Maureen has become only the second female president in Equity’s history. The first female president was Beatrix Lehmann, in the 1940s.
She told industry newspaper, The Stage, that her goal is to ensure every single member of the union is given equal opportunities to work, regardless of their sex, ethnicity or whether they have a disability.
Maureen, who recently starred in Yerma on Broadway, has been appointed president ahead of the official union elections, after the position was uncontested. She replaces Malcolm Sinclair, who has held the post for the past eight years. She has described the role as “a massive job”.
“I have seen exactly how much there is to be achieved on an ongoing basis and the fights we have to fight. I have watched Malcolm Sinclair with awe. He has done a brilliant job and has changed Equity beyond recognition. I want to get the job right and do it well,” she said.
Maureen is due to take up her new role in July.
Maureen has been cast as Jaques in Regent's Park Open Air Theatre's production of 'As You Like It'.
In the mythical Forest of Arden, a world of transformation where anything is possible and anything permissible, two young people discover what it really means to be in love. This warm, open-hearted production promises adventure, sibling rivalry, mistaken identity and romance. Melancholy Jaques is one of Duke Senior's noblemen who lives with him in the Forest of Arden. He is very much a philosopher and is famous for his quote 'All The World's A Stage', about the seven ages of man, taken from Act II, Scene 7.
Directed by Max Webster, and with original music by former 'Noah and Whale' frontman, Charlie Fink,the production plays 6 July - 28 July.
A video of Maureen performing one of Shakespeare's sonnets has now been added to our Videos page.