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    Posted September 1, 2009

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Rick Berg Named AEA's Eastern Regional Director

Effective February, 2010

Eastern Regional Director Designee Rick Berg

Rick Berg has been named AEA's new Eastern Regional Director, effective February 2010. Mr. Berg will succeed Carol Waaser, a 27 year veteran of Equity's staff and the ERD for 13 years. Over the next several months, the two will work together in establishing a smooth transition. During this time, Mr. Berg will continue in his current position of Senior Business Rep. Ms. Waaser will retire at the end of her contract.

As the Eastern Regional Director, Mr. Berg will oversee the region's operations, collective bargaining and contracts, including the Production and LORT contracts, and lead a staff of 56. He will join the Executive Team, which is responsible for the overall direction and strategic planning for Equity.

"We are delighted to have Rick as our new Eastern Regional Director," said John P. Connolly, Equity's Executive Director. "He will bring practical knowledge, dedication and a strong understanding of the challenges actors and stage managers face in their chosen careers. Rick's empathetic approach and broad knowledge base will be valuable in his role as both the ERD and a member of the Executive Team."

"I am very pleased to be named the new Eastern Regional Director," said Mr. Berg. "I am also very excited and energized. The staff is accomplished and dedicated and I look forward to working with everyone in this new capacity. I am also grateful to Carol for all she has done as the ERD. She is a very effective leader and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Carol over these next several months as I prepare to step into the role of ERD."

"Rick is a superb leader of our wonderful staff," said Ms. Waaser. She added: "He has very broad experience and I know Rick will serve the members well. I look forward to working with him to effect a smooth transition."

An Equity member since 1980, Berg joined the staff in 1992, after a successful career as a stage manager for such shows as the first national tour of THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY, the Off Broadway engagement and LORT tour of FROM THE MISSISSIPI DELTA and several seasons each at Northlight Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Opera and Great Lakes Theater Festival. For seven (7) years, he was a Business Rep for Developing Theatre, Production, Special Tour Agreements and TYA, among others. Berg was named Senior Business Rep in 1999, supervising more than a dozen staff. During his tenure, he was responsible for the supervision and negotiation of 12 contracts. He was also responsible for the re-examination of promulgated contracts and codes and oversaw a number of Unfair Labor Practice cases and arbitrations.

Mr. Berg has a BA in Communications from Cleveland State University and holds certificates in Arbitrations and Negotiation from institutions such as Harvard University Law School.

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