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Join the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory today!

Registration for the 2015/2016 Conservatory season has closed. The 2016/2017 season runs September 12, 2016 to August 1, 2017. On-line registration for the new season starts on August 17.


The SAG-AFTRA New York Conservatory is excited about our studio space at 1900 Broadway. This promises to be another great year filled with fantastic seminars, workshops, events and classes. The space houses many resources that help you expand your craft and business knowledge. Join us in our 285 square foot studio and take advantage of the best deal in town.

Be part of an excellent team! Have extra time? Volunteer. Have expertise and experience? Volunteer to teach, instruct, or assist. Applications available online at or call (212) 827-1448 to schedule an interview. Stay involved, it’s your union.
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The Conservatory is designed to expand the craft and business knowledge of the professional performer through participation in Classes, Audio/Video Workshops, Friday Groups, and Special Events. NY Conservatory classes take place at the SAG-AFTRA New York Conservatory Studio located at 1900 Broadway, 5th floor.

Although run under the auspices of SAG-AFTRA, SAG-AFTRA membership dues are not used to pay for Conservatory activity, although we gratefully acknowledge the use of the space provided by the union. Fellow actors (just like you) volunteer their time to run this fine program. Your nominal Conservatory membership fee goes to pay for such things as studio equipment, printing and mailing expenses.

Schedule Information (Please check back on August 17 for the new season’s schedule):

How to Join the Conservatory

Annual Membership runs September 12 through August 1 regardless of when you join. Online registration will be available on Tuesday, August 17. You must be a paid-up member of SAG-AFTRA. NY Conservatory Membership Applications can be mailed to or dropped off at SAG-AFTRA, 1900 Broadway, 5th Floor, Attn: Conservatory.

Please PRINT clearly and COMPLETELY fill out your application including your professional email address, and make your check/money order payable to "SAG-AFTRA" in the amount of $35 (cash is not accepted). Your card will be mailed to you within 4 to 6 weeks. If you write a check to pay for another member, please note that member's name on your check. A $10 fee is charged for any returned check and you will not be permitted to participate in Conservatory functions or rejoin until that fee is paid. There is a $5 fee for card replacement.

Paid-up SAG-AFTRA Members may download a printable NY Conservatory Membership Application from the link below (2016-2017 season printable application, which will be available as of August 17) or may request an application in person from the Receptionist located at 1900 Broadway, 5th Floor.

Conservatory Services

The SAG-AFTRA New York Conservatory Studio

The SAG-AFTRA New York Conservatory is located at 1900 Broadway, 5th Floor. Most classes take place in the New York Conservatory Studio. Classes run September through August (with vacation periods in July and December).

Classes may include:

  • Acting for Commercials
  • Monologues
  • Improvisation for Commercial, TV, Film
  • Film Technique
  • Auditioning for TV/Film
  • Cold Reading
  • Voice Over
  • Teleprompter Technique
  • Narration/Audiobook
  • Shakespeare/Classical Cold Reading
  • A/V Private Time (20-minute on-camera slot to use as you like)

Members sign-up in person for ONE regularly-scheduled class per week. Sign-up sheets are posted Monday of the WEEK PRIOR to the scheduled class. Classes usually fill up a week in advance.

Seminars and Special Events

Please check the website for the most up-to-date copy of the schedule.

Seminar sign-up sheets are posted Monday of the WEEK PRIOR to the scheduled seminar. Seminars often fill up quickly.

SAG-AFTRA Actor 101

New SAG-AFTRA member? “Back in the Business?” Get BASICS or BRUSH-UP in TV/FILM. Acting, auditioning, professional set behavior, terminology…bring your questions. Sign-up is required for SAG-AFTRA Actor 101. Group meets in the studio at 1900 Broadway the third Friday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon. Check NY Conservatory Newsletter or sign-up sheet for date.

Writers’ Group

Acting and writing closely relate. Expand your options – bring your creativity, pencil, pen, paper, and hone your writing skills. No sign-up is required for Writers’ Group.

Writers’ Group meets the 3rd and 4th Friday of every month from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Check with the SAG-AFTRA Reception or Committees Staff at 1900 Broadway, 5th Floor for room.

Professionals Always Call to Cancel. It’s easy to call and leave a message 24/7 at (212) 827-1448 if you need to cancel or are running late to a signed-up class or seminar. Make space for another actor!