September 5, 2017
1. The Ivey Awards are coming up September 25 and David Kolen, Business Rep from Chicago, and Greta Grosch, Chair of your volunteer liaison committee, will be presenting. We will also both be attending the after party, and would love for you to come and say hello. This would be a great time to let us know if you have any issues/questions you would like to discuss.
2. 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 past few weeks 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/
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… (etc.)
Recently, representatives from all 28 liaison cities gathered in Atlanta. Also there were members of the National Council, Executive Director Mary McColl, Equity President Kate Shindle, and staff from all 3 office cities.
- There are currently no representatives from any liaison cities on the National Council. There is some talk that our constitution could be ratified to ensure that the 40-50% of our membership that lives in liaison cities would be properly represented by dedicated liaison seats on the council. But, again, this will take some time to ratify.
- Our business rep is in Chicago. At the meeting we discovered that our liaison cities have more in common with each other than with the office cities…. There is some talk of creating a new staff position, a “Liaison City Rep” who might better understand our needs. This would need to be funded somehow.
- All liaison committee members are volunteers, and we are given no budget… At the moment, any expenses we incur come out of our own pockets. There is some talk of giving each of the 28 cities a (limited) budget to use at our disgression...
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.
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