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100 years of theater fun: Actors' Equity Association celebrates milestone anniversary

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30 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Charles Swan, Mayor Annise Parker
Charles Swan and Mayor Annise Parker at the Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event. Photo by Dalton DeHart
50 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Seán Patrick Judge, Rebecca Greene Udden, Joel Sandel
Seán Patrick Judge, from left, Rebecca Greene Udden and Joel Sandel at the Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event. Photo by Dalton DeHart
41 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Susan Koozin, Joe Kirkendall
Susan Koozin and Joe Kirkendall at the Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event. Photo by Dalton DeHart
Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Joel Sandel, Carolyn Johnson, Susan Shofner, Nick Wyman, Mary McColl, Karen Mata, David Grant
Joel Sandel, from left, Carolyn Johnson, Susan Shofner, Nick Wyman, Mary McColl, Karen Mata and David Grant at the Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event. Photo by Dalton DeHart
42 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 crowd
The crowd at the Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event. Photo by Dalton DeHart
29 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Mayor Annise Parker, David Grant, Nick Wyman
Mayor Annise Parker, from left, David Grant and Nick Wyman at the Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event. Photo by Dalton DeHart
18 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 cake
The cake at the Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event. Photo by Dalton DeHart
30 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Charles Swan, Mayor Annise Parker
50 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Seán Patrick Judge, Rebecca Greene Udden, Joel Sandel
41 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Susan Koozin, Joe Kirkendall
Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Joel Sandel, Carolyn Johnson, Susan Shofner, Nick Wyman, Mary McColl, Karen Mata, David Grant
42 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 crowd
29 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 Mayor Annise Parker, David Grant, Nick Wyman
18 Actors' Equity Fund anniversary event September 2013 cake

Let's not say that celebrating 100 years of anything is getting old. Like a good wine, it's becoming seasoned to perfection.

Season after season, Houstonians have depended on big and small theater companies for their dose of thespian fun. Behind the curtain, it's the Actors' Equity Association (AEA) that unites performers and stage managers as one to ensure appropriate wages, good working conditions and benefits such as health insurance and pension plans.

The Houston/Galveston chapter of the union recently observed its centennial celebration at the Alley Theatre. Singing happy birthday to the organization that was first established in 1913 were professional actors, producers, administrators and city officials, including Mayor Annise Parker, who officially proclaimed Aug. 18 Actors' Equity Association Day in Houston. AEA president Nick Wyman and executive director Mary McColl traveled to Houston for the occasion in Houston, one of 27 parties held around the country.

Nibbles by Jim Benton Catering and a three-layer cake by Carrie Made the Cake enlivened the ambiance alongside pianist Steven Jones tickling the ivories.

Toasting to past accomplishments and future endeavors were local liaison committee chairman Joel Sandel, Séan Patrick Judge, Main Street Theater's Rebecca Greene Udden, Susan Koozin, Joe Kirkendall, Charles Swan, David Grant, Carolyn Johnson, Susan Shofner, Karen Mata and a bevy of other lively leading gals and gents.

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