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Aug. 24, 2005

UI Department Of Theatre Arts Hosts Sept. 16 Actors' Equity Seminar

The University of Iowa Department of Theatre Arts will host a Student Outreach Seminar, presented by the Actors' Equity Association, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16, in the Thayer Theatre of the UI Theatre Building. The seminar is especially targeted at both graduate and undergraduate theater students from the region, but it is open to everyone. No advance registration is required.

The hour-long session, presented by Amy Dolan, the outreach and education coordinator for the Actor's Equity union, is designed to help students plan their futures as theater professionals, to understand the function of Actors' Equity in the profession and to decide whether Equity membership is right for them.

Dolan will also lead a workshop on auditioning for musical theater at 9:30 a.m. in the Thayer Theatre. The public is welcome to observe the session, or to participate if the session's 10 slots have not already been filled by students of the UI Department of Theatre Arts.

Student Equity materials are downloadable from the Web at www.actorsequity.org. Founded in 1913, Actors' Equity is the labor union that represents more than 45,000 American professional actors and stage managers.

Dolan's stage experience includes Broadway, London and national touring companies of shows including "Grease," "Show Boat," "Follies," "Crazy for You" and "42nd Street." She became an Actors' Equity member at the age of seven, when she performed in a production of "The Sound of Music," and she is a graduate of Fordham University.

For additional information, contact david-mcgraw@uiowa.edu.

The Department of Theatre Arts is a unit of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa. To receive UI arts news by e-mail, ur-acr@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, 319-384-0073, winston-barclay@uiowa.edu