The Patrick Quinn Award
WINS PATRICK QUINN SERVICE AWARD
Alan Eisenberg has been selected to receive the second annual Patrick Quinn Award for Distinguished Service to Actors, an award honoring those who work tirelessly to better the lives of actors. The Award was established by Patrick Quinn, the late President of Actors’ Equity Association, in his will and is administered under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Foundation. The announcement was made on May 15, 2008 by Arne Gundersen, President of the Actors' Equity Foundation, who hailed the selection. The award consists of an engraved Lalique crystal trophy and $1,000.
Mr. Eisenberg, who retired from Actors’ Equity Association in October 2006, began his involvement with Equity in 1981, completing the longest tenure of an Executive Director in the union’s 95 year history. During his term as Equity’s chief executive, the union made great strides in obtaining employment for actors and gaining improvements in the conditions under which they work as well as improvements in their earnings. He negotiated an employer funded 401(k) into the Production Contract in 1996, one of the first in the industry. The union’s investments greatly prospered as well under his care. He was a Trustee of the Equity–League Pension and Health and 401(k) Funds. He served as Vice President on the Boards of the Actors Fund, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Career Transition for Dancers, and the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts; was a member of the Tony Administration Committee; co-chair of the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG); Vice President of the Department for Professional Employees, a division of the AFL-CIO, and a visiting Professor at the Yale School of Drama. His achievements as leader of the union produced significant improvements in the working lives of actors, increasing their employment opportunities while protecting them on stage. Mr. Quinn himself is quoted as saying that Mr. Eisenberg’s “…dedication to Equity and his clear vision for our Union have benefited our members immeasurably. Alan’s service to our Union has been historic.”
"I am honored, awed and deeply appreciative to receive the award namedin honor of my trusted colleague and friend of twenty-five years, Patrick Quinn," said Eisenberg.
Mr. Eisenberg graduated from the University of Michigan and NYU School of Law and started working at Equity after years of practicing labor law representing trade unions, particularly the newspaper industry. He continues to live in New York City with his wife Claire, and still faithfully supports the theatre and the actors who work in it.
The panel of judges for the award included: Judy Rice and Madeleine Fallon, Equity Councillors; Doug Carfrae, Western Regional Vice President of Equity; Chris Quinn, Patrick’s nephew, Martin Casella, Patrick’s longtime partner and Anne Fortuno, Patrick’s assistant at Actors’ Equity.
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Quinn served as Equity's President from 2000-2006, and held many leadership positions within the Union. He was a founding member of Equity Fights AIDS, and served as second VP of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He was a Trustee of The Actors' Fund of America, the Equity-League Health, Pension and 401(k) Trust Funds, and First VP of the Actor's Equity Foundation. In 2005, Quinn was honored with the Edwin Forrest Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts by the Walnut Street Theatre, for his work both onstage and as President of Actors' Equity.