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Executive Director

Mary McColl

Mary McColl

Mary McColl is Actors' Equity Association's Executive Director.

In her role, Ms. McColl will oversee the collective bargaining process for more than 30 national and regional contracts and supervise Equity's nationally based professional staff. She will work closely with Equity's Council, the Union's governing body, to develop and implement national policy, establish goals and work with the staff to carry out Equity's strategic plan. She will be the Union's representative and lead spokesperson with the media, labor, bargaining partners and government officials.

Prior to joining Equity, Ms. McColl served as the Executive Director of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. In that role she oversaw the renaming of the organization and the creation of a new branding and identity campaign as well as initiated improvements to the new theater's production spaces and finalized design details for the theater and the lobby. Prior to that position, Ms. McColl was the Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League. She has been the Vice President of Operations for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and began her career at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, where she held several positions including a five year stint as the Vice President and General Manager.

"This is an exciting time for Equity, and its very talented creative membership, as the Union embarks on its next 100 years," said Ms. McColl. "It's also an important moment in the industry as the business and economics of theater continue to change and I look forward to working on behalf of Equity with its many bargaining partners nationwide to ensure the stability and growth of our industry."


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