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Actors’ Equity gets Special Tony

11 June 2012

One of the oldest-ever Tony Award winners was honoured on Sunday — Actors’ Equity Association, which has begun a year long celebration of its centennial.

Actors' Equity, the 50,000-strong American union of stage actors and stage managers, was awarded a Special Tony in recognition of their work negotiating wages, working conditions and benefits for theatrical performers.

“We’re very grateful to accept this and very excited about this, our anniversary of the 100th year of our founding,” said Nick Wyman, president of the union and a longtime member of Equity’s governing council.

The association is planning a year of events to mark its birthday, including a state-of-the-art traveling museum, a book about Equity’s history, a series of interactive discussions and an online multimedia personal history of live theater through the eyes of its members and supporters.

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