Equity (British trade union)

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Equity, formerly officially titled the British Actors' Equity Association (although Equity was always its common name), is the trade union for theatre directors, fight directors, choreographers, set designers, costume designers, lighting designers, actors, stage managers, models and performers in the United Kingdom.wikipedia
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Actor

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Equity, formerly officially titled the British Actors' Equity Association (although Equity was always its common name), is the trade union for theatre directors, fight directors, choreographers, set designers, costume designers, lighting designers, actors, stage managers, models and performers in the United Kingdom.
"As Whoopi Goldberg put it in an interview with the paper: 'An actress can only play a woman. I'm an actor – I can play anything. The UK performers' union Equity has no policy on the use of "actor" or "actress". An Equity spokesperson said that the union does not believe that there is a consensus on the matter and stated that the "...subject divides the profession". In 2009, the Los Angeles Times stated that "Actress" remains the common term used in major acting awards given to female recipients (e.g., Academy Award for Best Actress).

May Whitty

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It was formed at the home of May Whitty and Ben Webster.
The British actors union Equity was established in her home.

Stage name

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Equity requires its members to have unique professional names.
Guilds and associations that represent actors, such as the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in the United States and British Actors' Equity Association in the United Kingdom, stipulate that no two members may have identical working names.

Closed shop

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Equity was one of the last of the closed shop trade unions in the UK.
However, Labour shadow arts minister Thangam Debbonaire announced to an Equity conference in May 2016 that she favoured the introduction of a "limited" closed shop for actors, as part of Jeremy Corbyn's pledge to strengthen and introduce a new package of employment rights beneficial to employees.

Stage management

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Equity, formerly officially titled the British Actors' Equity Association (although Equity was always its common name), is the trade union for theatre directors, fight directors, choreographers, set designers, costume designers, lighting designers, actors, stage managers, models and performers in the United Kingdom.
Professional stage managers are represented by the British Actors' Equity Association, which also represents performers.

Variety Artistes' Federation

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It was formed in 1929 by a group of West End performers and, in 1967, it incorporated the Variety Artistes' Federation.
That year, it merged into the British Actors' Equity Association.

Felix Aylmer

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Aylmer was President of Equity from 1950 to 1969.

Apartheid

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In 1976, Equity introduced a policy of refusing to sell programmes to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, an action that led to a virtual ban of British television in apartheid South Africa.
After the arrival of television in South Africa in 1975, the British Actors Union, Equity, boycotted the service, and no British programme concerning its associates could be sold to South Africa.

Jeffry Wickham

Jeffrey Wickham
He served as President of the actors' trade union Equity from 1992 to 1994 and was the father of the actress Saskia Wickham.

Ernest Clark

Clark was president of the actors' trade union Equity from 1969 to 1973.

South African Broadcasting Corporation

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In 1976, Equity introduced a policy of refusing to sell programmes to the South African Broadcasting Corporation, an action that led to a virtual ban of British television in apartheid South Africa.
The British actors' union Equity had already started a boycott of programme sales to South Africa, which was not lifted until 1993.

Peter Plouviez

Plouviez began working for the British Actors' Equity Association in 1960, and became its general secretary in 1974.

Malcolm Sinclair (actor)

Malcolm Sinclair
Malcolm Sinclair (born 5 June 1950) is a British stage and television actor and former President of Trade Union, Equity 2010–18 when he stood down after 4 terms and was replaced by Maureen Beattie.

Alfred M. Wall

Alfred Wall
This became Equity, and he was elected as its first secretary.

Christine Payne

In 1979, she began working for the trade union Equity, and was its television commercials organiser from 1981, then its Assistant Secretary (Recorded Performances) from 1991.

Graham Hamilton

Graham Hamilton (born 27 November 1944 in Leeds, West Yorkshire) is a British stage and television actor who was the 15th President of Equity, the actors' trade union, between 2008 and 2010.

Lewis Casson

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He was president of the British Actors' Equity Association from 1941 to 1945, and was knighted in 1945.

André Morell

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In 1969, he became the vice president of Equity, the trade union for British actors and performers.

International Federation of Actors

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The federation was established in 1952, on the initiative of British Actors' Equity Association, and the Syndicat Français des Artistes-Inteprètes.

Ian McGarry

In 1976, McGarry began working for the actors' trade union, Equity, as its assistant general secretary, with responsibility for its "mechanical media department".

Federation of Entertainment Unions

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As of 2017, FEU comprises what is now the BECTU section of Prospect along with, Equity, the Musicians Union, the National Union of Journalists, the Professional Footballers' Association, Unite and the Writers' Guild of Great Britain - around 130,000 members in total are in the relevant sections of these unions.

John Barron (actor)

John Barron
He was president of the actors' union Equity from 1978 to 1982 and vice-president in 1977 and again from 1984-89.