most professional and safest technicians.


The Stage Alliance is committed to providing our clients with the most professional and safest technicians. We show our commitment to quality by offering training and continuing education opportunities in stagecraft. Our technicians take pride in their work and have a genuine love of the arts. We feel it is this aspiration that makes our group of technicians the best stage crew in Austin.

IND installation
Trade show and exhibition work
Outdoor stage production
Corporate conference
Audio/video production
Lighting and audio console operators
Licensed lift operators
And more

employees vs. independent contractors.

From the Texas Workforce Commission

“Contract labor” may be the most widely used misnomer in business today. The issue is really whether a given worker is an employee or an independent contractor. In basic terms, an employee is someone over whose work an employer exercises direction or control and for whom there is extensive wage reporting and tax responsibility. An independent contractor is self-employed, bears responsibility for his or her own taxes and expenses, and is not subject to an employer’s direction and control. The distinction depends upon much more than what the parties call themselves.

The Texas Unemployment Compensation Act does not directly define “independent contractor”. Instead, it sets forth a broadly inclusive test, known as the “direction or control” or “common law” test, for who is an employee: “’employment’ means a service, including service in interstate commerce, performed by an individual for wages or under an express or implied contract of hire, unless it is shown to the satisfaction of the Commission that the individual’s performance of the service has been and will continue to be free from control or direction under the contract and in fact”. By implication, an “independent contractor” would be a person whose services do not meet the above test. To aid in application of the common-law test, TWC has adapted the old IRS twenty-factor test for use by the agency (see Appendix E to this article).



It is important to note that it does not matter that one or both parties may call their arrangement “contract labor”. The above definition makes clear that the important consideration is the underlying nature of the work relationship. The law creates a presumption of employment and places the burden for proving otherwise on the employer. It sets forth the primary factor in an independent contractor relationship, namely, the absence of direction and control over the work.

The Texas Workforce Commission

Simply put, we believe a healthy, vibrant arts community is vital to the well-being of any city. Therefore, someone who works behind the scenes in stage and theatre deserves the same employment advantages as someone who works a 9-5 job. Many companies do not offer these protections. The Stage Alliance is proud to be a company that seeks to protect the present and future financial interest of its employees.

client benefits.

The Stage Alliance provides the following important benefits to our clients…

general liability
workers' compensation
payroll protection
health contributions

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