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Issue: #5 IN THIS ISSUE March of the Unemployed Historical Reenactment March 6 The Conservatory Presents David Murphy - Improvisation of Scripted Material Freelance Tidbit Union Plus Perks for AFTRA and SAG Members

March 4, 2011 The Chicago AFTRA/SAG Conservatory Presents:

Improvisation on Scripted Material - How, Where and When to Improvise in a Commercial Audition Special Guest: David Murphy Freelance Casting Director and Improv Teacher 6 - 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 (more details and RSVP information below)

March of the Unemployed Historical Reenactment March 6 In honor of the 150th anniversary of Jane Addams' birth and Hull House's continued commitment to social and public policies, Pocket Guide to Hell Tours will stage a reenactment of the 1915 Hunger Procession to recognize the 1,500 men, women and children who marched from Hull House to petition City Hall to address Chicago's high unemployment rate. With the city's current unemployment rate hovering around 10.5 percent, which is higher than it was in 1915, this is an opportune moment to remember the efforts of past Chicagoans to respond to this challenge. The reenactment will celebrate and commemorate the courage of activists like Lucy Parsons (played by Chicago SAG council member Alma Washington), Irwin St. John Tucker and Jane Addams. The march will follow the original route along Halsted from Polk to Madison. 2 - 5 p.m., Sunday, March 6 800 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607 More information is available online or call (312) 413-5353. The KMRC and AFTRA/SAG Conservatory Present: Improvisation on Scripted Material -How, Where and When to Improvise in a Commercial Audition 6 - 8:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 Kaufherr Members Resource Center One East Erie, Suite 660, Chicago, IL 60611 Special Guest: David Murphy - Freelance Casting Director and Improv Teacher. David Murphy is the co-founder of The Green Room: An Actor's Studio. David brings multiple areas of expertise to his teaching. He worked for years as a full-time casting director before joining the staff at O'Connor Casting Company in early 2001. He still occasionally does freelance work for


O'Connor Casting and at various advertising agencies and also freelance teaches in Chicago area colleges. Murphy has conducted well over 30,000 individual actor's auditions. As these events are free, reservations fill up fast. A waiting list will be used. If you can't make it, please cancel your reservation with as much notice as possible - minimum 24 hours - so another member may benefit by attending this event. Failure to do so may result in being denied a reservation slot in upcoming events. Call the AFTRA/SAG office to sign up, (312) 573-8081. Or e-mail Latisha Wagner at lwagner@aftra.com. Please include your membership number. Park for $10 in the parking structure at 10 East Ontario. Enter on the north side of Ontario between Wabash and State, then take a ticket. When you sign in, you may purchase a four-hour ticket for $10. You will need both tickets to exit the parking structure. CASH only! Work the perk! Improvisation on Scripted Material - like all AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC programming - is a benefit of your union membership and offered to all AFTRA, SAG and AEA members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card. Freelance Tidbit Remember: Performers working as extras in a commercial being shot within the studio zone (which is 30 miles from State and Madison), you are to be paid a flat mileage fee of $8 per day. Union Plus Perks for AFTRA and SAG members Your membership in AFTRA or Screen Actors Guild affords you great opportunities to show your card and save. Here are just a few of the discounts offered at Union Plus. You can rent a car through Union Plus and save up to 25 percent on car rentals every day. There are even special weekend-only deals up to 50 percent off. In need of a technology upgrade? Union Plus, in conjunction with Dell, offers a 10-30 percent discount to union members and their families on selected products purchased through Dell. For more information, call (877) 882-3355 and reference member I.D. PS16626766 or click here. AFTRA and SAG members can save 15 percent off a new monthly individual or family wireless plan from AT&T. This offer is available to new and existing AT&T customers with a new two-year contract. To enroll in the program, complete the verification form found here and fax it, along with a copy of your AFTRA or SAG I.D., to (877) 667-0534. Be sure to reference FAN number 3508840. Questions regarding this program should be directed to (877) 290-5451. In response to members' requests to stay informed, The Activator may include notice of rallies, pickets and other actions by unions and the labor movement that have not been sanctioned by the National or Chicago Board of Directors of AFTRA or SAG. This information is provided as a convenience. The information contained herein regarding workshops, vendors, special offers and the like is provided for informational purposes and is not intended to imply endorsement by the Guild or AFTRA of them or the information, material, products or services provided. Neither the Guild nor AFTRA makes any warranties or representations regarding the use of the material or the quality of the services or service providers. AFTRA/SAG Chicago: (312) 573-8081


Hot line: (312) 867-3710 E-mail: chicago@aftra.com WEBSITES www.AFTRA.com and www.SAG.org.


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