Membership Criteria

Irish Equity represents Professionals in the Live performance and Theatre Sector in the Republic of Ireland who are over the age of 18 and are based within the Republic of Ireland. Membership is open to the following professional categories: Actors; Theatre Directors; Stage Managers; Dancers; Designers – Set, Lighting and Costume; Theatre Makers; Theatre Practitioners and Stunt performers. Irish Equity members elect their own Executive at the Irish Equity AGM to manage the affairs of the union and it operates as part of the Services Industrial Professional & Technical Union.  

To join Equity, you must fulfil at least one of the criteria below:

  1. Be working as full time professional on paid professional contracts
  2. Have the ability to provide evidence of a body of paid work or an offer of paid work with a professional production company.
  3. Have the intention to work as full time professional and provide documentation evidence of either a body of paid work previously undertaken or a relevant qualification from a recognised full-time professional training course of at least two years duration.
  4. Be a student graduate of a recognised full-time professional training course of at least two years duration.
  5. Be a current student on a recognised full-time professional training course of at least two years duration (Student Membership)