NY Conservatory

Join the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory today!

 

Overview

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

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 at the SAG-AFTRA office 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.

How to Join the Conservatory

Annual Membership runs September 1 through August 31 regardless of when you join. You must be a paid-up member of SAG-AFTRA. NY Conservatory Membership Applications can be mailed to or dropped off at the 12th floor NY Committees Office located at SAG-AFTRA, 1900 Broadway, 5th Floor. Renewal applications are processed in the same way as new applications.

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 $30 (cash is not accepted.) Your card will be mailed to you within 4 to 6 weeks. Your check will be marked with your card number for your records. 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. You will be notified by mail when it is time to renew your membership.

Paid-up SAG-AFTRA Members may download a printable NY Conservatory Membership Application from the link below or may request an application in person from the Committees staff located at 1900 Broadway, 5th Floor.

Conservatory Services

The SAG-AFTRA New York Conservatory Studio

The SAG-AFTRA New York Conservatory is located at 360 Madison Avenue. Most classes take place at the New York Conservatory Studio, located at 1900 Broadway, 5th Floor. 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

Check the Conservatory Bulletin Board and call the Conservatory Information Line at (212) 827-1594 to get current information on Seminars and Special Events. NY Conservatory quarterly newsletters also contain Seminar/Special Event information.

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 one Friday per 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 every Friday 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 every time you are running late or need to cancel any signed-up class or seminar. Make space for another actor!