Equity waiver is a term used in reference to the performance at 99-seat or less theaters. In order to perform or to be on stage there, an actor doesn’t have to be in the union. A union member as well as a non-union member can perform in these productions. It is now officially called ‘showcase code’, but the term ‘equity waiver’ is still used informally. These theater productions serve as opportunities for actors to be seen by agents and casting directors.