I'm a working mom in a two-actor household. I'm a Principal, in the Chorus, an Understudy, and a sometime Dance Captain--whatever pays the bills! And I always volunteer as Tribute...er...Deputy. I'm the person you did a show with five years ago that you still text when you have questions about AEA. I've been serving you on Council since 2012: as a champion for the Chorus, standing up for higher minimums, and working for better wages and more contracts across the board.
Last year, I became a mom, joining the ranks of thousands of parent-members across the country. I know, first-hand, how cruel this business can be towards families. So, I am raising my voice for Parents! In 2017, I became co-chair of the Parents Committee and began working to re-energize it. Right now, for instance, we are working (in partnership with PAAL) on a Pregnancy Handbook for Stage Managers and Actors so our members have the tools they need to navigate pregnancy in this business.
There are so many more Parent-centric issues we need to address:
* scheduling (because childcare)
* suitable housing in our regional theatres
* discrimination against pregnant women in auditions and the workplace
* loss of health coverage while pregnant
And I'm just getting started!!