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    Posted August 28, 2009

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Jack Goldstein Named Director of Governance Policy

Jack Goldstein, who has a 27-year history of working with Equity in several important capacities, has been named by Executive Director John P. Connolly, to the post of Director of Governance Policy and Support. Mr. Goldstein assumed the full-time position in the New York office on August 17, 2009.

Mr. Goldstein first became associated with Equity in 1982. He was a founding member and then Executive Director of Save the Theatres, Inc., working on the campaign to prevent demolition of the Helen Hayes and Morosco Theatres, and then spearheading the successful effort to Landmark Broadway's remaining theatres.

Mr. Goldstein has served as an advisor to every President of Equity since Ellen Burstyn. He coordinated the Union's participation in the Mayor's Theatre Advisory Council and later set up the Union's office of government relations. In 1993, he was appointed special assistant to Equity President Ron Silver. He was also coordinator of the Broadway Initiative Working Group, a labor/management coalition created to stimulate production of new plays on Broadway.

In December 1997, Mr. Goldstein left Equity to become Executive Director of Theatre Development Fund, the country's largest not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts. Among other accomplishments there, Mr. Goldstein sponsored the design competition for the new TKTS Booth, which opened this year to great acclaim.

In addition, he formed his own consultancy firm focusing on arts-related urban policy. Clients have included the New York State Urban Development Corporation, the City of New York, Hunter College, the Park Avenue Armory, and Exploring the Metropolis.

He returned to Equity in 2003 as a Special Consultant to work on Equity's 90th anniversary celebration and then on the Production Contract negotiations in 2004. Since that time, he has advised the Executive Director and Council on public policy issues, and has been active in launching Equity's healthcare reform campaign and the Centennial postage stamp application process.

"I have always been committed to the welfare of professional actors and I am delighted to be associated with Equity in this new capacity," said Mr. Goldstein. "I hope that I will be able to provide a real service to the Union's leadership, membership and staff. I'm honored by the confidence John Connolly has shown in my abilities and I look forward to working closely with him and the Council.

Mr. Goldstein is a native of New Jersey. He grew up in Washington DC, attended the University of California at Berkeley, and graduated from George Washington University. He has lived in New York for 27 years, has served on Midtown Community Board #5 for 18 years and was its Chairman in 1990. He has been Co-Chair of the Mayor's Theatre Advisory Committee, Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting; a member of the Tony Nominating Committee; Chairman, New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Panel; on the Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS Board; The Actor's Work Program Advisory Board; and The Aurora Residence, Actors Fund of America Advisory Committee.

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