Events and Opportunities

Diversity Events

When: Saturday, July 25
2 p.m. World Premiere Film Screening
5 p.m. Wrap Party and Red Carpet Awards Ceremony

Where: Lower East Side (see below for Awards Ceremony and After Party venues)
World Premiere Film Screening 
Village East Cinema 
189 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

Wrap Party and Red Carpet Awards Ceremony 


SAG Award winning, stand-out role as ‘Carrie ‘Big Boo’ Black’ in the Netflix hit series Orange is the New Black. However, DeLaria’s multi-faceted career as a comedian, actress and jazz musician, has in fact, spanned decades. Lea, along with her fiancée, Chelsea Fairless will join our contingent in the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 28. They will be riding in a convertible ahead of the SAG-AFTRA parade banner and you, our members.


As part of its ongoing effort to discover and develop diverse talent and actors with disabilities, the ABC Casting Department will hold auditions for consideration for the 35th ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase.

Selected participants perform in a one night showcase for casting directors, talent agents, managers and other industry professionals.

Join us for this dynamic discussion with casting directors who will share a wealth of knowledge and insights about the past, present and future of diversity in casting.

When: Saturday, May 30
1-3 p.m.: Panel Discussion, followed by Q & A
3-4 p.m.: Attendees Next Steps Planning Session

Where: International House
3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Show your pride! Join us as we march, roll, or dance behind our SAG-AFTRA banner, down Broadway in NYC's first annual Disability Pride Parade.

Thousands of New Yorkers with disabilities and their families and friends will descend on Manhattan, celebrating their way from Madison Square Park to Union Square, on Sunday, July 12. You can revel in the diversity of New York's disability community and enjoy great music, exciting speakers, and a festive atmosphere. 

Start: 05/27/2015 - 6:30pm
End: 05/27/2015 - 7:30pm

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 27

Where: Hunter College
4th Floor of the North Building
69th Street Entrance between Park and Lexington Avenues (Take elevator to the 4th Floor)
New York, NY 10065

Join us for an inspirational evening, the 1st screening in the United States. Come along to watch some inspiring short films and see how you can enter the 2015 Focus on Ability Short Film Festival and win a trip to Australia! 

When: Friday, May 15
6-8 p.m. – Panel Discussion
8-8:30 p.m. – Light Refreshments & Networking

Where: SAG-AFTRA – Multipurpose Room
1900 Broadway, 5th Floor
(Between 63rd and 64th Streets)
New York, NY 10023

Join us for this dynamic career panel with tips, ideas and inspiration on developing a successful career at age 50 and beyond. Explore what kind of innovative jobs and opportunities are out there and hear firsthand from entertainment industry professionals who work alongside senior performers.

The SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee invites you to a free panel and workshop on June 3. The Business of Acting: The Inside Scoop on Casting at the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) will be a lively discussion with industry experts on auditioning and the casting process, followed by live-audition practice. The event is open to members and non-members and all ethnicities.

NBCUniversal Seeks Completed Projects for NBCUniversal Short Film Festival – No Entry Fee – Deadline May 1

Have you recently worked on or produced a short film? Take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your film in the 10th Annual NBCUniversal Short Film Festival. With a high-profile list of judges and partners, this bicoastal festival provides a unique opportunity for diverse talent - actors, writers, directors and producers - to join this celebration of innovative storytelling.

Call For Entries: 48-Hour Disability Film Challenge – Save 20 Percent on Entry Fee – Late Entry Deadline April 15

Register today for the Disability Film Challenge, an annual weekend short film challenge April 17-19. Entrants are given 48 hours to make a three-to-five-minute film on a  specific theme within the topic of “Disability.” Sign up today and join in this opportunity to bring awareness of the disability community through filmmaking and storytelling.

When: 2–6 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 

Where: SVA Theatre’s Beatrice Theater
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

Join NYWIFT, SAG-AFTRA, School of Visual Arts Film department, Women in Arts and Media Coalition, and HerFlix at the SVA Theater on March 28 for a screening of Obvious Child in recognition of SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day, an annual event on the last Saturday of March that celebrates women artists. There will be a Q&A with director Gillian Robespierre and reception following the screening.

A Performance Read and Workshop That Allows YOU To Be Part of the Creative Process 

When: 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21, 2015

25 W. 43rd Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY

Film Lab's signature Unfinished Works program, in which Actor Directory actors perform a reading of a screenplay or television pilot* in progress is BACK and open to the public. 

The SAG-AFTRA National Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee is a pleased to sponsor ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival the largest festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Don’t miss this opportunity to attend screenings, panels, parties. 

When: March 12 - 18

Where: Various theatres throughout New York City

Special Offer From SAG-AFTRA National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Committee
The 22nd Original LGBT Expo and the SAG-AFTRA National LGBT Committee is pleased to offer
SAG-AFTRA members 25 percent off the regular one day General Admission and VIP Admission fees. 

The SAG-AFTRA National Performers with Disabilities (PWD) Committee is a pleased to sponsor Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival the largest festival dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. 

When: 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 23

Where: SAG-AFTRA – Multipurpose Room
1900 Broadway, 5th Floor
(Between 63rd and 64th Streets)

The Collective Initiative, a non-profit with the mission addressing the lack of diversity in media, presents a free panel discussion addressing diversity and inclusive casting, open to all SAG-AFTRA members.

The Women in the Arts and Media Coalition, Inc.’s $1,000 Collaboration Award and additional honorable mentions are designed to encourage professional women in the arts and media from different specializations to work collaboratively on the creation of a new artistic work.

When: 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015

25 W. 43 Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10036

What can kill your film faster than bad sound? Are you an actor looking to showcase yourself in a film but have no clue how to make the production quality high value? How do you get great sound when your budget is rock bottom? Join us for this intensive and interactive workshop to find out!

When:  6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15

Where: New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY

The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series presents An Evening with Hollywood Legend Nancy Kwan.

When: 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10

1900 Broadway, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10023
(Between 63rd and 64th Streets)

SAG-AFTRA LGBT Committee, SAG Foundation and UCLA Williams Institute present a live-streamed town hall Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Diversity in Entertainment with featured speaker Dan Bucatinsky. Members are invited to attend the live-stream event in person at SAG-AFTRA New York.

When: 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10
Check-in begins at 5 p.m.

Where: SAG Foundation Actors Center
5757 Wilshire Blvd. Suite M101
Los Angeles, CA
Free validated parking

SAG-AFTRA LGBT Committee, SAG Foundation and UCLA Williams Institute present live-stream LGBT in Entertainment: Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Town Hall with special guest Emmy-winner Dan Bucatinsky.

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19 and Wednesday, Aug. 20

333 W 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

This year over 1,700 submissions were considered…But they have narrowed down the top 14 SEMI-FINALISTS!

Come out and enjoy some free flix as NBCUniversal proudly introduces and celebrates the next generation of diverse writers, directors and actors. 

General admission seating is limited, but all are welcome to attend! 

SAG-AFTRA is a proud sponsor of NewFest 2014, the New York Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) film festival that celebrates domestic and international films as part of its mission to break through closet doors and glass ceilings. Don’t miss this opportunity to see some of the best films showcasing LGBT talent by taking advantage of special ticket prices for SAG-AFTRA members.

When: Thursday, July 24 – Tuesday, July 29

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is offering special discounts on their screening passes and event tickets to all SAG-AFTRA members. 

When: Thursday, July 24 – Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

Where: Venues are all over New York City. For a full list of venues, click here

When: Sunday, July 27
1 p.m. Film Festival
5 p.m. After Party

Where:  Lower East Side (see below for Awards Ceremony and After Party venues)
Awards Ceremony
Village East Cinema
189 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

After Party
Louie & Chan
303 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002

SAG-AFTRA is focused on diversity 24-7 / 365 days a year. Please check back for upcoming events and opportunities.

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