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Actor and Union Activist Theodore Bikel Dies at Age 91

Actor and Union Activist Theodore Bikel Dies at Age 91

Longtime stage, TV and movie actor, as well as former president of the Actors' Equity (AEA), Theodore Bikel passed away at age 91 on July 21, 2015. 

Aside from famous stage roles, including Captain von Trapp in the "Sound of Music," Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof," Bikel was a tireless advocate for actors and their right to a union voice on the job. He served as president of Actors’ Equity  from 1973–1982 and was the longtime president of the Actors and Artistes (4As).

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Time to Raise the Curtain on Fair Wages for Actors in LA’s Small Theater Scene

Time to Raise the Curtain on Fair Wages for Actors in LA’s Small Theater Scene

It’s not surprising that actors in small theaters (99 seats or fewer) in Los Angeles earn far less than the movie and TV mega-salaries we’re so familiar with. But it is shocking that these hardworking actors are paid as little as $7 to $15 a performance—and nothing for rehearsal—for shows that can run as long as 80 performances with as many as 36 hours a week of rehearsal.

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Baayork Lee, Actor, Dancer, Choreographer Wins Equity’s Robeson Honors

Baayork Lee (right) with Christine Toy Johnson, co-chair of Equity’s Equal Opportunity Employment Committee. Equity photo by Stephanie Masucci

Baayork Lee, who made her Broadway debut at the age of five as “Princess Ying Yaowalak” in the 1951 original production of The King and I and went on to a career as actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, director and author, is the recipient of the 2014 Actors’ Equity (AEA) Paul Robeson Award.

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Throwback Thursday: Ziegfield Follies Chorus Girls Form Union

Throwback Thursday: Ziegfield Follies Chorus Girls Form Union

In August 1919 during the Actor’s Equity Association (AEA) strike, the chorus girls in the Ziegfield Follies create their own union, the Chorus Equity Association, after they learned their boss, Florenz Ziegfeld, was joining the Producing Managers’ Association. They were helped by a $100,000 donation from superstar and former chorus girl Lillian Russell. In 1955 the union merged with AEA.

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Is That a Union Nutcracker?

Photo courtesy of the Atlanta Ballet

Here in the holiday season and stretching into the New Year, a lot of folks decide it’s a good time for a night at the theater or to take in a concert. A lot of us want to look for the union label, too. Here are some links that might help.

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Actors' Equity Honors Leader in Fight Against AIDS

Tom Viola/ AEA photo

Tom Viola, longtime executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), will receive the 2013 Patrick Quinn Award for Distinguished Service to Actors, presented by the Actors' Equity (AEA) Foundation.

BC/EFA is one of the nation's leading industry-based not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations, raising more than $225 million since its founding for much-needed services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families and other critical health issues nationwide.

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Salon: Can Unions Save the Creative Class?

Artists are finding it harder and harder to get paid...is it time for them to strap on a hard hat and form unions? Salon writer Scott Timberg asks this question in his new article, Can Unions Save the Creative Class? This article is part of a Salon series brought to you by the AFL-CIO.

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AFL-CIO Executive Council Welcomes New Members, Presents New Charters

Actors' Equity Association (AEA) receives new charter.

The AFL-CIO's Executive Council February meeting kicked off this morning in Orlando, Fla., welcoming two new council members and presenting two new charters for Actors' Equity and the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART). 

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Actors' Equity to Build New Headquarters in North Hollywood

Actors’ Equity (AEA) announced the purchase of an 18,000-square-foot building in North Hollywood, Calif., that will serve as the new western region headquarters.  The new building is located at 5636 Tujunga Ave., in the NoHo Arts District.

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Pro-Worker Musical 'NEWSIES' Seizes the Day with an AEA Outstanding Broadway Chorus Award

It's only fitting the musical version of the story of the 1899 Newsboys Strike in New York City would garner the Actors' Equity (AEA) Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs (ACCA) Sixth Annual ACCA Award for Outstanding Broadway Chorus. The Broadway musical lifts up the true events of newsboys (a.k.a. "newsies") who organized together in a successful two-week strike against newspaper giants Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst for better wages. 

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