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From the President

A Vision for All of Us

AEA President Nick Wyman

President Nick Wyman
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By Nick Wyman

March 1, 2010

In a dazzling scoop that has left the editors of the "National Enquirer" gnashing their teeth, I am prepared to blow the lid off the Skull-and-Bones-like secrecy of Actors' Equity governance: the Swiss bank accounts, the lavish bacchanals, the cult of personality, the marble statues of President Wyman,… sorry, I drifted off for a moment there, where was I? Oh, yes, the governance of AEA.

We have 75 Councillors and eight Officers. Almost all came from the NYC area until 20 years ago when National Representation divvied them up among the three regions according to percentage of membership. The Councillors in each region meet once a month as a Regional Board to discuss local issues and concession requests, and then the whole Council meets (via phone hookup) once a month to discuss national issues and policy.

Below this level of elected leadership meetings are 4,000 committees (well, 93, but it seems like 4,000). Almost all of these committees (usually chaired by Councillors) are open to any member within commuting distance of one of our three office cities. They deal with the budget, handle concession requests, develop contract proposals and make recommendations to the Regional Boards and Council.

But why, you ask (in that B-movie cliché way you have), am I telling all this to you, a perfectly indifferent AEA member? Because things are changing --you have a new Executive Director and a new President -- and I want your input and your buy-in. Just as I suggested to you in my "Mastering the Business of Acting" column that you should know your strengths and plan for not just the next job, but the next five or ten years, your elected leaders need to assess AEA's strengths and plan our collective future.

We are gathering all the Officers, Councillors, non-Councillor Central Regional Board members and Area Liaisons together in a national conference in New York City this spring to discuss the big issues: how we provide member services, how we communicate with our members, how we handle public policy, and how we administer contracts. To prepare for this, I have asked all of these folks to think about an AEA Mission Statement (What do we want to do?) and an AEA Vision Statement (Who do we want to be now? In five years? In ten?)

I am asking the same thing of you. If you have a good idea, send it to me (president@actorsequity.org). Regardless of whether you share your ideas, be thinking of your version of Equity's Mission and Vision when you look at the candidate statements in this spring's election, and vote for those candidates who reflect your vision (though take those promises to halve your dues and quadruple your job opportunities with a grain of salt.) We are a very democratic union: you get to vote for a significant portion of your leadership every year. You also get to join committees and place your hands on the wheels and gears of the union's workings. I would welcome your participation and assistance in the tough job of attempting to make the tough job of our career a little easier.


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CashCowasaurus vs. CatchMeasaurus

Can I Get Some Service Here?

Touring 101 or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Touring 102 - A Look at the Business Model of Touring

Exit, Gracefully, a Champion

Happy 100th Birthday

The Five C's

Love and Boundaries

Plenary Panoply

Which Side Are You On?

March 24, 2011
Marching in Madison

March 1, 2011
A Vision for All of Us

February 2, 2011
Three Requests

December 16, 2010
Earn Your "MBA"

November 4, 2010
Deputize Yourself

September 1, 2010
The Fall of the Twin Tiers

July 27, 2010
Mosaic

June 21, 2010
Thank You

Long-time Councillor Nick Wyman is elected the President of Actors' Equity Association

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Contact President Nick Wyman at president@actorsequity.org.

 

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From the President Archives

To Join or Not to Join? My Rejoinder

Wait ’Til This Year!

Attention Must Be Paid

Beginners, Please

One Voice: 50,058 Strong

Mirroring

Ars Longa, Vita Brevis

One for All, All for One All Over

Springtime for Equity

Resource-Full

Keeping the Faith

Substantive Work

At the Big Table

What in the Heck am I Doing?

Telling Our Story

Why I Do Theatre

You Have a Dream

Abundance and Gratitude

When Good Shows Go Bad

Make Your Own Luck

Mentor Up. Mentor Down.

Mentor Up. Mentor Down.

Work Art and "Work"

CashCowasaurus vs. CatchMeasaurus

Can I Get Some Service Here?

Touring 101 or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Touring 102 - A Look at the Business Model of Touring

Exit, Gracefully, a Champion

Happy 100th Birthday

The Five C's

Love and Boundaries

Plenary Panoply

Which Side Are You On?

March 24, 2011
Marching in Madison

March 1, 2011
A Vision for All of Us

February 2, 2011
Three Requests

December 16, 2010
Earn Your "MBA"

November 4, 2010
Deputize Yourself

September 1, 2010
The Fall of the Twin Tiers

July 27, 2010
Mosaic

June 21, 2010
Thank You

Long-time Councillor Nick Wyman is elected the President of Actors' Equity Association

Back to Presidents Page

 
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