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    Updated August 3, 2011

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AEA President Nick Wyman Honored At National Labor College Gala


L-R: VP Ira Mont (accepting for President Nick Wyman) with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka

Actors' Equity Association President Nick Wyman was among the entertainment industry national presidents who was honored at the National Labor College Gala on Tuesday, August 2nd. The gala was held at the Kirkland Center at the National Labor College in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Wyman was honored for his strong support of building the labor movement through public policy and action as well as for the work he does on behalf of the Equity membership. AEA VP Ira Mont accepted a citation on his behalf, accompanied by ED Mary McColl.

Other honorees included Ray Hair, President, American Federation of Musicians; Ken Howard, President, Screen Actors' Guild; Matthew D. Loeb, President, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts; and Roberta Reardon, President American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Mark H. Ayers, President of the Building and Construction Trades and a member of the College's Board of Trustees, was honored for his ongoing commitment to education as key to building the labor movement


Ira Mont (AEA), Paul Almeida (DPE President, accepting for AFM President Ray Hair), Roberta Reardon (AFTRA), Matt Loeb (IATSE), Ken Howard (SAG), Richard Trumka (AFL-CIO), Paula Peinovich (President, National Labor College)

As Equity’s President, Mr. Wyman represents more than 49,000 professional stage actors and stage managers. He has a long history of service to the Union, with more than 20 years experience as a National Councillor and eight (8) years as a Trustee for the Pension and Health Trust Funds. In addition, he has worked on nearly all of the contracts negotiated by Equity, and has served as the Deputy for all of the productions in which he appeared. He has served on four (4) Production Contract negotiation committees, as well as the National Public Policy, House Affairs, Strategic Alliance and Merger.

An Equity member since 1974, Mr. Wyman has worked on a variety of contracts, including (Production, Broadway, national tour and bus and truck,) Special Production, LORT, Off Broadway, ANTC, WCLO and Staged Reading. He created the role of “Monsieur Firmin” in the original Broadway company of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and has more than a dozen other Broadway credits including LES MISERABLES, SLY FOX, ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, MY FAIR LADY and TALE OF TWO CITIES. He has appeared in numerous Off Broadway productions as well as at such regional theaters as The Guthrie Theatre, Arena Stage, the Goodman Theatre, Hartford Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Barter Theater. He is currently starring on Broadway in CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

The National Labor College is the country’s premier educational institution dedicated solely to education about labor issues. It has many programs, including a fully accredited 4-year Bachelors’ program as well as numerous training and education programs. The college is home to the Kirkland Center, a state-of-the-art conference facility.

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