NEW YORK CITY: Kate Shindle, a Broadway performer (and 1998 Miss America), has been elected the new president of Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union of U.S. stage actors and stage managers. Shindle, whose credits include Legally Blonde, Wonderland and Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter, ran against fellow actors Nick Wyman, the incumbent president, and Larry Cahn in a unionwide election. Though Shindle is based on the East Coast, a contentious debate over changes to L.A.’s Equity 99-Seat Agreement heavily influenced the vote outcome all down the ticket.
Equity represents some 50,000 theatre industry professionals. Eight new officers were elected in the 2015 elections, and 16 council seats were filled on the union’s national council, the governing and policy-making body of the union.
The complete results of the 2015 election follow:
President: Kate Shindle
First Vice President: Paige Price
Second Vice President: Rebecca Kim Jordan
Third Vice President: Ira Mont
Secretary/Treasurer: Sandra Karas
Easter Region Vice President: Melissa Robinette
Central Region Vice President: Dev Kennedy
Western Regional Vice President: Doug Carfrae
Eastern Region Councillors: Dana Ivey, Maureen Moore, Judy Rice, Kristine Nevens, Tonya Pinkins, Kate O’Phalen, Sid Solomon, Joanne Borts, Ruth E. Kramer, Amber White, Bill Bateman
Central Region Councillors: Ariane Dolan, Malcolm D. Ewen
Western Region Councillors: Mary-Pat Green, Jeff Marlow, Barbara N. Roberts