He fills the position occupied until recently by Patrick Quinn. Equity suffered a shock on Sept. 24 when Quinn, the Actors' Equity executive director designate, died suddenly of a heart attack. Zimmerman was voted into office by unanimous vote in a Equity Council meeting held Sept. 26. He will serve in the position until the conclusion of elections next spring.
A member of Equity since 1976, Zimmerman joined the Equity Council in 1989, serving until his election to the First Vice President position in 2000. During his term of office, he was the Chair of two Production Contract negotiations, through which the creation of the 401(k) Plan, improved safety requirements and the Experimental Touring Program were enacted. Zimmerman served on several additional negotiating teams, including Off-Broadway, as well as numerous committees.
As an actor, he has appeared in numerous Broadway and national touring productions, including Mamma Mia!, On the Twentieth Century, The Rainmaker and Kiss of the Spider Woman. His most recent stage appearances were in the Cape Playhouse productions of Moonlight and Marigolds and Guys and Dolls.
In related news, the Council of Actors' Equity Association has appointed three members of the executive staff—Steve DiPaola, national director of finance and administration; Carol Waaser, eastern regional; and Mary Lou Westerfield, national director of policy—to perform the duties of the Executive Director until an Executive Director is installed. They will work closely with President Mark Zimmerman, his fellow officers and the Equity Council for the next several months while the search is underway.