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    Updated August 2016

Ray Lonergan Memorial Library

Valuable Resource for AEA Members in Chicago

A Library just for actors?  That sounds like a dream!  It’s actually been a reality for the past 30 years in Equity’s Chicago office. The Ray Lonergan Memorial Library was established in 1986 as the result of a generous donation from the family of the late actor and teacher Ray Lonergan. His collection formed the core of the library, which has grown over the years to nearly 4,000 scripts — thanks to the generosity of many, including a large donation from Sidney Eden. Even with the proliferation of the internet, the library continues to provide a valuable resource for reading scripts, studying scenes or procuring monologues prior to auditions. As the library approaches its 30th Anniversary, Equity is proud that the Lonergan has never wavered from its original mission statement: “Helping the actor get that job!”

The library is run by a committee of hard working volunteers: Equity members Diane Dorsey, Buddy King, Iris Lieberman (chair), Connie McGrail and EMC Lucy Zukaitis. 

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