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October 12, 2004

Equity’s Central Region EEO Committee Hosts Fall Mixer at Victory Gardens Theatre

On September 13th, 2004, the Central Region’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee hosted "Mix It Up!" a top-of-the-season get-together for actors and others from Chicago’s theatre community. The event was held at the Victory Gardens Theatre and served as an opportunity for the Central Regional Board to recognize Victory Gardens as an outstanding Equity theatre company that is committed to producing works that showcase the talents of a diverse range of actors, designers, playwrights and directors. For its commitment to hiring Equity members, Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey presented Victory Gardens with a brand new Equity plaque, which will hang next to the Victory Garden’s other honors, including the theatre’s 2001 Tony Award for Best Regional Theatre.

EEO Committee Chair/Councillor Cheryl Lynn Bruce, Business Representative Luther Goins and other members shared their personal experiences in productions that featured non-traditional casting. All agreed that the event was worthwhile as well as entertaining. “It will definitely be something to look forward to next year,” reports Chicago staff member Bridget Stegall. Special thanks to the Wishbone Restaurant for an exquisite soul-food menu!

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