Mary McColl is Actors' Equity Association's Executive Director.
Appointed Executive Director in 2011, Ms. McColl oversees the collective bargaining process for more than 40 national and regional contracts and supervises Equity's nationally-based professional staff. She works closely with Equity's Council, the Union's governing body, to develop and implement national policy, establish goals and work with the staff to carry out Equity's strategic plan. She is the Union's representative and lead spokesperson with the media, labor, bargaining partners and government officials.
During her tenure, Ms. McColl has overseen negotiations on three of the Union’s top contracts – in 2015 the Production contract used on Broadway, in 2016 the Off-Broadway contract and in 2017 the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) contract.
Ms. McColl serves as 2nd Vice President of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and as a Trustee for the Actors Fund. She also serves as a Vice President of the AFL-CIO’s Department for Professional Employees (DPE) and as a Vice President of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America (4As).
Prior to joining Equity, Ms. McColl served as the Executive Director of the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis. In that role she oversaw the renaming of the organization and the creation of a new branding and identity campaign as well as initiated improvements to the new theater's production spaces and finalized design details for the theater and the lobby. Prior to that position, Ms. McColl was the Director of Labor Relations for The Broadway League. She has been the Vice President of Operations for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and began her career at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, where she held several positions including a five year stint as the Vice President and General Manager.