October 27, 2014
Sophisticated redesign offers performers greater access to over 900 free educational workshops & seminars annually expanded video gallery features intimate & candid Conversations with leading actors & casts
LOS ANGELES (October 27, 2014) — The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has launched a new, state-of-the-art redesign of sagfoundation.org offering additional content, an enhanced and interactive member portal, an expanded digital Actors Archive and increased social media interactivity.
Designed to support union performers in their careers, wherever they may live or work, the new site also offers a wealth of performer-related content to industry professionals and the public via the expanded video gallery and live stream. The video gallery houses over 350 inspiring career retrospectives with legendary performers; candid interviews with today’s leading actors and casts; and educational panels with prominent entertainment industry professionals discussing the business side of acting. In addition to recording these events before a live audience of union performers in Los Angeles and New York, the SAG Foundation also live streams many of its programs and events to serve a national audience of performers.
Further enhancements for union performers who create an account on the new site include a streamlined member dashboard; a scheduling calendar to book recording sessions in the SAG Foundation Voiceover Labs; and access to over 900 free seminars, screenings/Q&As, and casting workshops available annually to union performers in Los Angeles, New York, cities nationwide and online.
The new site is a custom build application and implementation by EastFaceSoftware.com, and only involves a password change for the over 30,000 current registered users of sagfoundation.org; however, a simple change of password will have a life-changing effect once performers discover the enhanced tools and resources available to them. In addition, the SAG Foundation is calling on all 160,000 SAG-AFTRA and 50,000 Actors Equity Association performers to head to sagfoundation.org and create an account in order to access the wide range of free, educational programs that have always been available to them – but registering at the new sagfoundation.org is the key!
“It’s critical that all union performers know about sagfoundation.org,” says JoBeth Williams, actor and SAG Foundation President. “This incredible free resource is dedicated to their professional development 24/7. It’s very simple, and once you’re in, you won’t believe the invaluable resources made available to working performers. It really is life-altering.”
The new sagfoundation.org is not only a free educational tool for union performers, but is also the place for industry players to keep up with today’s top actors discussing the year’s critically-acclaimed films and hit shows, including Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette who recently discussed their 12-year experience shooting Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, and Amy Landecker, who delved into the behind-the-scenes of Amazon’s new buzz show Transparent. In the coming months, the SAG Foundation’s video gallery will be populated with Conversations from many of this awards season’s most talked about actors and casts.
“I really can’t think of any other organization that serves the acting community as profoundly as the SAG Foundation,” says Vincent D’Onofrio, actor who has participated in a Conversations career retrospective. “They’re entirely dedicated to supporting actors, and the tools they offer to keep us achieving, both personally and professionally, are not only essential, but pretty astounding.”
The SAG Foundation’s message to all SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association performers is: Don’t miss out – create an account!