The Actors' Work Program, a sub-unit of the Actors' Fund of America, has announced plans to hold a college/ school fair open to all members of a professional actors union, on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 1999. Featured at this event, scheduled to take place 3:30 to 7 PM at the Actors' Equity Audition Center at 165 West 46th Street, will be many of New York's major colleges and universities, as well as some other educational institutions that may be of interest.
According to the Fund, the goal of the fair is to support professionals with information on the many different educational opportunities they might want to pursue. Among the options to explore: returning to school to obtain a college or graduate degree in theatre, returning to school to obtain skills needed for "side-line" work or for another career altogether, enrolling in a short-term course focused on a particular career field, or enrolling in an education or training program designed to develop specific skills in areas like arts education and computer technology.
The fair is only the latest effort by the Actors' Work Program and the Actors' Fund of America in helping and assisting members of the entertainment community. Among other services for which the organizations are responsible are the special Actors' Fund Performances of many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. These performances occur at a time when the show does not usually perform, with all money obtained from sales for that performance donated to professional actors in need of some financial assistance and social services.
According to an employee at the Actors' Work Program New York offices, there will also be a similar program in Los Angeles. For more details about the fair, call the Program's offices at (212) 354-5480.
The Actors' Equity Audition Center is located at 165 West 46th Street, 2nd floor. Union cards will be required to enter. Members can register for this event by calling the Actors' Work Program or contacting them via mail at 165 West 46th Street,16th floor New York, NY 10036.
-- Doug Nevin