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The Actors' Equity Association, commonly referred to as Actors' Equity, is an American labor union formed in New York City in 1913 by 112 actors working in the professional theatre. Its first president was Francis Wilson and membership grew rapidly. A union (labor union in American English; trade union in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a group of workers who act collectively to address common issues. ... City nickname: The Big Apple Location in the state of New York Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area  - Land  - Water 1,214. ... 1913 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ...

Marie Dressler, Ethel Barrymore & others during the 1919 strike

Wilson led them through the famous strike of 1919 that ended the iron-fisted dominance over actors and theatre workers by the Theatrical Syndicate and its theatre owners and producers like Abe Erlanger and his partner, Mark Klaw. Before the 1919 strike, Actors' Equity had 2,777 members. After the strike, it had increased to 14,000. Today, the Actors' Equity Association represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers. Marie Dressler (November 9, 1868 - July 28, 1934) was a Canadian actress. ... In the play Carrots, c. ... 1919 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... The Theatrical Syndicate was established in New York City, New York in 1896 by producers and investors Charles Frohman, Al Hayman, Abe Erlanger, Mark Klaw, Samuel F. Nixon, and Fred Zimmerman. ... Abraham Lincoln Erlanger (May 4, 1859 – March 7, 1930) was a theatrical producer, director, designer, theatre owner, and a leading figure of the Theatrical Syndicate. ...

Founded during the 1919 strike with Marie Dressler as its first president, the Chorus Equity Association merged with Actors' Equity in 1955. Marie Dressler (November 9, 1868 - July 28, 1934) was a Canadian actress. ...

The associations national headquarters are at 165 West 46th Street in New York City with regional offices in Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California plus a satellite office in San Francisco and in Orlando, Florida. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States and the largest inland city in the country, with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... Griffith Observatory and the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. ... This article is about the city in California. ... Skyline of Orlando at night, from across Lake Eola The city of Orlando is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. ...

Presidents of Actors' Equity Association:

  • Francis Wilson  : 1913 – 1920
  • John Emerson  : 1920 – 1928
  • Ralph Morgan (acting president)  : 6/17–8/12,1924
  • Frank Gillmore  : 1928 – 1937
  • Burgess Meredith (acting president)  : 1937 - 1938
  • Arthur Byron  : 1938 – 1940
  • Bert Lytell  : 1940 – 1946
  • Clarence Derwent  : 1946 – 1952
  • Ralph Bellamy  : 1952 – 1964
  • Frederick O’Neal  : 1964 – 1973
  • Theodore Bikel  : 1973 – 1982
  • Ellen Burstyn  : 1982 – 1985
  • Colleen Dewhurst  : 1985 – 1991
  • Ron Silver  : 1991 – 2000
  • Patrick Quinn  : 2000 – Present

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See also

The British Actors Equity Association (now called Equity) is the British actors trade union. ...

External links

  • Actors' Equity website (http://www.actorsequity.org)



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