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Mary McColl is Actors' Equity Association's Executive Director.

Appointed Executive Director in 2011, Ms. McColl oversees the collective bargaining process for more than 40 national and regional contracts and supervises Equity's nationally-based professional staff. She works closely with Equity's Council, the Union's governing body, to develop and implement national policy, establish goals and work with the staff to carry out Equity's strategic plan. She is the Union's representative and lead spokesperson with the media, labor, bargaining partners and government officials.

During her tenure, Ms. McColl has overseen negotiations on three of the Union’s top contracts – in 2015 the Production contract used on Broadway, in 2016 the Off-Broadway contract and in 2017 the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) contract.

Ms. McColl serves as 2nd Vice President of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and as a Trustee for the Actors Fund. She also serves as a Vice President of the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees (DPE) and as a Vice President of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As).

Prior to joining Equity, Ms. McColl served as the Executive Director of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. In that role she oversaw the renaming of the organization and the creation of a new branding and identity campaign as well as initiated improvements to the new theater's production spaces and finalized design details for the theater and the lobby. Prior to that position, Ms. McColl was the Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League. She has been the Vice President of Operations for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and began her career at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, where she held several positions including a five year stint as the Vice President and General Manager.

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Black Theatre United Announces Digital Unconscious Bias Training Program

Black Theatre United has engaged Christina Alexander of Alexander Consulting Group to create a digital Unconscious Bias and Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (EDIAB) training program for use by the entire theatrical industry.

Industry Editor Exclusive: Unions Push Back on 'Closing' vs. 'Hiatus' for MRS. DOUBTFIRE

Everyone knows it is tough times for the theater industry. Broadway’s indeed thankfully back, but amid rising Covid cases wreaking havoc on casts and keeping audiences away, the return has not been smooth. And now the theater industry has entered the cold winter months, traditionally tough times at the box office. So when the producers of MRS. DOUBTFIRE announced the show was taking a “hiatus” – as the press release read – from January 10 through March 14, theater insiders could understand why. But nothing is as simple as it seems. The decision shines a spotlight on the tense relationship between Broadway producers and Broadway’s 14 unions in these difficult times.

Alvin Vincent, Jr. Named Executive Director of Actors' Equity Association

Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre, has named Alvin Vincent, Jr. to be its 12th executive director. He assumes the role on February 1. 

Actors' Equity Names Regina Mincey-Garlin New Assistant Executive Director for Finance and Administration

Actors’ Equity Association has named Regina Mincey-Garlin the new assistant executive director for finance and administration, effective January 1, 2022. 

Actors' Equity Announces Alison Harma as New Assistant Executive Director

Actors’ Equity Association has named Alison Harma the new assistant executive director for the union in the Western region, effective December 4. 

Actors' Equity Association Names Stefanie Frey New Mobilization Director

Actors’ Equity Association has named Stefanie Frey as its new mobilization director, effective December 1. Frey has previously worked for Equity as a national organizer, and in that time took a leading role on several major union initiatives.

BC/EFA Board Of Trustees Adds Seven New Members

Joining the board at its annual fall meeting on October 7, 2021, were music director Ted Arthur, City National Bank Executive Vice President Linda Duncombe, actor Mandy Gonzalez, lyricist/composer Amanda Green, Times Square Alliance Executive Director Tom Harris, stage manager Kenneth J. McGee and actor John Eric Parker.

Black Theatre United Releases New Deal For Broadway

The Founding Members of Black Theatre United (BTU) announce the release of their historic New Deal For Broadway, establishing industry-wide standards and reforms around Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (EDIAB) with a focus on Black individuals in theatre.

Actors' Equity and Off-Broadway League Reach New Collective Bargaining Agreement

The agreement reflects a shared commitment to deliver a contract that addresses the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes new workplace safety guidelines and long-term financial stability for actors, stage managers and producers.

Actors' Equity & the Broadway League Announce Safety Plans for Reopening, Including Mandated Vaccines for the Workforce

Actors’ Equity Association and the Broadway League have announced an agreement on safety protocols for Production Contract shows on Broadway and in sit-down productions across the country. This news comes as Pass Over, the first Broadway play set to resume performances, moves into the August Wilson Theatre today for rehearsals. 

Actors' Equity Announces Calandra Hackney as New Assistant Executive Director For The Eastern Region

As the assistant executive director based in New York, she will oversee the union's operations in 20 states and Washington, D.C., including collective bargaining, contract administration and staff management and development. As part of the executive team, she will work alongside the executive director and assistant executive directors in the central and western regions to build a more equitable and effective union emerging from the pandemic. 

Actors' Equity & The National Energy Management Institute Collaborate on New Ventilation Protocol

The National Energy Management Institute and Actors’ Equity Association have partnered to release a new model ventilation standard for live performance spaces. The new specification provides new real-world guidance for how venue operators can ensure a safe workplace and indoor air quality for both workers and audience members alike.

Black Theatre United Holds Industry-Wide Summit to Discuss a 'New Deal' of Long-Term Reforms

As Black Theatre United (BTU) marks its first year since the organization’s creation, the Founding Members have just announced they held a three-month Commercial Theatre Summit from March to June 2021 to establish industry- wide standards around Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility & Belonging (EDIAB) with a focus on Black individuals in theatre as we move into the future.

Industry Editor Exclusive: The Complicated Relationship Between Actors' Equity Association and Spanish Language Theatre

It is 2021, but some in the Spanish speaking community still feel like they are not properly represented by Actors’ Equity Association (AEA). And they’ve been fighting for years. Strides were made at the delegate convention in late April, but there is still a distance to travel.

Executive Director Mary McColl to Depart Actors Equity In 2022

It has been announced that Mary McColl, the current executive director of Actors' Equity Association, has decided not to seek a new contract when her contract expires in January 2022. McColl made her announcement to staff and officers of the union today. 

Actors' Equity Association Applauds News That Broadway Will Begin Ticket Sales for Fall Start

Actors’ Equity Association has released a statement in response to the announcement that Broadway will start selling tickets for Fall 2021 performances. “Today’s news means we are one step closer to the safe reopening of not just Broadway, but jobs for thousands of workers in the New York area,” said Mary McColl.

Actors' Equity Association Applauds New York State's Adjusted COVID Restrictions

Actors' Equity Association has released a statement in response to the announcement that New York State would be ending restrictions on capacities in businesses, including theatre, for vaccinated attendees beginning May 19.

Actors' Equity Association Concludes First-Ever Convention

Delegates met remotely to recommend policy for the future of the union in accordance with the convention's theme: “Equity: Solidarity in a New Era”.

Equity Releases Statement Calling on Broadway League to Take Action

Actors' Equity Association has released a statement from Executive Director Mary McColl in response to the announcement that in the midst of the Scott Rudin controversy, the Producers Guild of America has created a new task force dedicated to combating workplace harassment.

Actors' Equity Association Responds to Calls to Put Scott Rudin on 'Do Not Work' List

As outrage over the accusations surrounding Broadway producer Scott Rudin continues, Actors' Equity is speaking out about how it will handle Rudin-produced projects moving forward. Many have called upon Equity to place Rudin on its 'Do Not Work' list, essentially barring the union's members from employment in his productions. 

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