The Equity Liaison

Please note: Equity is in the process of transitioning the term Equity Deputy to Equity Liaison. Same important job, just a different name! Though the term Deputy still appears in some Equity agreements, the term Equity Liaison will be used to refer to both on this page. Additionally, some older documents may still require updating.


Stage Management Resource

  • The SM Resource takes the stage manager through the coordination of the election of the Liaison on the first day of rehearsal, and has helpful information on bringing Not in OUR Space! into rehearsal halls and performance venues across the country. 

Liaison Resource

  • A Liaison serves as an important link between Equity and performers, stage managers and any other artist engaged on an Equity contract for a production. A Members' Guide to Being an Equity Liaison is an excellent support document with good information for first-time Liaisons (and a refresher for experienced Liaisons as well). Note: In keeping with changes made in the 2021-2024 CTA, the Deputy may now be called a Liaison.

CTA / ITA & Stratford Productions

  • Online Liaison Election and Liaison Report forms are in use for productions that take place under the Canadian Theatre Agreement, Independent Theatre Agreement (ITA) and the Stratford Addendum. Members will be required to log in to the website using their Equity member number and web password. The stage manager who coordinates all Equity members in the company electing the Liaison for a production, will receive an email notification to enter the election information prior to the first rehearsal.
  • The Liaison will receive a reminder email to file the Liaison Report form online prior to the end of the production.

Dance and Opera Agreements, ESCA & Engagement Policies

Please refer to the PDF Help if you experience difficulty downloading or opening a Liaison Election or Report form. If you are still encountering difficulty, please contact the  Communications team at Equity's National Office.

First Day of Rehearsal

  • The stage manager should coordinate all Equity members in the company electing the Liaison for a production. Member signatures are not required. Member names need only typed/written on the Liaison Election  fillable form. If the names are typed, the stage manager need only save the form once it is completed and send it to Equity as an email attachment sent to Photos and scans are also accepted.

Last Day of the Production

  • The final Liaison responsibility is to submit the Liaison Report on the last day of the production. This questionnaire is generally a confirmation of whether (or not) all fees and expenses have been paid in full. Once we have this information, Equity can pursue outstanding amounts on behalf of members or confidently close the production file. It’s also an opportunity for the Liaisonto share any notes with Equity that could form the basis for future negotiation or agreement review. The Liaison need only save the form once it is completed and send it to Equity as an email attachment sent to Photos and scans are also accepted.

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