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    Updated December 7, 2010

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Chicago Building Layout

Waiting Area, Lonergan Library, Gypsy Robe, entrance to Audtion Center
Photo: coyne and associates, architects 2010

AEA has moved to the new Actors' Equity Building at 557 West Randolph Street on Tue Sep 21.

  • The first floor has an enlarged and soundproofed Audition/Member Center, including a sprung floor in the room itself, an enlarged waiting area which also includes the Lonergan Library, 2 soundproofed warm-up rooms, and a special area to display a Gypsy Robe. The rest of the first floor will house a branch of the Actors' Federal Credit Union (including an ATM!) and building management.

    Audition Center
    Photo: coyne and associates, architects 2010

  • The second floor will be rented out in its entirety to one or more occupants "to be named later."

  • The third floor is Equity's public area, with Reception, Membership and Member Services offices, and meeting rooms and areas of varying sizes to accommodate everything from large committees and group meetings to a one-on-one between a Member and Staffer comfortably. It also houses the Office Manager, Bonding Director, Mailroom, and an expanded IT server area.

    3rd Floor Reception Area
    Photo: coyne and associates, architects 2010

  • The fourth floor is home to the Central Regional Director, and all the Business Reps and Contract Associates, as well as a file area.

  • There is also a large basement that will be used for archival storage.

Green practices have been used whenever and wherever possible. New windows are "punched" into the building to admit more natural light, and exciting architectural features include multiple skylights and a "light shaft" between the third and fourth floors. Furniture from the old office has been re-used with some new additions and replacements.

557 West Randolph Street

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