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    Posted August 22, 2006

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Patrick Quinn Selected As Equity’s New Executive Director

Patrick Quinn

Patrick Quinn

The Council of Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) has announced the selection of Patrick Quinn as Equity’s ninth Executive Director in the history of the Union, effective October 5, 2006. Mr. Quinn, who for the last six years served as Equity’s President, succeeds Alan Eisenberg, who leaves after 25 years in the position.

In his new role, Quinn will direct the collective bargaining process for more than 30 national and regional contracts, oversee the Union’s finances, and supervise staff in Equity’s five offices. Quinn will represent AEA within the industry as well as to the public, serving as a spokesperson for the Union with media, labor and government officials.

“Patrick will make an excellent Executive Director," said Equity First Vice President Mark Zimmerman. “His experience on Council spans almost 30 years as a consensus-builder, decision-maker and strategic architect of the Union’s policies, vision and goals. He has been a successful working actor and he has learned the profession from the ground up. He understands what Equity stands for and the kind of leadership professional stage actors and stage managers need at this moment in the Union’s history.”

“I am proud to have been an Equity actor for over three decades and now am deeply honored to have been chosen by my peers to lead Equity as its new Executive Director. I thank the Council for its confidence in me and I look forward to working with them and our fine Equity staff,” said Mr. Quinn. “I will try to build on the firm foundation that Alan Eisenberg has laid for us over the last 25 years and I look forward to the many challenges that lie ahead.”

A native Philadelphian, Quinn began his years as an Equity actor in 1970. While pursuing his successful acting career (which includes ten Broadway shows), he has been an elected member of the Equity Council since 1977. For 15 of those years, Quinn chaired the Production Contract Negotiation team, which establishes wages and working conditions for actors and stage managers on Broadway and in National touring shows. He served as Third Vice-President and later as First Vice President, working alongside his predecessors, Presidents Ellen Burstyn, Colleen Dewhurst and Ron Silver. His successful bid for the presidency in 2000 coincided with a tumultuous time in the Union’s history.

He led the Union through the aftermath of September 11, 2001, appealing to his members for solidarity, and working closely with the other theatrical unions and employers to stabilize the industry that was affected so severely during that crisis. He was on the picket lines with Local 802 Musicians during their 2003 Broadway strike, and almost found himself in a similar situation the following year when Equity entered into its Production Contract negotiations that nearly resulted in a shut down of Broadway and road houses across the nation. During his tenure as President, Quinn also persuaded his membership to vote for the first dues increase in two decades, and staunchly led Equity members through the continuing health fund crisis, eliciting their support and understanding for necessary changes that were made not only to Equity’s health fund, but to the vast majority of employee insurance plans throughout the country.

In 1985, Mr. Quinn was one of the founders of Equity Fights AIDS and has served as the Second Vice President since 1993 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He is a trustee of The Actors’ Fund of America, the Equity-League Pension, Health and 401(k) Trust Funds, as well as the Actors’ Equity Staff Pension Plan. He serves as the Secretary of the Actors’ Equity Foundation and as a delegate to the Associated Actors and Artistes of America.

“I am very pleased that Patrick will be the new Executive Director. I worked closely with him for the six years of his presidency and I know he will lead this Union with strength and integrity,” said Alan Eisenberg of his successor. “He has demonstrated his leadership through a number of important events such as September 11th and the theater community’s effort to help New York City rebuild, the Musicians’ strike on Broadway and Equity’s Production Contract negotiations.

At its meeting on August 22, Council accepted Quinn's resignation as President, and is in the process of nominating and electing a President who will serve until the next Annual Election in 2007. In the interim, as per the Constitution and By-Laws, First Vice President Mark Zimmerman will discharge the duties of the President.

Actors' Equity Association is the National Union representing 45,000 stage Actors and Stage Managers. It is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with the International Federation of Actors (FIA), a worldwide organization of performing arts unions.

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