About the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
Welcome to Local 26 of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, its Territories and Canada, AFL-CIO, CLC. Or, the IATSE, or simply the IA, for short. What exactly does that mean?
We are stagehands, the men and women in black, working behind the scenes to ensure your entertainment experience is first-rate.
We represent the folks in live and recorded entertainment who take care of carpentry, lighting, props, video, sound, wardrobe, hair, rigging, cameras, and building operations (to name a few), and we can be found doing it in theatres, arenas, convention centers, stadiums, casinos, sound stages, and a wide variety of other venues as well as some one-time venues created for a specific event.
We are accustomed to being behind the scenes, and if one of us is seen by the audience during a performance (with the exception of a few expected on-stage positions), we are not in the right place. Since mid-March, we have definitely been in the wrong place. On the day of a show we are usually the first to arrive and the last to leave, but when the COVID-19 pandemic happened we were the first to find ourselves out of work and we will be the last to go back. We hope to someday provide you with the high quality productions you’ve come to expect, but we along with the rest of the world can only guess as to when that might happen. In the last 130 years or so the IATSE has weathered some pretty major world changes, and we’ll make it through this one as well. In the mean time, please continue to enjoy the recordings of various performances you can find online, and know we will be back with new ones as soon as soon as it is safe to do so.