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October 08, 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

Bill McMillin received his BA in Theatre Management in 1979 from St. Edward's University. In 1991, he became the resident Production Stage Manager for Capitol City Playhouse, where he earned his Equity card. In 1993, he was awarded a Special Citation Award as Best Stage Manager by The Austin Critics Table Awards and in the same year was presented with a Special Recognition Award by the Austin Circle of Theatres for his dedication and contributions to the Austin Theatre community.

Prior to winning the Stage Managers' seat, Bill McMillan helped organize the Equity membership in Austin/San Antonio, and spearheaded efforts to establish it as an Equity Liaison Area. In 1995, Austin/San Antonio received liaison status and Bill was elected Area Liaison, serving until 2002.

Bill currently stage manages for The Austin Theatre Alliance's The State Theatre, and is an Adjunct Professor at St. Edward's University, teaching the Arts Administration and next year, Stage Management. He is a member of the National Stage Managers' Association and is a Texas Notary Public.

Jeff Williams, a graduate of Syracuse University, joined Actors' Equity in 1987. His most recent credits include: THE MUSIC MAN; A CHRISTMAS CAROL; THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES; ME AND MY GIRL; TERRA NOVA; GUYS ON ICE; YOU NEVER KNOW; and THE SECRET GARDEN.

Jeff says his involvement with the inner workings of AEA began during his tenure in THE MUSIC MAN 2000 Broadway revival, when he attended the Production Contract negotiations:

"Through this process I learned that rather than complain about problems with our business, it was possible to help find a solution to some of them. As a Councillor, I feel it is important that we continue to educate producers and theatre managers as to the invaluable contributions made by our Chorus Actors. It is also of vital importance that we ensure that Chorus Calls and EPA's are not merely requirements but actual casting opportunities, particularly for our members with limited or no agent representation. As Actors, we work hard to get each job. As a Councillor, I will work hard to make sure that these are jobs worth having. It is an honor to have been elected to the Equity Council."

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