Meet Derek St. Pierre, IATSE Local 489 Costume Supervisor. The Pittsburgh native proudly identifies as queer and non-binary, and uses the pronouns he/they. Derek currently serves as the Chair of Local 489’s Diversity Committee, a Board of Trustees Member, and an Executive Committee Member-At-Large on the International’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Derek first began […]
“Our industry still needs help. I am happy to see my Stagehand Sisters and Brothers and those in film return to work but for members like myself in Theatrical Wardrobe and Makeup, we can’t and it’s of no fault of our own. I am not choosing to not work, I can’t work. In the past […]
Local 891 Rigger Casey Chan Talks Bridging the Diversity and Inclusion Gap In the Entertainment Industry
Meet Local 891 Executive Board member and Rigger, Casey Chan. Casey has been a member of IATSE since 2013 and says although her parents are proud of her and now understands her life as a Rigging Grip, it has not always been an easy journey. “Being first-generation half Chinese, initially my parents, particularly my Dad […]
Local 891 First Assistant Editor, Gary Lam started his career with IATSE in 2001. He is in his third term as Editing Department Co-Chair and is currently on the Negotiations Committee for Local 891. Lam is actively involved in the training initiatives in his Local, which focuses on training skills and outreach for young and […]
The Longest Shift Portraits: Capturing Local 705 Costumer, Lindsey Clough and Makeup Artist Jasmine Dashtizad
Last March, California was the first US state to enforce a mandatory stay-at-home order in hopes to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Now that California pandemic restrictions have been lifted, LA-based photographer, Sam Comen dedicates his time visiting dozens of essential workers in the Los Angeles area; capturing their portraits, sharing their stories on […]
Local 212 Costume and Wardrobe Department Head Adejoke Taiwo Shares Her Journey with IATSE and Talks Diversity and Inclusion in Canada.
“I have always been interested in clothes and fashion since I was six years old,” says Costumer and Wardrobe Department Head and Local 212 member Adejoke Taiwo. “My Father’s mother was a tailor, so at the early age of six years old, was the first time I showed an interest in the skill. My parents […]
With a career spanning over thirty years, Local 798 Makeup Artist and Journeyman Carla Van Nessa Wallace also holds a Master of Cosmetology license. She has freelanced for networks such as CNN, WSB, and The Weather Channel. After years of working as a freelancer in television Wallace decided to apply to IATSE Local 798 and […]
Local 665 President Tuia’ana Scanlan’s Road to IATSE and Talks the Importance of Representation On and Off Screen
In the quiet town of Orange, California, Tuia’ana Scanlan was a creative zealous college student majoring in Theatre at Chapman University. As his final undergraduate year approached, Scanlan says he began pondering on his job placement after college. While still in college, Scanlan worked at the theatre shop on campus and says his friend Craig […]
Local 322 Lorenzo Mack Talks COVID-19’s Impact On Entertainment Workers and Steps Towards a Diverse and Inclusive Union.
For Audio Engineer and Grip, Lorenzo Mack, the world of entertainment and theatre sparked his interest during his Sophomore year at Davidson College located in Davidson, North Carolina. “I took Theatre 101 and at the time they needed someone strong to run the fly rail, because I was playing football during this time, I was […]
Richard Montgomery Shares His IATSE Journey and Speaks on Being a Black Male President for Local B-29
“I enjoy advocating for all union members. Protecting rights and building a secure future for the membership is my passion”, says Front of House Workers Union IATSE Local B-29 President Richard Montgomery. In September 2001, workers asked to be unionized at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. On November 26, 2001, Richard Montgomery was hired as […]