SAG-AFTRA members: Are you getting your union dues’ worth? For instance, are you familiar with the SAG-AFTRA Los Angeles Conservatory?
“When people find out about us, they’re always amazed,” said Dawn Deibert, the Conservatory’s program coordinator. The partnership between SAG-AFTRA and the American Film Institute in forming the Conservatory has created a collaborative playground for actors and filmmakers. “[Founder Kathleen Freeman] was a real champion for having the symbiotic relationship between Screen Actors Guild and the American Film Institute,” Ilyanne Morden Kichaven, executive director of the Los Angeles Local, told Backstage.
“I want actors to know where to go to get the answers to their questions, and then hopefully get a sense of direction for their careers,” says Conservatory committee member Lee Garlington. “I’d like to think the Conservatory is the poster child for the seasoned professional offering a hand to the performer starting out.”
To join, actors must be SAG-AFTRA members in good standing. “It is the best kept secret in SAG-AFTRA that for only $35, members have the chance to work with AFI students who will be the directors and
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