Waaser, who assumed her new position as of November 23, has been a member of the Equity staff since 1983. Most recently she served as the Eastern Regional Director (ERD) for twelve years. In that capacity she assisted with the 2008 Production Contract negotiation and was chief negotiator for collective bargaining agreements with Walt Disney World, League of Off Broadway Theaters and oversaw the negotiations of several other contracts. Prior to joining Equity, Waaser served as the operations manager for the Chicago City Ballet, acted as a company manager and casting director for a number of theaters, and as a stage manager for theater and ballet.
The Equity Council will announce a search for a new National Executive Director sometime after the first of the year. Waaser, who was scheduled to retire in February, will remain until a new executive is in place.