Professional Resources

Actors Federal Credit Union

The Actors Fund

Career Transitions for Dancers

Mayor’s Office Of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting

Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund

Museum of the Moving Image

New York State Department of Labor—Child Performer

SAG-AFTRA Foundation

Six Degrees Housing

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (V.I.T.A.)
New York City V.I.T.A. (Volunteer Information Tax Assistance) Program assists thousands of actors and stage managers with free tax advice.

For details call the VITA office at (212) 921-2548 (Only active on Thursdays, additional hours from February through April).

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Healthcare Resources

SAG Pension and Health

AFTRA Health & Retirement Funds

Al Hirschfeld Free Clinic

Center for Vocal Health


Employment Opportunities for SAG-AFTRA Members through Actors Fund Work Program

The Actors Fund Work Program (AWP) assists SAG-AFTRA members with identifying and finding careers that complement their acting work.  The program services include career counseling, job training, and job development services.  If you don’t know about the Actors Work Program, please visit:

AWP has informed SAG-AFTRA that an organization is seeking actors from specific ethnic groups and/or who have the skills to work as housing testers.

For more than seven years, AWP has been assisting SAG-AFTRA members to obtain work as housing testers.  Because of the nature of this work, it is critical that the roster of testers is representative of New York’s diverse ethnic community, and thanks to AWP and the SAG-AFTRA membership it is!  Right now, there are 100 actors on the roster, and the vast majority of these actors are SAG-AFTRA members.

Currently, AWP informs us that there is a need to expand the roster with people who have special skills—such as those who are native Spanish speakers, or are fluent in Russian, Hebrew, or Polish—and those who identify as belonging to specific groups within our population—such as African American males, Caucasian males under the age of 50, and those of Arab descent.  For all categories, actors must have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and be able to portray characters from various socio-economic classes.

AWP has also told us that the need to add to the housing tester roster changes on a regular basis.

To be considered for a housing tester position, one must be an AWP participant.  All SAG-AFTRA members in good standing are eligible. There is, of course, no charge.  The first step is to attend an AWP Orientation. 

Please click here for more information.          

Legislative Action