Do you know what’s going on backstage at the Dallas Summer Musicals?

Help us support Dallas Summer Musicals’ backstage wardrobe and hair crew. When you pull back the curtain, you should see that Dallas Summer Musicals acts fair with all its employees, regardless of gender. Dallas Summer Musicals’ wardrobe and hair workers—predominately women—can make $5.81 less per hour than others working backstage in hourly positions. It takes a complete team of skilled people to make sure audiences seeing shows like Hello Dolly have great experiences. Don’t you think the whole backstage team deserves fair and equal treatment when it comes to wages? It’s time for Dallas Summer Musicals to fix the wage gap. Wardrobe and hair workers backstage deserve fair pay!

DSM Fix the Wage Gap

Dear Kenneth Novice

I am aware of Dallas Summer Musicals’ great work and know your reputation for being a leader in the theater industry. However, while I admire the shows on stage, I also want to know that people backstage are given the treatment they deserve, especially when it comes to wages. I am writing to express my support for DSM’s backstage wardrobe and hair workers. Everyone working for DSM deserves fair and equal treatment, regardless of gender. The wardrobe and hair crews should be earning wages equivalent to other hourly skilled workers backstage. All working people deserve to make a decent living and the time has come to sit down with your wardrobe and hair employees to fix the wage gap.

I support the wardrobe and hair crew and their goal of equitable working conditions!

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8 thoughts on “Do you know what’s going on backstage at the Dallas Summer Musicals?

  1. I speak from personal, professional experience. I am part of the road crew of the tour of Aladdin that played at DSM in June. There are over 150 human hair wigs in our show, plus facial hair. My Hair Department had very good things to say about the quality of work from the Hair Crew. However, DSM’s contract presented several obstacles that made meeting our show’s requirements very hard on the crew. These workers are state-licensed, trained professionals just like the people who cut and style your hair, but they do not receive tips when working professional theatre and they are barely making more than minimum wage working on a professional, first-national show.

    You probably don’t realize how physically demanding it is working Wardrobe on a show. These costumes are not built like your clothes; they have magnets and velcro and zippers in unusual places and are rigged for quick changes (30 seconds or less). They include specialty tights and undergarments, shoes, hats, cuffs, and must be built to withstand 8 sweaty shows a week and be laundered/drycleaned frequently. They are much heavier than your clothes. Workers must bend over, kneel down, hold a flashlight in their mouth so both hands are free to do the change. They must carry 2 or 3 laundry hampers full of costumes from the stage to the gondolas or dressing rooms, multiple times.

    The Hair and Wardrobe workers of Dallas Summer Musicals should be paid a living wage for their skill and experience, just as the stage crew are. It’s time for you to address this wage gap.

  2. As a long-time member of the Designer’s Union, USA local 829, I can verify how hard the Wardrobe and Hair teams work on any musical, how talented and committed they must be, and how much they deserve pay equal to the stagehands working on scenery or lighting. Their work is consciously noticed by the audience much more than the average viewer notices beautiful lighting or a faultless scene change, so we must acknowledge their efforts and contribution to the production every night. And they should be paid fairly in recognition of this work.

  3. As a working member of IA 126 Stagehands who also toured for more than a decade, I absolutely support pay equity among all backstage workers.
    I would challenge anyone who thinks lugging 2-3 laundry baskets full of all manner of (often sweat-soaked) clothing items to and from WR and quick change stations multiple times over a few hours to give it a try. As to wigs and makeup, ask whoever cuts your hair how his/her feet and back feel at the end of the day after dressing maybe eight heads and then how they might feel preparing multiples of that work load in half the number of hours, six days a week.
    These often overlooked and taken for granted workers deserve parity.

  4. As a member of IATSE Local 927 Stagehands Atlanta, and District 7 Communications Director, I find the wage Gap in Dallas deplorable. Women heft as much of the weight as men on their labor and deserve equal pay, equal benefits, and equal respect.

  5. I am in support of equal pay for wardrobe, hair, stitches and beaders.
    I have been in the I. A. for 29 yrs. We merged with our stagehands local and wardrobe /hair has helped our stagehand to increase their wage to come up to our wages.
    As for women’s work lol, most of the guys don’t want to dress naked men or touch sweaty clothes. I’m 3rd generation on both sides stagehand and wardrobe. Without everyone in all their respective positions, the show would not go on.

  6. I work as a stagehand and as a dresser. I can tell you that dressing a cast is not for the faint of heart. It is equally as physical as stagehand work.

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