Events

Feb 25 1:00pm-4:00pm
Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston-Austin
Cold Read Workshop with Casting Director Toni Cobb-Brock in Houston More Info

Cold Read Workshop with Casting Director Toni Cobb-Brock in Houston

Toni Cobb-Brock is one of the busiest veteran casting directors in Texas, and has become a popular casting director in Louisiana, New Mexico and beyond. Her most recent high profile projects are Breaking Bad, Crash, My All American and In Plain Sight. Toni casted the Academy Award nominated film There Will Be Blood, among many other notable films and TV shows as well.  Brock/Allen Casting also provides talent to a long list of national and regional commercial clients such as American Airlines, CVS Pharmacy, Home Depot, Nike and Texas Lottery.

The first 20 members to RSVP will work one on one in cold reads with Toni. Seating is limited and an RSVP with headshot and resume is required.

When: 1-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25
Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Where: MediaTech Houston­
3324 Walnut Bend Lane
Houston, TX 77042

CostFree to Houston, Austin or ProACT Conservatory members. 
Not a Conservatory member? SAG-AFTRA members may join the Conservatory for $35/year. Click here to join.

RSVP: Please RSVP to HoustonRSVP@sagaftra.org by  Feb 22nd.  Seating is limited – RSVP required! The first 20 that respond will read, others will audit.

These workshops are not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided through the workshops 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.

Feb 27 6:00pm-8:00pm
Chicago
(Don't Fear) Improv: Demystifying and Making Improv Less Scary for ActorsMore Info

SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Presents

Please join this special interactive conservatory with Jack Bronis. "I'm always amazed when I hear actors are afraid to improvise. This workshop is intended to make improvisation less scary for performers," Bronis said.

When:  6 - 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27

Where: Kaufherr Members Resources Center (KMRC)

             1 E. Erie, Suite 660

             Chicago, IL 60611

RSVP to kathy.byrne@sagaftra.org to reserve your space.

Park 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 cash, $14 Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure.

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 April 30, 2017) for admittance.

Feb 27 6:30pm-8:30pm
San Francisco - Northern California
Tax Planning for Performerswith Alan S. Markle, C.P.A.More Info

San Francisco-Northern California Local Presents
Tax Planning for Performerswith Alan S. Markle, C.P.A.


This special workshop, hosted by the San Francisco-Northern California Local, will focus on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) guidelines for performers. The workshop will be presented by Alan Markle. He specializes in tax planning and preparation for individuals and businesses, estates and trusts. Alan is also recognized for his excellent representation of clients on income and sales tax matters before the Internal Revenue Service and California tax authorities. He provides litigation support and serves as an expert witness on tax matters.

When: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27

Where: SAG-AFTRA San Francisco-Northern California Local
350 Sansome Street, Suite 900 (corner of Sansome and Sacramento)
San Francisco, CA 94104

Public transportation is available. There is limited metered street parking as well as self-pay parking garages nearby.

RSVP:
To RSVP, email David Conover at david.conover@sagaftra.org. Please include your name, phone number and union membership I.D. number.

  • Class size is limited to 25 members. First come, first served.
  • There is no charge for this event - it is only open to paid-up members in good standing. 

 

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. 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 April 30, 2017) for admittance.

Feb 27 7:00pm-9:00pm
Los Angeles
Background Actors Front and Center: An Evening with Four Casting Directors, Feb. 27 More Info

Join us for a fascinating and educational evening hosted by the Background Actors Education & Outreach Committee in which SAG-AFTRA Director of Background Actors Department Fatna Sallak-Williams will moderate a panel of the following seasoned background-actor casting directors:

    • Dee Dee Ricketts – Headquarters Casting
    • Debbie Delisi – Delisi Casting
    • Tracy Dixon – Casting Associates
    • Dixie Webster - Dixie Webster-Davis Casting, Inc.

These panelists will discuss the casting process for the various TV, theatrical and daytime contracts that SAG-AFTRA has in place, from registration, to booking and working the job. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and get advice from casting directors who all have a common love for actors and a passion for sharing their knowledge. Please bring 4 headshots/resumes that will be put in trays for each casting director to take with them at the end of the panel.

When: 7 – 9 p.m.,Monday, Feb. 27
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
  
Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza
James Cagney Boardroom – Lobby Level
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

Click here to RSVP. Questions? Contact (323) 549-6811.

Panelists are subject to change without notification. 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, 2017) for admittance. If you need an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation, please contact the Background Department at (323) 549-6811 by 4p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21 with the accommodation you are requesting.

Feb 28 7:00pm-9:00pm
Los Angeles
The Art of Specificity: How to Make Your Auditions Stand Out with Michael D. Cohen, Feb. 28More Info

When: 7 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 28

Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza
James Cagney Boardroom - Lobby Level
Parking will be validated.

How do you set yourself apart in an audition? How do you serve the text while still making bold choices?  We all want the casting director and producers to see the unique contribution we can make to a role. But sometimes our efforts take us away from the story being told, or we stay general because we're just not sure how to make it our own, or worse, we think we're being specific when we're not. This seminar will help you assess your own process and give you new tools to meeting a role's need for specificity.

Click here to RSVP. You must RSVP to attend.

Questions? (323) 634-8277.

This meeting 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, 2017) for admittance. 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. If you need an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation, please contact the Los Angeles Local office at (310) 634-8277 at least 7 days prior to the event with the accommodation you are requesting.

Mar 01 1:00pm-4:00pm
Los Angeles
Commercial Acting in LA: A Session Director’s Guide, with Shaan Sharma, March 1More Info

When: 1 – 4 p.m., Wednesday, Mar. 1

Where: SAG-AFTRA Plaza
James Cagney Boardroom - Lobby Level
Parking will be validated.

Join us for our monthly event presented by the SAG-AFTRA L.A. Member Education Program where Shaan Sharma, Backstage contributor, working actor, acting coach, veteran commercial casting session director, and SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Committee member will be sharing everything you need to know in order to successfully pursue a commercial and on-camera acting career!

Click here to RSVP. You must RSVP to attend.

Questions? Call (323) 634-8277.

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. If you need an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation, please contact the Los Angeles Local office at (310) 634-8277 at least 7 days prior to the event with the accommodation you are requesting.

Mar 01 5:00pm-7:00pm
New England
Young Performer Career Basics, March 1More Info

Young Performer Career Basics, March 1
Updated with new venue information.*

Young performers working in the entertainment industry have different needs and experiences than their older counterparts. Join us for a special young performers conservatory event, open to union and non-union performers and parents. The discussion will include:

·         getting started in the industry
·         set safety and employment requirements
·         SAG-AFTRA contracts, membership information and benefits
·         agents and managers 

You will also hear first-hand experiences from local young performers and their parents.

When: 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 1
(Doors open at 4:30 p.m.)

Where: *Boston Center for Adult Education
122 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
Please note that the venue for this event has changed!

Cost: Free

RSVP: Please click here to register. Your legal name is needed for pre-registration with 20 Park Plaza Building security; walk-ins cannot be accommodated. Legal ID must be shown for entry. For any questions/concerns, please contact the office at (617) 262-8001 or newengland@sagaftra.org

Panelists: 
Robert Capron is best known as Rowley Jefferson in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie franchise. Robert has also had a variety of roles on stage and screen including films like FrankenweenieThe Three StoogesThe Way, Way Back and television programs ElementaryThe Middle, and The Haunting Hour

Bob Capron, founder of RWC Management and father to Robert Capron had many questions as a parent of a child actor new to the business. As a result, Bob began the process of educating himself about the industry and as his son's career prospered Bob soon found himself becoming a resource for others in the acting business.

Madison Garland is a local TV, film and commercial actress whose career began when she was eight years-old. Since then she has accumulated credits such asAllegiance: The Legend of Isaac Jones, The Last Buddyand a recurring role as Lila Cafee in Showtime’s original series Brotherhood.

Ted Garland, Madison’s father, is a former New England SAG board member and New England representative to the SAG Young Performers Committee. An 18-year video/art teacher at Weston High School, he has appeared in many local and national TV commercials and over 100 feature films. Garland has also been a radio personality, a television host and a voice-over talent.

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.

Mar 02 9:00am-10:00am
Philadelphia
Volunteers Needed to Read Across America on Thursday, March 2More Info

All broadcasters and performing artists are invited to participate in the National Education Association’s Read Across America annual reading motivation and awareness program. Volunteers will read to children in the Southeast Delco School District on Thursday, March 2,  in celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss. The Sharon Hill School will supply the books, however, please feel free to bring a favorite book if you have one. There’s no better way to motivate children and parents than to have professional performers help bring attention to this vital need. Call and reserve your spot now.

When: 9 – 10 a.m., Thursday, March 2

Where: Sharon Hill School
701 Coates Street
Sharon Hill, PA 19079-1598

RSVP: Sharon Hill School security procedures requires that we provide a list of names and birth dates of volunteers. To RSVP and sign up, please send your name and birth date to lynn.koenigsberg@sagaftra.org ASAP. You must bring a valid ID that includes your birthdate on March 2.
Questions? For more information call Lynn Koenigsberg at (215) 430-6354.

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.

Mar 06 8:00pm-10:00pm
Chicago
Come to Kaufherr After Dark!More Info

The Kaufherr Members Resource Center will host a fundraiser at Zanies on March 6 with headliners and SAG-AFTRA members Michael Issac and Calvin Evans!

Chicago's Original Comedy Club, Zanies in Old Town, has been presenting the best in live standup comedy since 1978. The veritable who's who in comedy has commanded center stage over the years.

When:     8 p.m. doors open; 8:30 p.m. performance, Monday, March 6

Where:   Zanies Comedy Club
               1548 N. Wells St.
               Chicago, IL 60610

Tickets: $20/person (does not include two-item/drink minimum) 
100 percent of your ticket benefits your Kaufherr Center, Chicago's free performers resource center.

Purchase your ticket today while quantities last by clicking here. Or by contacting the Kaufherr Center office at 312-867-5503

Tickets must be purchased in advance and through the Kaufherr Center. Tickets for this fundraiser is not being sold through Zanies.

   

Grab a friend and laugh your socks off! See you at Zanies!  
Performers' Bios:

Michael Issac is a stand-up comedian and actor from the south side of Chicago. As an actor, he has several corporate films under his belt, live performances and television commercials for companies such as McDonalds, Walgreens, Old Navy and Walmart. Issac has made Zanies Chicago his comedy home, where he performs regularly as the host and feature.

Calvin Evans is a Chicago native. He has been seen on Kevin Harts' Hart of the City on Comedy Central, and Acting Out on MTV. Evans made his acting debut on Shameless on Showtime and landed a co-starring role on Chicago PD.

Mar 07-08 12:00am-11:59pm
New York
RSVP Now: Digital Hollywood Media Summit New York - 25 Comp Tickets for SAG-AFTRA Members, March 7-8More Info

RSVP Now: Digital Hollywood Media Summit New York - 25 Comp Tickets for SAG-AFTRA Members, March 7-8

Act now! The first twenty-five SAG-AFTRA members to sign up to attend the Digital Hollywood Media Summit will get a free, two-day, all-access pass.
 
When: March 7-8
 
Where: Bohemian National Hall
The Czech Center & Consulate
321 East 73rd Street
(Btw. 2nd and 1st Ave.)

Panels Include:

  • Opening Keynote Roundtable Co-Sponsored by The Daily Beast
  • The Political Reckoning: News Media, Social Binging, Fake News and the Crisis of Trust in Media
  • The VR-AR ThinkTank: Breaking the Boundaries of the Imagination
  • Video Anytime Anywhere: Video Across Platforms - Television, Internet and Mobile - Understanding the Value Proposition
  • Leveraging Content and Celebrity For Cross-Platform Success: From TV & Internet to Social Media and Virtual Reality
  • Virtual Reality Transforms Media – Movies, TV, News, Sports & Music

Twenty-five SAG-AFTRA members will get a free pass based on a first-come, first-served basis.

RSVP: Click here to reserve your free pass while supplies last.

For the full agenda and additional information visit http://www.digitalhollywood.com/MediaSummit2017.html.
 
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.

Mar 09 7:00pm-9:00pm
San Francisco - Northern California
Creating Believable Characters on Filmwith Celia ShumanMore Info

San Francisco-Northern California Local Conservatory Presents
Creating Believable Characters on Filmwith Celia Shuman

 

It is challenging to create a fully realized character in a starring role, given the text to draw from. Especially if tasked with a secondary role, an under-five, background, or as is an increasingly common practice, a film with little or no script to guide you, films and film auditions often present challenges for the actor. Unearth the keys to creating believable characters, while still being true to yourself. Stop by and have some fun with us. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes as well because who knows where the inspiration might lead you.

When: 7 – 9 p.m., Thursday, March 9

Where: Film Acting Bay Area Studio
1515 Doyle Drive
Emeryville, CA 94608

Third block off Powell Street exit of I-80. Street parking available. BART/Emery-Go-Round accessible.

Class Size: 20 Participants

RSVP:  SAG-AFTRA Francisco-Northern California Local by email to Vicki Balich 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 Monday, March 6. 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.

 

Celia Shuman’s acting credentials include experience in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  She is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA and has performed in plays and musicals with American Conservatory Theatre (ACT), Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep and others.  Her on-camera experience includes commercial, industrial training films, corporate spokesperson, television, independent and feature film roles.

As an instructor, Ms. Shuman has been teaching film acting for 22 years as a founding faculty member of Film Acting Bay Area and as a core instructor of Full Circle Productions and its AFTRA Conservatory.  Her teaching expertise includes basic on-camera comfort and commercial audition classes for beginners through professionals, script analysis, monologue coaching, improv for the camera and advanced scene study using scenes ranging from I Love Lucy to Shakespeare. Most recently her focus has been on exploring with her students how to create their own characters and stories through a variety of influences. One result of this work is a mockumentary now in final edits. FABA's Website: www.filmactingbayarea.com

 

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, 2017) for admittance. 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.

Mar 12 11:00am-3:00pm
Los Angeles
UPDATED DATE: Join us for a Membership Meeting on Sunday, March 12More Info

Mar 13 10:30am
New York
Play Ball! Tryouts for SAG-AFTRA New York’s Softball Team, March 13More Info

When: 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 13
(May go until 2 p.m.)
 
Where: De Witt Clinton Park at 52nd Street and 11th Avenue
(This field is AstroTurf, so dress accordingly: athletic wear, no jeans or dress shoes)
 
This year, as in years past, SAG-AFTRA will be fielding a co-ed softball team as part of the Performing Arts Softball League. Games are played on Mondays at 11 a.m. in Central Park at the Hecksher fields. Tryouts will be held at De Witt Clinton Park, located at 11th Avenue between 52nd and 54th Streets.
 
Basic softball skills and experience are required, but professional ball players are prohibited per league rules. You will be representing SAG-AFTRA in friendly competition. There is no fee to join.
 
No need to RSVP; just show up at the tryout time with your current paid-up membership card. Managers from other league teams may be present during tryouts, and if you do not make the SAG-AFTRA team you may have the opportunity to try out for another team later in the afternoon if invited.
 
Games begin in April and continue into September (if we make the playoffs like we did last summer), but players may join mid-season if spots are open. If you can run, hit and cheer loudly for your teammates, you are welcome to join us and be part of the team.
 
Questions? Send an email with “SOFTBALL” in the subject line to newyork@sagaftra.org.
 
Thanks and see you out there!
 
This event 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, 2017) for admittance.

Mar 18 11:00am-1:00pm
Arizona-Utah
Casting Access Live Online with Michael SanfordMore Info

In this new form of Casting Access Online, actors will get a unique opportunity to perform and video chat with casting director Michael Sanford. Actors will prepare their own scene for the class, then will come to the venue for a Q&A and reading with the casting director live online. Actors will perform one by one, then receive feedback on their performances from the casting director who will be video calling in from Los Angeles.

When: 10 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. MT, noon CT, 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, March 18

Where: Sun Studios of Arizona
1425 W 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

RSVP: To RSVP, click here. Make sure you are logged in to sagaftra.foundationwhen attempting to RSVP.

Please note, you MUST have completed a Casting Access Applicationprior to registering for this event. New Arizona-Utahapplicants will be fast tracked so you all can attend. If you are new to the site, please create an account on the Foundation’s home page. To create an account, you will need your SAG-AFTRA ID number, email and a password.
If you have any difficulty logging in, difficulty with your account or difficulty when attempting to RSVP, please contact the Foundation’s Website Administrator at webmaster@sagfoundation.org.

Mar 25 8:30am-2:00pm
Chicago
Seize the Day: Brand & Market Yourself More Info

SAG-AFTRA Chicago Local's Diversity Committee Presents
Seize the Day: Brand & Market Yourself

As an actor, you're a salesperson, and the product that you're selling is you. To sell yourself to the people in a position to pay for that product, you need a brand and marketing plan to put yourself in the best position possible to wow an agent, a casting director or a producer. A famous quote supports this: "Luck is where preparation meets opportunity."
Personal branding is essentially the ongoing process of establishing a prescribed image or impression in the mind of others. Many of you live in hopeful expectation. Most of you dream of that big opportunity. You might picture the rewards, recognition and the adrenaline rush of a challenge. But for so many, when that big opportunity presents itself, the opportunity gets blown. Why? They weren't prepared.

Why pursue a shot at success without preparing for the reality? Perhaps it's because you don't truly believe it's possible? That's a poor excuse. If the big opportunity comes and you cannot recognize it or manage it, you will let yourself down, potentially damage your reputation and possibly never see that same opportunity again. The only thing worse than not getting an opportunity, is blowing it when you didn't have to.

Give yourself some leverage. Be proactive. Join us to see how to best brand and market yourself. This event is open to SAG-AFTRA and AEA members in good standing. 

When: 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, March 25

Where:  Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC)
             1 E. Erie, Suite 660
             Chicago, IL 60611

Investment: $20 donation to the KMRC
Scheduled Presenters: Tony Castillo and Craig Harris
Continental breakfast and lunch are included.

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

Park for $15 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 12-hour ticket for $15. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. Cash only, otherwise add $1 for credit card purchase.

May 08 7:00pm-9:00pm
Washington - Mid Atlantic
Membership Meeting More Info

Save the date for our semi-annual membership meeting.

More details to come!

 

When: 7 p.m., Monday, May 8

 

Where: Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant
5333 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20015