Resolution J1780-2013

Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Actors' Equity Association



  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 10, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the  100th  Anniversary  of  the
Actors' Equity Association

WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to commemorate the 100th Anni-
versary of the Actors' Equity Association, to be celebrated  on  Sunday,
May 26, 2013; and
  WHEREAS,  Founded in 1913, Actors' Equity Association is the symbol of
excellence in the American Theater and has  entertained  and  challenged
Americans  with productions on and off Broadway, touring productions and
regional theatres across New York State and the country; and
  WHEREAS, Representing 49,000 stage actors and stage managers,  Actors'
Equity  Association  seeks to promote and foster the art of live theatre
as an essential component  of  our  society;  it  brings  classical  and
contemporary musicals, comedies, and drama to life on stage; and
  WHEREAS,  As  a  major contributor to New York City's economy, Actors'
Equity Association and its members are  a  vital  part  of  the  theatre
community  which  is  the city's leading tourist attraction; its members
have graced the Broadway stages  on  which  modern  American  drama  and
musical theatre were born; and
  WHEREAS,  Actors'  Equity Association has always stood fast in defense
of equal opportunity and  individual  rights  taking  courageous  stands
against segregation and blacklisting; and
  WHEREAS, Actors' Equity Association reacted with compassion and finan-
cial  support in the 1980s when the AIDS epidemic began, founding Equity
Fights AIDS; seven years later Equity Fights AIDS merged  with  Broadway
Cares,  forming  one  of the nation's leading AIDS fundraising organiza-
tions and which has also become a  leader  in  progressive  health  care
providing  financial  support to finding cures to other life-threatening
diseases including breast cancer; and
  WHEREAS, For the  past  100  years,  Actors'  Equity  Association  has
enhanced  the  dignity of professional actors by negotiating fair wages,
safe working conditions, health insurance and pension for  its  members,
has provided leadership in the areas of funding for the arts, tax reform
and  subsidized  housing,  has  helped  in  the  development of a strong
regional theatre community  that  makes  theatre  available  to  diverse
cultural  groups  and economic levels, and epitomized those who labor in
the proud tradition of their crafts; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Actors' Equity Association; and
be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to Nick Wyman, Equity President, and Mary McColl, Equity Execu-
tive Director.


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