Collection: Irish Actors' Equity Association

Collection DescriptionThe Writers', Actors', Artists' and Musicians' Association (WAAMA) was the predecessor to the Irish Actors' Equity Association. The WAAMA represented the various cultural fields but by the 1940's its activities had contracted to the extent that it was operating exclusively on behalf of actors. This suggested the necessity for reorganisation and redirection. Among the options discussed at this time were amalgamation with the British Equity which had opened a Northern Ireland branch in April 1948, amalgamation with the Variety Artists' Federation or with the Irish Transport and General Workers' Union (ITGWU). Despite these options at a general meeting in January 1949 members concerned themselves with reorganisation, adopting the name Irish Actors' Equity Association, a new constitution and set of rules. Initial discussion of draft rules focused upon eligibility for membership of an association for those who were professionally involved in all aspects of acting and production. From the beginning, Equity was not restricted to theatrical production and became more involved with the organisation of performers in all the performing arts; TV, variety and cabaret, ballet and advertising. Equity was involved and cooperated with other national performers unions, especially the International Federation of Actors (Federation Internationale des Acteurs). An executive committee member of the IFA, Equity hosted a symposium on 'The theatre and the actor in society' in Dublin in 1969. [UCD Archives]
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Repository: UCD Archives

Repository NameUCD Archives
AddressJames Joyce Library UCD Belfield Dublin 4
EircodeD04 R7R0
Telephone(01) 716-7555

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