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AGVA mourns the loss of our long-time Member
Mr. Don Rickles.
His humor was truly unique, and his antics brought laughter and joy to generations.

AGVA and the AGVA Welfare Trust Fund mourn the sudden loss of Jeff Capitola, Director of the Rockettes.
Jeff truly cared for our Members, and for the shows produced at Radio City and the Christmas shows produced around the U.S.A.

He will be missed by his associates at Radio City and MSG as well as our Members and Union Staff.

Details of a to-be-announced Memorial will follow.

In partnership with The Actors Fund and Mount Sinai Doctors, The Samuel J. Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts will open its doors on March 6th as the medical care provider for the entertainment community!
Whether you’re a singer with high blood pressure, a dancer in need of an annual physical, or a stage, TV or film crew member with a health insurance question, The Friedman Health Center is here for you every step of the way.
729 7th Avenue
12th Floor
Times Square

The American Guild of Variety Artists is proud to announce a new Agreement for the Broadway Production of PARAMOUR, at the Lyric Theater.
As previously announced, this new Production by Cirque du Soleil Theatricals will be jointly represented by AGVA and Actors Equity Association.

AGVA was the first performing union to bring any show by Cirque du Soleil under a Union Agreement when BANANA SHPEEL opened at the Beacon Theater in 2009.

Since then, AGVA and Cirque du Soleil have had successful Agreements for the multi-seasoned run of ZARKANA at Radio City Music Hal
and IRIS in Los Angeles at the Kodak Theater, now known as the Nokia Theater.

Many of the traditional Cirque elements of IRIS will be performed in PARAMOUR by the nearly two dozen AGVA Acrobats, Aerialists and Circus Artistes
who will perform alongside the Actors represented by AEA.

AGVA is happy to be back on the Great White Way after many memorable Broadway productions such as Ring of Fire, Jackie Mason and Dame Edna, to name a few.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with Cirque du Soleil in its many and varied venues
and we welcome Cirque du Soleil Theatricals to New York.


Today we mourn the loss and celebrate the life of our long-time Executive President, Mr. Rod McKuen.
He was a dedicated leader, a Poet and Performer for the ages and a champion for Variety Artists.
His presence is a great loss but his spirit is a great gift.
Rest in peace Mr. President.




She was an icon in our Industry, and we will truly miss the unique manner in which she kept all of America laughing.


AGVA extends to the family and friends of


our heartfelt deepest sympathy.

Our Rockettes loved working with Mr. Williams in "Comic Relief" which was performed live at Radio City Music Hall.

He was a unique performer and special human being who will be greatly missed.

Rest in Peace.


AGVA remembers the late, great
singer turned comic

May 25, 1932 ~ June 22, 2014

who appeared most recently in our 2009
Off Broadway Production of

Don't Leave It All to Your Children

Phyllis Diller, Honorary President of AGVA

Today, we at AGVA celebrate the life and career of our Honorary President, Phyllis Diller. Her work as an Actress and Comedienne has been an inspiration to a generation of Performers. Almost all Female comic superstars credit her for breaking down barriers for all women in show business.

A veteran of Stage, Movies, TV, Nightclubs and voice over work, she will be most remembered for her persona as an eccentric, wild haired housewife with a husband named Fang.

She became our Honorary President when the legendary George Burns Passed away in 1996. She joins a long list of celebrities who have supported the Unions and the work of all Performing Artists. We thank her for her service, her amazing career and her inspiration to future generations of Performers.
Rest in Peace Madam President.

As a member of the professional performing arts and entertainment community, have you struggled to find affordable housing?

If so, the Actors Fund Housing Development Corporation (AFHDC) wants to hear from you.

We are working with AFHDC in their efforts to learn about the housing needs of the performing arts and entertainment community in the New York/New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania regions.

Beginning November 1st, you can participate in a 10-minute survey to help them determine the unique affordable housing needs of entertainment professionals.

Your opinion is vital as your responses will assist AFHDC in determining interest, need, design, amenities and more! Your input, and the input of your friends, will move this project forward!

Take the survey now at
If you have questions or need more information, contact The Actors Fund Survey Team at 212.221.7300 ext 107.

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