National Office:
363 Seventh Avenue
17th Floor
New York, NY 10001-3904
(212)633-0097 Fax
West Coast Office:
11712 Moorpark Street
Suite 110
Studio City, CA 91604
(818)508-3029 Fax
noted actor and President of the 4As will be held at
The Kaye Playhouse
Hunter College
East 68th Street between Park & Lexington
on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30
Please go to: for tickets to this fund-raiser in Memory of Theo.

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.


Hunters Point South Commons & Crossing

1. Affordable Housing Alert
• Looking for an apartment in New York City close to entertainment industry employment? Hunter’s Point South Crossing and Hunter’s Point South Commons in Long Island City feature brand new moderately priced rent stabilized apartments. Learn more about the development and its amenities at Apply online now at The application deadline is December 15, 2014. The Actors Fund and the developer, Related, will announce information sessions shortly where you can learn more about the development and how to apply. Check for updates at

2. New, Rent-Stabilized Apartments in Long Island City, Queens
• Film and TV production is at an all-time high in New York. Here’s an opportunity to live close to work. Hunter’s Point South Crossing and Hunter’s Point South Commons feature new, permanently rent-regulated rentals for low and middle income levels in Long Island City, Queens. Large apartments, 5 acre park on the waterfront, bike storage, kids’ playroom, pet room, even a rooftop farm. 20 minutes from Times Square on the subway and walking/biking distance to Silvercup Studios, Kaufman Astoria Studios, and multiple other stages and post-production studios. Learn more about the development and its amenities at Apply online now at The application deadline is December 15th. The Actors Fund and the developer, Related, will announce information sessions shortly where you can learn more about the development and how to apply. Check for updates at

3. Announcing a brand new, permanently rent-stabilized apartment complex. Perfect for the entertainment industry!
• Long Island City is a cultural destination and a booming center of entertainment employment. Sculpture Center, MOMA PS 1, Chocolate Factory Theater, Silvercup Studios, Kaufman Astoria Studios and multiple other stages and post-production studios. Brand new, permanently rent stabilized apartments on the waterfront at Hunter’s Point South Crossing and Hunter’s Point South Commons are taking applications through December 15th. Learn more about the development and its amenities at Apply online now at The Actors Fund and the developer, Related, will announce information sessions shortly where you can learn more about the development and how to apply. Check for updates at



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


A Support Group for
Dancers Dealing with Injury
Sept. 18–Nov. 20, 2014
10 sessions
12:00 – 1:30 pm
The Actors Fund
729 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
Amy Wilder, LCSW

This group is geared toward professional dancers dealing with significant injury.
The goal of the group is to help mitigate the
isolation many dancers experience during recovery from injury, by providing emotional
support and sharing resources with each other.

A pre-group interview is required to help ensure a positive group experience.
Please contact Amy Wilder, LCSW.
Please note: If you cannot make the dates specified but would like to participate, please call Amy Wilder, as groups will be offered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

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

********************************************* MAY 2014

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9 AM 6 PM



New Affordable Housing Opportunity in Hollywood – Deadline to apply is Jan. 31!
Argyle Apartments is a new, intergenerational residential community developed by AMCAL with social services provided by Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing and LifeSTEPS. Argyle is currently accepting applications for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments located at 1600 N. Western Avenue between Sunset and Hollywood Blvd. Due to high demand, applications will be selected for review by lottery, which will be held in early February. Selected applicants must be able to move into the building in early April. Argyle is an affordable housing community. Eligibility will be dependent on income, but rents are set and will not change if the resident’s income changes. Section 8 vouchers will be accepted.

Please note that The Actors Fund is in no way affiliated with the development or management of this building. We can not answer questions about the application or lottery process.
Applications can be downloaded at the website listed below or you can call and ask that one be mailed to you. Interested applicants can also come to Argyle’s temporary leasing office located in the Triangle Square building at 1602 N. Ivar Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM, to complete or drop off their applications.

In addition, two community workshops will be held to provide information about the residence as well as provide support to anyone who wants to complete an application.

WHEN: Thursday January 16th, 9 AM to 11 AM or 4 PM to 6 PM
WHERE: 1602 N. Ivar Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028
RSVP REQUIRED: 323.463.4080 or

For more information (including income restrictions) and to download an application, visit: WWW.AMCALARGYLE.COM

To RSVP for the community workshops, request or submit an application, or ask any other questions, contact:

PHONE: (323) 463-4080
FAX: (323) 463-4084
LEASING OFFICE: Argyle Apartments C/O Triangle Square 1602 N. Ivar Ave. Hollywood, CA 90028

The deadline to submit applications is January 31st. Applications will not be accepted after that date.

Some Application Tips:

Ensure you fill out the application completely and leave nothing blank. If something does not apply to you, write “N/A.”
If you are self-employed or a freelancer (as many performing arts and entertainment professionals are), write “self-employed” under the Current Employer section. For salary, use an estimation of your net income (gross income minus any business expenses you deduct on your income taxes using the Schedule C). You can base this on prior years or projected net income over the next year. If your application is selected in the lottery, management will review two past years of tax returns and your future income projection to determine income eligibility.
You must be able to document all sources of income for your entire household. The initial application only requires you to enter your income on the form, but if your application is selected in the lottery for processing, you will be required to provide additional documentation at that time. (A list of documentation is available at under the section “To Apply” or you can contact management using the information above).
Once you have submitted an application, you should check your credit reports. These will factor into your eligibility if your application is selected for processing. You can request your credit reports from all three bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian) for free once a year at If there are any inaccuracies, follow up immediately to correct them.
Stay organized! Make a copy of your completed application for your records before you submit it. Create a file for this and other related documentation. In the same place, keep track of all written, email, and phone correspondence that occurs between you and the management company.


Free Flu Shots For All Industry Professionals 2013/14 Season

The Actors Fund will be conducting flu vaccination sessions for all performing arts and entertainment professionals as follows:

Thursday, October 3rd | 9:30 am -12:30 pm and 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday, October 16th | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday, October 29th | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Friday, November 1st | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday, November 11th | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday, November 21st | 9:30 am -12:30 pm
Monday, December 9th | 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Union Members, kindly present your card. Appointments are not necessary. Dates and times are subject to change.

For the latest information regarding flu shot days, call 212.489.1939; at the start of the recording, press option 3.


Health Insurance Initiatives for Freelancers and Small Business Owners

Monday, September 30th 6:00-7:30pm

Guest speaker Nadege Noel will cover everything you need to know about health insurance options for small business owners.

Nadege Noel is the Outreach Manager for Health Republic Insurance of New York, a health insurance company established through the Affordable Care Act for New York state residents offering consumer-operated and oriented, nonprofit health insurance plans (CO-OP). She joined Health Republic with over 7 years' experience in the health insurance industry and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Management from The City College of the City University of New York, and a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Management from New York University. Nadege also has a ballet, ballroom, and Argentine Tango background. She has taught Argentine Tango at various studios and community centers, has performed on many occasions, and was the General Manager for the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens.

Information about other health care options will be provided by the Artist Health Insurance Fund of The Actors Fund.

RSVP to or to Lindsay at 212 764 0172, as space is limited. New members are welcome. This event is offered free of charge.

Our Business Group provides dancers in New York with practical business information, and allows them to network with other entrepreneurs and business people. The Business Group is moderated by CTFD Career Counselor Lauren Gordon and Krisha Marcano. All entrepreneur dancers at any stage in their business development—including their performing career businesses—are invited to attend.

Actors’ Equity Building
1560 Broadway (Between 46th and 47th Streets)
Suite 701, 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10036

Felix Biberman, AGVA's National and Regional bookkeeper for 45 years,
passed away July 5th and will be truly missed.
All of us at AGVA cared deeply for our dear Felix, and we will miss his smiling face.


Effective July 10, 2013 requests for applications for the waiting list at Manhattan Plaza, a 1689 unit building located on West 43rd Street in Manhattan, will be accepted for studio and one bedroom apartments for those with limited income. There is a 70% preference for professional performing artists and support personnel, a 15% preference for Community Board #4 residents residing in substandard housing and a 15% preference for Community Board #4 residents who are 62 years of age or older.

Southern border: North side of West 14th St.
Eastern border: 6th Avenue, until 26th Street where the border travels west and goes up 8th Avenue
Northern border: 55th Street between 8th and 10th, 54th Street between 10th and 11th, 55th Street between 11th and the river, then up the West Side Highway to 59th.


To be eligible to receive Section 8 Housing Assistance, at the time of admission applicants may not earn more than*:

One person - $64,935 | Two persons - $74,250 | Three persons - $83,498
*Income guidelines are subject to change

Occupancy Standards: Studio - 1 to 2 persons | One Bedroom - 2 to 3 persons

If you are interested in applying, please make your request by POSTCARD via regular mail.
Registered and Certified mail will not be accepted. Please print clearly.

Manhattan Plaza
676A Ninth Avenue, Suite # 455
New York, New York 10036

Requests for applications must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2013.

Lower priority will be assigned to duplicate applications from the same household.
The waiting list will be established by LOTTERY
We do not discriminate on the basis of disability.
Equal Housing Opportunity Supervised by
the NYC Dept of Housing Preservation and Development

MATHEW M. WAMBUA, Commissioner - NYC HPD



Preferences for Performing Artists / Support Personnel
and Manhattan Community Board 4 Residents

529 West 29th LLC is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for a 139-unit building, including 7 units available for the disabled at 529 West 29th Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. This property features a 70% preference for performing artists/support personnel, a 15% preference for residents of Community Board 4 age 62 years or older, and a 15% preference for residents of Community Board 4 regardless of age. Occupancy is planned for January, 2014. This will be a smoke-free site.

-57 Studio Apartments, Household size -1 or 2
Income Maximum $36,120 for 1 and $41,280 for 2

-37 One-Bedroom Apartments, Household size 1 or 2
Income Maximum $36,120 for 1 and $41,280 for 2

-45 two-bedroom Apartments, Household size 2, 3 or 4
Income Maximum $41,280 for 2, $46,440 for 3 and $51,540 for 4

(These are Total Annual Income Maximums)

* Income guidelines subject to change.

Qualified applicants will be required to meet income and household size guidelines and additional selection criteria to qualify. Request an application by mailing a letter or postcard with your complete mailing address, including apartment number and zip code, to: RMCAO, 328 Eighth Avenue, Box 311, New York, NY 10001. Requests must be received by June 17, 2013. Completed applications must be returned by regular mail only (no priority, certified, registered, express or overnight mail will be accepted) to a post office box number that will be listed on the application and must be postmarked by July 1, 2013. Applications will be opened only after the application deadline of July 1, 2013. Applications will be selected at random and logged in the order that they are opened. Due to the limited number of apartments available, once 4000 applications are logged, no more will be opened, but will be held for future use, if needed. Lower priority will be assigned to applications postmarked after July 1, 2013 or to duplicate applications from the same household. Unopened applications will not receive an acknowledgment that their application has been received.
529 West 29th Street LLC does not discriminate on the basis of disability.
No Brokers Fee. No Application Fee.

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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