Major renovations and improvements begin today at the Actors’ Equity Association building on West 46th Street in New York City. The first phase of construction includes renovations to the lobby, resulting in the closure of the building’s current West 46th Street entrance.
As of Monday, Jan. 7, visitors should enter the building at a newly created entrance through the Times Square Visitors Center, located on Seventh Avenue between West 46th Street and West 47th Street, between McDonalds and the Palace Theatre.
Actors attending auditions at the Equity building should still line up outside, near the old entrance on West 46th Street, to sign up for Equity principal auditions. Inside, staff and signage will direct visitors to the elevators.
The renovations are expected to take up to two years to complete. The Equity offices, including membership and auditions, as well as Equity’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, will remain open for business as usual and will not be affected during construction.
Mary McColl, executive director of the Actors' Equity Association, sent the following email to Equity members to announce the start of the project:
I am writing to let you know that major renovations and improvements will be made to the Equity Building located at West 46 Street. We expect this work to take up to 2 years.
These improvements will start Monday, January 7th when the first phase of the building's lobby renovations begins. This first phase of work will close off the current entrance and, effective January 7th, a new entrance will be created through the Times Square Visitors Center on 7th Avenue between West 46th and West 47th Streets. The Visitors Center is situated between McDonalds and the Palace Theater. Once inside, there will be clear signage that indicates the way to the elevators. Our building's door-staff will be located at the entry to the elevator lobby.
The Equity Offices, including Membership and Auditions, and VITA are all open for business as usual and will not be affected during the renovations. The practice of lining up outdoors to sign up for EPA Auditions will continue on West 46th Street near the old building entrance.
We will update you on the progress of this work through email and stories in Equity News.
Actors' Equity Association