Conservatory Events

SAG-AFTRA Conservatory Calendar
East Coast, West Coast & Everything In-between, July 7
Being bi-coastal or tri-coastal is not only an actor’s dream, but a chance for more opportunities. But while working two or three coasts—New England, New York, and LA—is alluring, it does come with challenges: What makes work in each region distinctive? What are the market’s effects on finding classes and auditions or working with agents? How do you manage travel and living expenses? Panelists for this conservatory, all experienced in working from coast to coast, in both background and principal work, will discuss everything from establishing yourself in a new market to maintaining your lifestyle in various locations. Expect to learn networking tips, differences in set life, and various ways to grow your career.
When: 7 p.m., Monday, July 7, 2014 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: SEIU Local 32BJ, 26 West Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA
Confirmed Panelists: Andrea Lyman, Frank Cacciola, Mic Jablon and Tom Kemp
Fee: $10
Please register here.

Branding Yourself with SOCIAL MEDIA, June 2
Increasingly performers and broadcasters are using social media to extend the awareness of their brand and connect with other industry professionals. Expert panelists will offer tips on turning tweets into potential meets and getting the most out of social media sites like, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and New England Actors. Strategizes and techniques to create and enhance your social media presence will be covered as well as issues of concern such as maintaining privacy. Those already invested in social media will leave with an organized approach to branding while those who are new, and don’t have a solid "handle,” you'll leave with a better understanding.
When: 7 p.m., Monday, June 2, 2014
Where: SEIU Local 32BJ
26 West Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA
Fee: $10
Panel: Chris Palermo, @mavensupdate; Bradley Van Dussen, @NewEnglandActor, and Alecia Batson @aleciabatson
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The purpose of this conservatory is to teach actors everything they need to know about being on a film or TV set: rules, regulations, myths, and rumors of set life. This is a great opportunity to learn about what’s included in contracts as well as ways of protecting yourself during work.

Panel: SAG-AFTRA Staff; Andrea Lyman

When: 7 p.m., Monday, May 5

Where: SAG-AFTRA New England Office
20 Park Plaza, Suite 822
Boston, MA 02116

Fee: $10


Learn the ins and outs of virtual auditions: how to tape, upload, and submit your audio audition electronically. This conservatory will include demonstrations on how to self-record, and Anne Mulhall of LDI casting will give her observations about receiving online video submissions. Bring your smart phones or cameras if you have them!

Panel: Albert Chan and Anne Mulhall, LDI Casting

When: 7 p.m., Monday, April 7

26 West Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA

This Downtown Crossing location is easily accessible by Park Street, Downtown Crossing or Boylston Street T stops.

Fee: $10