‘Why we joined the union’

Volume 117, No. 5May, 2017

Isaac Alter

I joined Local 802 during my senior year of college at Harvard, while commuting to New York to work as a music assistant and copyist on the new Broadway musical “Waitress.” I had interned on the show at the American Repertory Theatre, and was lucky enough to be offered a position on the Broadway transfer while finishing my degree at Harvard. I’m so grateful to the union for welcoming me with open arms and for helping to make sure that I and my colleagues on the show were paid fairly for our work. I am primarily a pianist, and I ultimately hope to be a music director on Broadway. I consider myself so lucky to have the support of Local 802 as I continue with concert and cabaret gigs, workshops of new musical theatre work, and other positions with shows on Broadway, including “Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812” and the upcoming revival of “Smokey Joe’s Cafe.”