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Actors' Equity Association was founded in 1913 and represents more than 49,000 professional stage actors and stage managers nationwide. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity will ce... more.
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Paul Birchall's Got It Covered Archives - STAGE RAW - ARTS IN L.A. - SERVED FRESH
An article about AEA's new Agreement in L.A. came out in the Wall Street Journal earlier this Tuesday, peppered with quotes from both defenders of the 99-Seat Plan - such as Veronica Brady ("You can go play Hamlet and have a day job working in television or doing voiceover") and John Lacey ("You're probably going to see a lot more one-person shows.") - as well as AEA's Executive Director Mary McColl, who defends the union's actions, noting, amongst other things, that "At the end of the day, this is work… It's not an unpaid internship."
It's probably best not to linger over the gaping hole in Ms. McColl's argument - that if there are fewer productions and fewer roles for union actors, there will be less money and artistic validation for them - but the particularly intriguing aspect of the article are the comments, some of which are really quite disturbing to read and proof that opinions are indeed like sphincters: Everyone has at least one. Those filings are Ed Asner, et al Vs Actors' Equity , et al; and two NLRB Filings: one on AEA's handling of the now infamous April, 2015 non-binding referendum in which AEA's proposed plan was rejected by 2/3 of local members, yet was pushed through regardless by the union's National Council; and the other on whether or not Financial Core in one union has any bearing on a member's participation in a sister union. (AEA's Executive Director Mary McColl has asserted that sister unions have reciprocity, in matters of Financial Core.) Meanwhile, the new AEA Agreement scheduled to take effect December 14 threatens to permanently alter the small theater landscape in Los Angeles, one of the country's largest theater communities. According to a letter, posted on the AEA website, from Executive Director Mary McColl, the cancellation is due to members in different cities not receiving in time the e-mails about the meeting (the national meeting was to be webcast from locations around the country).
FIA: Acting for Diversity: a common goal for FIA members
AEA Executive Director, Mary McColl, states in her editorial that "Our members come in all shapes and sizes, with glorious talents that differ one from the other.
Mary McColl, Executive Director of Actors' Equity Association, will be spending the latter half of the week in Los Angeles to meet with both the 99-Seat Plan Review Committee (on Wednesday) and to hold a "town meeting" forum with Equity actors here (on Friday, 2 p.m. 5636 Tujunga Ave., NoHo, rsvp here) to discuss the artistic ecology of LA theater.
Colorado Theater News :: Theatre Aspen
The panelists include Broadway and television director SCOTT ELLIS, Roundabout Theatre Artistic Director TODD HAIMES, Broadway Producer and current Producing Director of the newly reopened Bucks County Playhouse, JED BERNSTEIN, VICKI REISS, Executive Director of the Shubert Foundation, and MARY MCCOLL, Actors' Equity Association Executive Director.
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