Events

May 30 9:30am-5:30pm
New England
Tom Todoroff Acting Intensive, May 30More Info

Director/producer/acting coach Tom Todoroff in Boston for a one-day acting intensive.

When: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 30

Where: The Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02115

First-time observers are welcome at no charge, and repeat observers will be able to attend for the reduced price of $25. Some performer slots are available and SAG-AFTRA members get a 10-percent discount. 

RSVP: Please email bostonstudio@tomtodoroff.com to confirm your interest and attendance.

You can find out more about the full class and a discount for performing union members (waitlist) at tomtodoroff.com.

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the union nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

 

May 30 1:00pm-3:00pm
New Mexico
Membership Meeting with Special GuestsMore Info

Special guests members of the SAG-AFTRA President’s Task Force on Education, Outreach and Engagement:
Gabrielle Carteris, Executive Vice President
Jamal Story, New York Local Board member

When: 1 – 3 p.m., Saturday, May 30

Where: Nativo Lodge, Sabina Room
6000 Pan American Fwy. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to hear from fellow members Gabrielle Carteris and Jamal Story about the exciting and innovative things your union is doing in the areas of education, outreach and engagement, and how you can get involved at the local level.

Please note that nominating petitions for the 2015 SAG-AFTRA New Mexico Local elections will be available at the membership meeting. As you were previously notified, the following positions are up for election this year: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Five (5) Local Board Members, Four (4) Convention Delegate seats.

Nominating petitions will be available on or after Monday, May 18, 2015 and may also be obtained by a request in writing at nmelections@sagaftra.org.

About Gabrielle Carteris
Carteris became a household name when she landed the role of Andrea Zuckerman on the Aaron Spelling program Beverly Hills, 90210, which ended up being one of the longest running one-hour series in television history as well as being viewed in over 100 countries. The success of the show allowed Carteris to get involved with many great organizations, including DARE, Noxzema Extraordinary Teen program, MADD and Read to Grow.

Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for Fox, Gabrielle. Recent credits include guest starring roles on Criminal Minds, Make It or Break It, The Event, Longmire, The Middle, 12 Christmas Wishes and the original web series Send Me.

Carteris was elected executive vice president at the inaugural SAG-AFTRA convention in 2013 and previously served as a national board member, national vice president, and Los Angeles Local president and board member.

About Jamal Story
Story danced on Madonna's 2001 Drowned World tour. He helped Donald Byrd discover the movement for the history-making Broadway show The Color Purple, where he spent the duration of its run as a dancer and assistant dance captain. He also was an original cast member in Berry Gordy's Motown the Musical and recently joined Cher on her Dressed to Kill tour.

Story is a strong advocate for educating young artists about the changing landscape of dance. He remains active as the co-chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Dance Committee, and holds a seat on the union’s New York Local Board.

This membership meeting is only open to SAG-AFTRA New Mexico Local members in good standing. Unfortunately no guests allowed. No RSVP required. Parents/guardians of young performers under 18 years of age are welcome. PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG-AFTRA MEMBERSHIP CARD (PAID THRU APRIL 30 or OCTOBER 31, 2015) FOR ADMITTANCE.

May 30 1:00pm-4:00pm
Philadelphia
SAG-AFTRA National Ethnic Employment Opportunities (EEO) Committee & SAG-AFTRA Philadelphia Local Present: Diversity In Casting Panel DiscussionMore Info

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

Discounted parking for guests of International House is available at the Sheraton University City parking garage, located at 3549 Chestnut Street. Bring your parking receipt to the International House front desk or box office for a validation stamp to receive $2 off their regular hourly rate*. 

Panelists: 

  • Donna McKenna, Donna McKenna Casting
  • Liz Ortiz-Mackes, Casting Solutions

John Wooten, SAG-AFTRA Philadelphia Local President and Co-Vice-Chair of the SAG-AFTRA National Ethnic Employment Opportunities (EEO) Committee, will provide opening remarks and the session will be moderated by Adam Moore, SAG-AFTRA National Director of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity department.

Click here to RSVP. Admittance with a confirmed reservation is on a first-come-first-served basis. Please plan to arrive to check in by 12:30 p.m., as we will start promptly at 1 p.m.

If you require ADA accommodations, or have additional questions, please let us know by contacting (212) 827-1542 or diversity@sagaftra.org

This meeting is open to both SAG-AFTRA members and non-members.

*The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

 

May 30 1:30pm-5:00pm
Nevada
Improv ClassMore Info

Nevada Local Conservatory Presents Improv Class with Second City Alumni Michael Hartnett

When: 1:30 - 5 p.m., Saturday, May 30
Check-in begins at 1 p.m. Early arrival is recommended.

Where: Craft Acting Studio
1800 Industrial Rd. Room 204
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Nevada Conservatory Cost: SAG-AFTRA members: $40/year or $25/workshop; others: $80/year or $25/workshop. Pay by cash or check only at the event. You will need your SAG-AFTRA membership card to join as a member.

Questions? For more details on how to join the Conservatory, please email nevada@sagaftra.org.

RSVP: No RSVP necessary.

About Michael Hartnett
Michael Hartnett, originally from Philadelphia, performed in various theater productions before attending the University of Pittsburgh, where he co-founded the Susquehanna Hat Company, an improvisation and sketch comedy troupe.

Hartnett has lived in Las Vegas since 1997. He was a founding member of Second City’s Scriptless cast, taught with the Second City training center and worked for over a decade on Star Trek: The Experience, interacting with guests from around the world as a Borg alien character.

He has been an instructor and performed regularly with Improv-Vegas and at the weekly Improvisation showcase The SET. He also appeared in the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company production of Shakespeare's Roses and continues to perform in productions at the Fremont Street Experience.

Hartnett is currently an instructor at the International Academy of Film and Television where he teaches Improvisation and Acting History.

This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

Jun 01 12:00pm
New York
Cheer on the SAG-AFTRA New York Softball Team This Season! Mondays, April - JuneMore Info

Support your SAG-AFTRA New York softball team this season. Come out and root for your fellow union members as they represent us in the annual Performing Artists Softball League. See actors run, broadcasters hit, and stuntmen slide (safely).

When: Noon, Every Monday, April 6 - June 15 (See detailed schedule below)

Where: Central Park – Hecksher Field
Enter on Central Park West at 64th Street – just a block from the New York Local office.  

The season runs from April to September (if the team makes the playoffs). Games are free to attend and open to the public. Bring your stage voice to the bleachers and let everyone know you’re a proud union member!

 SAG-AFTRA New York Local 
Softball Team Schedule
 
Date Field
April 6 Hecksher 2
April 13 Hecksher 4
April 20 Hecksher 5
April 27 Hecksher 5
May 4 Hecksher 2
May 11 Hecksher 4
May 18 Hecksher 5
June 1 Hecksher 2
June 8 Hecksher 5
June 15

Hecksher 4

Questions? Email us at newyork@sagaftra.org

Please note, the softball team roster for this season is full and the team is no longer accepting submissions, but we hope to see you in the stands!

Jun 01 6:00pm
Chicago
Chicago Local Membership Meeting More Info

Date: Monday, June 1, 2015

Time: 6 p.m. social hour, 7 p.m. meeting

Where: Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 W. Ohio Street, Chicago, IL

Transportation: The entrance to Instituto Cervantes is around the corner from the Red Line's Grand Avenue stop.

Illinois Film Tax Credit, Creating Opportunities for SAG-AFTRA Members

Guest panel:    
Ta'Rhonda Jones, Porsha on Empire
Christina Varotsis, producer, currently filming Imperfections
Sanaa Sayyed, Casting Associate, Simon Casting
Mark Hogan, IATSE Local 476 

Moderator: Mary Kay Cook, producer and SAG-AFTRA actor

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, please bring your membership card (paid thru April 30 or Oct. 31 2015) for admittance

 

Jun 02 1:00pm-3:00pm
New Mexico
Low Budget and New Media Agreements WorkshopMore Info

SAG-AFTRA and the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience (AFME) Present
SAG-AFTRA Contracts Made Simple: The Reel Deal About the Theatrical Low Budget and New Media Agreements

When: 1 – 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 2
Doors open at 12:45 p.m.

Where: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras Ave NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

The workshop will include a tutorial and Q&A by one of SAG-AFTRA’s low budget film contract experts, Fatna Sallak-Williams, Senior Manager, Theatrical Contracts. We’ll also provide the audience with a great opportunity to hear first-hand from several independent filmmakers about their experiences working with professional SAG-AFTRA union talent. This event is free to all ages.

Panelists:
Hannah MacPherson, filmmaker: Those Who Wait, #nightslikethese, Birthday
Melanie Kirk, filmmaker: Burning Bodhi, Those Who Wait, #nightslikethese
Luis Bordonada, actor/filmmaker: Ilegales, La Botella, The Bridge, Longmire, Bless Me Ultima

Michael Miller (moderator)
As an award-winning producer and director with Albuquerque-based 9 Point Productions, Miller has been producing and directing radio, television, film, and theater for over 30 years.
Michael’s film/TV credits include over a dozen shorts, two features and five TV pilots. His acting credits include Breaking Bad, Five Dollars a Day, Sunshine Cleaning and Beer for My Horses. Michael currently serves on the SAG-AFTRA New Mexico Local Board.

In addition, SAG-AFTRA is also sponsoring a Business of Acting: Inside Scoop on Casting panel and workshop on Wednesday, June 3 from 1 – 4 p.m. Click here for more information.

*Members can also take advantage of an exclusive offer. A 25-percent discount on all festival pass levels is being offered to SAG-AFTRA members. Use code “SAG-AFTRA” at the online checkout. For more details on other great AFME 2015 events, visit their website at www.abqfilmexperience.com.

*The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Jun 03 11:30am-1:00pm
Nashville
SAVE THE DATE: Annual Membership MeetingMore Info

When: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 3
(catered lunch begins at 11am)

Where: Nashville Local Office
1108 17th Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37212

RSVP requested to: judy.ellis@sagaftra.org

Plan to join us for an exciting meeting where we introduce our new executive director Richard Van Syckle, nominate members for the 2015-2017 Board, and celebrate the recently redesigned SAG-AFTRA Studio. Come share some lunch and participate in important local business.

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parent/guardians of young performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA MEMBERS, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid thru April 30, 2015) FOR ADMITTANCE.

 

Jun 03 1:00pm-4:00pm
New Mexico
"Business of Acting: Inside Scoop on Casting" A Panel & Workshop Presented by SAG-AFTRA National Native Americans Committee More Info

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.

Panelists: casting director Rene Haynes (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse & New Moon), actress Catharine Pilafas (The Night Shift), actress & acting coach Anne Sward Hansen (Everwood), and actor Jeremiah Bitsui (Drunktown's Finest, Breaking Bad). Additional panelists TBA. 

As part of this panel-workshop, a select group from the audience will have an opportunity to practice auditioning with on-the-spot feedback from the panelist and casting director. If you would like to be considered for this opportunity please follow these instructions:

Submitting to Practice Audition Technique: If you are interested in the opportunity to participate in the audition portion of the workshop, send your digital headshot & resume via email to diversity@sagaftra.org (subject line “Workshop” and your first, last name) no later Thursday, May 21, 2015 by Noon (MST). Those selected for this portion of the workshop will be notified the week of May 25. 

When: 1-4 p.m. (MST), Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Where: Hyatt Regency
Enchantment Ballroom 
330 Tijeras, NW 
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Parking: Parking for overnight guests with AFME is complimentary; discounted day parking at the Hyatt for AFME guests is $6. Additional parking is available at Civic Plaza Garage directly across from the Hyatt main entrance, as well as metered street parking.

RSVP to diversityevents@sagaftra.org no later than Noon (MST), Thursday, May 21, 2015. 

If you require ADA accommodations, please contact us no later than Friday, May 22, 2015 at diversity@sagaftra.org or (323) 549-6644.  

Questions? Email diversityevents@sagaftra.org

This workshop is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing — no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, please bring your membership card (paid through April 30, 2015 or October 31, 2015) for admittance.

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless otherwise specifically indicated.

 

Jun 03 7:00pm
Portland
Membership MeetingMore Info

When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Where: Oregon AFL-CIO Office
3645 SE 32nd Street
Portland, OR 97202

As you were previously notified, nominations for SAG-AFTRA National Board member, Local Officer, Local Board member and Convention Delegate positions will occur at this meeting. Nominations will be accepted from the floor during the meeting, and any member in good standing may nominate themselves. In addition, a written statement signed by the person nominated must be submitted stating that he or she accepts the nomination and consents to run for the office for which he or she is nominated and will not withdraw as a candidate from the election.

The following positions will be open for nomination this year:

National Board Member

4-year term

President

2-year term

Vice President

2-year term

Secretary

2-year term

Seven (7) Local Board Members

2-year term

Four (4) Convention Delegates

2-year term

Members may also run by petition for any of these positions. Nominating petitions will be available on or after Monday, May 11 and may be obtained by a request in writing to Seattle Local Executive Director Brad Anderson at the contact information below. Petitions must be signed by no fewer than five (5) qualified Portland Local members in good standing and received for these purposes by the Seattle Local Office, 123 Boylston Avenue East, Suite A, Seattle, WA 98102 no later than Friday, June 12, 2015 at 5 p.m. (PDT). Additional requirements for the submission of nominating materials will be included in the SAG-AFTRA nominating petition instruction kit.

If you are interested in running for any of the above-mentioned positions, please contact Brad Anderson at (206) 282-2506, or by email at portlandelections@sagaftra.org for complete election eligibility and schedule information.

RSVP to portland@sagaftra.org no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 2 if you plan to attend.

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of young performers under 18 years old are welcome. No RSVP necessary. SAG-AFTRA members, please bring your membership card (paid through April 30, 2015 or October 31, 2015) for admittance.

Jun 04 6:30pm-9:00pm
San Francisco-Northern California
Round Table Comedy ReadMore Info

San Francisco-Northern California Conservatory Presents Speak the Truth, a Round Table Comedy Read with Lucrecia Sarita Russo

When: 6:30 - 9 p.m. Thursday, June 4

Where: SAG-AFTRA Office
350 Sansome St., Suite 900
San Francisco, CA (between Sacramento and California Streets)
Public transportation is available and encouraged. There are self-pay parking garages and metered street parking in the area.

Class Description: This workshop is designed for actors new to comedy. It's a fun and fast table read from a segment taken from creator Sidney Sheldon's long-running series Bewitched (season 2, episode 14, Speak the Truth). This workshop was created to improve fast responses, timing and quick comebacks by using line throws and cue cards as part of the table read. The actors will warm up with lively emotiquettes “Why Because” and “Did I Say That,” and watch a clip of the original cast before reading. Scripts are provided and everyone works. Critical feedback will be given at the end of class. Please prepare 10 seconds of memorized comedic dialogue for a slate.

RSVP: Email Vicki Balich at vicki.balich@sagaftra.org. Please include your name, phone number and union membership I.D. number.

  • Participants will be randomly selected from those who respond, with preference being given to those who have not attended Conservatory events in the past year.
  • As a courtesy to members on the waiting list, if you have reserved a space in this workshop and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation by Tuesday, June 2. Failure to do so may result in the inability to attend future workshops.
  • We appreciate your enthusiasm to participate in conservatory classes, anyone who shows up without receiving written confirmation will not be granted access to the class. If you arrive late, it is up to the discretion of the teacher as to whether or not you will be admitted.
  • There is no charge for this event.
  • Class size is limited to 14 members.

Lucrecia Sarita Russo is serving her fifth year with the SAG­AFTRA Conservatory Committee and enthusiastically supports the San Francisco-Northern California Local Conservatory's growth.

Lucrecia majored in the performing arts at Los Angeles City College and Santa Monica City College, and taught improvisation at both The Deslie Cashman School of Drama and The Russ Lewis School of Drama. She's worn many professional hats in the field of entertainment. An international recording artist, Lucrecia has performed in New York and headlined at some of Hollywood's hottest nightclubs. She's produced music videos and owned a music studio and record label. Lucrecia has a strong background in the talent agency business, booking talent for films, theater, television, commercials, fairs and festivals, and performing arts centers.

This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

Jun 04 6:30pm-9:00pm
San Diego
Membership MeetingMore Info

When: 6:30 – 9 p.m., Thursday, June 4
Doors open and check-in begins at 6 p.m. – light sandwich buffet                           

Where: IBEW #569 Hall
4545 Viewridge Avenue
San Diego CA 92123
One block west of I-15 off Balboa Avenue

Special Order of Business: 2015 Election Nominations
As you were previously notified, nominations will be accepted from the floor at the membership meeting. The following San Diego Local positions are up for election this year:

  • National Board Member (4-year term)
  • President (2-year term)
  • Vice President (2-year term)
  • 2nd Vice President (2-year term)
  • Secretary (2-year term)
  • Five (5) Local Board members (2-year term)
  • Six (6) Convention Delegates (2-year term)

Candidates may also run by petition. If you are interested in running for any of the positions above, please contact Colleen Aho at (651) 789-8990 or sandiegoelections@sagaftra.org for complete election eligibility and schedule information.

Other membership meeting agenda items:

  • President’s report
  • National Board member’s report
  • Local updates/local business

If you have any questions, please email sandiego@sagaftra.org.

The membership meeting is open only to SAG-AFTRA San Diego Local members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of young performers under 18 years of age are welcome. PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG-AFTRA MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid thru April 30, 2015 or October 31, 2015) FOR ADMITTANCE.

Jun 05 11:59pm
New York
Disney/ABC is Now Accepting Submissions for the ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase – New YorkMore Info

SAG-AFTRA NEW YORK MEMBERS - DO NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY!

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.

In addition, the selected showcase actors are awarded a one year mentorship with executives from the NY Casting Department. As part of the mentorship, the showcase actors will be offered on-camera workshops specifically for them to further hone their craft and auditioning skills. Talent will also have access to various ABC and ABC Studios executives. 

ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase has established an industry standard in creating opportunities for talent.

Former participants include Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Golden Globe Winner Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Chadwick Boseman (42; Get on Up), Randall Park (Fresh Off The Boat), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars), Chrissie Fit (Pitch Perfect 2; Teen Beach Movie franchise), Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids), Liza Lapira (Super Fun Night, Battle Creek), Jorge Garcia (Lost), Laz Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura), and Ali Stroker (The Glee Project).

Submissions must be received via the email address below no later than Friday, June 5, 2015. 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS & INFO
Please read carefully before submitting

  1. Email headshot and resume to: abcnyshowcase@gmail.com.   
  2. Only one submission will be accepted. Do not double submit if already submitted through another union or other entities.
  3. Submissions will not be accepted after the submission period. 
  4. No phone calls to ABC please.

Participants for the talent showcase must be at least 18 years old. Previous acting experience/training is required of all, but professional representation is not necessary.

ABC will contact selected actors to schedule an audition. 

ABC has a long-standing commitment to promoting diversity in the entertainment industry through a variety of projects administered by the ABC Casting Department. The ABC Discovers: Talent Showcase offers an excellent opportunity for talent that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Questions? Click here for SAG-AFTRA’s Diversity FAQs. 

We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, race, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by law, unless otherwise specifically indicated.

Jun 08 12:00pm
New York
Cheer on the SAG-AFTRA New York Softball Team This Season! Mondays, April - JuneMore Info

Support your SAG-AFTRA New York softball team this season. Come out and root for your fellow union members as they represent us in the annual Performing Artists Softball League. See actors run, broadcasters hit, and stuntmen slide (safely).

When: Noon, Every Monday, April 6 - June 15 (See detailed schedule below)

Where: Central Park – Hecksher Field
Enter on Central Park West at 64th Street – just a block from the New York Local office.  

The season runs from April to September (if the team makes the playoffs). Games are free to attend and open to the public. Bring your stage voice to the bleachers and let everyone know you’re a proud union member!

 SAG-AFTRA New York Local 
Softball Team Schedule
 
Date Field
April 6 Hecksher 2
April 13 Hecksher 4
April 20 Hecksher 5
April 27 Hecksher 5
May 4 Hecksher 2
May 11 Hecksher 4
May 18 Hecksher 5
June 1 Hecksher 2
June 8 Hecksher 5
June 15

Hecksher 4

Questions? Email us at newyork@sagaftra.org

Please note, the softball team roster for this season is full and the team is no longer accepting submissions, but we hope to see you in the stands!

Jun 09 8:00am-6:00pm
New York
NY Local Member Discount: Broadcasting & Cable’s On Demand Summit, June 9 More Info

When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Where: Roosevelt Hotel New York
45 East 45th Street (on Madison Avenue)
New York, NY

SAG-AFTRA Members Receive a 10 Percent Discount to the On Demand Summit. To register, click here and use Discount Code SAGAFTRAVIP to receive discount. 

The On Demand Summit focuses on today’s dynamic business of On Demand TV in these important areas: content that is generating the most growth, like scripted original series, movies and sports; plus viewer research and reliable measurement of consumer behaviors; as well as best practices for attracting on demand viewers; and factors which are driving profitability, including advertising, transactions and subscription fees.

Attendees will hear compelling insights from top business leaders, and offers attendees with ample networking opportunities. This signature, annual conference attracts leading executives and decision-makers. Attendees from cable TV, telephony, satellite and OTT providers will be joined by programmers, producers, promoters, technology suppliers, audience researchers, advertisers and agencies.

For more information and to register, please click here. Use Discount Code SAGAFTRAVIP to receive 10 percent discount. 

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the union nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

 

Jun 09 6:00pm-8:00pm
Los Angeles
New Media Contract WorkshopMore Info

When: 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 9

Where: SAG-AFTRA
James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

A SAG-AFTRA New Media Business Representative will explain the signatory documents and walk attendees through signing a project using the online signatory process in the Production Center at SAGAFTRA.org.

To RSVP please email newmediaevents@sagaftra.org.

This workshop is open to all those interested in producing entertainment content in new media.

Questions? contact (323) 549-6446

To stay up to date on all SAG-AFTRA New Media related news and events, follow us on Twitter using the handle @sagaftranm.

Jun 11 6:00pm-8:00pm
New York
SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Theatrical Agreements Made SimpleMore Info

The only way you can guarantee that you’ll ever book a decent role or get noticed in this industry is to write and produce your own projects! This seminar is designed to show actors, producers and directors how quick and easy it is to create their projects using union talent. Theatrical Business Representatives will walk you through signing SAG-AFTRA short film, low-budget indie, or web-series contracts; from start to finish.

When: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, June 11, 2015

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

Workshops are held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-8 p.m., and are FREE. Workshops fill up quickly so RSVP now! If you sign up for a workshop but can’t attend you must call to cancel your reservation no later than 48 hours before the workshop.

RSVP: Click here to RSVP online or call (212) 827-1481

For full 2015 Workshop Schedule, please visit:http://www.sagindie.org/resources/contract-workshops

Looking forward to having you with us!

Jun 11 7:30pm-9:00pm
Missouri Valley
HEAR Now Festival Events - PanelMore Info

HEAR Now and New Letters on the Air Panel

HEAR Now and New Letters on the Air present a panel featuring Midnight author John Berendt (Pulitzer Prize finalist), METABOOK creator Benjamin Alfonsi, the audio drama's director and SAG-AFTRA actor Robin Miles (Minerva), and SAG-AFTRA audio stars Barbara Rosenblat (Mary Harty/Darlene), Dion Graham (Dr. Collier/Simon Glover), Nick Sullivan (Spencer Lawton), Alice Rosengard (Blanche Williams) and Carol Monda (Serena Dawes). Featured in Midnight is Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) as The Lady Chablis, who will be showcased being directed by Miles in the recording studio.

When: 7:30 – 9 p.m., Thursday, June 11

Where: Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza Ballroom
1 East 45th St. (near Main Street)
Kansas City, MO 64111

Moderator Angela Elam has been hosting and producing New Letters on the Air since 1996. Produced by New Letters magazine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, New Letters on the Air is the longest continuously-running broadcast of a national literary radio series on public radio, with more than 1,200 programs by many of the world’s most prominent writers. The radio program widens the scope of the magazine to promote great literature both on the page and on the air and has won several awards, most recently the 2013 Clarion Award from the Association of Women in Communications for Best Regular Radio Interview Program.

The evening's panel will be recorded 'live to tape' for national broadcast.

HEAR Now Festival Passes and Information

SAG-AFTRA members can purchase discounted ALL ACCESS PASSES to the entire Festival prior to June 10, or can buy a single ticket for the Midnight panel. Write to hearnowfestival@gmail.com for your special SAG-AFTRA discount links, or for additional festival pass information visit http://www.hearnowfestival.org/.

HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio storytelling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performance, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative and much more. This four-day festival will offer a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and storytelling in theaters and other listening venues. The festival will present audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

For questions, please contact Maureen O’Brien at maureen.obrien@sagaftra.org or (314) 231-8410.

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Jun 11 9:30pm-10:30pm
Missouri Valley
HEAR Now Festival Event - ReceptionMore Info

SAG-AFTRA Reception

When: 9:30 – 10:30 p.m., Thursday, June 11

Where: Simpson House
4509 Walnut St.
Kansas City, MO.

The HEAR Now Festival is coming to Kansas City in June and SAG-AFTRA will be there. Please join us for a special reception to celebrate this year’s HEAR Now Festival opening night.

This reception is free to Festival ALL ACCESS PASS holders and you, the local members and VIP guests of SAG-AFTRA. You will need to bring your most recent membership card (paid up through November 30, 2015) or festival ALL ACCESS PASS for entry. RSVP to maureen.obrien@sagaftra.org by June 8 to attend only the reception.

All SAG-AFTRA members attending get a free drink ticket (beer, wine, soft drink), hors-d'oeuvres and the opportunity to meet and mingle with premier audio producers and performers.

The four-day festival begins earlier that evening with a very exciting glimpse into the newest frontier of audiobook technology: a panel discussion of The Making of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, produced by METABOOK Audiobook and App (single tickets or ALL ACCESS PASS required for entry).

HEAR Now Festival Passes and Information

SAG-AFTRA members can purchase discounted ALL ACCESS PASSES to the entire Festival prior to June 10, or can buy a single ticket for the Midnight panel. Write to hearnowfestival@gmail.com for your special SAG-AFTRA discount links, or for additional festival pass information visit http://www.hearnowfestival.org/.

HEAR Now is the audio equivalent of a film festival for contemporary audio storytelling in all its forms: live and scripted solo performance, multi-voiced performance, classic radio drama, experimental narrative and much more. This four-day festival will offer a multi-faceted program showcasing the many forms of audio fiction and storytelling in theaters and other listening venues. The festival will present audio fiction programs that exemplify traditions of craftsmanship, as well as aesthetic and technological innovation.

For questions, please contact Maureen O’Brien at maureen.obrien@sagaftra.org or (314) 231-8410.

Jun 13 9:00am-11:30am
Portland
Support the Local Food BankMore Info

Last year the SAG-AFTRA Portland Local packaged nearly 8,000 meals for our state's folks in need. And we're doing it again! Come join the fun, while helping Oregon's hungry at the Oregon Food Bank.

When: Saturday June 13
9 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: Oregon Food Bank
7900 NE 33rd Drive
Portland OR  97211

RSVP and questions to chris.comte@sagaftra.org.

Jun 13 10:00am-1:00pm
San Francisco-Northern California
DGA Panel DiscussionMore Info

San Francisco-Northern California Local Conservatory Presents Donuts with the DGA

When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, June 13

Where: San Francisco State University
Creative Arts Building, Room 134
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA
Directions/Parking: Public transportation is available (accessible by the MUNI “M” line). There is limited street/neighborhood parking as well as campus self-pay parking.

All-star panel discussion with members of the DGA including Kathleen Courtney, Jason Halley, Michael Jones, Jerremy Stewart and Lope Yap, Jr.

  • What a director wants and/or expects from an actor on set
  • Background actors on the set
  • Working with production assistants
  • The DGA structure – who is responsible for what
  • Set etiquette
  • The challenges of acting in the new digital environment and the difference between acting on film and new media
  • Open forum

RSVP: Email Vicki Balich at vicki.balich@sagaftra.org. Please include your name, phone number and union membership I.D. number.

  • Participants will be randomly selected from those who respond, with preference being given to those who have not attended Conservatory events in the past year.
  • As a courtesy to members on the waiting list, if you have reserved a space in this workshop and cannot attend, please cancel your reservation by Thursday, June 11. Failure to do so may result in the inability to attend future workshops.
  • We appreciate your enthusiasm to participate in Conservatory classes, but anyone who shows up without receiving written confirmation will not be granted access to the class. If you arrive late, it is up to the discretion of the teacher as to whether or not you will be admitted.
  • There is no charge for this event.
  • Class size is limited to 30 members.

This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

Jun 15 12:00pm
New York
Cheer on the SAG-AFTRA New York Softball Team This Season! Mondays, April - JuneMore Info

Support your SAG-AFTRA New York softball team this season. Come out and root for your fellow union members as they represent us in the annual Performing Artists Softball League. See actors run, broadcasters hit, and stuntmen slide (safely).

When: Noon, Every Monday, April 6 - June 15 (See detailed schedule below)

Where: Central Park – Hecksher Field
Enter on Central Park West at 64th Street – just a block from the New York Local office.  

The season runs from April to September (if the team makes the playoffs). Games are free to attend and open to the public. Bring your stage voice to the bleachers and let everyone know you’re a proud union member!

 SAG-AFTRA New York Local 
Softball Team Schedule
 
Date Field
April 6 Hecksher 2
April 13 Hecksher 4
April 20 Hecksher 5
April 27 Hecksher 5
May 4 Hecksher 2
May 11 Hecksher 4
May 18 Hecksher 5
June 1 Hecksher 2
June 8 Hecksher 5
June 15

Hecksher 4

Questions? Email us at newyork@sagaftra.org

Please note, the softball team roster for this season is full and the team is no longer accepting submissions, but we hope to see you in the stands!

Jun 15 7:00pm-9:00pm
Colorado
Annual Membership MeetingMore Info

When: 7-9 p.m., Monday, June 15

Where: The Holiday Inn Denver-Cherry Creek
455 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80246

Special Order of Business: 2015 Election Nominations

As you were previously notified, nominations will be accepted from the floor at the membership meeting. The following 2015 SAG-AFTRA Colorado Local positions are up for election this year:

  • National Board Member (2-year term)
  • President (2-year term)
  • Vice President (2-year term)
  • Secretary (2-year term)
  • Nine (9) Local Board Members (2-year term)
  • Four (4) Convention Delegates (2-year term)

Candidates may also run by petition. If you are interested in running for any of the above mentioned positions, please contact Julie Crane at (303) 934-2674 or by email at coloradoelections@sagaftra.org for complete election eligibility and schedule information.

We will also be talking about the exciting and innovative things your union is doing in the areas of education, outreach and engagement and how you can get involved at the local level.

This membership meeting is only open to SAG-AFTRA Colorado Local members in good standing. Unfortunately no guests allowed. No RSVP required. Parents/guardians of young performers under 18 years of age are welcome. PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG-AFTRA MEMBERSHIP CARD (PAID THRU APRIL 30 or OCTOBER 31, 2015) FOR ADMITTANCE.

Jun 18 7:00pm
New York
Save the Date: SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase, June 18More Info

The SAG Foundation’s 20th screening!

When: 7 p.m., Thursday, June 18

Reservations will be taken on the SAG Foundation website a few days before the event. You may bring a guest.

SAG Foundation Short Film Showcase – Submit Electronically!

Deadline for the October 2015 showcase is 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 20.

Films /web series must be 20 minutes max – and produced under a SAG-AFTRA contract.

Send a Vimeo or YouTube link, with a password, if necessary to: shortsny@sagfoundation.org

Please list the title of the short and the union production number in the subject line.

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Jun 22 6:00pm-8:00pm
Chicago
SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Presents - Additional Income Streams for ActorsMore Info

Learn about different ways to make money as an actor, both in the industry and outside of the industry. Panelists and participants will share tips, insights, and experiences for creating additional income streams to your professional acting career. 

When: 6 - 8 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2015

Where: KMRC, 1 E. Erie, Suite 660, Chicago

Please RSVP to: Kathy Byrne at kathy.byrne@sagaftra.org.

Park for $13 at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, and then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $13. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Cash only.

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, please bring your membership card (paid through Oct. 31, 2015) for admittance.

 

Jun 22 7:00pm
Ohio-Pittsburgh
SAVE THE DATE Member Mixer in Cincinnati June 22More Info

Join us for a SAG-AFTRA Member Mixer in Cincinnati to kick off the new SAG-AFTRA Cincinnati-Columbus Conservatory. 

This is a great chance to meet and mingle with your fellow local members. Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Executive Director, Brian Lysell, will be in attendance as well and looks forward to meeting all of you.

With 5 films shooting in the area this past year (and more on the way), it is more important than ever that union actors know the rules and regulations of their business. Because of this, a survey will also be distributed so that the Conservatory Committee can better plan helpful upcoming workshops and events in the area. 

When: 7 p.m., Monday, June 22

Where: Arnold's Bar and Grill
210 East 8th Street 
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 421-6234
www.arnoldsbarandgrill.com 

This event is free of charge and open to active SAG-AFTRA members. 
Appetizers will be provided. A cash bar and Arnold’s delicious full menu will also be available. 

RSVP is appreciated to CincinnatiRSVP@sagaftra.org.

This should be a great event to kick off the new Cincinnati-Columbus Conservatory. We hope to see you there.

Cincinnati-Columbus area members, keep a lookout for a follow up message. 

This meeting is only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of younger performers under 18 years old are welcome.

 

Jun 27-28 10:45am-12:00pm
Philadelphia
SAG Foundation in Philadelphia June 27 and 28More Info

The following is sent on behalf of the SAG Foundation

RSVP NOW!
June 27 and 28 in Philadelphia!

The SAG Foundation is coming to Philadelphia on June 27 and 28 and providing FREE events at Pig Iron Theatre Company!

Make sure you are logged in to www.sagfoundation.org when attempting to RSVP.

If you are new to our site, please create an account on our home page. To create an account, you will need your SAG-AFTRA ID number, email and a password. It’s simple!

If you have any difficulty logging in, difficulty with your account or difficulty when attempting to RSVP, please contact our Website Administrator at webmaster@sagfoundation.org.

Spread the word to your SAG-AFTRA friends and RSVP as soon as you are able.
Spaces are limited. 

You will find all events listed under "Events".  
Filter the LOCATION to NATIONAL. 

Saturday, June 27
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Casting Q&A w/ Julie Schubert
Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m., Q&A  begins at 11 a.m. and ends at Noon
Register for event
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Self-taping Seminar w/ Mark Fincannon
Check-in begins at 12:15 p.m., workshop begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m.
Register for event
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Casting Access w/ Mark Fincannon
Check-in begins at 1:30 p.m., workshop begins at 1:45 p.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m.
IN ORDER TO BE SEATED, YOU MUST JOIN THE WAITLIST.
Register for event
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Casting Access w/ Mark Fincannon
Check-in begins at 2:30 p.m., workshop begins at 2:45 p.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m.
IN ORDER TO BE SEATED, YOU MUST JOIN THE WAITLIST.
Register for event
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Casting Access w/ Mark Fincannon
Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m., workshop begins at 3:45 p.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m.
IN ORDER TO BE SEATED, YOU MUST JOIN THE WAITLIST.
Register for event
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Sunday, June 28
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Casting Q&A w/ Dianne Heery & Jason Loftus
Check-in begins at 10:45 a.m., workshop begins at 11 a.m. and ends at Noon
Register for event
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More events to be added!

SAG Foundation
(323) 549-6708 (ext. 5)| castingaccess@sagfoundation.org
www.sagfoundation.org

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

 

Jun 28 12:00pm
New York
SAVE THE DATE: Join SAG-AFTRA at the New York City LGBT Pride March, June 28More Info

Become a part of the biggest pride celebration in the world! Join SAG-AFTRA members as we march behind our SAG-AFTRA banner during the NYC Pride March on June 28. 

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. It’s a celebration of LGBT lives and the community. Marching contingents represent a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists. 

When: Noon, Sunday, June 28, 2015

Where: March begins at 36th St. & Fifth Ave and ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets.

More information about SAG-AFTRA meeting time and location to follow. 

For more about the march, visit: http://www.nycpride.org/events.  

Questions? Email diversity@sagaftra.org

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the union nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

 

Jun 28 12:00pm
New York
SAVE THE DATE: Join SAG-AFTRA at the New York City LGBT Pride March, June 28More Info

Become a part of the biggest pride celebration in the world! Join SAG-AFTRA members as we march behind our SAG-AFTRA banner during the NYC Pride March on June 28. 

The first March was held in 1970 and has since become an annual civil rights demonstration. It’s a celebration of LGBT lives and the community. Marching contingents represent a vast array of non-profits, community organizations, corporate sponsors, small businesses, political candidates and activists. 

When: Noon, Sunday, June 28, 2015

Where: March begins at 36th St. & Fifth Ave and ends at Christopher & Greenwich Streets.

More information about SAG-AFTRA meeting time and location to follow. 

For more about the march, visit: http://www.nycpride.org/events.  

Questions? Email diversity@sagaftra.org

The products and services noted herein are provided as an informational service to SAG-AFTRA members and are administered by entities independent of SAG-AFTRA. Any questions must be handled by the provider. This information is not intended to serve as an endorsement by the union nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

 

Jun 28 6:00pm-8:00pm
Ohio-Pittsburgh
SAVE THE DATE: "You’ve Been Cast, Now What?" Panel Discussion in Pittsburgh, June 28More Info

So you’ve been cast in a SAG-AFTRA production, now what? Join us for an introductory session to the new SAG-AFTRA Pittsburgh Conservatory to learn what to expect after being cast. A panel of experienced SAG-AFTRA members and some production crew will give advice on everything from your rights and responsibilities on set to SAG-AFTRA contracts and what to watch out for on set. This will be an open Q&A discussion. With two TV series filming in Pittsburgh right now, Banshee and Outsiders, this is perfect timing for a lot of performers in our local. Stay tuned for more details.

When: 6-8 p.m., Sunday, June 28

Where: Bricologe Theater
937 Liberty Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 471-0999

This event is free of charge and only open to paid-up SAG-AFTRA members in good standing — no guests are allowed. Parents/guardians of performers under 18 years old are welcome. SAG-AFTRA members, please bring your membership card (paid through Oct. 31, 2015) for admittance.

Panelists confirmed so far include actors Jason McCune and Randy Kovitz, as well as producer Brian Hartman, director Sam Turcih, and Chelsea Danley from the SAG-AFTRA Ohio-Pittsburgh Local. 
The discussion will be moderated by actor Lisa Ann Goldsmith. 

RSVP is appreciated to PitsburghRSVP@sagaftra.org.

This should be a great event to kick off the new Pittsburgh Conservatory. We hope to see you there.

This workshop is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshop is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of other industry professionals. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided through the workshop.

 

Jul 09 6:00pm-8:00pm
New York
SAG-AFTRA Low Budget Theatrical Agreements Made SimpleMore Info

The only way you can guarantee that you’ll ever book a decent role or get noticed in this industry is to write and produce your own projects! This seminar is designed to show actors, producers and directors how quick and easy it is to create their projects using union talent. Theatrical Business Representatives will walk you through signing SAG-AFTRA short film, low-budget indie, or web-series contracts; from start to finish.

When: 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 9, 2015

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

Workshops are held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-8 p.m., and are FREE. Workshops fill up quickly so RSVP now! If you sign up for a workshop but can’t attend you must call to cancel your reservation no later than 48 hours before the workshop.

RSVP: Click here to RSVP online or call (212) 827-1481

For full 2015 Workshop Schedule, please visit:http://www.sagindie.org/resources/contract-workshops

Looking forward to having you with us!

Jul 12 10:00am
New York
SAVE THE DATE: Join SAG-AFTRA at the New York City Disability Pride Parade, July 12More Info

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. 

When: Sunday, July 12, 2015
March begins at 10 a.m. More information about SAG-AFTRA meeting time and location to follow. 

For more about the parade, visit: http://www.disabilitypridenyc.com or www.nyc.gov/mopd

Questions? Email diversity@sagaftra.org