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August 18, 2003

Anni Long is New Business Rep in San Francisco

Anni Long has been appointed Business Representative for Equity's San Francisco office, which serves over 1,000 Equity members in the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ms. Long has extensive experience in the theatre, both onstage and off. She has been a member of Equity for more than 25 years and has performed leading and supporting roles up and down the California coast from Berkeley Rep, the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company and San Jose Rep to South Coast Rep where she was a Resident Artist for 15 years.

She has also spent many years volunteering with the Screen Actors Guild, as a member of the National Board; the San Francisco Executive Council, including a term as president of the Council from 1998-2001, and on numerous committees, including the San Francisco Wages and Working Conditions Committees, the Legislative Committee and the Guild Governmental Review Committee. She is a co-founder of the Bay Area Film Alliance, a coalition of film and media production professionals in Northern California, through which she worked with SAG, AFTRA, DGA, IATSE, state and local film commissions and local businesses.

Ms. Long was on the Dean's List at the College of Marin, where she majored in Theatre Arts. She completed her theatrical training at the American Conservatory Theatre and has taught theatre-related courses at Redwood High School, South Coast Rep's Adult and Young Conservatories, Tamalpais High School and Edna Maguire Middle School, among others.

"Many of my fellow performers want to know how I can give up a 30-year acting career," she says. "The answer is: my passion for performing has given way to a passion for advocacy. My seven years of elected service with the Screen Actors Guild gave me an opportunity to explore my skills in critical thinking and problem solving in the company of many creative and dedicated individuals who inspired me to seek a career that would allow me to do this fulfilling work full time."

Ms. Long succeeds Jane Shaffer, who held the post for six years and resigned to embark on a career as a private investigator.

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