December 24, 2017
HAPPY HOLIDAYS -
We have been lax in our communication recently, (sorry) but that doesn't mean things aren't happening. Alot has been happening nationally that will (hopefully) have a positive effect on our local market.
1. Equity is working to make the website more useful, which includes updating your member portal with "liaison pages" for each of the 28 liaison cities.
2. We now have a new local Equity email address - we haven't begun to use ours yet, but will do that in 2018.
3. Our new liaison rep has been organizing a targeting project ‘Acting Locally’ where AEA will work with us to create “profiles” on theatres that we think could be moved to an Equity contract.
4. Due to our frustration, AEA has been doing a better job of posting/distributing useful information about some very helpful tools, including the "how to hire me" letter and info on the MOU/business theatre contract.
5. We are in the process of trying to schedule a local member meeting early in 2018 to communicate some of these changes.
Again, we apologize for the lack of updates... In the meantime, hope you have a terrific holiday, and look for news about a January member meeting soon.
Our business rep continues to be: David Kolen: [email protected]
Our new "liaison rep" is: Stefanie Frey: [email protected]
1. Actor’s Equity is housed in three office cities: NY, Chicago and LA. The rest of our members (between 40-50% of our membership) are in “liaison cities” around the country – Cleveland, Detroit, Kansas City, Portland, Houston, the TWIN CITIES… Our business rep, David Kolen, is in Chicago, and locally we have a volunteer "liaison committee" who does their best to keep the lines of communication open. But, as we do not have a local Equity representative and, as there are no representatives from any liaison cities on the National Council, it sometimes feels we are overlooked...
HOWEVER... We now have an advocate.
Due to the recent approval of the Equity dues increase, a new full-time "Liaison Organizer" has been hired at Equity. Her job is to work directly with the liaison commmittees in the 28 liaison cities. We are very hopeful this will help us have a greater voice on a national level, and will help us continue to grow and expand Equity work in the Twin Cities. Our committee will be getting an official Equity email address, and we are working with our new organizer to identify long-term organizing targets and goals. We will keep you posted.
2. Did you know you can request that your employer contribute to your 401K? Another benefit of Union Membership!
3. We also continue to try and improve our contact list. AEA is not able to provide us with your email address, but we do have a list of current members. It appears we have 529 members in the Twin Cities area, and we only have 276 emails. Which means….
There are 253 local members that haven’t been getting our emails…
In the recent past we have sent:
1. Info on “The Business Theatre MOU” – a way you can get health/pension credit for the corporate work you are doing.
2. “A Hire to Hire Me Letter” that you can give to non-union theatres explaining how they can hire union talent.
3. In addition we have had opportunities to:
- March in the Labor Day parade
- Meet visiting Equity leadership including our President Kate Shindle; our Executive Director, Mary McColl; a member of the National Council, and our Business Rep from Chicago, David Kolen
If you haven’t been getting our emails, you have been missing out! If you would like to be included, please send an email to
You can also like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tcaea/
1. AEA has launched an *Official* Facebook group for Equity Members. The group is called “Equity’s Stage Door.” The main purpose of this group is to create a community of members to discuss issues, engage in conversation, and find out relevant Union business. This is a community intended only for Equity Members, so entry into the group is monitored.
2. The best way to get answers on individual questions like grievances, contracts and other workplace issues is by calling the appropriate business office during normal business hours. Our business rep is David Kolen in Chicago: 312.641.0393 x236
3. We have a local SM subcommittee. If you are an AEA Stage Manager, or know someone who is, contact us so we can add them to our list of amazing union members.
EVEN OLDER NEWS
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