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New England August Conservatory August 4
Master the Art of Choosing Your Acting Class
Acting classes help actors perfect their craft, expand their repertoire, develop special talents and address problem areas. But among the plethora of classes, how does one choose the right learning environment with the right coach, method, format, or level of intensity? Have you ever wished for a little sneak peek before choosing a class? SAG-AFTRA New England is pleased to provide an interactive session featuring representatives from a number of local acting classes. Panelists will describe their methods, techniques, philosophies and formats. Brief demonstrations, with audience participation, will be provided!
When: 7 p.m., Monday, August 4, 2014 
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: SAG-AFTRA New England Office
20 Park Plaza, Suite 822
Boston, MA 02116
Jeremy Brothers and Norm Laviolette are the respective artistic director and co-founder of Improv Asylum. With shows seven nights a week in the North End for over 16 years, Improv Asylum has repeatedly been voted Boston’s Best Comedy Club. Its training center is a place where actors can study improvised scene work along with sketch comedy, musical improv, and a variety of other electives offered throughout the year.  
Mike Descoteaux has been the artistic director of ImprovBoston, New England's premiere theater for the comedy arts for over 30 years. The ImprovBoston Comedy School features classes seven days a week in improvisation, sketch, standup, and musical improv with a faculty of Boston's most experienced and passionate comedy professionals. 
Scott Fielding is the founding director of the Michael Chekhov Actors Studio Boston. Fielding teaches both the Chekhov Training and Meisner Foundation Training. His twenty-five years’ experience with Chekhov’s visionary perspective and method informs his artistic and pedagogic work across multiple disciplines.
Fee: $10
RSVP: Please register here.
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.

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