Kilty for Council

KILTY REIDY
Residence: New York, NY
Eastern Region Chorus Councilor

Contracts Worked: ANTC, Cabaret, CORST, COST, Dinner Theatre, Encores!, LOA, LORT, MSUA, Production, SETA, Showcase, SPT, TYA, URTA

Chorus, Principal, Understudy, Swing, Dance Captain, and Standby. Proudly served as deputy on many of these contracts. "Currently” on the road as a Standby in Come From Away.

 

A member of the ACCA (Advisory Committee on Chorus Affairs), SETA (Short Engagement Touring Agreement) and the Dinner Theatre Committees.

 

I joined AEA in 1996 from an Equity Chorus Call. Having come up in the days of sitting on the street to secure auditions, I was happy to see online sign ups finally come into being. Let's  make ECC sign up as fair and streamlined, and as safe and humane as possible. Access to auditions is extremely important. We work very hard for that brief moment in the room and let's make sure nothing gets in the way of us doing our very best. It would be an honor to represent my fellow hard working Chorus members on council.

 

I bring 24 years of union experience to the table. But as a first time candidate, I bring a fresh voice and a brand new set of ears.

I believe in an #Aggressive, #Responsive, and #Inclusive union. However, we cannot uphold the goals of #Equity2020 without listening first. We must listen and hear to be able to be #Responsive and #Inclusive. It is then that we are able to be #Aggressive and stand #EquityStrong. As defined by Webster a union is "a confederation of independent individuals for some common purpose". We need independent thinkers on our council.  Allow me to be one of those thinkers.

With the new touring agreement being crafted this fall, I bring the experience of having been on tour with Billy Elliot, White Christmas and "currently" Come From Away. As with all contracts salary is important but equally so is quality of life. Housing, travel/transportation, work weeks and safety are also extremely important facets of life on the road. I also understand life and work on the road as a Principal, Chorus, Understudy and Standby. 

 

This is a unique time in our history. As a union we need to be partners in rebuilding our industry in response to COVID-19. I would like to be part of that healing.

 

Independent voices are essential to have on Council as they will be making decisions that affect our careers. We need different ideas coming at problems from different directions in the confines of the Council room in order to come to a  consensus and  solve the issues for ALL members. Of course we all really want higher wages, more work weeks, and workplace protections.  But those all come in a different order for different people in different regions. 

 

This is a very important election. We are electing representatives that will ultimately define what becomes of our industry. We need to elect members that will represent each and everyone of us: Chorus, Principal, Actor, Stage Manager; regardless of the region you live in, contract worked, age, race, or gender identity. All voices deserve and need to be heard.

 

Speak up!

#StrongerTogether #EquityWorks #1UnionAllVoices #ExperienceMatters

Important Dates

Monday June 8th

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Personal History

From Charlotte NC with a brief stint in Memphis TN (grades 6-9), I was raised with New Faces of 1952 on the record player. Occasionally it was swapped out for

A Chorus Line or Annie. Not quite born in a trunk but... 

I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where I was proud to member of the UNC Clef Hangers. After graduation, I headed to Florida to be an apprentice at the then newly christened Jupiter Theatre.

After my time in FL, I moved to New York and hit the streets auditioning.  

I received my Equity card from a Chorus call for A Tribute to Danny Kaye: The Court Jester at The Concord Hotel (Dirty Dancing). I got my card on a Cabaret Contract! 

It was two week job and I was never prouder to be part of something.

Tell me about your name?

It’s Kilty with a “L” not Kitty with a “T” cause Kitty with a “T” goes meow.

(And I ROAR!)

Honestly, Kilty is my given name. I am named after my paternal grandmother, 

Margaret Kilty. One thing I didn't have to worry about when joining Equity.

It was obviously available.

Awards?

I am two-time Joey Award winner for Best Foreign Coat Check at Joe Allen's Bar Centrale. If you think I am joking, check out this article in The New Yorker.  

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