SAG Offers Diversity Acting Workshop at South Dakota Film Festival

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SAG Offers Diversity Acting Workshop at South Dakota Film Festival

Los Angeles (September 8, 2010) –  Screen Actors Guild will present its acclaimed Diversity Acting Workshop on September 11 as part of the programming at this year’s South Dakota Film Festival.

The Capitol Theatre Stage will be the venue for this business and acting skills seminar, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The workshop is part of ongoing outreach by the Screen Actors Guild Affirmative Action & Diversity Department and the SAG President’s National Task Force for American Indians to create opportunities for aspiring minority actors.

Panelists will include Chris Eyre (director, Smoke Signals) and Rene Haynes (casting director, Twilight Saga). Actors who will be facilitating include DeLanna Studi (Edge of America, First National Broadway Tour, Steppenwolf’s August: Osage County) and Brian Wescott (Christmas in the Clouds, We Are Still Here), both members of the SAG task force.

In the morning, workshop participants will learn what works – and what doesn’t work – when compiling resumes, headshots, audition tapes and reels. Speakers will also discuss the benefits of having representation (a manager and/or agent) and belonging to a performers union.

In the afternoon, attendees will be able to gain invaluable insight into the audition process as select participants will demonstrate how an on-camera audition is conducted with feedback from the panelists.

The SAG Diversity Acting Workshop is open to all festival and student pass holders. Adults and children 12 and over are invited to attend.

“We had such an amazing response to our last Diversity Acting Workshop, which was held earlier this year in New Mexico in conjunction with Robert Redford and Milagro at Los Luceros, that we were eager to do it again in another part of the country that is often under-served,” said Adam Moore, associate national director of the SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity Department. “The well-regarded and growing South Dakota Film Festival provides that next opportunity to support local talent and educate actors in emerging market.”

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Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists' rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at