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December 2003

December, 2003

State of the Central Region

State of the Central Region PowerPoint online presentaton CLICK HERE

December 23, 2003

AFL-CIO Seeks Injunction Against Department of Labor Regulations That Pose Unfair Financial Burden On Unions - Court Hearing Scheduled December 30

The AFL-CIO announced that it is seeking an injunction against the Department of Labor, to stop new financial reporting requirements that were recently enacted by US Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. The Federation called the new "LM-2" reporting requirements "onerous" and "overly burdensome" for 5,500 labor organizations that will be affected by the regulations, including Actors' Equity. more...

December 19, 2003

HOW I LEARNED TO THRIVE: Helpful Tips on Navigating Your Career Path

Please join us for a very important, not-to-be-missed event geared to help Actors learn how to maneuver through the streets of auditioning and find the on-ramp to the highway of success. more...

December 19, 2003

Actors' Equity Prepares for Upcoming Contract Negotiations With University Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA)

At its meeting of December 16, 2003, the Council of Actors' Equity approved proposals for the upcoming contract negotiations with the University Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA). The current agreement expires on February 29, 2004. more...

December 17, 2003

In Memoriam: Jack Ragotzy (1921-2003), Founder of Michigan's oldest summer stock company The Barn Theatre

Jack Ragotzy, founder of the landmark summer stock company, The Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan, died December 15, 2003 of a heart attack in his home on the grounds of the theatre, one day shy of his 82nd birthday. more...

FREE HEALTH FAIR FOR ALL ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONALS

Featuring: Blood Pressure Screenings, Cholesterol Levels, Breathing Capacity Screening, On site consultation with dentist and podiatrist, Health and wellness information, Massage Therapists more

December 13, 2003

NCUA TO AFCU: DROP DEAD THEATRE PROFESSIONALS

As many Equity and Actors Federal Credit Union members are aware, AFCU has been working for some time to address the chronic shortage of affordable housing for actors and other theatre professionals. For several years AFCU's mortgage program has met with an enthusiastic response at its now twice-yearly seminars, and every year a few more theatre professionals own the roof over their heads or start planning seriously to do so with AFCU's help. more...

Boston Equity Members Meet

The Annual Meeting of the Boston area Equity membership took place Monday, October 27, 2003. Equity's Eastern Regional Director Carol Waaser was on hand to discuss national issues such as non-union tours and the loss of workweeks in key contract areas. more...

AFL-CIO Kicks Off National Campaign to Restore Worker's Freedom to Organize - Wed Dec 10th, 2003

The AFL-CIO will have a march and rally in New York City on Wednesday, December 10th, International Human Rights Day, to kickoff a national campaign to restore workers' freedom to organize unions in America. more...

AFTRA NY Urges Support for WBAI Radiothon to Avert Layoffs

WBAI, owned by the Pacifica Foundation, is the only station represented by the AFTRA New York Local that receives up to 85% of its budget through private donations. This progressive, non-commercial radio station provides a public voice for the unions in the New York area. more...

Membership Meetings in All Regions to Elect Nominating Committees

Membership Meetings in all Regions will be held on Friday, January 9, 2004. Included on the agenda in each Region will be a Special Order of Business to nominate and select the membership portion of Regional Nominating Committees for the 2003 Annual Election. more...

Equity's Stephen J. Falat Basket Project Brings Joy To New York Area Hospitals, Charities

The 18th annual Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project was a huge success. Over 2700 holiday gift bags, including 820 for children, were delivered to numerous area hospitals and charities by dozens of volunteers. more...

Theatre Administrator/Labor Negotiator Harriet Slaughter to discuss "How to Negotiate Almost Anything" at Professional Women's Networking Event on Monday evening, January 12, 2004 at The Players

Theatre administrator/labor negotiator Harriet Slaughter will present a program on How to Negotiate Almost Anything at a Blatant Self-Interest Networking Event sponsored by the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media on Monday, January 12, 2004 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South (20th Street and Park Avenue South). more...

December 7, 2003

Union Issue in Spotlight When Plays Go On Tour By Dominic Papatola, Twin Cities Pioneer Press

"When you buy a ticket to a touring play or musical, probably the last thing on your mind is whether the people singing and dancing on state are duly organized and represented workers. But labor strife if the most contentious dispute in touring theater today...
http://www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/entertainment/performing_arts/7433 023.htm

December 5, 2003

ROXANE BARLOW DONS EQUITY'S "GYPSY ROBE" IN NEVER GONNA DANCE

Roxane Barlow, currently performing in NEVER GONNA DANCE, is the newest recipient of Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe." The colorful icon was presented to the chorus member at a special backstage ceremony at the Broadhurst Theatre on Thursday, December 4, 2003, recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. more...

December 4, 2003

Rob Roznowski, new Student Outreach and Education Coordinator, Presents Dynamic Seminar Throughout the Country: Seeks to Demystify the Union

Equity's Student Outreach and Membership Education program began in 2001, when Council set a top priority: reaching out and educating theatre students and other potential future members about Actors' Equity and the benefits of union membership. By 2003, the program had reached over 2,000 students at 50 colleges and schools, including many LORT-affiliated educational institutions such as Yale, Syracuse University, University of San Diego/Globe, ACT, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Conservatory at FSU, Boston University and Carnegie-Mellon. Besides various educational institutions, the new multi-media presentation has been presented at New Member receptions in New York and Los Angeles. more...

December 3, 2003

AEA Council Approves Mandatory Meetings With Broadway Casts As Union Prepares For Upcoming Production Contract Negotiations in 2004

The Council of Actors' Equity, at its meeting on November 18, 2003, approved the recommendations of the President's Planning Committee and Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg, for mandatory membership meetings with Broadway casts (and road tours) as part of the Union's preparations for the upcoming Production Contract Negotiations in 2004. The current pact with the League of American Theatres and Producers expires on June 27, 2004. more...

December 3, 2003

Equity's Executive Director Alan Eisenberg, Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey Visit Equity Theatres In Michigan, Attend Detroit Area Membership Meeting

Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg and Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey went on the road recently, to visit various destinations in Michigan, culminating in the Detroit area membership meeting on Monday, October 20, 2003. more...

December 2, 2003

Report from Atlanta Membership Meeting

The Atlanta Membership Meeting was held on Monday, November 3, 2003, at Manuel's Tavern. Equity's Eastern Regional Director, Carol Waaser, and Southeast Traveling Business Rep George Hamrah, attended. more...

Actors' Equity Wins Arbitration Against League of American Theatres and Producers For Contributions to the Equity-League Health Trust Fund During Musicians' Strike

Actors' Equity has won an important arbitration against the League of American Theatres and Producers, stemming from AFM Local 802's Broadway strike in March 2003. The arbitrator's decision upheld Equity's claim that Producers' contributions to the Equity-League Health Trust Fund on behalf of Actors and Stage Managers cannot be prorated or reduced because of lost performances due to Equity's support for the strike. more...

Jack Goldstein Retained As Equity's Health Care, Public Policy/Legislative Advisor and Advocate For Actors' Equity Foundation

Jack Goldstein, a noted public policy, urban affairs and arts consultant, has been retained by Actors' Equity Association to advise and advocate for the Association in areas of health care reform, public policy and local, state and federal legislative matters, and public opinion. Actors' Equity is the union for professional actors and stage managers in the live theatre, with over 45,000 members nationwide. Mr. Goldstein will also develop resources and funding for the Actors' Equity Foundation. more...

Actors' Equity SEEKS QUALIFIED MEMBERS TO PRESENT OUTREACH SEMINARS IN BOSTON, WASHINGTON, D.C. & FLORIDA

Actors' Equity Association has been a pioneer with its Student Outreach Seminars which are presented at theatre training programs throughout the country. This highly interactive presentation explores Equity's rich history, offers membership options and fosters relationships with future professionals. The seminars have been such a success that the Outreach program must expand to meet the demands of universities, conferences, and summer programs requesting the seminar. The expansion will be accomplished by utilizing Equity's prime resource-- its members. Through extensive training in New York City, the Outreach Coordinator will prepare selected applicants to present the established scripted seminar throughout the country. In the first phase, Equity will test the program in the Eastern Region. more...

December 1, 2003

"Wicked" Stars Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel Kick Off Actors' Equity's 18th Annual Stephen J. Falat Basket Project

Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, the stars of WICKED, Broadway's newest hit musical, take time out backstage at the Gershwin Theatre to support the annual Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project of Actors' Equity Association. Donations and volunteers are needed. more...

November 2003

November 25, 2003

HOW TO SCARE YOUR LANDLORD - Mortgage Seminar 12/1/03

It's easier than you think. Just tell your landlord you plan to attend the Mortgage Seminar Monday, December 1st, from 6 to 8 pm in the 14th floor conference room at AEA. Co-sponsored by Equity's Housing Committee and the Actor's Federal Credit Union, the Mortgage Seminar features brief, to-the-point presentations by a mortgage broker, a real estate lawyer, a realtor, and an AFCU representative, followed by a Q and A. more...

November 25, 2003

EQUITY'S "GYPSY ROBE" GOES TO VINCE PESCE IN "WONDERFUL TOWN"

VINCE PESCE, currently performing in WONDERFUL TOWN, is the newest recipient of Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe." The colorful icon was presented to the chorus member at a special backstage ceremony at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Sunday, November 23 (opening night), recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. Mr. Pesce has appeared in a number of Broadway shows, including KISS ME, KATE, HIGH SOCIETY, VICTOR, VICTORIA, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and GUYS AND DOLLS. more...

November 21, 2003

ACTORS' EQUITY BAILS OUT "HARMONY" CAST MEMBERS - PAYS SALARIES TO ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS IN DERAILED MUSICAL

Responding quickly to a financial emergency, Actors' Equity is assisting 29 cast members in the pre-Broadway musical HARMONY, by paying the actors' and stage managers' salaries out of the producer's Equity bond. more...

November 20, 2003

Oooh's for Robe in TABOO!

Felice B. Gajda is the newest recipient of Actors' Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe" for the musical TABOO. The colorful garment was presented backstage on the new musical's opening night (Thursday, November 13, 2003), recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. Felice's chorus credits include URBAN COWBOY, SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, KISS ME, KATE, FOSSE, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY TRYING, and TOMMY. more...

Stars, Union Officials and Child Performers Celebrate Passage of NY State's New "Coogan" Law

Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert hosted Equity President Patrick Quinn, AFTRA First National Vice President Roberta Reardon and other high-ranking union officials, staff members, committee members, parents and child performers at the celebration for New York State's new "Coogan" Law at Equity headquarters in New York on Monday, November 17, 2003. more...

November 13, 2003

Stage Managers at Institutional Off Broadway Theatres Receive Retroactive Vacation Pay Under Equity Rules

Good news for Stage Managers working Off Broadway! If you have worked 25 weeks or more in one year under an Off Broadway Contract - or multiple contracts - for the same institutional theatre company, you are entitled to vacation pay ! more...

Equity - Uncensored! ("Live and Uncensored")

Are you an Equity Member? Do you have concerns or issues with Actors' Equity Association? Do you have some good ideas for the union? Don't just gripe in the dressing room. Come tell us about it. more...

November 10, 2003

Coming to a Theatre Near You: Protecting Child Performers!

A child's acting career will no longer be child's play, thanks to the outstanding efforts of Actors' Equity and members of Equity's Young Performers Committee. Governor Pataki has just signed the Child Performers Education and Trust Act of 2003, the new law which will require that 15% of all child performers' earnings be set aside until the age of 18, protecting the earnings of minors in the entertainment industry. The bill was patterned after California's "Coogan" Law, named for Jackie Coogan, one of the highest paid film actors of his day, who discovered he had no money and no legal recourse when he became 18. more...

November 10, 2003

Equity Members in Arizona Create First "Arizona Theatre Service Award"

The professional Actors and Stage Managers of Arizona are proud to announce the recipient of the first annual Arizona Theatre Service Award, Max McQueen. The award recognizes individuals in Arizona who have contributed to the "health and visibility of live theatre." more...

November 10, 2003

Actors' Equity and Troika Entertainment Sign Pact For National Tour of Starlight Express

Actors' Equity Association and Troika Entertainment have signed an agreement for the current national tour of STARLIGHT EXPRESS. The agreement was settled on September 10, 2003 following negotiations between Equity and Troika in Chicago. Representing Equity were Equity's National Director of Organizing, Flora Stamatiades and Western Regional Director John Holly; for Troika Entertainment, Nicholas Howey, Troika Executive Producer/CEO, and Randall A. Buck, Chief Operating Officer. more...

KISHA HOWARD DONS ACTORS' EQUITY'S "GYPSY ROBE" IN WICKED

Chorus member Kisha Howard donned Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe" at the opening night of WICKED at the Gershwin Theatre. The colorful garment was presented to her by Brian J. Marcum(THE BOY FROM OZ), recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. Kisha's Broadway credits include HIGH SOCIETY, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and AIDA, as well as the National Tour of SOUTH PACIFIC. more...

Equity Commits $1.6 Million to Campaign to Combat Non-Equity Tours

The Council has authorized the expenditure of up to $1.6 million to wage a campaign against non-Equity road shows and in preparation for the upcoming Production Contract negotiations in 2004. more...

November 7, 2003

Actors' Equity Urges Theatregoers to Miss MISS SAIGON at NJPAC Featuring The Jobless Chronicles

Following on the heels of the star-studded demonstration in New York City's Duffy Square, Actors' Equity sponsored a demonstration on Thursday, November 6th at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ, where the controversial non-Equity touring production of MISS SAIGON, produced by Big League Theatricals, landed this week. more...

November 5, 2003

HAIRSPRAY Pays Recoupment Bonus To Actors, Stage Managers under new Equity Production Contract Rule

For the first time ever, Actors and Stage Managers in a Broadway production have been compensated under a Equity rule, negotiated during the 2000 Production Contract negotiations, which requires a Broadway producer to pay a recoupment bonus to the original cast members from a prior production. The bonus, a one-time payment of $1000.00, was recently paid to 31 cast members (including stage managers) from HAIRSPRAY, who performed in the original production at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle under a WCLO (Western Civic Light Opera) contract. more...

Take Action: Equity Members Urged to Contact Senate to Support Multi-Employer Plan Emergency Investment Loss Proposal

Actors' Equity is urging all union members who reside in California, Florida, Illinois and New York States to write to members of the Senate Finance and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committees* to support the Multiemployer Plan Emergency Investment Loss Proposal - Section 2 of S. 1610 (Bayh/Kerry); and Sec. 708 of J.R. 1776 (Portman/Cardin). more...

October 2003

October 31, 2003

The Actors' Fund of America's Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic And Better Wellness And You (BWAY) FALL HEALTH FAIR

Featuring: Blood Pressure Screening, Cholesterol Levels, Diabetes Screening, Colo-Rectal Cancer Screening, Podiatry Foot Screening, Chiropractic Evaluation more...

October 30, 2003

ACTORS PACK DUFFY SQUARE IN NEW YORK CITY TO PROTEST NON-EQUITY TOURS

Hundreds of actors, stage managers and their allies packed Duffy Square in the heart of the Broadway district in New York City today for a rally sponsored by Actors' Equity Association to protest the increase of non-Equity touring productions and to call for fair wages and work conditions for actors in these shows. The focus of the rally was the current tour of MISS SAIGON, which is produced by Big League Theatricals. Big League has repeatedly ignored the numerous requests by Actors' Equity to negotiate a contract. more...

October 20, 2003

ATTENTION ALL UNION MEMBERS - rally for FAIR WAGES/ALL STAGES Thursday, November 6, 2003 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark

Show your support in a rally against Big League Theatricals (producers of the current non-Equity tour of MISS SAIGON) and tell the Broadway community how you feel about non-Equity tours in your own backyard. more...

EQUITY'S "GYPSY ROBE" PRESENTED TO BRIAN J. MARCUM in THE BOY FROM OZ

Brian J. Marcum is the newest recipient of Actors' Equity's "Gypsy Robe" for the 2003-2004 Broadway season. The colorful garment was presented on the opening night (Thursday, October 16, 2003) of THE BOY FROM OZ, recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. more...

October 10, 2003

Actor's Equity Approves Letters of Agreement for Ten New York City Theatre Companies for 2002-2003 Season

Actors' Equity has approved Letter of Agreements (LOA) for ten prominent New York City not-for profit theatre companies. The agreements will provide employment for almost 200 Actors and Stage Managers, generating over 1700 work weeks this season. All contracts will also provide health and pension benefits. more...

October 9, 2003

Career Transition For Dancers presents the 9th Annual Gala - GOTTA DANCE! A Dance Tribute to Hollywood

Directed by Randy Skinner, dancers from American Ballet Theatre (Angel Corella & Ashley Tuttle), Les Ballets Grandiva, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, New York City Ballet, National Dance Institute, The Royal Ballet’s Alina Cojocaru & Johan Kobborg and others will perform. more...

October , 2003

Chicago's New Member Center Now Open

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October 2, 2003

NEW YORK STATE BRINGS STANDARDS AND PROTECTIONS TO YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING IN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

Governor George Pataki yesterday signed into law the Child Performers Education and Trust Act of 2003, passed by both the Assembly and Senate this summer. This act serves to codify protections for wages and education for the thousands of children working in the entertainment industry, and will become effective in New York State as of March 29, 2004. more...

September 2003

September 29, 2003

ACTORS' EQUITY TELLS BIG LEAGUE THEATRICALS: "FAIR WAGES! ALL STAGES!"

This week, the Merriam Theater in Philadelphia presents the non-Equity touring production of MISS SAIGON. The actors and stage managers in this production are not members of Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents stage actors and stage managers, and are not receiving the fair wages and benefits they deserve. more...

September 26, 2003

Actors' Equity Foundation Establishes Richard Seff Award for Character Actors

Actors' Equity Foundation has established the Richard Seff Award, an annual award to be given to a male and female actor who is 50 years and who has been a member of the Association for 25 years or longer, for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off Broadway production. The award consists of a $1000 honorarium plus a crystal trophy, which will be presented at the Equity Membership meeting in April. more...

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION PRESENTS: "THE JOBLESS CHRONICLES" - A NEW MUSICAL

Actors' Equity Association, the union representing 45,000 stage actors and stage managers, presented THE JOBLESS CHRONICLES, a rousing new musical about the plight of jobless Americans on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 in Boston. Free to the public, the 20-minute performance was staged on Ollis Street next to The Wang Center for the Performing Arts on the opening night of the non-Equity MISS SAIGON. THE JOBLESS CHRONICLES is part of an on-going campaign in response to the proliferation of non-Equity road tours. more...

September 25, 2003

WOODIE KING, JR RECEIVED ACTORS' EQUITY FOUNDATION'S PAUL ROBESON AWARD

Woodie King, Jr., Founder and Producing Director of the New Federal Theatre, received the Actors' Equity Foundation's Paul Robeson Award on Friday, October 3, 2003 at the Equity Membership meeting in New York. Renowned actor/activist Ruby Dee, who is herself a Robeson Award recipient, will present the citation to Mr. King. more...

Union Plus Scholarship Applications are Available Deadline for submitting completed applications is January 31, 2004

Applications for the 2004 Union Plus Scholarship program are now available. To download an application go to www.unionplus.org/scholarships or send a postcard with your name, return address, telephone number and international union affiliation to: Union Plus Education Foundation, c/o Union Privilege, P.O. Box 34800, Washington, DC 20043-4800. more...

September 23, 2003

ACTORS' EQUITY PULLS PICKET LINE - CONCERN FOR ACTORS PARAMOUNT

Late yesterday afternoon Actors' Equity Association, the Union representing 45,000 professional stage actors and stage managers, pulled the picket line it set up to protest the non-Equity company of MISS SAIGON at the Wang Center for the Performing Arts in Boston. The Union began its picket in an attempt to bring Big League Theatricals, the producers of the non-Equity production, to the table to negotiate the fair wages and benefits the actors deserve. more...

ACTORS' EQUITY TELLS BIG LEAGUE THEATRICALS: "FAIR WAGES! ALL STAGES!"

This week, the Wang Center in Boston presents the non-Equity touring production of MISS SAIGON. The actors and stage managers in this production are not members of Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents stage actors and stage managers, and are not receiving the fair wages and benefits they deserve. more...

Fair Wages, All Stages - A Message from President Patrick Quinn re MISS SAIGON

As the logo implies, there is a crisis on the road and Equity has taken steps to address it. In ten years, the number of road shows that go out on Equity contracts has decreased substantially while the non-Equity tours proliferate. This is a real threat to your economic well-being and I'm asking you to join us in our efforts. more...

September 19, 2003

Actors' Equity Association Announces the 2003 Recipient of the Lucy Jordan Recognition Award: JOSEPH RUSKIN

The award is given annually by the Western Regional Stage Managers Committee to recognize any individual from the Western Region who has best exemplified the spirit of Lucy Jordan during the previous year. Recipients of the award have demonstrated that they have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their relationship to the membership of Actors' Equity. more...

Actors' Equity Appoints Rob Roznowski As New Student Outreach and Membership Education Coordinator

Actors' Equity has appointed Rob Roznowski as its new Student Outreach and Membership Education Coordinator. Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg announced the appointment effective September 8, 2003.
"We were delighted to have found a candidate like Rob, who has a boundless passion for theatre and education, for this vital staff position," said Eisenberg. "Mr. Roznowski will replace outgoing coordinator Christopher Eid, who is returning to his acting career after developing and implementing this highly successful program." more...

Chicago's Writers' Theatre Names Jennifer Bielstein As New Managing Director

Chicago's Writers' Theatre has announced that Jennifer Bielstein has been named its new Managing Director. Ms. Bielstein, the former Director of Marketing and Communications for Steppenwolf Theatre, has replaced outgoing Managing Director John Adams, who is leaving to pursue a writing career. more...

September 10, 2003

Chicago Acting Couple Share Joseph Jefferson Award Nominations

A few weeks ago, Chicago acting couple David Girolmo and Heidi Kettenring received wonderful news - they had both been nominated for a 2002-2003 Joseph Jefferson Awards. David was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical Role, for his bawdy portrayal of Fred Graham in KISS ME KATE at the Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre, while Heidi was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical Role her brilliant performance as Fanny Brice in FUNNY GIRL at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. more...

Equity Settles Favored Nations Claim Against Charlotte Rep For THE MIRACLE WORKER

Actors' Equity has settled a "Favored Nations" claim for $3750 against Charlotte Rep, a LORT D Theatre in Charlotte, North Carolina, which arose during a production of THE MIRACLE WORKER last spring. The highly publicized revival, starring Hilary Swank, was earmarked for Broadway in April, but was indefinitely postponed by Broadway producer Barry Weissler following the Charlotte run. more...
Are YOU a favored nation?

September 9, 2003

Labor Day Parade Draws Actors, Stage Managers And Musicians and Stage Hands in Show of Solidarity

On Saturday, September 6th, the 2003 Labor Day Parade in New York drew thousands of workers from a wide variety of unions and guilds, including a lively contingent of actors, stage managers, stage hands and musicians from Actor's Equity, SAG (Screen Actors Guild), AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists), Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians and affiliated IATSE Locals from the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG). more...

September 4, 2003

New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights' Horizons and Second Stage Make Up for Lost Auditions

Three prominent Off Broadway institutional theatres - the New York Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights' Horizons and Second Stage - will make up for lost auditions, in an agreement brokered by Equity Business Representative Sheila Mathews and Audition Director Jerry Cole. The agreement was announced by Equity's Eastern Regional Director, Carol Waaser. more...

Jennie L. Davis Joins Equity Staff in Orlando Office

Jennie L. Davis joined Actors' Equity as an Assistant Stage Manager at Capital Rep in Albany, NY in 1988. Originally from Long Island, Jennie moved to Florida in 1989 to stage manage at Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach. more...

By-Law Amendment to be Presented at Regional Membership Meetings on Friday, October 3

The following amendment to the Equity By-Laws was submitted to the Council by 30 members in good standing: "Once the Production Contract has been negotiated and approved by a majority of those members eligible to vote for or against the terms of said contract, the Production Contract shall obtain for all Broadway shows, First National Tours, and other tours deemed by the National Council to be 'First Class.' more...

PHILADELPHIA AREA SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS ON TOURING ISSUES

Equity's new Internal Organizer, John V. Fahey, is coming to Philadelphia to speak with members about the threat posed by non-Equity tours. more...

August 2003

August 29, 2003

WCLO Theatres Ratify New Three-Year Pact

Equity and the Western Civic Light Opera Association have agreed to a new three-year contract, effective September 8, 2003 through September 4, 2006. Under the new agreement, Actors' salaries go from $800 weekly to $825 immediately; to $850 on September 6, 2004, and $875 on September 5, 2005, representing a 9% increase over the life of the contract. Stage Manager minimums go from $1,050 weekly, to $1,085 on September 1, 2003; $1,120 on September 6, 2004 and $1,155 on September 5, 2005. Assistant Stage Manager and ASM/Actor minimums increase by a similar percentage. more...

Equity in Major Push to Raise Awareness of Members' Rights Under Workers Comp

Spurred by increasing numbers of job-related injuries and skyrocketing costs for health insurance, Equity has been beefing up its efforts to increase members' awareness of Workers' Compensation-what it is and when and how to use it. Workers' Compensation is insurance that provides cash benefits and/or medical care to workers who are injured or become ill as a result of their employment. more...

The First Membership Meeting of the 2003-2004 season will be held on Friday, October 3, 2003

At 2:45 p.m. (Eastern Time) the Eastern, Central and Western Regions will be connected by telephonic hook-up so that members in all Regions may consider, in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws, the National Council's rejection of a proposed amendment to those By-Laws, which was made by 30 members in good standing. At that time, the membership shall have the authority to adopt or amend and adopt the proposed amendment by a two-thirds vote of the members in good standing voting at said meeting. more...

Equity, AGMA Partner in "Movin' Out" Payments

President Patrick Quinn has written to the company of MOVIN' OUT reporting on the amicable settlement of the dispute over jurisdiction of that production. He also noted that Equity and AGMA had shared payments for lost performances as a result of the Musicians' strike in March 2003. Mr. Quinn told the company that when performers supported the Musicans' Local 802 strike by not crossing their picket lines, the Council of Actors' Equity authorized a payment to all Equity members of $100 for each lost performance. At that time, Equity and AGMA were in a jurisdictional dispute over Movin' Out, which has since been settled amicably by both unions. more...

New Award Recognizes Equity Character Actors

Actor/agent/playwright Richard Seff has established a new award to be administered by the Equity Foundation. The Richard Seff Award recognizes "character actors," who are 50 years or older or who have been members of Equity for 25 years or longer. more...

Equity Health Fund Moves to CIGNA

With the Fund's non-HMO hospital, medical and prescription drug benefit moving to CIGNA (from Blue Cross and Union Labor Life/Beech Street) effective October 1, 2003, members should be aware of several tools that may be of assistance during the transition. more...

August 27, 2003

BOSTON AREA SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON TOURING ISSUES

Flora Stamatiades, Equity's National Director, Organizing and Special Projects and John V. Fahey, Equity's Internal Organizer are coming to Boston to speak with members about the threat posed by non-Equity tours. more...

August 25, 2003

Actors' Equity, Celebrating Its 90th Anniversary Joins COBUG (Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds) in New York City Labor Day Parade - Saturday, September 6, 2003

On Saturday, September 6, Actors' Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers, will join other entertainment unions and guilds from the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG) to march up Fifth Avenue in New York City's Labor Day Parade. Actors and Stage Managers will participate with musicians, stagehands and other theatre industry personnel in this annual event, which brings together thousands of workers and labor supporters from dozens of unions in the tri-state area. more...

August 22, 2003

ACTORS' EQUITY DEMANDS THAT BIG LEAGUE THEATRICALS COME TO THE BARGAINING TABLE

This week, the Wang Center in Boston presents the non-Equity touring production of MISS SAIGON. The actors and stage managers in this production are not members of Actors' Equity Association, the union that represents stage actors and stage managers, and are not receiving the fair wages and benefits they deserve. more...

August 19, 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. more...

Equity Welcomes New Members in NYC

Actors' Equity Association would like to congratulate and welcome all new members! The Eastern Region Membership Education Committee is hosting a New Members' Reception, Monday, September 15, from 4 to 6 PM. more...

August 13, 2003

New AEA Member Center Prepares to Open in Chicago Invitational "Sneak Preview" and 90th Anniversary Celebration Monday, September 8, 2003 - 3 to 6 PM

The eagerly anticipated Equity Member Center in Chicago is nearing completion, and to commemorate the event there will be an Invitational "Sneak Preview" and 90th Anniversary Celebration on Monday, September 8, 2003 from 3 to 6 PM. Equity President Patrick Quinn and Equity's Executive Director Alan Eisenberg will join Central Regional Vice President Dev Kennedy, Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey, and Central Regional Councillors and Board Members in welcoming guests from throughout the region to tour Equity's new facility. more...

August 01, 2003

EQUITY'S "GYPSY ROBE" PRESENTED TO CARMEN RUBY FLOYD IN "AVENUE Q"

CARMEN RUBY FLOYD is the second recipient of Actors' Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe" for the 2003-2004 Broadway season. The colorful icon was presented on the opening night (Thursday, July 31, 2003) of AVENUE Q, recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. Ms. Floyd's resume includes the original Toronto cast of THE LION KING and the Off Broadway hits, LITTLE HAM and CROWNS among other credits. more...

July 2003

July 28, 2003

Equity's "Gypsy Robe" goes to Gina Ferrall in In BIG RIVER - THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

GINA FERRALL is the first recipient of Actors' Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe" for the 2003-2004 season. The colorful icon was presented on the opening night (Thursday, July 24, 2003) of BIG RIVER - THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. Ms. Ferrall has appeared on Broadway in JANE EYRE, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, A FUNNY THING HAPPENED…and LES MISERABLES, among many other credits. more...

July 17, 2003

Nominations Now Being Accepted for the Lucy Jordan Recognition Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the upcoming Lucy Jordan Recognition Award in the Western Region. The Lucy Jordan Award, named in honor of the beloved actor, stage manager and Equity staff member, is given annually to a resident in the Western Region who exemplifies her spirit. Ms. Jordan, a longtime field representative for Equity in the Western Region, died on May 15, 1992. more...

July 16, 2003

Playwright Gretchen Cryer Taking Her Act to Professional Women's Networking Event on Monday evening, July 28, at The Players

Playwright/lyricist/actor Gretchen Cryer, best known for writing the book and lyrics and starring in I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On The Road, will be the special guest at a Blatant Self-Interest Networking Event sponsored by the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media on Monday, July 28, 2003 beginning at 6 p.m. at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South (20th Street and Park Avenue South). more...

July 15, 2003

American Federation of Musicians Honors Actors' Equity for Support During Broadway Musicians' Strike

On June 23, 2003, the American Federation of Musicians of the US and Canada (AFM) recognized Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and AEA President Patrick Quinn "for its invaluable support of the Broadway musicians' strike" at the AFM's 95th Biennial Convention in Las Vegas. President Quinn accepted a plaque from AFM President Thomas F. Lee and received a standing ovation by the 328 delegates from 203 Locals across the US and Canada, who were at the convention representing a membership of over 100,000 members. more...

THE ACTORS' FUND OF AMERICA AND NEW YORK-PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL ANNOUNCE A NEW PARTNERSHIP TO EXPAND FREE HEALTH CLINIC FOR ENTERTAINMENT PROFESSIONALS

The Actors' Fund of America and New York-Presbyterian Hospital have announced a new partnership to provide health care to uninsured entertainment professionals through an expanded free health clinic at The Fund's Aurora supportive housing residence in Manhattan. more...

July 14, 2003

ACTION ITEM: Email Congress to Vote FOR the Arts Caucus Amendment

In an effort to continue advancing the legislative agenda that we established back in March for Arts Advocacy Day 2003, we have an opportunity to urge House members to pass a bipartisan floor amendment that will be offered by the Congressional Arts Caucus next week. more...

July 10, 2003

Coconut Grove Playhouse Keeps Going

The historic building known today as The Coconut Grove Playhouse in Miami, Florida was built as a glamourous movie theatre in 1926. The theatre was a Spanish rococo palace, fabulous for its time. It was rebuilt in 1927 after a hurricane had destroyed its rear wall. A 75th birthday gala was celebrated on January 11, 2002. more...

Milwaukee Rep Is 50

The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, one of the leading LORT venues in the country, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In 1954, Milwaukee native Mary Widrig John forged a plan to create a professional theatre for the city. The result was the Fred Miller Theatre, named for the head of the Miller Brewing Company and chair of the theatre's fund-raising campaign, who died in a plane crash before the project was completed. more...

Brief Notes

North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts, recipient (with Deaf West Theatre in Los Angeles) of Equity's 2003 Rosetta LeNoire Award has received a $1.5 million gift from an anonymous friend of the theatre to support the evolution of its education, entertainment and new musical development curriculum. more...

July 8, 2003

Agreement Reached for Boston History Collaborative

Agreement has been reached covering three Actors working for the Boston History Collaborative as actor/tour guides performing a scripted program on a boat cruise of Boston Harbor (Boston By Sea) and a bus tour of Boston highlighting inventions made in Boston (Innovation Odyssey). more...

July 8, 2003

Everything you ever wanted to know about the Health Plan 2nd in a series of articles by President Patrick Quinn

In last month's Equity News I wrote an article explaining the many reasons why our health plan is undergoing major changes. I have received a large response to that article, via the Internet and regular mail. The majority of those who responded were thankful for my explanation. Others understood the complexity of the issue but still had questions or offered alternatives, many of which I will enumerate and discuss below. And then there were those who just wanted to vent their rage by hurling expletives and hatred my way. Needless to say, I won't be repeating that here, and not because it was critical. Criticism I can take, sheer stupidity is a waste of my time and yours. more...

Auction Of 1000 Stars 2003 Benefits The Actors' Fund Of America

The Actors' Fund of America, in partnership with Yahoo! and Oxygen, kicks off AUCTION OF 1000 STARS 2003, a two-week online auction beginning July 14, 2003. Fans and entertainment enthusiasts can bid on over 50 amazing experiences with the stars and hundreds of pieces of incredible memorabilia - from Broadway to Baseball to Hollywood and beyond. more...

July 7, 2003

Commercial Acting Forum

The Central Florida Actors' Equity Association Liaison Committee will host a Forum on Monday, July 21st, 7:00 pm, at the Actors' Equity office located at 10319 Orangewood Blvd. The forum will focus entirely on commercial acting. The last forum AEA held on commercial acting drew an audience of 150 actors. more...

July 7, 2003

The Crisis in our Health Plan or, “Why has Equity screwed me again?”

A message from President Patrick Quinn

By the time you read this you will have probably heard about the massive changes that we are about to undergo in our Health Plan. I’m sure your reaction was a negative one to say the least. Guess what? No one involved in making those changes would disagree with you. As a matter of fact, there is no joy these days in those quarters. I’m going to try and in clear terms lay out why this is happening to us. Yes, I use the word “us” since even as President, anything you suffer in this area I, and all the union trustees must cope with as well. The Actor Trustees are just like you, and if the eligibility increases, or the benefits decrease, we get slammed with the same crap that you do. more...

July 1, 2003

Equity Statement re SAG-AFTRA Consolidation

By a narrow margin (2.2%), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) failed to approve the proposed consolidation plan with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). AFTRA members approved Consolidation by more than 75%. more...

June 2003

June 28, 2003

Protecting Child Performers' Rights

A child's acting career will no longer be child's play thanks to the New York Child Performers Education and Trust Act of 2003. As the new Chair of the Young Performers committee, I accompanied staff representative Willie Boston along with representatives from SAG and AFTRA to Albany on June 3rd for a day of lobbying with Senate sponsor of the bill, Senator Guy Velella, Chair of Senate Labor Committee and Assembly sponsor more...

Philadelphia area Equity, SAG members Handbill non-Equity GREASE at Academy of Music

On Tuesday evening, June 17th, local members of Actors' Equity and their colleagues from the Screen Actors Guild participated in an informational hand billing effort on the opening night of GREASE at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. This Phoenix Production tour is a non-Equity show starring Frankie Avalon. more...

AEA & AGMA AGREE ON NOVEL JURISDICTIONAL AGREEMENT

Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), two of the principal AFL-CIO unions representing live performers have reached a groundbreaking agreement resolving all of the jurisdictional issues that have previously divided them. Hailed by their respective Executive Directors as "a step on the road to the exploration of merger", the agreement provides for shared jurisdiction over a newly created category of performances called "crossover productions" which, like the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp musical MOVIN' OUT and the Baz Luhrmann production of LA BOHEME ON BROADWAY, contain some elements of AEA jurisdiction and some elements of AGMA jurisdiction. more...

June 25, 2003

The 2003 Helen Hayes Award

The 19th annual Helen Hayes Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in professional theatre for Washington D.C., Baltimore and Northern Virginia, were awarded at a gala celebration May 5th, 2003. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts once again served as the evening's perfect host. more...

June 24, 2003

NY State House and Senate Pass Child Performers Act

Two weeks after representatives from AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), SAG (Screen Actors Guild) and Actors' Equity Association (AEA) met with New York State legislators, both the House and the Senate in Albany have signed the Child Performers Education and Trust Act of 2003 (A.7510 and S.4696). more...

June 19, 2003

Steppenwolf Theatre Company announces David Hawkanson as new Executive Director

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company Board of Directors today announces David Hawkanson as Steppenwolf's new Executive Director. Hawkanson is expected to begin at Steppenwolf in August, 2003. He is replacing Michael Gennaro, who left Steppenwolf to assume the position of President and CEO of Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey. more...

June 10, 2003

Add your role to Equity's Non-Traditional Casting Map

In celebration of Non-Traditional Casting triumphs across the country, in January of 2002 the Equal Employment Opportunity Committee and Membership Education Committee launched the Non-Traditional Casting Map in the National Office’s Audition Center, in NYC. more...

June 10, 2003

Student Outreach Program Crosses Country Breaking New Ground

In October, 2000, while attending a meeting of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), President Patrick Quinn and Executive Director Alan Eisenberg heard a report about British Equity's student outreach program. Excited with the concept, they brought the information to Council and, in late 2001, Council set a new priority: reaching out to theatre students and other potential future members. Over one year into Equity's ground-breaking Student Outreach program, about 1,250 individuals at 33 schools have participated. more...

Cleveland's Second City Opens in Playhouse Square

When Randall Harr received his Equity card recently, he probably never imagined it would be for a job only miles from his childhood home. Mr. Harr is one of four new cast members in Cleveland's Second City improve troupe. Also new to the company is Lauren Dowden, Mr. Harr's fiancee. more...

Boston's Norton Awards Honor Actors, Critic

The 21st annual Elliot Norton Awards, Boston's version of the Tonys, were presented on May 19, 2003. Named for Elliot Norton, a highly revered Boston theatre critic from 1934 to 1982, this year's event was also a celebration of Mr. Norton's 100th birthday, prompting guest of honor Brian Dennehy to quip, "a 100-year-old critic--talk about an actor's nightmare!" more...

June 9, 2003

SAG - AFTRA MEDIA ALERT

WHEN: TUESDAY, JUNE 10, 2003
TIME: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
WHAT: AFTRA AND SAG HI-PRO MEMBERS JOIN TOGETHER TO SAY I'M VOTING YES FOR CONSOLIDATION!
HOSTS: JOHN CONNOLLY, AFTRA PRESIDENT, MELISSA GILBERT, SAG PRESIDENT more...

Urgent message from President Patrick Quinn - vote "YES" on SAG-AFTRA consolidation

My fellow Equity members:
I will keep this very short............but if you are a member of AFTRA and/or SAG, this email is vitally important to you.
You have a chance to solidify your future in the next few days and weeks. Ballots are now being mailed to all SAG and AFTRA members for you to vote for the "Consolidation and Affiliation" of these two unions. more...

June 6, 2002

The Show Will Continue at Meadow Brook Theatre

On June 4, 2003, at a meeting filled with more than 200 concerned artists and community members, the Board of Trustees of Oakland University, which houses the 600-seat Meadow Brook Theatre, a major LORT theatre in Detroit, voted to approve a proposal submitted by the Meadow Brook Theatre Ensemble, a new non-profit corporation that will run the theatre for future productions.As reported in the Detroit Free Press, the Meadow Brook Theatre, a major Detroit area LORT theatre, is in critical danger of being turned into commercial roadhouse. Oakland University's Board of Trustees is considering a proposal to lease the 600- seat venue to the Nederlander Organization, eliminating an important source of jobs for local Equity actors, stage managers and technicians. more...

GETTING AND KEEPING HEALTH INSURANCE - New York

On Thursday, June 12th, Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center of The Actors' Fund presents a workshop for the uninsured and underinsured in all entertainment industry unions. more...

GETTING AND KEEPING HEALTH INSURANCE - Los Angeles

On Thursday, June 12th, Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center of The Actors' Fund presents a workshop for the uninsured and underinsured in all entertainment industry unions. more...

June 2, 2003

New York Informational Meeting for Equity members who are also SAG and/or AFTRA members

Come and get your questions answered! These meetings will include a presentation of the plans and ample time for questions, answers and expression of views in favor of or opposed to consolidation more...

May 2003

May 28, 2003

Bay Area Theatre (BAT) Contract Set to Expire - Negotiations Begin July 16, 2003

The Bay Area Theatre (BAT) Contract expires on July 20, 2003. According Equity Western Regional Director John Holly and San Francisco staff member Jane Shaffer, negotiations will begin on July 16, 2003 in the Western Region. more...

May 27, 2003

Housing Mortgage Seminar (How to Become a Homeowner)

The Housing Mortgage Seminar (How to Become a Homeowner), sponsored by the Equity Housing Committee and the Actors' Federal Credit Union, will be held on Monday, June 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Equity Council Room. more...

Harriet Harris Headlines New Member Reception

The most recent New Member meeting for the New York area took place on Monday evening, May 5. Sponsored by the Eastern Region Membership Education Committee, the event was hosted by Tom Miller, committee chair, and Christopher Eid, Equity's Outreach and Education Coordinator. more...

May 21, 2003

Patrick Quinn Elected to Second Term as President

Patrick Quinn was elected to a second term as Equity President, receiving more than 88.8% of the votes cast in the secret mail referendum concluded on May 16, 2003.

Kerry Butler, Denis O'Hare win 2003 Clarence Derwent Awards

Kerry Butler and Denis O'Hare have been selected to receive the 58th annual Clarence Derwent Awards honoring the most promising female and male performances on the New York metropolitan scene.

May 15, 2003

Washington DC Spotlight: Who, What, Where

By Gregory Gorton - While the national and global economy continue to threaten the arts both artistically and financially, the Washington/Baltimore/Northern Virginia area remains a vital and exciting community. There are more fully operational theaters now and more actors working than ever before. more...

Central Florida Liaison Committee Stunt Forum

If you would like to participate, please dress comfortably (sweats and comfy shoes) If you would prefer not to participate, still dress comfy. We require everyone be comfortable at our forums... more...

May 12, 2003

Senator Gwen Margolis: Take Action to Save Florida Arts

As many of you are aware, this year the revenue source for Arts and Culture in the State of Florida was threatened by Senate Bill 934 and House Bill 1855. The bills proposed the permanent elimination of the Corporations Trust Fund, the dedicated source of revenue for the State's arts grants program more...

May 8, 2003

AEA and ART/NY Sponsor Networking Event For Actors of Color, Seniors, Women and Actors With Disabilities

In conjunction with A.R.T./NY (Alliance of Resident Theatres of New York), Actors' Equity will sponsor a resume drop-off for actors and stage managers of color, senior actors, female actors and actors with disabilities on Saturday, May 31, 2003. more...

May 6, 2003

Equity's "Gypsy Robe" goes to THE LOOK OF LOVE

Eric Jordan Young is the last recipient of Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe" for the 2002-2003 season. more...

May 5, 2003

The Philadelphia AEA Liaison Committee Spring Membership Meeting

The Philadelphia AEA Liaison Committee announces its annual Spring Membership Meeting will be held on Monday, May 19th at 7PM. It will be held for the first time at Freedom Theatre, 1346 N. Broad Street in Philadelphia. more...

They Pay Me for This?

Studio Arena Theatre in Buffalo, New York made an effort to hire locally for the 2002-2003 season. The result was that seven actors joined the Actors Equity Association. more...

May 2, 2003

Equity's "Gypsy Robe" goes to GYPSY!

Gina Lamparella is the newest recipient of Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe." The colorful icon was presented to the chorus member at a special backstage ceremony at the Shubert Theatre on opening night, recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. Ms. Lamparella has appeared in a number of Broadway musicals including JANE EYRE THE MUSICAL, LES MISERABLES and MISS SAIGON. She also appeared in IMAGINARY FRIENDS earlier this season. more...

Rally to Save Detroit's Meadow Brook Theatre

As reported in the Detroit Free Press, the Meadow Brook Theatre, a major Detroit area LORT theatre, is in critical danger of being turned into commercial road house. Oakland University's Board of Trustees is considering a proposal to lease the 600-seat venue to the Nederlander Organization, eliminating an important source of jobs for local Equity actors, stage managers and technicians. more...

April 2003

April 30, 2003

CUNY TV Celebrates “Women in Theatre”

CUNY TV, in alliance with The League of Professional Theatre Women, presents the new 13-part series, Women in Theatre: Dialogues with Notable Women in American Theatre, featuring half-hour interviews with directors, designers, performers, playwrights and producers, premiering Friday, April 4, 2003 at 8:30 p.m. more...

April 29, 2003

BETTER WELLNESS AND YOU (BWAY) PRESENTS FREE ALTERNATIVE HEALTH FAIR

For all entertainment professionals in association with The Actors Fund of America and Union Labor Life Insurance Company on Thursday, May 8, 2003, from Noon to 5 PM. more...

April 24, 2003

Join the Fight for Housing Rights

Tenants and Neighbors is an organization that fights for tenant's rights and affordable housing, concentrating on New York State. They would like Equity members to join with them in urging New York legislators to strengthen and expand existing rent laws. more...

April 23, 2003

Take Action for Florida Arts

The Florida Senate has voted to eliminate all arts funding in Florida - the arts need you to take action now. more...

April 22, 2003

Equity Open House in Los Angeles All EMC's and non-members welcome!

How do I get my Equity card? What's the deal with the EMC point system? Can I get into SAG by joining Equity? more...

April 17, 2003

Milt Commons: From Cripple Creek, Colorado to San Francisco, California
A Life in the Theatre

San Francisco's Milt Commons, a member of the Bay Area Advisory Committee (BAAC) and chair of its Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, is 75 years old, has been an Equity member for more than 50 years and continues to work as a stage manager. more...

COBRA Subsidy Bill Referred to NY State Senate Health Committee

S 3610, the COBRA Subsidy Bill for the Entertainment Industry, has been introduced into the New York State Senate and referred to the Senate Health Committee. more...

April 16, 2003

COUNCIL OF ACTORS' EQUITY ENDORSES CONCEPT OF SAG-AFTRA CONSOLIDATION PROPOSAL

On Tuesday, April 15, 2003, the Council of Actors' Equity Association unanimously endorsed the concept of the current SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) consolidation proposal. more...

April 15, 2003

NY AFTRA Gains Strike Authorization in Clear Channel Dispute

The National Board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) has unanimously granted strike authorization at Clear Channel radio stations WLTW, WKTU, WAXQ and WWPR in New York. more...

April 10, 2003

EQUITY'S "GYPSY ROBE" GOES TO NINE

Sara Gettelfinger, currently performing in NINE, is the newest recipient of Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe." The colorful icon was presented to the chorus member at a special backstage ceremony at the Eugene O'Neill theatre on opening night, recreating an historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. more...

Founded May 26, 1913, Actors' Equity Celebrates 90th Anniversary With Special Timeline Edition of Equity News

On May 26, 2003, Actors' Equity Association will celebrate its 90th anniversary with a special edition of EQUITY NEWS, a 12-page timeline highlighting significant dates and accomplishments from the Association's illustrious history, along with other historical and cultural events. The glossy color issue will include photos from various archives as well as a collage of past covers of EQUITY NEWS, the Union's monthly newsletter which has been published since 1915. Documents and other materials were acquired from the New York University's Wagner Archives, the Shubert Archives, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Library of Congress, among other sources. more...

April 8, 2003

Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival - Equity Forum

Mark your calenders. April 21st, 7:30pm, our next Equity forum will be with Richard Width, the Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival Education Director. We are proud to have him join us in our monthly forums, as this month it's all about the BARD. And who better to ask those all important questions to, than someone who knows the ins and outs of handling the material, how to audition, how to choose the best audition piece etc... more...

April 7, 2003

The Actors' Fund of America Plans Information Workshop For Chicago Area Entertainment Professionals

The Chicagoland entertainment community is invited to a half-day workshop "Where Are the Jobs and How Do I Find the Right One For Me?" presented by The Actors' Fund of America on Monday, June 9, 2003 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the SAG/AFTRA Kaufherr Members Resource Center, 1 East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago (near State and Erie). The workshop will focus on helping entertainment professionals to look at non-industry employment that sustains those in the entertainment industry as a balance to part-time and episodic entertainment work. more...

April 4, 2003

AEA 2003 Election Ballots To Be Mailed on April 7, 2003 election.com Activates Secure Website for Electronic Voting

On April 7, 2003, Actors' Equity will become the first actors' entertainment union to offer online voting when the 2003 election ballots are sent to eligible Equity members. At the same time that the paper ballots are being distributed, election.com, an internationally-recognized election services company, will activate a secure website for electronic voting. more...

March 2003

March 31, 2003

Aftra Rally Now Set for April 24, Bryant Park, 12:30-2PM

Disc jockeys at four of Clear Channel Communication’s five radio stations in New York-WLTW (Lite-FM), WAXQ (Q104), WWPR (Power 105) and WKTU (103.5)--have voted unanimously to begin the process of seeking strike authorization from the New York Local and National Boards of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). more...

Equity declines Clear Channel interviews

Actors' Equity Association requests that members decline to participate in interviews aired on Clear Channel Communication’s New York radio stations: Q104 (WAXQ), Z100 (WHTZ), KTU (WKTU), LiteFM (WLTW), and Power 105 (WWPR), until a resolution of the current contract negotiation with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is reached.

March 27, 2003

EQUITY'S "GYPSY ROBE" PRESENTED TO FIRST BROADWAY MUSICAL OF THE 2003 SPRING SEASON

Michelle Kittrell, currently performing in URBAN COWBOY, is the newest recipient of Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe." The colorful icon was presented to the chorus member at a special backstage ceremony at the Broadhurst Theatre on opening night, recreating a historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. more...

March 26, 2003

Equity Shows Union Solidarity at Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Landmark Tribute

In the current climate of social, political and economic uncertainty that has many looking towards the future, Equity joined fellow unionists in remembering and honoring the past. On March 25, 2003, the Union of Needletraders, Industrial & Textile Employees (UNITE) commemorated the 92nd anniversary of the 1911 industrial tragedy in which 146 garment workers at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, mostly young immigrant women, were killed in a fire due to poor and unregulated workplace safety conditions. more...

GOODMAN THEATRE PRESENTS CONCERT READING OF "A RAISIN IN THE SUN" IN CONJUNCTION WITH CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY'S "ONE BOOK, ONE CHICAGO" PROGRAM

The Goodman Theatre will present a special concert reading of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun in conjunction with the Chicago Public Library's ONE BOOK, ONE CHICAGO program. more...

Why this actor supported the musicians' fight for live Broadway

The League of Producers stated it would ultimately like to do away with minimums - the minimum number of musicians required by each Broadway venue. Producers feel they - or as their argument went, the artistic team - should not have to petition the Musician's Union, Local 802, under the "special situations" clause in order to have an orchestra size smaller than required by a particular theatre's minimums. more...

March 25, 2003

Rosetta LeNoire Award Honors Two

It is with great pride and joy that we acknowledged two theatres this year with the Rosetta LeNoire Award for "excellence in artistic contributions to the universality of the human spirit." Awards were presented at membership meetings in Los Angeles and New York on April 4, 2003 to Deaf West Theatre of Los Angeles and North Shore Music Theatre of Beverly, Massachusetts. Here are profiles of the two recipients. more...

Now's the Time to Make Changes in Your Health Insurance Coverage

An open enrollment period for the purpose of changing health insurance coverage and/or adding dependents to existing coverage will be available during the month of May. The effective date of the change will be July 1, 2003. more...

COBRA Subsidy Bill Taking on New Life

At press time, Jim Brown, coordinator through The Actors' Fund of the Entertainment Industry Health Insurance Coalition, reported that the bill, which had been passed unanimously by the New York State Assembly last summer but remained stalled in the State Senate, was being reintroduced in the New York State legislature by Assemblyman Richard Brodsky and State Senator Kemp Hannon. more...

Dora the Explorer Discovers Equity

Dora the Explorer Live!, based on the Nickelodeon cartoon character, has signed a special agreement with Equity, similar to earlier agreements Equity entered into for other popular cartoon-based shows, Blue's Clues Live and Scooby Doo Live. Clear Channel is the producer in all cases. more...

International Theatre Institute Issues Message Celebrating World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day was created in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI). The occasion is celebrated annually on March 27 by ITI Centers and the international theatre community. Various national and international theatre events mark the occasion. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the International Message, traditionally written by a theatre personality of world stature at the invitation of the ITI. more...

March 24, 2003

D.C. EQUITY AUDITIONS ENJOY SECOND SUCCESSFUL YEAR

On January 27th and 28th, 2003, the Washington/Baltimore Liaison Committee sponsored two days of Equity-only auditions. The Olney Theatre Center for the Arts was once again the host venue for the auditions. One hundred and ninety auditionees performed for over forty theaters and casting associates. more...

March 21, 2003

ABC TELEVISION NETWORK SEARCHING FOR ACTORS TO AUDITION FOR NETWORK'S FIRST CHICAGO TALENT SHOWCASE

As part of its ongoing effort to find and develop culturally and ethnically diverse talent, including performers with disabilities, the ABC Entertainment Television Group's Casting Project has teamed up with Chicago AFTRA/SAG to offer the next in a series of showcases featuring promising actors. more...

Annual Membership Meeting

The Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, April 4, 2003. The Eastern, Central and Western Regions will be connected by telephonic hook-up so that members in all Regions may be able to hear statements of candidates running for election to Office and Council. more...

March 18, 2003

BLACK BEAUTIES Celebrates 100 Years of African-American Women on Broadway

An enthusiastic and appreciative audience greeted the stars of "BLACK BEAUTIES: Celebrating 100 Years of African-American Women on Broadway" to the Lambs Theatre on March 17, 2003. Sponsored by Actors' Equity's Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, BLACK BEAUTIES benefited Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and featured a talented array of performers. The evening was conceived by Willie Boston, and was produced and directed by Woodie King, Jr. more...

Rally to Move Illinois Visual Media Forward

Sunday, March 23, 2003 @Noon: While Hollywood rolls out the red carpet for "Chicago" (made in Toronto), visual media professionals, families, fans and supporters will rally to boost film, TV and commercial production in Illinois. more...

March 17, 2003

Equity Council Approves Strike Benefits For Actors, Stage Managers in Broadway Musicals

At its meeting on Thursday, March 13, 2003, the Council of Actor's Equity approved strike benefits for actors and stage managers in Broadway musicals who were affected by the recent musicians' strike. more...

Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces Availability of Applications for 2003 Princess Grace Awards

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA has announced the availability of applications for the 2003 Princess Grace Awards in Theatre and Playwriting. Founded in 1982, the Foundation is dedicated "to identifying and assisting young artists in theater, dance and film," and has awarded over 300 grants so far in its history. more...

March 14, 2003

A message from Equity President Patrick Quinn

My fellow Equity members: I am pleased to announce that the labor dispute between Musicians Local 802 and the League of American Theaters and Producers was tentatively settled as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2003. more...

March 3, 2003

The Strike Scrapbook

Equity is documenting the historic events of the Local 802-League strike from our members' perspective. Celebrate the Unions' solidarity - send your comments, personal stories and photos to: actorsequityassociation@yahoo.com OR snail-mail/in-person: Communications Department, Actors' Equity, 165 West 46th Street, New York NY 10036
View the STRIKE SCRAPBOOK

Local 802 Musicians and League of American Theatres and Producers Reach Tentative Agreement Following Momentous Four-Day Strike

Local 802 Musicians and the League of American Theatres and Producers have reached a tentative settlement following a four-day strike that shut down twenty Broadway musicals. The 802-League deal with announced at a press conference at Gracie Mansion on Tuesday, March 11, 2003, following around-the-clock negotiations with mediator Frank Macchiarola. more...

COVER THE UNINSURED WEEK Sponsored by: THE ACTORS' FUND OF AMERICA

Tuesday, March 11th - Women's Health Fair for Entertainment Professionals Presented by Physician Volunteers for the Arts and Better Wellness and You (BWAY) 10am - 4pm at 475 West 57th St (The Aurora) 2nd Floor more...

February 2003

February 27, 2003

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Presents
BLACK BEAUTIES: Celebrating 100 Years of African-American Women on Broadway
Sponsored by Actors' Equity's Equal Employment Opportunity Committee

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS will present BLACK BEAUTIES: 100 Years of African-American Women on Broadway, on Monday, March 17, 2003. This celebration of Black and Women's History Month is sponsored by Actors' Equity's Equal Opportunity Committee and will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. more...

February 24, 2003

Actors' Equity Foundation Announces 2002 Foundation Grants $60,000 Awarded to 55 Theatres in All Regions

The Actors' Equity Foundation has announced its 2002 Foundation Grants to not-for-profit theatres across the country. This year, over $60,000 will be awarded to 55 Equity theatres - 29 in the Eastern Region, 14 in the Central Region, and 12 in the Western Region, based on the number of Equity members resident in these respective regions. more...

PHILADELPHIA THEATRE ALLIANCE AUDITIONS

The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia auditions, tentatively scheduled for early June 2003, have made application materials available earlier this year. The application deadline is March 14, 2003. more...

February 21, 2003

MONEY MATTERS - A Series of Free Financial Seminars from the Actors' Fund

This series of five free seminars will attempt to deal with various money management issues unique to those working in the entertainment industry.
MARCH 3: "Everything You Wanted To Know About Taxes, But Were Afraid To Ask" with Conard Fowkes, VITA -- Learn to make your taxes work for you. more...

Actors' Equity Association Makes Emergency Donation to A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle

Responding to the theatre's mounting fiscal crisis, Actors' Equity Association will make an emergency donation to A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) in Seattle. The donation was announced by Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg, and Equity Western Regional Director John Holly. more...

February 13, 2003

NYC Council Overrides Mayor's Veto, Approves Cell Phone Ban in New York Theatres, Concert Halls and Museums

By a vote of 38 to 5, the New York City Council overrode Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the proposed ban on the use of cell phones at public performances. Beginning April 13, 2003 it will be illegal to use a cell phone - or even allow one to ring - during performances at indoor theaters, libraries, museums, galleries, movie theaters, but not sports arenas. There are exceptions for emergencies, and the bill requires venue owners to post a notice about the ban in a conspicuous spot. Violators face a $50 fine. more...

Central Florida Equity Fights AIDS

In a coordinated effort, approximately 25 Equity members (and a few friends) wore Equity T-shirts and caps to participate in the "Central Florida AIDS Walk 2003" on Saturday, February 8. more...

February 7, 2003

Michael De Mono Appointed as Equity's National Membership Department Director

Michael De Mono was recently appointed as Equity's National Membership Director. The announcement was made by Equity' Executive Director Alan Eisenberg and Equity's Executive Assistant for Administration, Steve DiPaola, and became effective on December 26, 2002. more...

February 6, 2003

401(k) Plan Now Offered under AEA-LORT Agreement Actors, Stage Managers Can Defer Salary for Retirement and Tax Benefits

Actors' Equity is pleased to announce that the Equity-League 401(k) Plan has been extended to the AEA-LORT Contract, effective February 1, 2003. Actors and Stage Managers employed under the LORT (League of Resident Theatres) Contract on or after the effective date may now enroll in the plan. more...

Equity Expands Smoke-And-Haze Guidelines to Most Contracts, Proclaims "Zero Tolerance" for Violations

Actors' Equity has successfully negotiated the Mt. Sinai-ENVIRON "smoke-and-haze" guidelines, implemented for Broadway and National Tours under the Production Contract in 2001, into most of its collective bargaining agreements. more...

February 3, 2003

VITA Kicks Off 25th Season of Tax Assistance for Performers 330 Appointments Filled on Opening Day Walk Ins Accepted Now Through April 15, 2003

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Office (VITA) has opened for its 25th season in New York. Over 300 appointments were quickly filled by AEA, AFTRA, and SAG members seeking free tax assistance with their 2002 tax returns. more...

AHIRC To Expand Services in Los Angeles

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Equity Balks at AGMA's Claim for MOVIN' OUT

Actors' Equity has declined to relinquish jurisdiction to AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists) for the Broadway musical MOVIN' OUT. The announcement was made by Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg, following a 4A's ruling that the Billy Joel/Twyla Tharp tuner falls under AGMA's jurisdiction. The 4A's (Associated Actors and Artistes of America) is the AFL-CIO parent body of the performing arts unions. "AGMA has requested that we transfer our jurisdiction to AGMA, and we have declined. We wish to explore all possible remedies to this erroneous decision," said Eisenberg. "Our agreement is the best in the business; to convert will harm our members. We will explore all options so as to maintain the Equity contract," added Eisenberg.

AEA Central Florida Membership Meeting is a "Great Success"

The 2003 Central Florida Membership Meeting was a great success. More than 50 performers were in attendance along with Executive Director Alan Eisenberg and Eastern Regional Director Carol M. Waaser who traveled to Orlando for the event. Meetings were held at 2:00pm and 7:30 pm to accomodate the variety of performance schedules for local Equity actors. more...

January 2003

January 31, 2003

Manhattan Plaza Performing Arts Waiting List to Open in July 2003

If you are interested in putting your name on the waiting list for an apartment in Manhattan Plaza, now is the time! The waiting list, which has been closed since 1995, will open in July 2003. more...

January 24, 2003

Equity OK's Online Voting in Annual Elections

Actors' Equity will become the first of the actors' entertainment unions to offer online voting in its annual elections. The announcement was made following the January Equity membership meeting, where an "overwhelming majority" ratified a Constitutional amendment to provide for the option of option of electronic balloting. more...

January 17, 2003

Chicago Spotlight: Chicago's Northlight Theatre Names New Managing Director

Following an extensive, six-month national search, Northlight Theatre has named Philip J. Santora as its new Managing Director. Santora, currently the Managing Director of the Georgia Shakespeare Festival, will officially begin at Northlight Theatre on March 3, 2003. more...

COUNCIL DISCUSSION RE AFM LOCAL 802 NEGOTIATIONS TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2003 - 2:30 PM Council Room, 14th Floor, 165 West 46th Street

To all Broadway Deputies: Local 802, American Federation of Musicians, will commence negotiations with the League of American Theatres and Producers in early February 2003. The musicians' Broadway contract expires on March 2, 2003. more...

January 16, 2003

MacArthur Foundation Announces Grants to Chicago Arts and Cultural Institutions

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced that it will donate $50 million dollars to arts and cultural institutions in the Chicago area. The financial support, which marks the Foundation's 25th Anniversary, recognizes the importance of the arts in building and sustaining the vitality of Chicago and its surrounding region. more...

Council Approves Funds for New Member Center in Chicago

At the request of the Central Regional Board and staff, the Council has authorized the expenditure of funds for a new Member Center in Chicago. The new center will occupy 1100 square feet adjacent to the Chicago Equity offices at 125 South Clark Street. According to Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey, the Chicago area membership will greatly benefit from the new facility, which will open in the next few months.

Lakeshore, Piven Theatres Partner to Bring THE GUYS to Chicago

The Lakeshore Theater and the Piven Theatre in Chicago are partners in a new production of THE GUYS, by Anne Nelson, which opened January 15 at the Lakeshore Theater. Jeremy Piven, whose parents Byrne and Joyce founded the Piven Theatre, and Lecy Goranson, known as “the original Becky” from the television series "Roseanne", star as the fire captain who was traumatized when most of his fire company were wiped out by the events of September 11, and a writer recruited to help him compose eulogies for his men. Anna Shapiro, an associate artist of Steppenwolf Theatre Company, directs. more...

Washington/Baltimore Update: January 2003

In the wake of September 11th, 2001, we in the theatre community were still a bit shaky and somewhat unsure what lay ahead of us. The ripples of this national tragedy were felt emotionally and financially by every American, but all of us in the world of professional theatre were especially touched. Like many Americans too, professional actors found a way to make the future hopeful. In Washington D.C. , the Washington/Baltimore/Northern Virginia Equity Liaison Committee began the year with the first area wide Equity auditions. more...

January 14, 2003

Actors' Equity, CORST (Council of Resident Stock Theatres) Reach Tentative Agreement - 5 Year Pact Approved for 11 Stock Theatres

Actors' Equity and the Council of Resident Stock Theatres (CORST) have reached a tentative agreement for a new five-year contract, following a week of "intensive" negotiations. The deal was announced during Equity's regional membership meeting on Friday, January 10th, by Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg. more...

AEA Brokers Deal with AFTRA On Initiation Fees For Members Working Under Equity Contracts

Actors' Equity (AEA) has reached an agreement with American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) on a payment plan for AFTRA initiation fees for Equity members working under Equity contracts. The agreement immediately impacts cast members in Broadway shows who perform work in AFTRA's jurisdiction as a result of their Equity employment, such as cast album recordings, the Tony Awards broadcast, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and other paid promotional appearances. more...

Walt Disney World Performers Benefit from Equity Achievements

In October 2002, Orlando Staff reached a settlement with Walt Disney World Co. for more than 50 performers. A new rule negotiated into the 2000-2004 Collective Bargaining Agreement with Disney requires a payment to performers for use of their photographic likeness in a product for retail sale. more...

January 13, 2003

THIRTEEN BROADWAY UNIONS AND GUILDS FORM INDUSTRY-WIDE COALITION:
COBUG EYES PUBLIC POLICY AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING TO PROMOTE BROADWAY

Thirteen Unions and Guilds collectively representing over 75,000 workers in the live entertainment industry announced the formation of a Coalition to address issues of common interest to their members who work on Broadway: the Coalition of Broadway Unions and Guilds (COBUG). The Coalition represents all aspects of the Broadway theatre, from actors, musicians, playwrights, directors and choreographers, to set, costume and lighting designers, stagehands, ushers and ticket-takers, box office personnel, wardrobe, hairstylists, porters, press agents and company managers. more...

Philadelphia Update

On Monday, November 25, 2002, 31 AEA members (7 first-time attendees, including 4 new members) attended the annual fall membership meeting of the Philadelphia Area Liaison Committee at the Independence Seaport Museum along the Delaware River at Penn's Landing. more...

Health Insurance and Affordable Health Care Workshop

Sharp increases in premium costs for direct-purchase health insurance, increased eligibility requirements for entertainment industry union health plans and the disappearance of affordable arts association and self-employed person plans have created a pressing need to understand all available options for obtaining and paying for health care. more...

January 8, 2003

Nashville Theater: New Companies and an Influx of Talented Professionals

"Nashville, Tennessee"
When you hear those words, what springs to mind? To most of the world, it's "Music City", home of the Grand Ole Opry and the center of the thriving country music industry. But you might be surprised to hear not only the twang of guitars, but the songs of Sondheim and Rodgers or the poetry of the Bard ringing from stages all across this multifaceted, crossroads town. Nashville is Equity's newest liaison city. more...

January 7, 2003

Caldwell Theatre, MASTER CLASS cast supports Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS

The cast of MASTER CLASS and their stage manager raised $5,950.00 from theatregoers for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA) during the first two weeks of December following performances at Caldwell Theatre Company in Boca Raton, Florida more...

Falat Basket Project Brings Holiday Cheer to 2500 Recipients

Dick Latessa and Harvey Fierstein kicked off the 2002 Project, which brought together Equity staff and other volunteers, including kids from Ridgefield High and Slocum Skewes Junior High. The volunteers collected and organized 2500 colorful shopping bags (aka "baskets"), filled them with candies, toiletries and various other goodies and essentials, and delivered them to area care organizations. more...

January 3, 2003

Film Critic Judith Crist to Speak at Professional Women's Networking Event

Film critic Judith Crist (The New York Herald Tribune, NBC-TV's Today Show, TV Guide), now an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, will be the special guest speaker at a Blatant Self-Interest Networking Event sponsored by the New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 at 6 p.m. at The Players, 16 Gramercy Park South (20th Street and Park Avenue South). more...

 

December 2002

December 26, 2003

Actors' Equity Gains Casino Contracts in Reno, NV, San Diego, CA

Actors' Equity's Western Regional Board has approved the use of an Equity Casino Contract for a production of I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE at the El Dorado Casino in Reno. more...

December 20, 2002

Actors' Equity Poised to Join National Coalition for Health Care

Actors' Equity is ready to join the National Coalition for Health Care, a non-profit, non-partisan representative alliance working to improve America's health care system. more...

FREE WORKSHOPS IN NYC AND LOS ANGELES

The Eastern and Western Membership Education committees will be kicking off 2003 with a series of exciting new events for Equity members, including new member events, "Boosting Your Career to the Next Level", and Financial Planning. more...

December 19, 2002

Council Approves Proposals for Upcoming CORST (Council of Resident Stock Theatres) Negotiations - Equity Seeks Five Year Pact - Current Agreement Expires February 23, 2003

The Council of Actors' Equity Association has approved its proposals for the upcoming CORST (Council of Resident Stock Theatres) negotiations, which will begin on Monday, January 6th, 2003. more...

December 13, 2002

Equity's 2002 Annual Report Now On-Line - Theatres Survive the "Long Shadow" of 9-11, says Equity's Guy Pace

Actors' Equity Association's 2002 Annual Report, a comprehensive employment and financial survey of Equity members for the 2001-2002 season, is now online. The report was also published in December's EQUITY NEWS. more...

December 12, 2002

Pearl Theatre Company Sweeps Equity’s Shakespeare, Classic Theatre Awards

Celeste Cuilla and Evan Robertson have been selected to receive this year’s Joe A. Callaway Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation for the best performance by a female and male actor in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area. more...

Kids Pitch in for Equity's 2002 Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project

Kids from Ridgefield High and Slocum Skewes Junior High pitched in to help out with Equity's 2002 Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project. more...

Dance of the Vampires' Jenny-Lynn Suckling is Sixth Gypsy Robe Winner in the 2002-03 Season

Jenny-Lynn Suckling, an ensemble actress who portrays a blood-thirsty vampire as Marie Antoinette, as well as a fearful, garlic-eating villager in lower Belabartokovitch, Transylvania, is the latest winner of Equity's coveted Gypsy Robe for DANCE OF THE VAMPIRES. She received the robe on opening night, Monday, December 9th at the Minskoff Theatre. more...

December 11, 2002

South Florida Equity Members Meet in Boca Raton

On Monday, December 2, Eastern Regional Director Carol Waaser and Southeast Traveling Rep George Hamrah traveled to Boca Raton for the South Florida Membership Meeting, held at the Caldwell Theatre, which 37 members attended. more...

December 9, 2002

Council Passes Resolution Encouraging Increased Communications Between Actors Equity, AFTRA, SAG - AEA's Eisenberg to Meet with AFTRA President Connolly and SAG CEO Pisano in Los Angeles

Actors' Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg will meet with AFTRA and SAG officials during an upcoming trip to Los Angeles on December 10th and 11th. Eisenberg's visit follows a resolution from Equity's Council "encouraging increased communication among SAG, AFTRA and AEA, leading to joint action on matters of mutual concern." more...

December 6, 2002

Gregory Mitchell receives the Gypsy Robe for the 5th show of the season, MAN OF LA MANCHA

Gregory Mitchell of MAN OF LA MANCHA, received Equity’s Gypsy Robe yesterday in an opening night back-stage ceremony at the Martin Beck Theatre. more...

December 5, 2002

Actors' Equity/AFCU Mortgage Seminar Returns To New York on December 16

AEA's Housing Committee and the Actors' Federal Credit Union invite you to take advantage of one of the best deals in town, the Mortgage Seminar they co-sponsor, on Monday, December 16th, from 6 PM to 8 PM. more...

December 4, 2002

Equity Council Passes Resolutions on Special Touring, Orders Touring Seminars to Expand Dialogue With Membership-At-Large

The Council, at a special meeting on November 22, 2002, passed a number of resolutions concerning the ongoing debate about touring, and ordered that a series of informational seminars be conducted in all three regions in order to educate the membership more fully about touring issues. The decision to hold touring seminars is based on the recommendation of Equity's Ad Hoc Committee re touring, which oversees Special Touring Contracts. more...

December 3, 2002

Cathy Bruce Knows The Showcase Code Inside-Out: Just Ask Her!

Is a Showcase the same thing as a Workshop? No, there are many differences. The Workshop Contract allows the Producer to use the valuable creative input of Actors over an extended period to test, change, and flesh out and rework the script into a more complete form. more...

Charenton Theatre Receives Two Awards

The Charenton Theatre Company in Cleveland, which has operated under Equity Guest Artist Agreements and Special Appearance Contracts, has received the 2002-2003 AFTRA Chair. The Chair was created and donated by local artist Leslie Nichol in 1995. more...

Trustees Adopt Changes to Indemnity Health Plan

The Board of Trustees of the Equity-League Health Fund approved the following changes to the Health Fund effective July 1, 2003. more...

November 2002

November 26, 2002

Equity Challenges MUSIC MAN-NLRB Election, Citing Big League's "Intimidating" Tactics

Actors' Equity has challenged the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)-ordered union election for THE MUSIC MAN, after the company voted against union representation (28 to 8) in New Orleans on November 1, 2002. The controversial, non-Equity tour is being produced by Big League Theatricals, an unabashedly anti-Equity theatrical producer. more...

Low-cost Apartment Applications

Worth Street Apartments, located at 111 Worth Street (at Lafayette), is now accepting application for low-cost housing in Lower Manhattan. 66 affordable rental units are being constructed with financing provided through the Secured Loan Rental program of the NYS Housing Finance Agency. more...

November 25, 2002

Nicki Stephens Promoted to Developing Theatre Business Representative in NYC Office

Nicki Stephens, formerly of the Contracts Department in the New York City Office of Actors' Equity Association, is the newest Business Representative to take over the Southeast Region of Developing Theatre. Her new position began on November 11th after she spent 10 years with Contracts. more...

Equity Approves Letter of Agreements for NYC Non-Profit Theatres

Actors' Equity has approved Letter of Agreement (LOA) contracts for several New York City not-for-profit theatres. The agreements will generate over 800 work weeks this season for Equity members, according to Patrick Lee, who administers the contracts. The theatre companies are the New Federal Theatre, the Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, the Irish Arts Center and the York Theatre. more...

Actor to the Rescue in Wisconsin

A real "show-must-go-on" scenario played out when an Equity actor stepped in to perform in a community theatre production in the small town of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. more...

November 16, 2002

Joseph Jefferson Award Winners Announced in Chicago

The 34th annual Joseph Jefferson Awards took place on Monday, November 4th at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Winners in the New Work category include John Green for THE LIQUID MOON and Jamie Pachino for WAVING GOODBYE. For more information, visit www.jeffawards.org/current_equity.html.

November 15, 2002

Actors' Equity, Producer's League Of Theatre For Young Audiences Reach Tentative Agreement for New Three-Year Contract

Actors' Equity and the Producer's League of Theatre For Young Audiences (PLOTYA) have reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) contract. The current agreement expires on December 22, 2002. The tentative agreement was reached on Friday, November 15, 2002, following a week of "intensive negotiations" said Senior Business Representative Zalina Hoosein, who served as Equity's Chief Negotiator. more...

Affordable Housing for Actors, Artists Opens in Yonkers! Applications for Low-Cost Housing Being Accepted

As reported last year, a new performance space and living quarters for artists has been created as part of a large-scale revitalization of downtown Yonkers. The Greyston Foundation, with the assistance of the City of Yonkers and St. John's Church has renovated historic Philipsburgh Hall, originally built in 1904, incorporating artists studios, a 10,000 square foot performance space, and 28 apartments available to performing artists. more...

November 14, 2002

Luther Goins Joins Equity's Staff in Chicago

Mr. Luther Goins is the latest addition to the Equity Office in Chicago where he will be handling the CAT, SPT, TYA, and some Dinner Theatre contracts. Goins, a 1977 graduate of Northwestern University, has a long and varied theatrical career. more...

Mr. Abbot Award

On Monday, December 2nd, the entire Broadway theatre community will come together for one of the industry’s biggest and most glamorous events saluting one of its most beloved artists: the 2002 “Mr. Abbott” Award honoring Jack O’Brien, award-winning director of such Broadway hits as Hairspray, The Full Monty, Damn Yankees, The Invention of Love and the upcoming Imaginary Friends by Nora Ephron, Marvin Hamlisch and Craig Carnelia. more...

November 13, 2002

DC, Baltimore, North Virginia Report by Gregory Gorton

It has been an exciting year with many ambitious projects and several outstanding showcases for the talented Equity actors of the Washington, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia locales. Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia was once again in the forefront of artistic endeavor with two productions that ran through the summer. more...

Washington Mutual Buys Out 25 Broadway Shows to Focus "Spotlight on Teachers" - Thousands of NY-NJ Area Teachers Attend Broadway Matinee

Washington Mutual will demonstrate its support for educators in New York and New Jersey in a big way - by buying every available theatre seat on Broadway. Through its "Spotlight on Teachers" promotion, the Seattle-based financial services company will treat over 14,000 lucky teachers and their guests to a Broadway matinee on Saturday, November 16th. more...

November 12, 2002

Mamma Mia! Heads to Mandalay Bay - Opens February, 2003 Actors' Equity Approves Casino Contract for New Las Vegas Production

MAMMA MIA!, the internationally-acclaimed block-buster musical featuring the music of ABBA, is coming to Las Vegas in 2003 under an Equity contract. The Council, at its meeting of October 15, approved the recommendation of the Western Regional Board to use the recently-updated Casino Contract for the engagement, which will employ 30 actors and 3 stage managers. more...

Actors' Equity continues negotiations with Producer's League of Theatre for Young Audiences

Actors' Equity and the Producer's League of Theatre For Young Audiences (PLOTYA) began negotiations for a new three-year Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) contract on Monday, November 11, 2002. The current agreement expires on December 22, 2002. more...

November 8, 2002

Actors' Equity Represented at NAPU Talks November 8 - 9 in Montreal

Actors' Equity attended the North American Performing Unions (NAPU) conference in Montreal, Canada on November 8-9, 2002. Executive Director Alan Eisenberg was joined by Equity's Eastern Regional Vice President, Arne Gundersen, at the meeting. more...

November 6, 2002

Equity News gets a new look!

Christine Toy Johnson and Jean-Paul Richard, newly-appointed co-chairs of the Equity News Advisory Committee, announced that the Equity News is getting a new look, with a two-color format and new features. more...

November 4, 2002

Pension Fund Board of Trustees Adopt New Break-in-Service Repair Rule

We are very happy to announce that in response to a number of member appeals and with the proactive support of Actors' Equity Association, the Trustees of the Equity-League Pension Fund have adopted a new rule that will restore lost pension credits to many performers. The restored credit will give pension eligibility to many performers who would otherwise not be eligible for any pension benefit. In other situations the restored credit will increase the amount of the pension benefit awards. We estimate that up to 4,500 performers may benefit from the new rule! more...

November 1, 2002

Actors' Equity Joins AFTRA to Support NY State Legislation Calling for End to Unfair Contracts for Recording Artists

Actors' Equity has joined AFTRA and other Entertainment Industry unions to support legislation introduced in Albany to prevent recording artists from being bound to excessive contractual term limits. The "Artistic Freedom Act" (Bill #A11926) would limit the length of time that recording contracts could be enforced, up to a maximum of seven years. more...

October 2002

October 29, 2002

Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project Gets Underway

Dick Latessa and Harvey Fierstein of Broadway's smash musical HAIRSPRAY kick off Equity's 2002 Stephen J. Falat Holiday Basket Project. The Project, established in 1986 and named for its originator who died from AIDS, delivers large, colorful shopping bags (aka "baskets") filled with goodies and essentials--clothing, books, CDs, candy, toiletries, and more--to local hospitals and AIDS organizations to brighten the holidays of people living with AIDS. All merchandise is new and has been donated by corporations and individuals. more...

Tri-Union Presence at ActorFest

Representatives from AEA, SAG & AFTRA showed a unified front at ActorFest NY this year. The annual event, sponsored by Backstage, drew a huge crowd of attendees to the Marriot Marquis in Times Square on October 26. more...

Equity Open House for Non-Members in NYC

How do I get my Equity card? What's the deal with the EMC point system? Is there really a Catch-22 about joining?
Get the answer to these and other questions at the Equity Open House on Tuesday, November 12 from 5-7PM. more...

October 28, 2002

Bridget Stegall Joins the Chicago Office as Business Representative

On August 21, Bridget Stegall joined the staff of Actors' Equity Association in Chicago as a Business Representative covering, among others, the TYA, MSUA, CAT, SPT, and Dinner Theatre contracts. more...

October 25, 2002

Gypsy Robe Presented to Third Show in 2002-2003 Season

Marc Oka, currently performing in FLOWER DRUM SONG, is the newest recipient of Equity's famous "Gypsy Robe." The colorful icon was presented to the chorus member at a special backstage ceremony at the Virginia Theatre on opening night, recreating a historic, theatrical ritual that began on Broadway over 50 years ago. more...

Pascal Faye Fourth Gypsy Robe Winner of the Season

Pascal Faye, currently performing in MOVIN' OUT, is the fourth "Gypsy Robe" winner of the increasingly busy 2002 - 2003 Broadway season. more...

Young Performers Invited to Free Career Workshop

Actors' Equity Association's Young Performers Committee will host a free career workshop for young performers on Saturday, November 9 from 10 AM to 2:15 PM. more...

October 23, 2002

An Appeal to Members Living in New York State to Support COBRA Subsidy Bill

A grass roots letter writing campaign is urgently needed to gain passage of the COBRA Subsidy Bill in the New York State Senate. This important bill would provide a 50% subsidy of COBRA payments for up to 12 months for people in the Entertainment Industry whose employer-paid health insurance expires. more...

Health Fair in New York

The annual Fall Health Fair, presented by Physician volunteers for the Arts (PVA), Better Wellness and You (BWAY), in association with The Actors Fund of America, NY-Presbyterian Hospital and Union Labor Life Insurance Company, will be held on Tuesday, November 12 on the 2nd floor of the Aurora, 475 West 57th Street, New York from 10 AM to 4 PM. more...

Nashville liaison committee selected, hotline activated, in Equity's newest liaison city

Twenty-seven area members attended the first-ever Equity membership meeting in Nashville, Tennessee held on October 14, 2002 at the Nashville Children's Theatre. Executive Director Alan Eisenberg and Eastern Regional Director Carol Waaser flew in from New York and Southeast Traveling Rep George Hamrah came up from Orlando for the event. more...

Lamkey, Widener visit Twin Cities and the "Big Easy"

Central Regional Director Kathryn V. Lamkey and Business Rep Jonathan Widener visited Minneapolis and St. Paul MN on October 19-20 to meet with Twin City theatres and attend the area membership meeting on October 21st. more...

Eisenberg Meets with Pisano, Gilbert in LA, Visits Nashville for New Area Membership Meeting

Equity Executive Director Alan Eisenberg met recently with SAG President Melissa Gilbert and CEO, Bob Pisano. The meeting took place during Eisenberg's trip to Los Angeles to attend Equity's Western Regional Board meeting on October 8th. Eisenberg said the sit-down was "cordial and productive," adding that "we obviously share common problems, including rising health care costs, and the loss of jobs to non-union employers." Faced with the loss of jobs to cheaper, overseas productions, SAG launched its campaign against runaway production with Global Rule One, stating that SAG members must work a Guild contract on productions shot outside of the United States. "Equity faces a similar challenge with the proliferation of non-Equity tours in major US markets, which has cost the Union hundreds of jobs," he emphasized.
Eisenberg headed to Nashville on October 14th with Eastern Regional Director Carol Waaser and Southeast Travelling Rep George Hamrah for the new area liaison membership meeting.

October 18, 2002

Actors' Equity, Ellis Island Foundation Reach Two-Year Agreement For "Embracing Freedom" at Ellis Island

Actors' Equity and The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. have reached an agreement for 12 actors who perform in "Embracing Freedom" at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The contract was approved by the Council of Actors' Equity at its meeting on October 15, 2002 and will be retroactive to September 29th. more...

October 16, 2002

Philadelphia Update

On Monday, October 7, 2002, the 8th Annual Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre were held on the University of Pennsylvania campus in the spacious Zellenbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia. more...

Boston Update

The annual meeting of Boston area members of Actors' Equity will take place this year on Monday, November 18 at Boston Playwright's Theatre, 949 Commonwealth Ave., Boston. more...

Equity Approves Contracts for 7 NYC Theatres

Actors' Equity has ratified negotiated contracts for 7 prominent Off-Off Broadway theatre companies in New York City. The theatres are all members of ANTC, the Association of Non-Profit Theatre Companies in New York. more...

October 15, 2002

Village Theatre's "Village Originals" mounts new production of One Red Flower: Letters From 'Nam.

In Issaquah, WA, Village Theatre's "Village Originals" new musical series will mount a new production of Paris Barclay's musical One Red Flower: Letters From 'Nam. The entire cast of seven will be engaged under Village Theatre's Special Developmental Agreement referenced to the WCLO. Equity secured increased developmental salaries, improved travel, housing, per diem, and subsidiary rights terms in the seven week Agreement.

Empty Space Theatre in Seattle, WA enters 23rd season under Equity contract

Contract terms for Empty Space Theatre's 2002-2003 season include the addition of two contracts (1 Actor and 1 Stage Manger) for a season Guarantee of 18 Actors and 6 Stage Managers under Equity contract and a 6% increase in minimum weekly salaries.

NYC Consumer Affairs Committee Holds Additional Hearing On Cell-Phone Ban in Theatres, Concert Halls

Monday, October 21 - 1 PM - City Hall - Public Invited : Actors' Equity will consider supporting legislation banning cell phone use in New York City theatres and concert halls and is looking into enforcement issues. The report was made by Eastern Regional Director Carol Waaser at Equity's Eastern Regional Board meeting on Tuesday, October 8th, 2002. more...

October 14, 2002

Gertrude Jeannette receives Equity's Paul Robeson Award

Actor/playwright/director Gertrude Hadley Jeannette has received the 2002 Paul Robeson Award presented annually by the Paul Robeson Citation Committee of Actors' Equity Association. more...

Queens Theatre in the Park on an LOA/LORT Contract

Queens Theatre in the Park will present its second season on an LOA/LORT Contract. QTP will present two co-productions with the Helen Hayes Theatre in Nyack, MASTER CLASS and DAMES AT SEA (with terms at LORT D or higher), followed by OLDFRIENDS.COM with Pat Carroll and Patricia Conolly. And lastly, QTP will present HOME which will transfer to the South Jersey Performing Arts Center in Camden and then to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. Seasonal terms increased by 3% and all casts will be 100% Equity.

Centenary Stage does three Small Professional Theatre Contract (Category 4) productions this season

Centenary Stage Company, located in Hackettstown, NJ, has been the producing organization under the auspices of Centenary College for the past fourteen seasons. Centenary Stage will operate under a Small Professional Theatre Contract (Category 4) presenting three productions this season. Salary minimums increased were by 3% this year.

Saratoga Stages signs first Equity Contract

Saratoga Stages, in Saratoga, NY, has signed its first Equity Contract. This new theatre will operate under an SPT (Small Professional Theatre Contract - Category 10) for its first production, the world premiere of Joe Pintauro's DEAD BOY, featuring an all Equity cast. Currently operating out of a rented space at Skidmore College, this group is in the process of building and renovating a permanent theatre, completion pending Spring 2003. When the new space is completed, negotiations will resume to determine what Equity Contract is appropriate.

October 11, 2002

Galbraith Returns to Orlando Office

After a long health-related absence, Assistant Business Representative Pam Galbraith returned to work this week in the Orlando office. more...

Women's Theatre Company, Emelin Theatre Announce Seasons

The Women's Theatre Company, Parsippany, NJ, will present its second season under an SPT Category 1. The Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, NY will present three productions this season under an SPT (Small Professional Theatre), Category 7. more...

THE KNEE DESIRES THE DIRT under a Letter of Agreement

A new Seattle theatre, Mirror Stage Company, will produce THE KNEE DESIRES THE DIRT under a Letter of Agreement at the Richard Hugo House in Seattle, WA. Based on SPT rates, 2 Actors and 1 Stage Manager will be employed in what Producer Suzanne Cohen hopes will be MSC's first season with Equity contracts in each production.

Theatre West's Spoon River Anthology to go under Equity contract

West Coast Business Rep Timothy Smith reports that Theatre West's Spoon River Anthology will move up from the 99-Seat Plan to a Letter of Agreement in late October, 2002. The production will employ up to 12 alternating Actors in a cast of 6 plus a Stage Manager and 1 Assistant Stage Manager. Pro-rated HAT salaries and pension will apply, with increases based on box office receipts. The production is scheduled to run through Christmas, 2002.

October 10, 2002

Actors' Equity Celebrates the Diversity of Our Membership with a Free Cultural Celebration

On Monday, October 21, Actors' Equity Association's Equal Employment Opportunity Committee will commemorate the diversity of the union's membership by sponsoring an evening of songs, monologues and poetry. This Cultural Celebration, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Ellington Room at Manhattan Plaza, 400 W. 43rd Street, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM more...

October 9, 2002

Actors' Equity Appoints Russell Lehrer to Business Representative, Production Contract Touring

Russell Lehrer, a Business Representative for Developing Theatres in the Eastern Region, has been appointed to the position of Business Representative for the Production Contract Touring desk. The announcement was made by Equity's Eastern Regional Director Carol Waaser and Senior Business Representative Ken Greenwood. Russell will also be the staff liaison to the Stage Manager's Committee in the Eastern Region. more...

Equity Raises Minimums at Circle-in-the-Square, Helen Hayes and Henry Miller Theatres

Actors' Equity has upped minimums for three Tony-eligible theatres in the Broadway district: Circle-in-the-Square, the Helen Hayes and the Henry Miller Theatres. The three theatres operate under Equity's "Special Production" Contract, which is designated for theatres with less than 700 seats. more...

October 8, 2002

Bill McMillin, Jeff Williams Elected to Equity Council

Bill McMillin and Jeff Williams have been elected to the Council of Actors' Equity. Bill McMillin was elected to a Stage Managers' seat in the Western Region; Jeff Williams assumes a Chorus seat in the Eastern Region. The election results were reported at the Council's monthly meeting on Tuesday, September 17, 2002 more...

Local 868 Strike Settled at the Mechanic Theatre - 42ND STREET Goes On - No Shows Cancelled - IATSE Thanks Actors' Equity for Support

Box office personnel at the Mechanic Theatre in Baltimore ended a four-day strike against Clear Channel Entertainment after receiving a strong show of solidarity from Actors' Equity and the cast of 42ND STREET. The Council instructed the cast of the national tour to observe the strike following an emergency meeting on Friday, October 4th. more...

Actors' Equity Names Justin Donofrio To Taping and Filming Department

Senior Business Representative Ken Greenwood at Actors' Equity has named Justin Donofrio as his Executive Assistant. Justin will be in charge of TV news and taping while maintaining all administrative responsibilities. more...

October 1, 2002

Nominees Announced for South Florida's 27th Annual Carbonell Awards in regional theater

The chamber musical James Joyce's The Dead, and the classic The King and I lead the 27th Annual Carbonell Awards with nine nominations apiece for South Florida's best regional theater during the 2001-2002 season. Smokey Joe's Café and Ruthless are close behind with eight apiece. more...

Actors Fund Launches Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) Website

Artists in this country are twice as likely to be uninsured as the general population, which means that almost one in every three artists does not have health insurance. more...

CAT and NOLA Approved

Executive Director Alan Eisenberg has approved the new Chicago Area Theatre (CAT) Contract and the New Orleans Letter of Agreement (NOLA). Both contracts are administered by the Central Region. In lieu of a customary four-year agreement, Equity and PACT (Producers' Association of Chicago Area Theatres) agreed to an 18-month extension of the current contract with salary increases and other improvements, which will be retroactive to August 26, 2002. For more information about NOLA, contact Chicago AEA.

The Actors' Fund of America plans information session for Chicago area entertainment industry professionals

The Chicago area entertainment community is invited to a daylong session being presented by The Actors' Fund of America on Wednesday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 pm at the SAG/AFTRA Kaufherr Members Resource Center, 1 East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago (near State and Erie). more...

Nashville Becomes 24th Equity "Liaison" City

Equity has granted Nashville official "liaison" status. more...

Council Approves Cabaret Contract

Council approved terms for a new four-year Cabaret Contract at its meeting on Tuesday, September 17th. The agreement will be in effect from October 14, 2002 through October 15, 2006. more...

Actors' Equity Appoints Web Designer / Assistant Communications Director

Actors' Equity has appointed Nancy G. McClernan to the position of Web Designer and Assistant Communications Director. The appointment was announced by Equity's Executive Director, Alan Eisenberg. more...

Kaufherr Members Resource Center in Chicago Now Open to Equity Members

KMRC Offers State of the Art Technology, Library and More to Equity, SAG and AFTRA Members more...

September 2002

September 30, 2002

AEA Chicago's Lonergan Library Doubles in Size With Donation from Actor/Director/Producer Sidney Eden

4000 Volumes added to Ray Lonergan Memorial Library Invaluable Resource" for Chicago Actors more...

August, 2002

Emergency Notice Regarding The National Tour of MISS SAIGON - BIG LEAGUE THEATRICALS

This is to remind you that members of the 4A's Unions - AEA, SAG, AFTRA, AGVA and AGMA - are not permitted to work in non-union tours. Under Equity's By-Laws and the Constitution of the 4A's, members of any of the 4A's unions may be fined, disciplined or expelled for working in Equity's jurisdiction without benefit of contract. more...