Events

Mar 03 5:30pm-7:30pm
New York
Rescheduled MORE Seminar Series Presents: Acting On Camera - Using Your Instincts Not Your Intellect with Jerry Coyle, March 3More Info

This seminar, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 27 and cancelled due to snow, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 3.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Doors open at 5 p.m. 

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

We have all heard that there is “no acting” on camera. As actors our goal is natural, organic behavior in each scene. How do we achieve that? How can we access and trust ourselves and overcome self-consciousness? What is the difference between “acting in our head” and “acting in our body?” This seminar will help to explain the difference and how to avoid the pitfalls.

Jerry Coyle has been an acting teacher in New York City for the past 35 years. He began his teaching career at the Weist Barron School of Film & Television. Over the years he has conducted workshops and seminars at Universities in the USA (Tisch School, NYU; U of C, Irvine; Actors’ Conservatory, Dorset Theater Festival, VT) and for the past 15 years all over Europe (Film Acting School, Cologne, Germany; FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic; Filmschule Wien, Austria and the Skena-Up Film Festival in Kosovo, Pristina) to name a few.

As an actor, Coyle has worked in film, TV and theater.  

Registration required: The reservation list for this event is now full. If you would like to try to attend this seminar on stand-by you can come to the SAG-AFTRA office when doors open at 5 p.m. to put your name on the wait list. Wait list reservations will not be taken in advance, they can only be made in person at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3.

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. No RSVP necessary. SAG-AFTRA MEMBERS, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid thru April 30, 2015) 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 03 7:00pm-9:00pm
New York
SAG-AFTRA Members Receive Free Admission to The Asian American Film Lab’s First 2015 Shootout Filmmaking How-To Workshop: The Magic of Sound, March 3More Info

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

Where: AAARI-CUNY
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!

Steven De Castro, director and producer of Fred Ho's Last Year: A Documentary, a featured selection of the 37th Asian American International Film Festival, will lead this workshop focusing on all things audio! How do you get great sound on a low budget?

Free tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shootout-filmmaking-how-to-workshop-the-magic-of-sound-tickets-15383590734. You must bring and show valid and current SAG-AFTRA ID membership card (paid through April 30, 2015) or ticket will not be honored.

Steven De Castro is an award-winning filmmaker working on a documentary on the Ampatuan Massacre, the greatest murder of journalists in human history. He currently is releasing Fred Ho’s Last Year, a feature film about an avant garde jazz composer and public intellectual who is dying of cancer. Aside from other commercial works, he produced and directed Newyorkustan, a series about the lives of Muslim New Yorkers. Before he was a filmmaker, De Castro was a trial lawyer and served as Human Rights Commissioner of Jersey City.

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.

Mar 05 9:30am
Philadelphia
Come Celebrate the Philadelphia Flower Show With Your Fellow SAG-AFTRA Members!More Info

This year the Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates Hollywood; right up our alley!

Join us at the Flower Show on Thursday, March 5 at 9:30 a.m. to tour the exhibits and also see which exhibits won for “Best Translation of Film to Flower” and “Best Translation of Film to Landscape” – judged by members of the SAG-AFTRA Philadelphia Local.

When: Philadelphia Flower Show runs from Feb. 28 to March 8, 2015
SAG-AFTRA Tour - 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 5

Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center
12th & Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Tickets for SAG-AFTRA members and their guests are discounted from $28 to $20 and are available for all scheduled days of the Celebrate the Movies exhibit. Visit theflowershow.com for show hours and additional information. If you cannot make it to the SAG-AFTRA tour on Thursday, March 5 but would still like discounted tickets to visit the show on another day please RSVP as instructed below.

RSVP for tickets and for Thursday, March 5 to lynn.koenigsberg@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 nor is any warranty or guarantee implied.

Mar 05 3:30pm-8:00pm
Los Angeles
Get Your Taxes Done for Free by VITAMore Info

When: (appointment requests begin Feb. 3)

3:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, March 5

Where: The Actors Fund – Western Region
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

SAG-AFTRA is pleased to partner with Actors’ Equity, IATSE, SAG Foundation and The Actors Fund to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to members.

Through the VITA program, our goal is to ensure that all individuals and families have the opportunity to file their taxes—claiming all legitimate deductions, appropriate credits (including the Earned Income Tax Credit) and receiving their tax refunds, if applicable. There will be six days of free tax preparation sessions, starting in February.

Click here for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. All industry professionals who hold union cards are eligible for VITA. Please see website for other eligibility requirements. Access to VITA is only available through The Actors Fund website. The link will open Tuesday, Feb. 3. At that time, you will go through the prompts, agree to the terms of working with VITA, request an appointment and obtain your VITA workbook packet. The workbook packet is available as a PDF file on the site. It must be completed BEFORE your appointment. 

If you earned $60,000 or less in 2014, you can file your federal and state taxes for free at www.MyFreeTaxes.org. If you earned over $60,000, there will be a sliding-scale fee based on your income. Services provided by My Free Taxes are open to anyone. For questions regarding My Free Taxes, contact the hotline at (855) 698-9435.

This is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of tax preparer/professional, legal or financial counsel. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided here.

Mar 05 6:00pm-8:00pm
New York
YouTube Space New York TourMore Info

YouTube Space New York Tour Invitation

Mar 07 10:30am-2:30pm
Los Angeles
Get Your Taxes Done for Free by VITAMore Info

When: (appointment requests begin Feb. 3)
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 7

Where: The Actors Fund – Western Region
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

SAG-AFTRA is pleased to partner with Actors’ Equity, IATSE, SAG Foundation and The Actors Fund to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to members.

Through the VITA program, our goal is to ensure that all individuals and families have the opportunity to file their taxes—claiming all legitimate deductions, appropriate credits (including the Earned Income Tax Credit) and receiving their tax refunds, if applicable. There will be six days of free tax preparation sessions, starting in February.

Click here for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. All industry professionals who hold union cards are eligible for VITA. Please see website for other eligibility requirements. Access to VITA is only available through The Actors Fund website. The link will open Tuesday, Feb. 3. At that time, you will go through the prompts, agree to the terms of working with VITA, request an appointment and obtain your VITA workbook packet. The workbook packet is available as a PDF file on the site. It must be completed BEFORE your appointment. 

If you earned $60,000 or less in 2014, you can file your federal and state taxes for free at www.MyFreeTaxes.org. If you earned over $60,000, there will be a sliding-scale fee based on your income. Services provided by My Free Taxes are open to anyone. For questions regarding My Free Taxes, contact the hotline at (855) 698-9435.

This is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of tax preparer/professional, legal or financial counsel. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided here.

Mar 07 5:45pm-11:15pm
Los Angeles
Female Film Program in Celebration of International Women's DayMore Info

When: 5:45 – 11:15 p.m., Saturday, March 7

Where: AT&T Center
1139 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Parking is available at 1133 S. Olive Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90015.

Join NewFilmmakers LA as they host a program spotlighting films by female directors and female-driven stories. Attend a pre-reception one half-hour prior to each screening as well as after parties following each screening. Single program tickets can be purchased online for $5 or at the door for $7.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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.

Mar 08 1:30pm-5:00pm
Nevada
"The Audition Process & Film Techniques" with Casting Director Bill DanceMore Info

When: 1:30 - 5 p.m., Sunday, March 8
Check-in begins at 1 p.m. Early arrival is recommended.

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

Veteran casting director Bill Dance presents a workshop in two parts:

The Audition Process
What does a casting director want to see in your audition? Have you ever been told that you missed the mark? Veteran casting director Bill Dance reveals the secrets to auditioning. Gain valuable insight into the casting process and the mindset of the industry professionals behind the decisions. From preparation to performance, Bill provides a list of do’s and don’ts that will dispel the mysteries of auditioning. An audition is an opening night performance.

Film Techniques
Film acting is a fragile technique. Imagine an actor’s face being blown up on a screen 60 times the size of life in an extreme close-up. An actor must master the underplayed stillness in film acting in order to have a successful career. Bill goes into detail explaining and illustrating the subtle nuances of acting for the camera, citing examples as performed by some of our great actors currently working in the film industry. Actors will prepare a two-minute monologue of their own choosing to perform on camera and in front of the class. The instructor will work with each actor to bring out the qualities that are needed to land the role.

Nevada Conservatory Cost: SAG-AFTRA members: $40/year or $20/workshop; others: $80/year or $20/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.

Bill Dance developed a true passion for the arts at an early age and began studying dance at the age of three. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre Arts from UCLA and went on to enjoy an accomplished performing career as an actor, singer and dancer. One of the highlights of his career was working with Gene Kelly in his Broadway show A Salute to Broadway, in which Dance co-starred. After an illustrious stage career, he began working as a casting director. He owns and operates Bill Dance Casting based in Los Angeles. During his career as a casting director, Mr. Dance has provided quality background talent and additional principal casting.

Over the last 30 years he has worked on more than 200 films and TV shows with a list of noted directors that include Ron Howard, Joel Schumacher, James L. Brooks and Oliver Stone. He also has worked with actors Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe, Julia Robert, Ryan Gosling and George Clooney. His film projects include A Beautiful Mind, Alice in Wonderland, The Hangover 2, Angels & Demons and Frost/Nixon, among others. Recent projects include Saving Mr. Banks, The Lego Movie and soon-to-be released Tomorrowland. In addition to the current hit TV series Bosch (recently shot in Las Vegas), Dance has worked on Mad Men, Entourage and Deadwood.

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 09 7:00pm-9:00pm
MOVE New England presents a Free Tax Webinar for SAG-AFTRA MembersMore Info

Mark Bradley, SAG-AFTRA Twin Cities Local member and author of The Actor’s Tax Guide, will be conducting a webinar for members in the New England local, and you can attend via the comfort of your own home.

When: 7–9 p.m. EST, Monday, March 9, 2015. 

RSVP: Please RSVP to newengland@sagaftra.org. You will be provided with login information.

A note from Mark Bradley about the webinar:
“People have asked me if I actually prepare tax returns for actors. I do not. My goal is to educate and empower actors, to help them learn about this important part of their business lives. The two-hour session begins with some advice about keeping good records and a discussion of whether or not you should go to a professional preparer. Then I discuss two types of income that actors may earn. The majority of the time is devoted to a discussion of the various kinds of professional expenses actors may have and the proper way to deduct them. New for this year will be a discussion of the tax implications of the Affordable Care Act, and I finish by giving some online resources that participants may find useful.”

About Mark Bradley:
Bradley has been a professional actor for over 40 years and has spent most of his career in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. He has performed in theater, film, television, radio and TV commercials, industrial/corporate films and videos, print work, and live industrials. He has also taught and directed theater at the college level. Bradley is a longtime member of Equity and SAG-AFTRA, and has been active on his local Equity Liaison Committee and the local and national AFTRA Boards, and is currently secretary of the SAG-AFTRA Twin Cities Local and chair of the Local Organizing Committee. Bradley also serves on the SAG-AFTRA National Organizing Committee.

In more than 25 years as a writer, Bradley has created corporate educational materials, written and edited union newsletters, edited a job-seeking manual, designed and presented media training workshops, and written and performed in independent video productions, one of which won a national award from the AFL-CIO. He has also written two screenplays and a series of children’s stories.

Bradley is the author of the annual e-book The Actor’s Tax Guide, and 2015 will make for its seventh edition. For several years, he provided tax help to performers through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a project of the Twin Cities local of AFTRA, and presented income tax seminars for actors for several years, partnering with CPA Paul Mount. He was president of the Lipservice Talent Guild in Minneapolis for three years and prepared the company’s corporate tax returns and payroll. Bradley is also a graduate of the H&R Block tax course.

About MOVE NE: MOVE (Members Organizing Volunteer Efforts) New England is a recently created subcommittee of the local board that promotes member volunteerism and engagement including the Toys For Tots holiday drive. 

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 tax preparer/professional, legal or financial counsel. 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 10 6:00pm-8:00pm
Los Angeles
New Media Contract WorkshopMore Info

When: 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 10

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.

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

Mar 11 1:00pm-2:00pm
New England
BookPALS training, March 11More Info

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation New England BookPALS branch is looking for volunteers! BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) is a unique volunteer program of performers who read aloud to children in underserved elementary schools. Their goal is to inspire young readers and bring the magic of books alive! Join them for an orientation to learn about how you can get involved.

When: 1-2 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Where: SAG-AFTRA office
20 Park Plaza, Suite 822
Boston, MA 02116

RSVP to Sara Ewing, BookPALS Coordinator, sewing@sagfoundation.org or (617) 233-5499.
For more information about BookPALS, visit http://bookpals.net

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.

Mar 12-18 12:00am-11:59pm
New York
NYC Premiere and SAG-AFTRA Discount for SAG-AFTRA Members ReelAbilities Film Festival New York, March 12-18More Info

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

Join SAG-AFTRA for the NYC premiere of No Ordinary Hero: The Superdeafy Movie
Tony Kane plays a superhero on TV, but in real life he's just another guy who happens to be deaf. Eight-year-old Jacob Lang, is also deaf and is having a hard time. When Tony and Jacob's paths cross, they inspire belief in each other and in themselves. Featuring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin. Film is open captioned and ASL interpretation provided. Followed by a conversation with director Troy Kotsur and creator/actor John Maucere & Reception.

When: 2 p.m., Sunday, March 15

Where: JCC Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave
at 76th Street
New York, NY, 10023
Click here to purchase discounted tickets to all films shown at JCC Manhattan. You can use discount code: SAGAFTRA7 for $4 off regular priced admission.

OR

When: 6 p.m., Monday, March 16

Where: JCC of Staten Island
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY, 10314
For tickets, call the JCC of Staten Island box office (718) 475-5291 and mention SAG-AFTRA for $4 off regular priced admission.

To purchase tickets to all ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival screenings and events along with more information about the festival, please visit: newyork.reelabilities.org.  

About the Performers With Disabilities (PWD) Committee
The PWD Committee’s mission is to achieve full access for and inclusion of performers and broadcasters with disabilities by working to increase employment opportunities and improve working conditions in all areas of entertainment and news media.

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 12 12:30pm-5:00pm
Los Angeles
There’s No Business Like Show Business: Entertainment and the Economy of the Golden StateMore Info

When: 12:30 – 5 p.m., Thursday, March 12

Where: Kirk Douglas Theatre
9820 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Click here for parking instructions.

SAG-AFTRA is a proud sponsor of the March 2015 Economic Outlook conference.

The saying, “there’s no business like show business,” is never so true as it is today in California. The entertainment industry continues to be a driver of economic growth and vitality. But for how long? Generous international and domestic production incentives are chipping away at California's competitive advantage. From digitization, to subsidies and cyber attacks, the industry is in flux. In this conference, experts from across the spectrum of entertainment will discuss the important trends and what they mean for the local economy and the industry.

Agenda:
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., Registration
1:30 – 1:35 p.m., Welcome and Introductions
1:35 – 2:35 p.m., UCLA Anderson Forecast for the Nation, State and Los Angeles
    Will the collapse in oil prices propel the economy forward?
    Are we still on track for a 5-percent unemployment rate?
    Are wages really on the rise?
    Will California continue to outperform the U.S.?
    Is "one-size-fits-all" regulation obsolete in California?
    What has happened for production and employment of the motion picture industry in Los Angeles and other parts of the nation?
2:35 – 2:45 p.m., Introduction of the Special Topic
2:45 – 3:15 p.m., A Conversation with Peter Guber, Chairman & CEO of Mandalay Entertainment
3:15 – 3:30 p.m., Break
3:30 – 4:00 p.m., Panel 1: Returning Home – What Can LA & the Region do to Remain Competitive?
4:00 – 4:30 p.m., Panel 2: Gone With the Wind - Entertainment in the Digital Age
4:30 p.m., Wrap-Up and Closing

Speakers:
Peter Guber, Chairman and CEO, Mandalay Entertainment (Keynote)
Edward Leamer, Director, UCLA Anderson Forecast
David Shulman, Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Jerry Nickelsburg, Senior Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
William Yu, Economist, UCLA Anderson Forecast
Sanjay Sood, Faculty Director, MEMES, Professor of Marketing, UCLA Anderson School
Teri Schwartz, Dean, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television
Lincoln Wallen, CTO, Dreamworks Animation SKG
Cathy Pellow, Owner/Manager, Sargent House
Lori Kozlowski, Editorial Editor, Atom Factory & Former Correspondent, Variety & Forbes
Bruce Doering, Executive Director, International Cinematographers Guild
Amy Lemisch, Executive Director, California Film Commission
Kenneth Ziffren, Founding Partner, Ziffren Brittenham, Chairman of the Entertainment & Media Law Program, UCLA School of Law

Use Code: SAG0315. SAG-AFTRA members will receive discounted ticket priced at $125 (regular price of $195).

To register, click here. Enter email address, select “Activity” and enter promo code. The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, March 10.

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.

Mar 12 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, March 12, 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!

Mar 12 6:30pm-8:00pm
San Francisco-Northern California
"Playing in your Imagination and Craft" with Leah DiamondMore Info

When: 6:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12

Where: SAG-AFTRA Office
350 Sansome St., Suite 900
San Francisco, CA
Public transportation is available. There is limited metered street parking as well as self-pay parking garages nearby.

Class Description: This is an opportunity to learn and practice the Meisner Technique and repetition exercise. These practical tools are designed to help actors access intuition, increase compassion and empathy, experience authentic connection and achieve full creative self-expression. This class will strengthen your ability to listen without judgment, get you out of your head and into your heart, and, as Sanford Meisner said, help you “live truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”

RSVP: Email Vicki Balich at vicki.balich@sagaftra.org. Please include your name, phone number and union membership 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 months.
  • 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 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 10. Failure to do so may result in the inability to attend future workshops.
  • There is no charge for this event.
  • Class size is limited to 25 members.

Leah Diamond is a working actor, voiceover artist, writer, producer and filmmaker. She has a passion for helping others achieve their goals with an open and loving heart. Her work creates a positive safe space where growth and discovery can spontaneously occur. She is a performing artist, a Meisner Technique acting teacher and coach. Her background is managing corporate communications, events, as well as human resources in Silicon Valley. She maintains a mindfulness, meditation and yoga practice. She loves encouraging and supporting others to play in their art, find their voice and share their unique gifts with the world. Visit www.leahdiamond.com for more information.

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) 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 14 9:30am-5:30pm
Miami
SAVE THE DATE! SAG-AFTRA Miami Local Conservatory "Actors Branching Out"More Info

This all-day Conservatory will include a variety of sessions covering topics from auditioning, to voiceovers, to producing and more. The purpose of the conservatory is to expand employment options for actors. Reserve your space. More details will follow.

When: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 14, 2015

Where: G-Star School of the Arts
West Palm Beach, FL 

Cost:  SAG-AFTRA members paid through April 30, 2015 – FREE
G-Star Students and College Students with current ID – FREE
Other Performers - $25

RSVP to Eileen Neel at (305) 663-7079 or by email at eileen.neel@sagaftra.org

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 14 11:30am
Hawaii
Golf OutingMore Info

The SAG-AFTRA Hawaii Local now has a date and time set for its first golf outing. Join us for a day of golf and fun with your fellow SAG-AFTRA members.

When: Saturday, March 14
Check in at 11:30 a.m.
Tee off at 12:20 p.m.

Where: Hawaii Prince Golf Course
91-1200 Fort Weaver Road
Ewa Beach, HI

Cost: $59 for Saturday play
Please make check payable to “SAG-AFTRA” and send to SAG-AFTRA, 949 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 105, Honolulu, HI 96814 ASAP to reserve your spot.
There will be prizes and food donated by Sotheby’s International Realty and SAG-AFTRA.

RSVP: RSVP to Brenda Ching at brenda.ching@sagaftra.org and provide us with your golf handicap.
You may bring one guest. We only have 48 spots so please respond if you want to play.

Mar 16-22 12:00am-11:59pm
New York
FREE Panel Event & Discounted Tickets for SAG-AFTRA Members Socially Relevant Film Festival New York, March 16 - 22More Info

SR Film Festival

SAG-AFTRA is proud to sponsor Socially Relevant Film Festival, a new non-profit film festival that showcases socially relevant films with human interest stories as a response to the proliferation of violence and violent forms of storytelling. The festival believes in promoting positive social change through the powerful medium of cinema.

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend screenings, panels, and parties. 

When: Monday, March 16 through Sunday, March 22

Where: Various Venues throughout New York City

Join Us for Onscreen in 2015: The Why’s & How’s of Diversity in Entertainment Media Presented by SAG-AFTRA

Join a candid conversation about today’s media landscape, what is driving the seemingly increased levels of inclusion and diverse stories on our screens and, most importantly, what creators and audiences alike can do to ensure lasting and positive change. Led by SAG-AFTRA National Director of EEO & Diversity, Adam Moore, we will be joined by a panel of industry professionals who are making the most of this moment and will discuss how we all can take part in the most interactive and dynamic period in the history of entertainment.

When: 10:30 a.m., Sunday, March 22

Where: School of Visual Arts
MFA Soc. Doc.
136 West 21st Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10011

Tickets: If you would like to attend this panel or any other industry panels, click here to purchase tickets. You can use discount code: SAGAFT15. This code for the panel will allow the first 15 SAG-AFTRA members to attend for FREE, and after the 15 are expired, it will revert to the $10 regular ticket price. SAG-AFTRA ID may be requested at the door. The capacity of the room is 60 people. If more people want to attend the industry panels, you can email the festival at ratedsrfilmfest@gmail.com with your inquiries and requests and they will try to accommodate you, if seats are available.

Other discounts for SAG-AFTRA Members: Click here to purchase tickets for all of the films that are screening at Tribeca Cinemas March 19 through 21. You can use discount code: SAGAFT15. Tickets are discounted to $12 instead of $15 for up to 50 SAG-AFTRA members, per screening.

The opening night film Come to my Voice is free of charge, but you must reserve a ticket here. The documentaries and short films that are screening at Maysles Cinema are $10 or pay what you can.

The opening night party and closing awards ceremony are by invitation only for VIPs, filmmakers, sponsors, and partners. Provided there are spots available, the festival will gladly extend an invitation to those members who request to attend. You can email your requests to ratedsrfilmfest@gmail.com

More Location Details:

Opening Film
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Proshansky Auditorium  
365 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Features, Documentaries & Shorts
Tribeca Cinemas
54 Varick Street
New York, NY 10013

Documentaries & Shorts
Maysles Cinema
343 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10027 ‎

Panels 1, 2, & 3
School of Visual Arts
MFA Soc. Doc.            
136 West 21st Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10011

March 22, Panel 4
CRS - Center for Remembering & Sharing
123 4th Ave, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Opening & Closing Events
The Fourth | Botequim
132 4th Avenue  
New York, NY 10003  

SR Socially Relevant Film Festival New York runs from March 16 to 22 with an exciting selection of 54 films from over 30 countries. The full festival week takes place across several Manhattan locations. For more details and to view the complete schedule, please visit: http://rated.sr

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.

Mar 16 6:00pm-7:30pm
New York
Actors Federal Credit Union Presents: "Debt Rehab 101," March 16More Info

Join the Actors Federal Credit Union for an evening of Q&A for the entertainment community.

When: 6-7:30 p.m., Monday, March 16

Where: 165 West 46th Street, 14th Floor
New York, NY

You don't have to live with debt. If you're having a hard time finding your way out, or if you want to get a handle on your debt before it overwhelms you, come to this free seminar and learn about your options. ActorsFCU’s mission is to provide you with the best financial services they can. Come find out what's available to you.

No RSVP necessary. Seating is limited and available first-come, first-served.

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.

Mar 17 10:00am-1:00pm
Los Angeles
"Proximity: The Tools of Marketing" with Bobby ReedMore Info

When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 17

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

Websites, banners, blast lists, reels and artwork are just a few of the crucial pieces that tie together self-marketing. Whether you market yourself as an actor, artist or a one-person production company, an array of tools are available to apply to your own unique situation. Many resources are readily accessible at no cost, while others come with high prices.

This second workshop of the four-part series, Proximity: The Art of Marketing, notes the differences in promotional techniques, and shows how and why some tools work better than others. Hollywood is the land of where image is, and always has been, everything. How does your image translate? Come join Bobby Reed for Proximity: The Tools of Marketing. Please bring your current promotional materials for review and discussion.

Click here for more information and to RSVP. Questions? Call (323) 634-8277.

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. PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through APRIL 30, 2015) FOR ADMITTANCE.

Mar 17 7:00pm-9:00pm
Los Angeles
Doubling and Tripling your Threat: Successful Strategies for the Singing and Dancing ActorMore Info

When: 7 – 9 p.m., Tuesday, March 17

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

The MOVE Los Angeles Committee is excited to offer a special evening of discussion.

There is no one path to finding work in the entertainment industry. For those who work in one performance area, it can be beneficial to learn the tools needed to secure work in other areas of the industry. If you are a singer or dancer, panelists will discuss their successful transitions into acting upon dealing with injury or requiring vocal rest, and explain how this work provided a creative outlet during rehabilitation. Panelists will include a dance agent and a vocal contractor. These experts will discuss the tools every singer needs to be competitive, as well as recent changes in dance auditions for commercials and television shows.

Click here for more information and to RSVP. Questions? Call (323) 634-8277.

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. PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through APRIL 30, 2015) FOR ADMITTANCE.

Mar 18 7:30pm-10:00pm
San Diego
Spanish Language VO WorkshopMore Info

SAG-AFTRA National Spanish Language Media Committee Presents So You Think You Can VO? ... Lo Que Puedes Hacer Con Tu VOz

Join us for a member-to-member conversation about Spanish language voiceover work opportunities. Learn what you can do with your voice on Spanish language commercials, movie trailers, jingles and promos. Get tips on how to best market yourself, how to identify voiceover industry scams and much more. This is a free event for SAG-AFTRA members.

When: 7:30 – 10 p.m., Wednesday, March 18

Where: American Federation of Musicians - Local 325
1717 Morena Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92110

RSVP: Space is limited. RSVP to sandiego@sagaftra.org. Please bring your current SAG-AFTRA membership card (paid through April 30, 2015) for admittance.

Panelists:
Raquel Ames – Actor, bilingual vocalist and writer who has worked on numerous independent films and national commercials. Raquel has also recorded a variety of commercial jingles for major advertisers.

Hernán de Béky – SAG-AFTRA National Spanish Language Media Committee chair celebrating his 17th year voicing Spanish language motion picture trailers and promos, with over 400 movie titles to his credit.

Candy Silva – Accomplished multilingual vocalist, musician, songwriter and actor. Candy has worked as a voiceover performer on numerous commercials for major advertisers.

Moderator:
Lorenzo Rodriguez – Spanish Language Media Committee member with over 26 years of experience as a film, television and theater actor and acting coach. Lorenzo is also a former San Diego Local Board member and has served on a number of SAG-AFTRA committees.

Mar 19 3:30pm-8:00pm
Los Angeles
Get Your Taxes Done for Free by VITAMore Info

When: (appointment requests begin Feb. 3)
3:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, March 19

Where: The Actors Fund – Western Region
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

SAG-AFTRA is pleased to partner with Actors’ Equity, IATSE, SAG Foundation and The Actors Fund to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to members.

Through the VITA program, our goal is to ensure that all individuals and families have the opportunity to file their taxes—claiming all legitimate deductions, appropriate credits (including the Earned Income Tax Credit) and receiving their tax refunds, if applicable. There will be six days of free tax preparation sessions, starting in February.

Click here for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. All industry professionals who hold union cards are eligible for VITA. Please see website for other eligibility requirements. Access to VITA is only available through The Actors Fund website. The link will open Tuesday, Feb. 3. At that time, you will go through the prompts, agree to the terms of working with VITA, request an appointment and obtain your VITA workbook packet. The workbook packet is available as a PDF file on the site. It must be completed BEFORE your appointment. 

If you earned $60,000 or less in 2014, you can file your federal and state taxes for free at www.MyFreeTaxes.org. If you earned over $60,000, there will be a sliding-scale fee based on your income. Services provided by My Free Taxes are open to anyone. For questions regarding My Free Taxes, contact the hotline at (855) 698-9435.

This is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of tax preparer/professional, legal or financial counsel. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided here.

Mar 21 9:30am-5:30pm
New England
Tom Todoroff Acting Intensive, Mar. 21More Info

Director/Producer/Acting Coach Tom Todoroff comes to Boston for a One-Day Acting Intensive.

When: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21

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.  

To RSVP: please email bostonstudio@tomtodoroff.com to confirm your attendance. 

You can find out more about the full class and a discount for performing Union members (wait-list) at WWW.TOMTODOROFF.COM or visit the Facebook event page at: https://www.facebook.com/events/268145843383904/

The 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. 

Mar 21 10:30am-2:30pm
Los Angeles
Get Your Taxes Done for Free by VITAMore Info

When: (appointment requests begin Feb. 3) 
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 21

Where: The Actors Fund – Western Region
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

SAG-AFTRA is pleased to partner with Actors’ Equity, IATSE, SAG Foundation and The Actors Fund to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to members.

Through the VITA program, our goal is to ensure that all individuals and families have the opportunity to file their taxes—claiming all legitimate deductions, appropriate credits (including the Earned Income Tax Credit) and receiving their tax refunds, if applicable. There will be six days of free tax preparation sessions, starting in February.

Click here for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. All industry professionals who hold union cards are eligible for VITA. Please see website for other eligibility requirements. Access to VITA is only available through The Actors Fund website. The link will open Tuesday, Feb. 3. At that time, you will go through the prompts, agree to the terms of working with VITA, request an appointment and obtain your VITA workbook packet. The workbook packet is available as a PDF file on the site. It must be completed BEFORE your appointment. 

If you earned $60,000 or less in 2014, you can file your federal and state taxes for free at www.MyFreeTaxes.org. If you earned over $60,000, there will be a sliding-scale fee based on your income. Services provided by My Free Taxes are open to anyone. For questions regarding My Free Taxes, contact the hotline at (855) 698-9435.

This is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of tax preparer/professional, legal or financial counsel. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided here.

Mar 26 3:30pm-8:00pm
Los Angeles
Get Your Taxes Done for Free by VITAMore Info

When: (appointment requests begin Feb. 3)

3:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, March 26

Where: The Actors Fund – Western Region
5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Parking will be validated.

SAG-AFTRA is pleased to partner with Actors’ Equity, IATSE, SAG Foundation and The Actors Fund to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program to members.

Through the VITA program, our goal is to ensure that all individuals and families have the opportunity to file their taxes—claiming all legitimate deductions, appropriate credits (including the Earned Income Tax Credit) and receiving their tax refunds, if applicable. There will be six days of free tax preparation sessions, starting in February.

Click here for more information and/or to schedule an appointment. All industry professionals who hold union cards are eligible for VITA. Please see website for other eligibility requirements. Access to VITA is only available through The Actors Fund website. The link will open Tuesday, Feb. 3. At that time, you will go through the prompts, agree to the terms of working with VITA, request an appointment and obtain your VITA workbook packet. The workbook packet is available as a PDF file on the site. It must be completed BEFORE your appointment. 

If you earned $60,000 or less in 2014, you can file your federal and state taxes for free at www.MyFreeTaxes.org. If you earned over $60,000, there will be a sliding-scale fee based on your income. Services provided by My Free Taxes are open to anyone. For questions regarding My Free Taxes, contact the hotline at (855) 698-9435.

This is not intended to imply an endorsement of any individual or company by SAG-AFTRA. The information provided is given for informational purposes and may not be a suitable substitute for the advice of tax preparer/professional, legal or financial counsel. You should always use good judgment in these matters and should not act or refrain from acting based solely on information provided here.

Mar 27-29 12:00am-11:59pm
New England
Shakespeare & Company Boston Weekend Intensive, March 27-29More Info

Weekend intensives are designed to meet the needs of actors who seek an introduction to Shakespeare & Company’s training methods, and an opportunity to re-awaken and revitalize their relationship to Shakespeare’s text.

When: Friday, March 27 – Sunday, March 29, 2015

Where: 191 Highland Ave. Suite 2B
Somerville, MA 02143

Fee: $300
15 percent discount for union members

For more information and to sign up, visit shakespeare.org/training/.

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.

Mar 29 3:00pm-5:00pm
New England
Annual Membership Meeting, March 29, 2015More Info

New England Local Membership Meeting Invitation

The SAG-AFTRA New England Local Annual Membership Meeting will take place 3-5 p.m., Sunday, March 29, 2015. Our keynote speaker will be National Executive Director David White. This will be an excellent opportunity to hear from local elected and staff. Postcards will be mailed soon. Please mark your calendars. We look forward to seeing you there!

BLACK MASS UPDATE:
Thank you to all members who reported concerns about this production and who attended our Background Town Hall with national staff. The New England local continued to work with national staff after the town hall meeting and SAG-AFTRA has since filed a claim against Warner Brothers in the Black Mass situation. A detailed report will be presented at our annual meeting and the union will continue to work closely with the producers to ensure compliance on future productions.

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. No RSVP necessary. SAG-AFTRA MEMBERS, PLEASE BRING YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD (paid through April 30, 2015) FOR ADMITTANCE. 

Mar 31 12:00pm-2:00pm
New York
Join Us for a SAG-AFTRA New York Local Member Orientation on March 31More Info

If you’ve recently joined SAG-AFTRA, have not yet been able to attend a member orientation, or just want to brush up on everything SAG-AFTRA has to offer, join the MORE Committee at this upcoming orientation to learn all about the union and what it can do for you. 

When: Noon-2 p.m., Tuesday, March 31
(Doors open at 11:30 a.m.)

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

RSVP: Reservations are required. Click here to make a reservation.

Questions? Email us at newyork@sagaftra.org. Put “Member Orientation” in the subject of your email.

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 receipt showing initiation fee payment for admittance.

Apr 11 10:00am-5:00pm
New York
11th Annual SAG-AFTRA New York Broadcast Mentoring ProgramMore Info

2015 NY Broadcast Mentoring

Apr 11 10:00am-1:00pm
Ohio-Pittsburgh
Ohio-Pittsburgh Local Member Discount to Voice SeminarMore Info

Get behind the mic with ADDY Award-winning voice actor Leonard Dozier. SAG-AFTRA members receive 50 percent off.

When: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015

Where: Lava Recording Studios
5000 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103
(216) 334-1172

Cost: $75 for SAG-AFTRA members
Price is normally $150 – mention your SAG-AFTRA membership to receive the 50 percent discount

This exclusive seminar will cover four phases:

  • The basis of voice acting, technique and vocal preparation – how to use your voice. The industry needs all types of voices. 
  • Careers in voice acting: commercials, audiobooks, documentaries, animation and interactive media.
  • The business of voice acting, the major players in the business, union vs. nonunion, creating work opportunities for yourself and producing your demo.
  • Putting your voice and skills to the test – recording real scripts on the spot, audition simulation and you receive a copy of your recordings.

To register or for questions, please call (888) 600-0433 or email workshops@leonarddozier.com

Leonard Dozier is a SAG-AFTRA actor and voice artist with close to 20 years of experience. He was cast as a principal actor in the Hollywood animated film Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return with Lea Michele, Dan Akyroyd, Kelsey Grammar and Jim Belushi. He served as the official voice for Boomtown Casino and is one of the voices for Centerlight Healthcare and the New York City Economic Development Corporation. Recently, he also became the new voice for NBA champion Derek Anderson’s website. Other voice credits include American Idol Ruben Studdard’s national Love Is album release, Coca Cola’s NCAA Recylemania campaign and several audiobooks and documentaries including world-renowned pastor Dr. Creflo Dollar’s 8 Steps to Create the Life You Want and Apostle of Freedom, respectively. He is signed to one of the leading voiceover agencies in the country. For more on Leonard’s workshops, visit http://www.leonarddozier.com/the-artist/voice-actor.

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.

Apr 30 11:59pm
WAM Coalition, Inc. Seeking Submissions for 2015 Collaboration Award: Women Working With WomenMore Info

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. As the aim of the award is to encourage women to work collaboratively with women of other disciplines, each collaborative team must be comprised of female members of different coalition associations, unions, guilds and affiliates of WAM. Eligible teams may submit any form of creative collaboration on a new work that had its first public performance within the last two years 2013-2015. A public performance can include, but is not limited to, a staged reading, gallery show, screening, concert series, etc.

The application can be found online at http://www.womenartsmediacoalition.org and can be saved and re-worked on the website until submitted. A pdf of the application may also be accessed from the website in order to work on a submission offline.

Submission deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Applicants must be members in good standing of two different organizations and/or affiliates with the coalition. If an organization other than these listed joins the coalition, their members are welcome to apply as well. Submissions of films or other media project that fall under SAG-AFTRA’s jurisdiction must be signatory to the applicable SAG-AFTRA agreement.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of artistic excellence, diversity, and clarity. All topics and subjects will be considered. Special attention shall be given to those projects which reflect the goals of the Coalition: to advance women’s work and women’s issues.

Award winners will be announced by September 2015. The winning team and the honorable mentions will be invited to be recognized at an awards ceremony in New York in October 2015. Women outside of New York may send a designee to speak about their project and accept the award.

Send all inquiries and questions to: collaborationaward@womenartsmediacoalition.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.