Breaking News: Kate Shindle Elected New President of Actors' Equity

Actors' Equity Association ("Equity"), the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 professional actors and stage managers, today announced the results of its 2015 national council election, with all seats effective immediately for three-year terms.

Kate Shindle was named as new president of the union, replacing incumbent Nick Wyman. Running uncontested in top-ranking officer positions were Paige Price (First Vice President), Rebecca Kim Jordan (Second Vice President), Ira Mont (Third Vice President) and Sandra Karas (Secretary/Treasurer).

Dev Kennedy, Central Region Vice President and Melissa Robinette, Eastern Region Vice President, also ran uncontested for their respective offices and were re-elected. Doug Carfrae was reupped as the Western Regional Vice President.

In addition to the elected officer seats, 16 council seats were filled.

In the Eastern Region, incumbents Dana Ivey, Maureen Moore, Judy Rice, Kristine Nevens return with Tonya Pinkins, Kate O'Phalen, and Sid Solomon joining them as Principal Councillors. Joanne Borts, who previously served on Council, returns as a Principal Councillor. Incumbent Ruth E. Kramer and newly-elected Amber White are Stage Manager Councillors. Bill Bateman, who ran uncontested, returns as a Chorus Councillor.

Two seats were uncontested in the Central Region: Ariane Dolan reupped as Chorus Councillor and Malcolm D. Ewen returns as Stage Manager Councillor.

In the Western Region, Mary-Pat Green and Jeff Marlow, and incumbent Barbara N. Roberts were elected as Principal Councillors. There were no Chorus or Stage Manager seats open.

Equity's national council is the policy-making and governing body of the union, comprised of eight officers and 75 councillors who reside within Equity's three geographic regions.

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 50,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its members by negotiating wages, working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA. #EquityWorks. For more information, visit

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