[WorldKings – World Almanac Event 2021] 108th anniversary of founding the Actors' Equity Association (May 26,1913 – May 26, 2021)


(WorldKings.org) The Actors' Equity Association commonly referred to as Actors' Equity or simply Equity, is the union of professional legitimate stage actors and stage managers.

The Actors' Equity Association (AEA), commonly referred to as Actors' Equity or simply Equity, is an American labor union representing the world of live theatrical performance, as opposed to film and television performance (which is represented by SAG-AFTRA). As of 2010, Equity represented over 49,000 theatre artists and stage managers.


Leading up to the Actors and Producers strike of 1929, Hollywood, and California in general, had a series of workers equality battles that directly influenced the film industry.

In 1896 the first Actors Union Charter was recognized by the American Federation of Labor as an attempt to create a minimum wage for actors being exploited. It wasn't until January 13, 1913, that the Union Charter failed. It later re-emerged as the Actors Equity Association with more than 111 actors.



At a meeting held at the Pabst Grand Circle Hotel in New York City, on May 26, 1913, Actors' Equity was founded by 112 professional theater actors, who established the association's constitution and elected Francis Wilson as president.


Actors' Equity joined the American Federation of Labor in 1919, and called a strike seeking recognition of the association as a labor union. The strike ended the dominance of the Producing Managers' Association, including theater owners and producers. The strike increased membership from under 3,000 to approximately 14,000.

Actor's Equity Association is currently under the direction of President Kate Shindle. AEA represents more than 51,000 actors and stage managers nationwide (Though the US Dept of Labor lists the number closer to 40,000).The AEA works to negotiate and provide performers and stage managers quality living conditions, livable wages, and benefits.


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