1. Current political situation got you down? Have you thought about a career in (Equity) politics?
Actors’ Equity is a representative democracy, that is, Equity is an organization that is founded on the principle of elected officials representing our members, all of whom are governed by the union’s own constitution and by-laws.
Decisions are made through the National Council, the highest governing body of Actors' Equity Association. Comprised of eight Officers and 75 Councillors, the Council deals with national contracts, policies and finances. Reporting to Council are the three regional boards (we’re part of the Central region) as well as numerous regional and national committees.
The Central Region includes:
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
In 2017, our membership will be electing the following Officer for a one (1) year term: 1st Vice President (Principal)
In the Central Region there is also one principal seat open on the Council, elected for three (3) year term.
There’s more info on the Equity website…
(There is also a Central Regional Board, and we are gathering info on how you might get involved in that as well.)
Equity also has a number of committees: contract committees, code committees, developing theatre committees, etc. You might think about getting involved in one of those.
You can check it out on the Equity website under your member portal.
2. Twin Cities Unified registration discount: If you are interested in attending the upcoming Twin Cities Unified auditions March 18-19 (sponsored by Climb Theatre), Anton Jones will offer a discount to Equity members. Be sure and let him know of your Union status when you send him the registration email, and your registration fee will be $10 instead of $30.
Note from our Chicago business rep about paying a fee for auditioning: "Union members are welcome to audition at unifieds if they would like, however, no Actors’ Equity theatre may use the unified auditions to fulfill their audition requirement. Actors will always have an opportunity to audition for any AEA theatre without paying a cost, but Equity does not stop people from going to paid unifieds."
3. It's tax season. A reminder there is also a "tax tips" tab in your member portal (There are worksheets! It's located under the Resources heading). The worksheets are a great aid in organizing your tax records and can be used whether you prepare your own taxes or another tax preparer.
**Also: Equity Secretary-Treasurer, Sandra Karas (the Director of VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program), did a live tax seminar in New York on January 25th 2016. The seminar, sponsored by the National Membership Education Committee, was recorded and is available for viewing on the Equity YouTube channel: ActorsEquity100.
***In other news: We have a local AEA SM Sub-Committee! If you are an AEA Stage Manager, or know someone who is, contact us so we can add them to this list of amazing union members!
1. Did you know that, generally, AEA actors have first right to audition slots?! If a theatre says that their audition slots are full, but they have Non-Union or EMC actors signed up, they may have to bump someone so you can be seen.
2. The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps ALL professionals – union AND none, dancers, directors - in performing arts and entertainment. More about the Actor’s Fund: actorsfund.org
3. The Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund reimburses eligible performing arts and entertainment professionals up to $40.00 towards a pair of shoes costing no more than $100.00.
TWIN CITIES AEA LIAISON COMMITTEE
Twin Cities Actors' Equity: https://www.facebook.com/tcaea/
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Twin Cities Actors' Equity Liaison Committee
Greta Grosch, Chair