Look for my upcoming features about this strong and creative union and the actors and stage managers who comprise it. Actors Equity Assocation is honoring their 100th anniversary with a year long celebration, kicked off this past June. The celebration will culminate in May of 2013 with special events and tributes!
“Live theatre is such an integral part of American history,” says current AEA President Nick Wyman. “It is a portal to our past, a mirror to our present, and a crystal ball to our future."
Excerpt from Actors' Equity Association (AEA) website.
Founded in 1913, Actors Equity Association represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.
On May 26, 1913, at the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel 112 actors voted the Actors’ Equity Association into existence.
Now, continuing this celebration, last week Actors Equity has released Performance of the Century, 100 Years of Actors' Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater. The coffee table book has been written by well-known theatre journalist Robert Simonson and was recently published for national release by Applause Books.
"Performance of the Century", Playbill Store
"Performance of the Century" - 100 Years
Excerpt from Actors Equity News
Actors Equity Receives Special 100th Anniversary Tony Award
"Performance of the Century", YouTube link