Kathy Byrne has been named the new director of television theatrical and freelance organizing for the Chicago Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Branch of Screen Actors Guild. Byrne will assume her new position on May,17,2010, and will report to AFTRA/SAG Chicago's executive director Eric Chaudron.
Byrne will oversee the AFTRA and SAG television agreements, administer the Guild's theatrical contracts, including the student film and low budget agreements, and focus on creating more work opportunities for union performers. Byrne worked for 19 years in the Chicago Film Office. She has been in the Mayors Office of Special Events coordinating Chicago's Outdoor Film Festival since 2006, and working on Mayor Daley's Holocaust Remembrance Day and the Memorial Day Commemorative Ceremony since 2008.
Byrne will succeed assistant executive director Kit Woods,retiring in June after serving SAG and AFTRA members for 33 years, first in Atlanta, then in Chicago since 1991.