After six years as MEAA (Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance) Equity President, Chloe Dallimore is standing down. Elected in 2015, Dallimore had big shoes to fill after Simon Burke fulfilled the role for ten years and filled them she has!
Highlights of Dallimore’s time as President have been rallying the Australian Government to provide for artists by extending the JobKeeper wage subsidies, assisting in the establishment of the Cultural Leave clause in the Michael Cassel Group Agreement, steering the union through #MeToo with the development of the Sexual Harassment and Bullying Code, her work on resolving the stalemate over imported artists with Live Performance Australia and the recognition of Gender Diversity in MEAA. She was also at the forefront of the campaign to re-open Sydney’s, Theatre Royal.
Former Equity President Simon Burke regarding Chloe: “You have been the most extraordinarily inspiring and hard-working leader for all performers, and have met every challenge with both empathy and dignity. Until you actually have to do it, it is impossible for anyone to really understand how very taxing and totally absorbing this unpaid position of being the public face of 8000+ performers is. My own time as president was one of the most gratifying experiences of my life but those 10 years did come at significant personal cost. I’m sure every performer is so grateful for your unwavering commitment to us.”
Chloe’s first major musical in Australia was the 1996 Australian production of Crazy For You, portraying Betsy, A member of the Follies, she went on to perform in Chicago, Sweet Charity, two productions of Annie, The Wizard of Oz, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Beyond Desire, The Addams Family and Joh for PM. We hope to see her back on a stage soon but for now, Chloe will be kept busy with Xtend Barre. She is the Xtend Barre International Director of Training and owns studios in Coogee and Bondi Junction.
Thank you for your service to our industry, the team at Theatre People wishes you all the best!