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January 13, 2003

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. Many thanks to AEA member David Michael Kenney for arranging for the use of the space.

Senior Business Representative Zalina Hoosein and Traveling Business Representative Joe Erdey spent time discussing the changes to the health insurance plan and the continuing debate concerning non-union tours. Among many issues discussed concerning Philadelphia included the adjustments to Freedom Theatre's contract from LORT to SPT status, the Theatre Alliance auditions, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, research for artists discount tickets to area theatres for Equity members and AEA members who are willing to work without benefit of contract and how such cases should be reported to staff in NYC.

Selections were held to fill open positions on the Philadelphia Area Liaison Committee. The members of the committee for 2002-2003 includes: Tom Helmer (Chair), Vince Mancini (1st Vice-Chair), Nathan Kurland (2nd Vice-Chair), Maguerite Price (Secretary), Robert Foley, Brady Gonsalves, Jeanette Hartunian, Marcia Hepps, Johnnie Hobbs, Jr., Christopher Sapienza, returning members Paul Nolan and David Michael Kenney and new member Robert O'Neill.


The Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia auditions, tenatively scheduled for ealy June 2003, will be making applications materials available earlier this year, but will also make the application deadline earlier.

For over a decade, these annual auditions have been used to fulfill the local audition requirements for many of the Philadelphia area Equity Theatres. These theatres, if attending the TAGP auditions, have no other obligation to hold open auditions for productions in the 2003-2004 theatre season. For those Philadelphia area members who are actively pursuing AEA theatre work in Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Area Liaison Committee strongly encourages you to participate in these auditions. Every AEA member living within the 50-mile radius of Center City Philadelphia is provided an audition slot if their materials are submitted before the application deadline.

Applications will be available at the Theatre alliance web site at www.theatrealliance.org or in the lobbies of local area theatres. The application deadline is March 14, 2003.


AEA members, not only in Philadelphia but from across this nation, who have member-produced, risk taking projects that are looking for an outlet for performance are encouraged to check out the 2003 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. This seventh annual event will take place August 29th to September 13th, 2003 in historic Old City Philadelphia. "An artist-centered organization, the Festival provides opportunities for risk-taking artists who, through experimentation in form and/or content, blur the boundaries of the traditional disciplines" states the Fringe application's introduction.

AEA member projects that participate as "Programmed" events work under the guideline of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival Code or appropriate Equity contract. AEA member projects that participate as "Unfiltered" events work under the guideline of the AEA Members' Project Code or appropriate AEA contract. Application materials are available online at www.pafringe.org or call Program Director Deborah Block at (215) 413-9006 x13 or deborah@pafringe.org.

Specific AEA questions can be directed to Liaison Chair Tom Helmer at (609) 835-7142 or tomhelmer@yahoo.com.

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