We mourn the loss of our dear Eileen Woods, who passed away December 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Eileen was a Rockette from the 1980s into the early 2000s, and was loved by all who knew her.
Eileen was also a Regional Vice President of AGVA.

We will be holding a Memorial here in New York after the first of the year, and will notify further once a date has been set.

Anyone wishing to make a contribution in Eileen's honor can do so to the Women's Cancer Organization of their choice, specific to ovarian cancer.

Eileen fought a valiant battle, never complaining, and always keeping her great attitude and sense of humor.

We are heartbroken.

Manhattan Affordable Housing Opportunity - Application Deadline: December 7, 2018
102 new, rent stabilized apartments at 540 W 53 (rents range from $1,091 - $3,270)

Affordable Housing Lottery for a variety of income levels and household sizes. 540 W 53rd Street Apartments is a newly constructed, rent stabilized building in Clinton neighborhood of NYC with 102 studio, one, two and three bedroom apartments on offer for all with a qualifying household income of $39,292 - $172, 095. New to Affordable Housing lotteries?@TheActorsFund suggests you check this GUIDE for assistance. This luxury building, with thoughtful unit design, amenities, proximity to many cultural and educational facilities, as well as parks, restaurants and shopping is available now. The lottery will end on Dec 7, 2018, so APPLYtoday!


Affordable Housing Lottery for the newly constructed Caesura apartments complex located at 280 Ashland Place (right next to BAM) in Brooklyn’s Cultural District

The application Deadline is August 11th 2017

The Actors Fund has partnered with Jonathan Rose Companies to help spread the word about this 49 unit including: micro, studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. This Affordable Housing Lottery is an opportunity for our Entertainment Community and others who fit the income requirements of moderate and middle income ($37,709 to $157,410 Total Annual Household Income). The Actors Fund offers a comprehensive tutorial on its website for those who may have questions about applying for Affordable Housing.

(BETWEEN $32,709 AND $157,410)
1. Register for NYC Housing Connect. You will
need to provide a valid e-mail address and basic
contact information to register on NYC Housing
Connect. This information can be updated at any
time. Only one account should be created per
2. Complete Your Household Information. You will
be asked to provide detailed employment and
income information for you and all household
members. Once you start an application, you
may save and return to it at anytime. You must
complete all required fields in order to submit an
3. Apply. To apply, click “Submit” for “Caesura
280 Ashland Place.” You will not be allowed
to submit more than one application for each
property. Be sure to submit your application by
the posted deadline date. You may confirm that
you submitted an application by reviewing your
Application Status. See below.
4. Track Application History. You will only be
contacted if your application is randomly selected
during the initial lease-up or sales process. Please
note: due to the high volume of applications
submitted, not all applicants for every project will
be contacted. You may view all projects for which
you have applied on the Housing List (found in the
Search tab). Here, you can see if the application
period for that property is open or closed. For
more on what to expect after you apply, carefully
review the “What to Expect” section.
Fifth Avenue Committee
Charmaine Marizan
718.237.2017, ext. 124 | FACHousing@fifthave.org

Also, there will be a upcoming Community Meeting that may be helpful to explain the application process:

Date: Wednesday, July 19th 2017 from

Time: 6PM – 8PM

Location: The Actor’s Fund Schermerhorn

160 Schermerhorn St

Brooklyn, NY 11217

RSVP: FACHousing@fifthave.org

Contact: 718.237.2017, ext. 124


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 http://ActorsFundHousingSurvey.org
If you have questions or need more information, contact The Actors Fund Survey Team at 212.221.7300 ext 107.

For more on The Actors Fund, please visit http://actorsfund.org