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    Posted June 26, 2007

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Susan Wallace To Head Western Regional Office Of Actors' Equity Association

Served As Canadian Actors' Equity Executive Director For Twelve Years

Susan Wallace

(New York, NY - June 26, 2007) Susan Wallace will head the Western Regional Office of Actors' Equity Association. She joins the Union, which represents more than 45,000 stage actors and stage managers in the United States after a twelve year stint as the Executive Director of Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA).

"We are very happy to have Susan join our team in the Western Region," said Equity's Executive Director John P. Connolly. "She brings with her an extraordinary understanding of the issues actors face throughout their careers. She's an exceptional leader and will be a key addition to the Equity family."

In her new position, Ms. Wallace will oversee all operations and collective bargaining in the western third of the United States. She will lead a staff of twenty five in two offices, Los Angeles where she will be based, and San Francisco. She will also be a member of the core senior staff leadership team of the Union.

"This is a logical progression in a career dedicated to improving the professional lives of artists. The opportunity to work under the leadership of National Director John Connolly, whom I have admired for many years, and to continue to serve the interest of performers proved a combination I could not resist," said Ms. Wallace. "The Union is poised to accomplish great things for its membership. This is chance to be a part of the positive changes and growth that Equity will affect as benchmarks for actors in live performance worldwide."

Wallace joined Canadian Equity, which represents more than 5500 artists in theater, opera, and dance, as its Executive Director in 1995 after a successful career as an attorney. She was the lead negotiator for union contracts across all disciplines, including several that were under the auspices of the Status of the Artist Act, the 1992 Canadian legislative policy that reflects the professional status of artists and allows for measures that improve the working conditions of actors to be enacted into law. She led a staff of 23 in two offices, and managed all administrative and budgetary plans. Ms. Wallace was also chief administrator of CAEA's health and pension funds.

For several years, Ms. Wallace was a practicing attorney with the Saskatchewan firms Hnatyshyn-Singer and the Broadway Law Group. Her emphasis was on civil and criminal litigation. She served as Grievance Arbitrator for the Minister of Labour and was an agent for the Attorney General of Saskatchewan, Department of Justice and Contract Representative with the Legal Aid Commission. Prior to that, Ms. Wallace was a Senior Examiner with the Department of External Affairs.

Ms. Wallace is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Cultural Diversity, the Canadian Conference for the Arts (Board of Governors), the Canadian Society of Association Executives and the International Federation of Actors (FIA). She holds a law degree from the University of Saskatchewan.

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