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Nashville Becomes 24th Equity "Liaison" City

Equity has granted Nashville official "liaison" status. The designation was approved the Union's national governing body, the Council, at its meeting on Tuesday, September 17th, following recommendations from the Eastern Committee for Area Liaison Affairs (CALA) and Equity's Eastern Regional Board.

The designation is "a significant development for the professional acting community in Nashville area, as well as for the theatres that regularly employ Equity actors," said Equity's Eastern Regional Director, Carol Waaser. The designation provides for a Liaison Committee of local Equity members who serve as a communication link between the regional office and the local membership. Equity officials will meet with the Nashville membership in mid-October, when the members will select officers for the liaison committee.

Under Equity's By-Laws, in order to be approved as a liaison city, there must be at least 100 paid-up active members," explained Waaser. "The membership in Nashville has requested liaison status and has already formed an advisory committee."

The designation also means that Nashville actors will have access to a 24-job hotline that will announce auditions, chorus calls and other job opportunities for local actors. Nashville has six Equity theatres and a number of non-Equity theatres that employ Equity actors as "guest artists." The Equity theatres operate under a variety of contracts, including:

Tennessee RepLeague of Resident Theatres (LORT)
Nashville Children's TheatreTheatre for Young Audiences (TYA)
Ryman AuditoriumLetter of Agreement referencing COST (Stock)
Nashville Shakespeare FestivalLetter of Agreement referencing LORT (Regional) and Outdoor Drama
Mockingbird TheatreSmall Professional Theatre (SPT)
People's Branch TheatreSmall Professional Theatre (SPT)

The AEA job "hotline" should be active by early November.

Waaser stressed that the liaison committee serves in an advisory capacity, and does not determine Equity's national policy, which is governed by the nationally-elected Council and three Regional Boards. "However, the Board and our various committees listen very carefully to requests and recommendations coming from a Liaison Committee," she added, "because we are governed by actors."

The Nashville membership meeting will take place on Monday, October 14th. For more information contact George Hamrah at 407-354-8600.

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