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    Updated December 14, 2014

Equity Membership Candidate Events and Highlights

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Through interaction with Equity Actors and Stage Managers the EMC program provides an opportunity in which candidates experience the standards, responsibilities and traditions of theatrical professionalism.


New York City:

In social and business situations get to know the person next to, behind, in front, diagonally or even across the room from the you: The person nearest (or farthest) from you might provide the means for your next work opportunity. And with over 90 Equity Membership Candidates (EMC) in attendance at the December 8, 2014, National EMC Meeting, the topic of networking was front and center. Kevin McMahon, Equity Councillor, welcomed EMCs via a national video hook-up which linked Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

Nick Verina, former EMC and Equity member since 2005, gave advice to the future members for their journey towards Equity membership. Verina, who appeared on Broadway in the revival of Follies, as well as seen across the country in the national tour of Grease and in the Chicago production of Altar Boyz, shared four pillars for making it in the business: misconceptions, control issues, having a personal story and operating a small business.

  • Do your best to keep a realistic perspective on the business — it’s easy to allow misconceptions to cloud one’s judgment. Every career will have ups and downs.
  • Take a step back from control. Ask yourself, “what can and what can’t I control?”
  • Be yourself — that’s the key element directors and casting directors want to see.
  • Focus on longevity; don’t get bogged down with day-to-day challenges.

Verina also encouraged EMCs to go to every audition that they can: “You have no idea what doors it could open in the future.”  For Verina, an open call is how he got his Equity card.

The National EMC Meeting provided EMCs with information regarding the union, the EMC program itself and organizations that are available for assistance, such as the Actors Fund. Locally, each city covered auditions and EMC protocol, the website and participating with the union’s social media.


Atlanta Members and EMCs

The Atlanta Liaison Committee and local Members met with Equity Membership Candidates on March 3, 2014 for the annual “mixer.”  The event was a dynamic way to bring the local theatre community together. Maria Rodriguez-Sager, an EMC, wrote of the event: “When I attended this, my first EMC event, I wasn't sure what to expect. A presentation of sorts and information about Actors’ Equity sure, but I received much more than that. I was welcomed as if I had been a long missed member of the tribe. They made me feel included and confident that Atlanta's Actors’ Equity members were a kind and committed community of professionals I could count on to help me on my journey of becoming an Equity member. I had a wonderful experience and I look forward to growing with this community of artists.” 


Make sure your contact and current address information is up-to-date.

Event invitations are based on your home address as listed with Equity.

To update your contact information

Please include:

  • EMC ID #
  • Updated email and home address information.

If you would prefer to respond by telephone:
          Eastern Region (NYC) 212-869-8530
          Central Region (Chicago) 312-641-0393
          Western Region (Los Angeles) 323-978-8080


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