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    Posted November 8, 2011

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CHICAGO, IL, Tuesday, November 8, 2011-- Actors' Equity Association (Equity) announced the appointment of long-time employee Christine Provost to the position of Central Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director, effective January 1, 2012. Ms. Provost will succeed Kathryn V. Lamkey, who retires from the Union after 25 years.

"We are delighted to have Christine Provost as our Central Regional Director. Throughout her tenure with Equity, she has demonstrated she is a knowledgeable leader and advocate for our members and our staff."

In her new position, Ms. Provost will oversee the administration of all collectively bargained agreements for the Central Region, serving as Chief Negotiator for several of these contracts. In addition, Ms. Provost will participate in national negotiations. She will supervise a staff of 20, and be responsible for the overall operational and administrative aspects of the Central Regional office, including bonding procedures, budgets and other activities relevant to the region. She will also serve as the Staff Representative to the Union's Central Regional Board, and attend all meetings of the National Council, the Union's governing body. As an Assistant Executive Director, Ms. Provost will be an integral part of the Executive Team to develop strategies and standards consistent with Equity's vision, mission and goals.

"I am very excited to assume the role of Central Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director," said Ms. Provost. "This is an exciting time in our Union's history and I look forward to be part of the leadership as Equity moves towards its 100th anniversary and beyond. Working in conjunction with the national team, the Council and the Central Regional Board, I am committed to doing the very best for our membership, our staff and look forward to continuing positive and productive relationships with the theater community, particularly in the Central Region."

Ms. Provost began her career with Actors' Equity Association in 1996 as a Business Representative in the Central Region. As such, she was responsible for the administration and negotiation of a number of contracts and helped to educate members about the negotiating process through short presentations at first rehearsals. In 2000, she was promoted to Senior Business Representative and assumed the additional responsibilities of supervising and advising on all contractual matters in the Region. She was the Chief Negotiator for the most recent U/RTA contract. She assisted Ms. Lamkey in the management of the office, trained new hires on Equity policies and procedures and served as Second Chair in national, regional and local negotiations.

Currently, Ms. Provost serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Chicago Entertainment Industry Labor Council and guest lectures at Columbia College. Prior to joining the Equity staff, Ms. Provost, who received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and her Juris Doctor from the Northwestern University School of Law, was a Litigation Associate at a large Chicago law firm.

Actors' Equity Association represents more than 49,000 professional stage actors and stage managers in the United States. Founded in 1913, Equity will begin a year-long celebration next year of its 100th Anniversary.

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