,
submitted to the union business office, and returned to you approved.


USA 829

United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829, IATSE, is a labor union and professional association of Designers, Artists, Craftspeople, and Department Coordinators, organized to protect craft standards, working conditions and wages for the entertainment and decorative arts industries. The members of Local USA 829 work in film, theatre, opera, ballet, television, industrial shows, commercials and exhibitions. The current active membership totals over 5,000.



The Membership Candidate (MC) program is a way for people who are not yet members of USA 829 to work under the Union agreement with the Off-Broadway League and enjoy all of its protections and benefits.  Additionally, it allows people to work towards union membership at a discounted rate and earn money towards union healthcare by assisting on Off-Broadway shows. See more info here.


The Off-Broadway Assistant Designer Advisory Group is a group of Off-Broadway assistants that formed to advise USA 829 on assistant designers' goals and needs during the 2021 contract negotiations with the Off-Broadway League. Also, they made this website.