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, email Toni-Ann Syncon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the date of the workshop you wish to attend in your subject line. You will need to provide your name, SAG-AFTRA member number, and contact phone numbers. Class enrollment fills quickly and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so please don't delay. You can register for and attend as many workshops as you like each session, but you must be an "active" SAG-AFTRA member (i.e. you must be current in your dues payments to the Baltimore-Washington local). 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.