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Dear Actors Fund Friends, 

We hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and well during these difficult times. 

Since June 8, 1882, The Actors Fund has been proud to support professionals in the performing arts and entertainment community; and we continue to do so via our COVID-19 Emergency Financial Assistance program, a list of COVID-19 resources, and free online workshops to help everyone throughout the country navigate the new landscape of our industry. 

We also want to continue sharing a love of the performing arts with all of you. Even though we can’t gather at our favorite Broadway shows, sit at the edge of our seats for a groundbreaking dance performance, or attend a highly-anticipated movie, we’re still proud to share these amazing virtual events that make us smile, laugh and sing along. 

Thank you for being a part of The Actors Fund community, and we hope you join us online until we can safely be together in person again.

Stars In The House 
Every Day, 2 and 8 pm ET


Don’t miss the twice-daily live-streamed variety show created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley! Special guests bring music, plays, hidden talents, behind-the-scenes stories and more. 

Upcoming episodes feature a reunion of TV child stars including Mackenzie Phillips (One Day At A Time), Glenn Scarpelli (One Day At A Time), Mindy Cohn (The Facts of Life) and Jill Whelan (The Love Boat), plus Saturday night with the amazing Chita Rivera!

You can also catch up—or rewatch!—all previous Stars in the House episodes any time you want!

Photo Credit: Vanessa Heins 

Humpday with Hampshire  
Wednesdays, 2 pm PT / 5 pm ET 


The Actors Fund has teamed up with Schitt’s Creek star, award-winning actress and Screen Actors Guild® Nominee Emily Hampshire for a weekly live-streamed talk show: Humpday with Hampshire. The program is live every Wednesday at 2 pm PT/5 pm ET on The Actors Fund YouTube channel and features virtual interviews with celebrities in their natural habitats—be it their bedrooms, kitchens, garages or closets. 

Catch up on this week’s episode! Guests include Matt Iseman (American Ninja Warrior, American Ninja Warrior Junior, Clean House, Winner of the New Celebrity Apprentice2017), Max & Charlie Carver (Desperate Housewives, Teen Wolf, The Leftovers,LGBTQ Activists), Tan France (Netflix’s Queer Eye, Next In Fashion), and Singer/Songwriter Jeffrey East, who will be doing a 30-minute song challenge!


Viral Vignettes  
Wednesdays, 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET

Pop Goes the Culture TV YouTube Channel

Tune in to a new comedic weekly series, Viral Vignettes, featuring original work with popular character actors from classic TV shows and films. Each episode will showcase 5-10 minute vignettes at 12 pm PT / 3 pm ET on the Pop Goes the Culture TV.

This week’s episode is “BANDMATES” starring John Schneider (Stan) and Maxwell Gail Jr. (Rick) who are two retired rock-and-rollers. When Stan asks Rick to join in a benefit performance online and reunite the old band, the past comes back to bite them both.


Broadway Jackbox 
Tuesdays and Fridays, 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET

Broadway Jackbox Twitch Channel

From the creative minds of Jimmy Award Winner Andrew Barth Feldman (Dear Evan Hansen) and actor and Tony Award-winning producer Alex Boniello (Spring Awakening, Dear Evan Hansen) comes Broadway Jackbox. Watch Andrew and Alex play fun and silly Jackbox games with their Broadway friends. You can watch the fun each week!


Groups & Seminars

Groups & Seminars

The Actors Fund offers a broad spectrum of online and phone programs to support the unique, essential needs of all who work in entertainment and the performing arts. Learn more and register for free workshops and services pertaining to The Career CenterFinancial WellnessHealth & Health InsuranceHousing and Social Services.

How to Job Search During a Pandemic 
Part 1

Tuesday, May 5, 10 am – 11:30 am PT / 1 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Tuesday, May 19, 10 am – 11:30 am PT / 1 pm – 2:30 pm ET

Do you need help figuring out how to look for work during the current crisis? Are you wondering how to stay focused on your long term career goals when there is a hiring freeze? If so, please join us for the How to Job Search During a Pandemic, Part 1 workshop where you will:

  • Discuss how to manage job market uncertainty
  • Explore how to search for remote or currently hiring positions
  • Discover how to keep your long term job search active during the slow down
    The Career Center offers a comprehensive suite of online programs and services that help entertainment industry and performing arts professionals identify and find sideline work and discover new careers outside the industry.

    Get started by attending The Career Center Orientation to enroll in the career services offered. 

    New workshops: How to Job Search During A Pandemic, Part 1and Part 2. *Please note: Part 1 time listed in Pacific Time.

    Additional workshops include Recruitment Trends Amid COVID-19Off-Balance and Introduction to Portfolio Careers: Improving Your Art-Work-Life Balance



    Financial Wellness seminars increase your financial knowledge and help you learn the tools and skills to support lifelong financial health and stability.

    Take Budgeting Nuts & Bolts to learn the basics of financial wellness, then follow that withFinancial Wellness for the Entertainment Community Amid COVID-19Learn about resources, community, and support to help performing arts professionals maintain financial health and well-being during this challenging time. Each single-session online meeting will provide an overview of available federal and NY-based financial assistance and relief; discuss cash flow management strategies; and address as many of participants' questions as possible.

    Health & Health Insurance

    The Actors Fund offers personalized health insurance counseling and enrollment support, referrals to health care resources, and seminars on how to care for yourself. 

    The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, our primary care office in New York City, is conducting appointments via Telemedicine. If you are sick or not feeling well, do not come into the office. Please call instead. Our medical team is doing phone screenings for those concerned they may have COVID-19, and if necessary, can refer patients in the industry to a facility within the Mount Sinai Health System to follow up.  

    Each month’s Health Insurance HQ provides an update on the health care landscape from the expert team at The Actors Fund’s Artists Health Insurance Resource Center. This month, learn tips and guidelines for how to apply for Medicare. 

    For the month of May, join us online each Thursday for the following Health discussions: 

    May 7: The Latest on COVID-19: A Panel Presentation for the Entertainment Community with Dr. Jason Kindt, Dr. Ramon Pesigan and Dr. Samantha Stimmel.

    May 14: Exercise and Fitness Under Quarantine

    May 21: PReP and HIV Prevention for the Entertainment Community 

    May 28: Sexually Transmitted Infections: Prevention and Treatment


    he Actors Fund operates several affordable housing residences across the country, and also offers resources to help you learn more about affordable housing opportunities and other housing-related issues you may encounter. All of our webinars will provide COVID-19 updates on critical housing issues like evictions, mortgage payments, utilities and rent.

    Some upcoming online seminars include Apartment Hunting 101: Strategies for Finding Housing in NYCApplying for Affordable Housing and Affordable Housing for Seniors.

    Social Services

    With respect and understanding, our professional social workers offer our community help to address a wide array of challenges via online and phone counseling and support groups, education and practical help—completely free of charge.

    Upcoming online support groups include Self-Care to Give Care and the National Dancer Info

    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 NYC.gov/notifynyc or by calling 311 today

    Programs of The Career Center, Career Transition For Dancers and The Dancers Resource at The Actors Fund are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. These programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

    Thank you to our Dance programming sponsor


    Donate now to help those in need in performing arts and entertainment.

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