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    Posted November 2, 2011

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What Is The BAAC?

Who Are The Members?

What Do They Do?

BAAC-The Bay Area Advisory Committee-comprises 14 members (12 full members and two alternates) from the nine Bay Area counties in Northern California, including the cities of San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose. The BAAC works on behalf of the San Francisco Bay Area AEA membership as well as the surrounding membership in the Sacramento, Santa Cruz and Mendocino areas.

The members advise the Western Regional Board on issues concerning local Letters of Agreement (LOA) and the Bay Area Project Policy (BAPP). All members of BAAC also serve on the Bay Area Theatre (BAT) Contract Committee as well as other Regional and National contract committees.

BAAC also has the following local subcommittees and is actively looking for members interested in working together on events and opportunities for the local membership. Contact Kelly Ground at or any of the Committee members to find out more and to get involved.

The local subcommittees are: Outreach, Stage Managers, Education, Developing Theatres, Hospitality, EEO (Women, Members of Color), and Recruitment.

Kelly Ground (Actor) is Chair of the BAAC as well as a member of Council from the Western Region. She also serves as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunities Subcommittee (Women, Members of Color, Mature and Members with Disabilities). Stephen Pawley (Actor) is 1st Vice Chair of BAAC and Chair of the Developing Theatres Subcommittee; Brian Herndon (Actor) is 2nd Vice Chair of BAAC and Chair of the Media Subcommittee; Les Reinhardt (Stage Manager) is Vice Chair of the Stage Management Subcommittee; Michael Patrick Gaffney (Actor) is Chair of the Hospitality Subcommittee; Phoebe Moyer (Actor) is Chair of the Outreach Sub-Committee; Lauren Bloom (Actor) is Chair of the Women's EEO Subcommittee; Marie Shell (Actor, Stage Manager) is Chair of the Education Subcommittee; Heath Belden (Stage Manager) is Chair of the Stage Managers' Subcommittee; Jessica Powell (Actor) is Vice Chair of the Hospitality Subcommittee; Ray Renati (Actor) and Bert van Aalsburg (Stage Manager) are on the Recruitment Subcommittee; Alternate Rod Gnapp (Actor) is on the Recruitment Subcommittee; and Alternate Cassidy Brown (Actor) is Vice Chair of the Media Subcommittee.


The BAAC is developing an event to celebrate Black History Month in February 2012. Preliminary planning has begun and the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, now a BAT Seasonal Company, has graciously offered to host the event at its wonderful new venue (aka Post Street Theatre). Interested members may contact Kelly Ground for more information.

Les Reinhardt reports that thirteen Bay Area Theatre professionals from Vallejo to San Jose gathered for five hours on Labor Day at TheatreWorks (Menlo Park) for the first BAAC Stage Manager Subcommittee-organized CPR/OSHA First Aid Training Class. AEA members included Bert van Aalsburg, Jonathan Templeton, Danielle Callaghan, Joan Sommerfield, Peter Royston and Les Reinhardt and EMC Dalia Vidor. The instructor was Chris Schlesinger of In Home CPR. Through lecture, practical demonstration and hands-on exercises, the course covered a wide range of safety topics and Mr. Schlesinger tailored the material to include specific emergencies that may arise in rehearsal or onstage. Each participant received a two-year certification in Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED from the American Heart Association. Thanks to Theatreworks and Marin Theater Company for making it possible for four of their staff (including their AEA Stage Manager) to attend.

Future events include Stage Manager Speed Dating and a Resume/Cover Letter Workshop.

Phoebe Moyer reports that AEA members from the San Francisco Bay Area volunteered for the KQED Fall Membership Pledge Drive on Monday, September 19 sporting their AEA T-shirts. BAAC is a regular volunteer for KQED pledge drives, hoping to raise public awareness of the regional AEA membership. It's always a fun experience with good company, delicious food and plenty of coverage for AEA on the airwaves. AEA member Teressa Byrne posted her experience on Facebook: "Manned the phones at KQED-FM yesterday. Took a call from an elderly woman on limited income who regularly sends money and only listens to KQED. She wanted to know if it was okay to mail her check after her Social Security payment came, and if we'd still get the credit for the matching corporate pledge. I almost cried."

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