Create a part time staff tier for AEA member monitors.
  • Petitioned Mary McColl - Executive Director, Staff, and Council at AEA

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Mary McColl - Executive Director, Staff, and Council at AEA
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Create a part time staff tier for AEA member monitors.

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      AEA Monitors

Experienced AEA Audition Monitors take years to train and establish. They are the first line of defense in every AEA audition. They know the rules and regulations and how to implement them to ensure an actor's best possible audition in the room. If a monitor does not have an answer to a question or problem that arises, they know how to find an answer or solution...quickly and tactfully. They are responsible for the professional and tactile implementation of audition procedures that assist the actor and auditor alike.

AEA monitors are also the information line TO Actors' Equity to keep staff and committees aware of what is happening at auditions. Many monitors serve on Committees and Council. Under AEA's new rules, they cannot serve the union on Committees or Council. Monitors would have to resign their position to take work under an AEA contract rather than simply taking a leave of absence during their employment as a professional actor. 

We are asking Equity to create a part time/temporary staff tier especially and exclusively for AEA monitors. This position would allow monitors to retain their FULL union rights. We ask AEA to make an exception to their rule excluding staff members from serving on Council and Committees for these new staff member monitors. Lastly, we ask AEA to grant monitors a leave of absence should they accept employment under a union contract. 

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    • LeDawna Akins RALEIGH, NC
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because the monitors, whom are usually had past/present experience in the arts have an emptathy for the actors trying to be seen, and as an EMC, that is pivotal the professionallism and empathy.

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    • Danielle Erin Rhodes ASTORIA, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      It would be terrible to get rid of the monitors who help guide and lead the auditions in an orderly fashion. It baffles me that we are even having to fight for this- but what's new. These are the union members who have cared enough to give their time to help better the audition process, and represent Equity properly. Make them staff and understand the value of what they have done for Equity and say THANK YOU.

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    • Paul DuBois NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      I can understand why non-member staff should not serve on committees or council. I do not agree that member-staff should be forced to give up their union rights to work for their union. It seems to me that member-staff bring a real-world experience to their staff positions that is a benefit to the union and it's members. They should be encouraged to work under the contracts they help enforce.

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    • Mark Wellen NEW YORK, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Having fellow union members as monitors makes sense -- they are already familiar with the audition process. And by allowing them a leave of absence to take work under an Equity contract would be Equity SUPPORTING its own that it says it supports (!).

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    • Bess Morrison JERSEY CITY, NJ
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is amazing what a difference a good monitor can make. On a crazy day, it can mean whether or not you even get seen. They setn teh energy for the room, and keep things from getting too out of control so people can focus. As they are all actors or stage managers themselves, they understand what we are all going through, and are our first line of defense if teh audition is being run badly, or Equity rules are being broken. One reason monitors end up on Council is those of us who participate in teh AEA chorus calls or EPA's rely on these people to be fair, and to understand what those members who are not in a Broadway show need. Please find a way to make this work.

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