Participation in the Conservatory program is available to all SAG-AFTRA local members in good standing - absolutely FREE of charge! If you're an active, paid SAG-AFTRA member, you can attend all the workshops you want -- FREE!
If you're new to the business, or an established veteran...whether you're a broadcaster or freelancer...or if you work on camera, off-camera, or on stage...you'll find a Conservatory workshop that will benefit you. (These workshops are for educational purposes and do not constitute SAG-AFTRA endorsement of any product, service or provider.)
Did You Know... SAG-AFTRA Conservatory workshops are a highly valued Union member benefit because they give you the opportunity to learn from the best in the business – top performers and experts with real-world experience and advice! What's more, the skills you gain, and the contacts you make through Conservatory workshops, can make a big difference in your ability to get more work.
To register for a conservatory workshop members in good standing will see a “Workshop Registration” link in the menu bar to the left. (Good standing is defined as being current in your dues payments to the Washington-Mid Atlantic local). You will need to provide your name, SAG-AFTRA member number and contact phone number(s). Please note, Conservatory enrollment fills quickly and are offered on a first-come first-serve basis. Please don't delay. Members can register for and attend as many workshops as you like each session, but you must register for each class individually. If you have any questions about your membership status, please contact the SAG-AFTRA office.
Cancellation and No-Show Policy
To attend a workshop, you must register in advance. Space is limited. All workshop participants MUST pre-register to reserve a place. Please do not show up for a workshop without calling the proper coordinator and making a reservation in advance.
As mentioned earlier, many workshops fill up quickly and have waiting lists for registration - so it's important to register early and cancel if you are unable to attend. Barring a major emergency, such as an accident, illness, or death in the family, all registrants must cancel at least 2 full business days in advance of the workshop. (For example, for a Monday night workshop, you must cancel by 9 p.m. on the preceding Thursday; for a Tuesday night workshop, you must cancel by 9 p.m. on the preceding Friday, etc.) Failure to adequately register, cancel or attend a workshop will result in the suspension of your privilege to register for and attend Conservatory workshops for six full months after the date of your cancellation policy violation. Remember: your cooperation helps make the Conservatory a success for fellow talent, presenters, coordinators - and you.
After-Hours Parking and Building Access for Workshops held after 7 p.m. at SAG-AFTRA
Workshop coordinators will provide you with details on how to access the building and parking garage for any workshops held after hours at SAG-AFTRA's office: 7735 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 950, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Parking: We suggest you park in the Montgomery County parking garage fronting Old Georgetown Road next to the gas station across Fairmont from SAG-AFTRA. Its close, well lit with a manned booth, takes cash and cards, and it stays open until 10 P.M. The garage next to the SAG-AFTRA building closes on certain evenings at 9 P.M. and the meters on the street only allow for two hours parking. Attendees can't leave a workshop to feed a meter and return to the workshop as the doors will be locked. We do not validate parking.
* All workshops offered by the Conservatory are for educational purposes and do not constitute SAG-AFTRA endorsement of any product, service, or provider.