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The Actors' Fund - Latest News: Fall/Winter Workshops

Fall 2014

New Workshops, Groups and Seminars
Free of charge
View NY workshops on our website»

Join us in our #IHeartTheArts Campaign
This summer The Actors Fund is sharing a free sticker to remind our creative community that we're here to provide free and confidential services for everyone in show business. Visit to request your free sticker and share your arts pride.

Free Flu Shots for the Performing Arts and Entertainment Community
Tuesday, October 14th | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday, October 23rd | 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Monday, November 3rd | 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Friday, November 14th | 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, December 10th | 1:30 - 4:00 pm
Friday, December 19th | 1:30 - 4:00 pm

The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic
475 West 57th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY
No reservations necessary. Just show up!

Union members, kindly present your card. Appointments are not necessary. Dates and times are subject to change. For the latest information regarding flu shot days, call 212.489.1939; at the start of the recording, press option 3.


Where Are The Jobs and Who's Getting Them?
Thursday, September 18
5:30 - 7:00 pm
AFM Local 802
322 West 48th Street, (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
No reservations necessary. Just show up!

Focus on labor market information and trends as part of your strategy for developing your sideline/parallel/new career field. Speakers will share their expertise and insights into the fields where there is need and the skills that will enhance your efforts to find work.

Teaching Children
Thursday, October 16
5:30 - 7:00 pm
AFM Local 802
322 West 48th Street, (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
No reservations necessary. Just show up!

Hear from AWP members, who use their skills as teachers and teaching artists in a range of settings including k-12 classrooms and other educational, community and therapeutic settings.

The New Frontier: Working with the Aging Community
Thursday, November 20
5:30 - 7:00 pm
AFM Local 802
322 West 48th Street, (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
No reservations necessary. Just show up!

A panel of speakers will share the range of work they do in settings that support the activities and quality of life of the every-growing over-55 to senior population.


Money and the Performing Artist – Summer Reunion
Monday, September 15
5:00 - 7:00 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor

Were you a member of a past cycle of Money and the Performing Artist? If so, we hope you’ll attend a reunion of fellow MATPA graduates. Come and share your progress, get support for your challenges and reconnect with Annette Lieberman and fellow group members. A reservation is required to hold your spot.

The Well Dancer: A Support Group for Dancers Dealing with Injury
Thursdays, September 18 - November 20
12:00 - 1:30 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor
pre-group interview required.

This group is geared toward professional dancers dealing with significant injury. The goal of the group is to help mitigate the isolation many dancers experience during recovery from injury, by providing emotional support and sharing resources with each other.

**Please note: If you cannot make the dates specified but would like to participate, please call Amy Wilder, as groups will be offered on a rolling basis throughout the year.**

Money and the Performing Artist - Fall Cycle
Mondays, September 22 - November 3
5:00 - 7:00 pm
The Actors Fund
729 7th Avenue 10th Floor
pre-group interview required.

A six-week group that explores how cultural, family, and entertainment industry attitudes contribute to how we think about and use money. An initial interview is required.


Subsidized Housing in NYC
Thursday, September 18
Tuesday, October 14
5:30 - 7:30 pm
729 Seventh Avenue 10th Floor
RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

Did you know that New York City is planning to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing over the next ten years? This two-hour seminar for performing arts and entertainment professionals provides an overview of government-subsidized housing in New York City, which is available for low, moderate, and middle-income households. The following questions will be addressed:

  • How do you find and apply for subsidized housing?
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
  • How does a housing lottery work?
  • Can you get on a waiting list?
  • How do you document your income if it fluctuates year to year?
  • How can you best prepare yourself for an interview?
  • What can you do if you're rejected?

Refresh Your Affordable Housing Search
Tuesday, September 23 | 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Monday, October 20 | 3:00 - 5:00 pm
729 Seventh Avenue 10th Floor
RSVP on our Eventbrite page.

Refresh Your Affordable Housing Search is a drop-in session for people who are actively searching and applying for affordable rental housing in New York City. You must have already taken our Finding Affordable Housing seminar to attend. In this session, you will:

  • Learn about current opportunities to apply for subsidized affordable housing lotteries and waiting lists. (Applications for the waiting list for the two Actors Fund buildings, the Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence and the Schermerhorn, will also be available.)
  • Review and share tips for searching for new housing opportunities.
  • Share experiences and ask questions application and interview processes.

Feel free to bring housing applications or correspondence from developments that you have questions about. We will do our best to assist you. This session will be offered again throughout the year. Please check the workshop calendar on The Actors Fund’s website for new dates, which will be added as they are scheduled. If you have further questions about this session, please email Rebecca Sauer:

“Are you looking for affordable Housing?”
For more information and applications visit our website

We are accepting applications for the Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence on West 57th Street in Manhattan and The Shermerhorn in Downtown Brooklyn.

The Dorothy Ross Friedman Residence has 2, 3, 4 one bedrooms apartment shares in the heart of Manhattan with river views and balconies.
Income eligibility falls between $17,000 and $36,120 gross annual. Rents start at $645. At The Friedman,  Arts and Entertainment applicants with HIV AIDS rental subsidies will be prioritized for our wait list.

The Schermerhorn has great studio apartments and a great performance space in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn close to all transportation. Income eligibility falls between $21,770 and $36,120. Rents start at $635. Arts and Entertainment applicants will be prioritized for our wait list.

Affordable Care Act seminars in New York City are made possible, in part, by generous grants from The New York Community Trust and the Community Service Society of New York Small Business Assistance Program, with additional support for the New York City dance community provided by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.







Continuing Activities
For a list of current services, visit

AA Meeting - The Green Room
Every Wednesday, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
212.221.7300 ext. 114

Debtors Anonymous Meeting
Every Thursday, 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
212.221.7300 ext. 114


Call 212.354.5480 ext. 253

Actors Fund Work Program Orientation
Every Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Space is limited.
Doors closed 5 minutes after.
If you are a member of an entertainment industry union, please bring your card.

Network Now
Every Monday
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
AWP Orientation attendance required.

Job Search and Interview Skills Clinic
Every Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
AWP Orientation attendance required.

Job Search Intensive
Every Wednesday
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Open to AWP members who have attended at least one job search seminar.

Resume Writing Workshop
3rd & 4th Thursdays
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
AWP Orientation attendance required.

Career Exploration 101
3rd & 4th Fridays
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
For AWP members by reservation only.

LinkedIn Workshop for Beginners
Every Friday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pre-registration required

The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic
provides free health care to uninsured and underinsured documented entertainment industry professionals between the ages of 18 to 64.
info: 212.489.1939

Every Artist Insured: Navigating Health Care Reform
Every Thursday
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Health Care Reform for Small Businesses
The first Tuesday of every month
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
To register:

The Dancers Health Insurance Resource Center
info: 800.798.8447 ext. 280

Welcome to Medicare
Every Monday, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This seminar is for anyone who will soon be getting Medicare and wants to learn more about how it works, or for anyone who currently has Medicare and has questions about it. It will be facilitated by an Actors Fund staff person and a volunteer trained by the Medicare Rights Center.
Reservations not necessary. You can just show up!


The Dorothy Ross Friedman, (formerly The Aurora) The Actors Fund's 30-story high rise in Manhattan offering supportive, affordable housing for low income working professionals, seniors and people living with HIV/AIDS, is now accepting applications.

The Schermerhorn, The Actors Fund's facility in collaboration with Common Ground, featuring affordable, supportive housing for single adults, is now accepting applications.


Notify NYC
In NYC emergencies can happen at any time. Notify NYC is a new program from the New York City Office of Emergency Management designed to keep you up to date about emergencies and services that impact all New Yorkers, whether it’s at home, work or in the community. Choose from alerts about events, public health, school closings and delays, and parking rules suspensions, and have them sent to your either your email or mobile phone. Register for free by visiting or by calling 311 today.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



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