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Mark Zimmerman elected President of Actors’ Equity

Mark Zimmerman elected President of Actors’ Equity 9/27/2006

Actors’ Equity Association Council announced today the election of Mark Zimmerman to the position of President. Zimmerman was voted into office by unanimous acclimation in a Council meeting held Tuesday, September 26. He will serve in the position until the conclusion of elections next spring.

Zimmerman fills the position vacated by the late Patrick Quinn when he resigned the Presidency to become the new Executive Director of Equity, a post he was scheduled to assume in October.

A member of Equity since 1976, he joined the Equity Council in 1989, serving until his election to the First Vice President position in 2000. During his term of office, he was the Chair of two Production Contract negotiations, through which the creation of the 401(k) Plan, improved safety requirements and the Experimental Touring Program were enacted. Zimmerman served on several additional negotiating teams, including Off Broadway, as well as numerous committees. He is a member of the Actors’ Equity Foundation, chair of the President’s Planning Committee and a Vice President of the Equity Holding Corporation. As a Trustee, he serves on the Equity-League Pension, Health Trust Funds and the Equity Staff Pension Plan and is the Chair of the Equity 401(k) Fund.

Zimmerman has appeared in numerous Broadway and National Touring Productions, including Mamma Mia!, On the Twentieth Century, The Rainmaker, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Face Value and Brigadoon. His most recent stage appearances were in the Cape Playhouse productions of Moonlight and Magnolias and Guys and Dolls. He has appeared on stages across the country and Off Broadway. His film and television credits include The Thomas Crown Affair, A Price Above Rubies, For Love or Money and The Bonfire of the Vanities, as well as “Murphy Brown,” “Dash and Lilly,” “A Question of Honor” and in a recurring role as a judge on “Law and Order.”

An election for the First Vice President will be held at the Equity Council meeting scheduled for mid-October.