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Issue: #27 IN THIS ISSUE Conservatory and KMRC present Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop Welcome Actors Talent Group! Chicago's SAG Awards Viewing Party DePaul Basketball Union Night Call for Entries: Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition Unite Against Content Theft, Join Creative America AFTRA/SAG Movie Club Holiday Schedule

December 27, 2011

AFTRA Members Wanted AFTRA members are needed to count ballots in the Local Board election. A couple of hours spent with your fellow members will help keep your union running smoothly. You'll experience democracy at its most elemental level - the vote. No experience necessary, training is easy. Thursday, January 12, at the AFTRA/SAG office. 10 a.m. until completion, lunch included.

Union Scholarships

Please call the AFTRA/SAG office to volunteer, (312) 573-8081 or email Christine at AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC present a Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop Join the Conservatory in the KMRC for a discussion with Suzi Ostos, IA Local 476 member, and other union wardrobe, makeup and hair professionals. These pros will discuss audition and set advice, along with tips and etiquette from their behind-the-scenes expertise. Having worked on Boss, Superman, The Playboy Club, Prison Break and more, they'll bring a wealth of experience to share (guests are subject to change due to last-minute work). This is a must-attend event for all actors who want to look as good as they act! Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop 6 - 8 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2012 Kaufherr Members Resource Center (KMRC) One E. Erie, Suite 660 Chicago, IL 60611 Space is limited. Please call the AFTRA/SAG office at (312) 573-8081 and sign up today. Park for $10 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! Wardrobe and Makeup Workshop, like all AFTRA/SAG Conservatory and KMRC programming, is a benefit of your union membership and is offered to all AFTRA, SAG and AEA members in good standing. Please bring your paid-up membership card. Welcome Actors Talent Group! Welcome Actors Talent Group and owner Maryann Ziesch, Chicago's newest AFTRA/SAG franchised agent.

Actors Talent Group 410 S. Michigan #729 Chicago, IL 60605 Phone: (312) 588-1309 Fax: (312) 588-1579 Email: Chicago's SAG Awards Viewing Party When: Sunday, January 29, 2012 Where: SUB 51 @ HUB 51 51 West Hubbard Chicago, IL Light hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, prizes. Cost: Free for Chicago SAG and AFTRA members in good standing. Bring a guest, $10. RSVP to Kathy Byrne at: or call (312) 573-8081. Space is limited. Prizes generously donated: - Gift basket including a one-hour massage from C.A.R.E Physical Therapy - Four tickets to The Comedy Sportz Theatre - One-month membership at the Chicago Athletic Club location of your choice - Haircuts at Diadro Cuts, 3726 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago - Plus, Lettuce Entertain You gift cards Can't make the party? Don't miss the split-the-cash raffle benefiting the KMRC! Tickets are $10 each, five for $40, and 15 for $100. The winner will be drawn at the party on January 29, but you do not need to be present to win. The winner need not be a member of AFTRA or SAG, but must be 18 or older and is responsible for all taxes, license and fees associated with the prize. Tickets will be available at the party and can also be purchased in advance at via Paypal. In the comment section of Paypal, please type SAG Awards 50/50 Raffle. We will mail your raffle tickets to you. DePaul Basketball Union Night, February 1 The DePaul Blue Demons invite all AFTRA and SAG members, industry friends and family to a special union night basketball game. On February 1, the Blue Demons play rival St. John's University. Tickets are just $15. Download the flyer at, fill it out and fax in your order or call Jackie at (773) 325-7526 to buy tickets by phone. DePaul Blue Demons vs. St John's Red Storm 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012 Allstate Arena 6920 N. Mannheim Road Rosemont, IL 60018 Call for Entries: Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition March 5 is the deadline for the 2012 Chicago Comedy TV Pilot Competition - a popular, juried festival, now in its sixth year, that spotlights Chicago-area filmmakers. Comedy pilots submitted to the festival must be between 20 and 30 minutes and in sitcom format. The event will be held in July 2012. Only Chicago-area residents or Chicago-area-based production companies may enter. Entry rules, entry forms and other information on the event are posted at or call (312) 642-2156 for more information.

Unite Against Content Theft, Join Creative America AFTRA and SAG members, you can take action to stop content theft. Content theft threatens the work you love, but there are many ways you can fight back. Creative America is a coalition of AFTRA, SAG DGA and IATSE, along with studios and networks, working together to fight back against content theft. But it can't be done without your help. Here's what you can do: 路 Visit the Creative America website at and sign up to be a supporter. 路 "Like" the Creative America Facebook page at Add your comments and share posts with your friends. Being part of Creative America's online community helps you stay informed and get the word out to others. 路 Follow Creative America on Twitter @creativeamerica. 路 Avoid rogue websites that profit off of distributing illegal content. Spread the word about content theft. Urge others to join Creative America. The content thieves can be stopped if we all join together. Take action now! Attention AFTRA/SAG Members in Good Standing: Movie Club If you are interested in receiving an occasional free sneak preview movie pass, please join the AFTRA/SAG Movie Club. Send your name and email address to Kathy Byrne, director of TV/Theatrical Contracts, at Passes will be sent via email a few times a year as they become available.

Holiday Schedule for Office and KMRC Friday, December 30

AFTRA/SAG Office and KMRC close at 1 p.m.

Monday, January 2

AFTRA/SAG Office and KMRC closed

Union Scholarships (In order of application deadline.) Union Plus Scholarship The 2012 Union Plus Scholarship application is now entirely online, allowing students to complete their application over time and save their responses. Over the past 19 years, more than $3.2 million has been awarded to students of more than 2,100 working families. Start your application today! Deadline is January 31, 2012. Apply here. CFL Offers Scholarships The Chicago Federation of Labor will once again offer its William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship to graduating high school seniors who belong to, or whose parents belong to, unions affiliated with the CFL. Both AFTRA and SAG qualify. Applications will be available after January 1, 2012 at The CFL awards a total of 10 scholarships of $2,000 to students in two categories: academic competition and random drawing. Students may only apply in one category. Applications are due back by March 1. SAG Foundation's Dales Scholarship Apps Available The Screen Actors Guild Foundation is once again happy to announce availability of applications for the John L. Dales Scholarship. Just one of the nonprofit foundation's many free programs offered to assist, educate and inspire Guild members in their careers, lives and communities, the John L. Dales Scholarship Fund has helped qualified Guild members and their children reach their educational potential by providing more than $6 million in scholarships for study at accredited institutions of higher learning.

Two types of scholarships are available. Standard scholarships benefit eligible members and children of eligible members for college education. Transitional scholarships are designed to assist SAG members seeking further education to change careers. Dales Scholarships are awarded specifically toward education at accredited and licensed universities, colleges, junior colleges, adult specialty schools or trade/vocational schools. Printable applications, as well as further details including eligibility guidelines, are currently available by clicking here. Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15, 2012, to qualify. The George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund of the AFTRA Foundation The George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund of the AFTRA Foundation was established to honor the key founder of the union, George Heller, and now memorializes him as well as many other AFTRA members and executives who cared about and contributed to the union. Scholarships are offered by the Foundation to AFTRA members and their dependents for academic study in any field including broadcast, journalism and labor relations or for professional training in the arts. Eligibility requires AFTRA membership in good standing for at least five years. The criteria for the limited number of scholarships available are academic excellence, financial need and acceptance/enrollment in a university, professional school or other accredited institution of higher education. Each year, the deadline for submission of applications, including all required materials, is May 1. Applications are carefully considered and award decisions made in June, and applicants are notified accordingly. Twelve to 15 scholarships, not subject to renewal, are currently awarded up to a maximum of $2,500 each and are funded entirely by tax-deductible contributions to the George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund of the AFTRA Foundation. Applications are available online. All scholarships are administered by entities independent of SAG. Questions about each must be handled by the providers. The Guild does not endorse any of these services. 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 Email: WEBSITES and

Activator - Dec. 27, 2011  

Activator - Dec. 27, 2011

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