Kathryn V. Lamkey, Assistant Executive Director and Central Regional Director of Actors’ Equity Association, explains what non-Equity actors and non-Equity theatres should know about the union that represents more than 48,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Contrary to many struggling actors’ belief that Equity’s primary goal is to prevent them from fulfilling their dreams of becoming fully professional working artists, the aim of Equity, shares Lamkey, is to help actors get jobs
How did you get started in the theater industry? Were you ever on the other side of the table?
I have always been passionate about theatre. My degree is in Secondary Education and Literature, but I took a minor in Theatre and my first few jobs out of college were all acting-related.
Every time you send off a portfolio of your work to a gallery, curator, grant program, slide registry or other such person or entity, you take the risk of being rejected and disappointed.