Conversations

Currently, all of our workshops, screenings, Q&As, and classes are being offered virtually online as we follow health and safety guidelines due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please check out our Program Calendar frequently as opportunities are added weekly. In-person functions have been suspended and all of our facilities are temporarily closed until further notice. Learn more about our remote programming on our FAQ page.

The Conversations program offers screenings followed by inspiring Q&A’s with leading actors and casts, as well as Career Retrospectives with preeminent actors who explore the process and profession with an audience of fellow artists. Conversations focus on personal experiences and artistic influences that inform and shape careers; discuss current and past projects; share valuable insights into the craft and industry; and preserve creative legacies.

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s remote Conversations at Home series is our re-envisioned, virtual production of our established in-person Conversations series. The Conversations at Home series will continue until the Foundation’s theaters and screening rooms can safely reopen.

Conversations at Home offers remote Q&As and career retrospectives with actors, directors and casts to discuss the craft of acting, their creative processes and award-nominated projects with our audience of SAG-AFTRA members. All Conversations at Home are moderated by seasoned arts and entertainment writers/journalists.

From September 2020 – March 2021, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation produced over 100 Conversations at Home Q&As with top awards contenders including Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor of The Crown, the cast of Judas and the Black Messiah, MJ Rodriguez of Pose, Jodie Foster and Tahar Rahim of The Mauritanian, Kaley Cuoco of The Flight Attendant, Carey Mulligan and Emerald Fennell of Promising Young Woman, the cast of WandaVision, Riz Ahmed of Sound of Metal, the cast of Halston, Steven Yeun and Yuh-Jung Youn of Minari, Sacha Baron Cohen of The Trial of the Chicago 7, and more. Our Conversations at Home playlist is available here.

Live Conversations are presented in Los Angeles, New York and cities nationwide. We offer two types of Conversations: screenings of films and television shows followed by Q&As with casts and principals, and two-hour Career Retrospectives with influential actors of our time. All Conversations are professionally moderated, recorded and available in our video gallery.

Our collection of over 350 Career Retrospectives with notable actors and broadcasters includes Rami MalekDarren CrissPatricia ClarksonMichael B. JordanMichelle YeohHugh JackmanBradley CooperAdam Driver, Morgan FreemanLeonardo DiCaprio,Helen MirrenWillem DafoeJake GyllenhaalJennifer AnistonMahershala AliKevin CostnerOctavia SpencerMatthew McConaugheyMatt DamonSir Ian McKellenAl PacinoDan Rather, Kirk Douglas, Diahann Caroll, Shirley MacLaine, Jane Russell, Robert Duvall, Henry Fonda, Charlton Heston and hundreds more live in our permanent archive, with many available for viewing or listening online.

In New York, we host a special Conversations series in partnership with BroadwayWorld.com to celebrate the vibrant theater community in the city and feature actors with careers on both stage and screen including Audra McDonald, Liev SchreiberChazz PalminteriChita Rivera, Stockard ChanningEllen Burstyn, David Hyde Pierce, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jim Parsons and Keith Carradine.

Questions?

Contact

Ama Gyamerah
Program Manager – Conversations
323-549-6708 ext.5

Rochelle Rose
National Director of Performers Programs
323-549-6708 ext. 5

Accommodations

For those who need disability accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please email rsvp@sagaftra.foundation for LA programs or nyrsvp@sagaftra.foundation for NY programs with a minimum of three (3) business days notice. We will contact you to confirm.

Support the Conversations Program

The Conversations series is free for SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity members and made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships.