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    Posted June 23, 2007

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Actors' Equity Members Win Union Plus Scholarships

By Nicole Yanolatos, AEA Communications Dept.

For the third consecutive year, Actors' Equity members have been awarded AFL-CIO Union Plus Scholarships. Equity members Anna Fields and Brian Mulligan were among the 103 individuals from 45 unions who were awarded a total of $150,000 from the Union Plus Scholarships program to pursue their studies. The 5,500 applicants were required to demonstrate academic ability, and to submit essays of no more than 500 words describing their career goals, detailing their relationship with the union movement and explaining why they are deserving of a union scholarship.

"We're delighted that our members have won these scholarships," said Equity President Mark Zimmerman. "Their essays show that they understand the importance of unions in America, and in particular, the ways that Actors' Equity has had a positive effect on the working conditions for our members."


Anna Fields


Anna Fields

Presently residing in North Carolina, Anna Fields is a well-rounded Actors' Equity member, having played "Catherine" in David Auburn's Proof (in which she earned her Equity card), and authored four novels and numerous plays. Ms. Fields works have been requested by Ford's Theatre, Theatre J, the Magic Theatre and Triad Second Stages Theatre. "As an active unionist, I have continually witnessed the empowering effects AEA has had upon the artistic community," Fields said. "In providing safe working conditions, standardizing salaries and wages and ensuring an organized, democratic outlet for voicing artists' concerns, unions have given both actors and writers alike enormous gifts."

She has also been heavily involved in professional regional theatre ever since and continues her work with Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, NC. Fields says, "I feel that all of my union affiliations have encouraged my fervent social ambitions, and have allowed me the freedom to operate on a constructive level."


Brian Mulligan


Brian Mulligan

Brian Mulligan is a Los Angeles-based AEA member, whose talents include acting for the stage and screen, directing and teaching. Mulligan has performed Off-Broadway with Riverside Shakespeare Company, and at U.S. regional theatres. He has also been seen on T.V. on Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman and The Practice, as well as in the movies Armageddon and White Oleander and several commercials. Mulligan has taught at the Riverside Shakespeare Academy and for the past eleven years, he has been on the drama faculty of the Crossroads School for the Arts in Santa Monica where he teaches and directs plays. He is also the founded a successful improvisation company IMPRO! which has created opportunities for his fellow actors.

Mulligan wears many hats, which is difficult for anyone to juggle. "Adult college student" is the latest addition and Union Plus has just made it a lot easier. Brian says, "I am very grateful to the members of the scholarship committee for awarding me a Union Plus scholarship."


All Equity members (as well as their spouses and dependent children) are eligible to apply for scholarships. The scholarships are offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, with funding from HSBC, the issuer of the Union Plus Credit Card. Winners were selected by a panel of education experts affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the United Negro College Fund.

For more information about Union Plus Scholarships, visit: www.unionplus.org





 
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