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    Posted May 1, 2012

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Rick Berg Announces Retirement

Rick Berg, Actors’ Equity Association’s Assistant Executive Director/Eastern Regional Director, will retire on May 25, 2012.

Rick Berg

The decision, due to family health issues, “was a difficult one,” said Mr. Berg. “While I regret the necessity for having to leave Equity and New York City, I believe that I am retiring at a time when Equity’s leadership is strong and stable. I am deeply thankful for the defined benefit retirement plan that Equity provides its employees. It is this retirement plan that allows me to take this necessary step in my life,” he explained. “The theater, and especially Equity, has been one of the most important parts of my life. It has been challenging and rewarding to be a part of the theatrical community and to be part of the work the Union does on behalf of its members.”

Mary McColl, Equity’s Executive Director, said, “Rick has been an important part of the Equity staff and the Executive team, in particular. He has contributed valuable insight, and been a strong leader. We are sad to see him leave us and we wish him a wonderful retirement.”

Mr Berg has been a long-time member of the Equity family, first as an Equity Stage Manager and later as a member of the staff. In his early career, he toured as a stage manager with such shows as the first national tour of THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKELBY, the Off Broadway and LORT tour of FROM THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA and several seasons at Northlight Theater and Cleveland Playhouse, among others. He joined the staff in 1992 as a Business Rep for Developing Theater, Production, Special Tour Agreements and Theater for a Young Audience. Berg was named Senior Business Rep in 1999, supervising more than a dozen staff, as well as the negotiation and supervision of a dozen contracts. In 2009, Mr. Berg was promoted to Assistant Executive Director/Eastern Regional Director. During his tenure he oversaw the Union’s Eastern Region operations, collective bargaining and contract administration, including the Production and LORT agreements. He lead a staff of more than 50 in the New York and Orlando offices. Berg was also an important part of the Executive team, which is responsible for the overall direction and strategic planning for Equity.

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