Gurr Endorsement : Stephen Bogardus

Stephen Bogarus for Eastern Regional Principal Councilor

To all my AEA brothers and sisters,

I’m supporting the candidacy of Stephen Bogardus for Eastern Regional Principal Councilor.


I’ve been an Equity Member for twenty-four years, working and living in the Western, Central, and Eastern Regions in pretty much equal amounts. Over the last few years, since moving to New York, I’ve increased my personal commitment to Equity. I’ve spent a lot of time in the room observing the work of our councilors in both national and Eastern Regional sessions. I’ve also had to privilege to work alongside our electeds and other member volunteers on five committees and the Equity 2020 initiative.

Several old friends happen to serve on council and I’ve started many new friendships within the council room.

And, here’s the deal:

All the people in that room? They’re all good people fighting the good fight.

But, elections are about making choices and you have the opportunity to choose who you believe will be the very best at fighting that good fight.

Personally, I’m voting for a mix of old hands and newer blood. Institutional memory is important, and so are fresh eyes and creative thinking. I’m also voting for people who share my values but whose minds work differently or—often—better than mine.

When, in my mind, I’m casting the perfect council room—and isn’t that really what we’re doing in every election? Casting?—a couple of people always make the list.

Stephen Bogardus always makes the list.

I’m on a few of committees with Stephen and have seen him in action on council.  His experience over a long and successful career as an actor and during a near decade of service on council is irreplaceable. Most critically, though, I want him to remain chair of the Show Development Committee. I trust Stephen to continue to drive a much-needed overhaul of the developmental process. In order to chair that committee he must be elected to council.

I encourage you to check out Stephen’s candidate statement, his background, and his commitment to the entirety of our union. Sign in to the Equity member portal, click on the Elections button. You’ll find all the candidate statements there.

Top priority? That you vote. My priority? That you vote for Stephen Bogardus.

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Christopher Gurr
April 18, 2018