Actors’ Equity, the national union for stage actors and stage managers, has announced a new central regional director who will also serve as one of four assistant executive directors. Andrea Hoeschen will be taking charge of the Chicago-based office, which covers a jurisdiction of 16 states from North to South in the middle of the country.
Hoeschen is an experienced lawyer with 25 years in the field of labor law. Her addition to the Equity administration is consistent with a shift in the organization as it aims to become a more activistic force in the national labor movement. In March, the union announced the appointment of high-profile labor lawyer, Lynn Rhinehart, as the union’s new special counsel. In 2017, members overwhelmingly approved the union’s Equity 2020 campaign aimed towards enhancing the union in the new decade. Last year, members passed a referendum approving a national convention, an event traditionally used to whip up activism and coalitions.