AEA Disount for Unified Auditions and Tax Workshop

1. Twin Cities Unified registration discount: If you are interested in attending the upcoming Twin Cities Unified auditions March 18-19 (sponsored by Climb Theatre), Anton Jones will offer a discount to Equity members. Be sure and let him know of your Union status when you send him the registration email, and your registration fee will be $10 instead of $30.

Note from our Chicago business rep about paying a fee for auditioning: "Union members are welcome to audition at unifieds if they would like, however, no Actors’ Equity theatre may use the unified auditions to fulfill their audition requirement. Actors will always have an opportunity to audition for any AEA theatre without paying a cost, but Equity does not stop people from going to paid unifieds."

2. Tax Workshop for Actors

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10-noon

Nokomis Library, 5100 34th Ave. S., Minneapolis

FREE admission. Everyone is welcome.

Presented by Mark Bradley, veteran Twin Cities actor (AEA, SAG-AFTRA) and author of the acclaimed online book, The Actor’s Tax Guide. He has presented numerous tax seminars and webinars and conducted master classes for the University of Cincinnati and Metro State University-Denver, as well as workshops at the annual Twin Cities Actor Expo.

Agenda: keeping good records, whether to use a professional preparer (and how to get ready if you do), brief discussion of the Affordable Care Act, the two main types of income actors receive, and professional expenses: what’s deductible and why.   Learn Mark’s unique system for allocating expenses for employee and self-employment work. Handout includes “The Top Five Tax Mistakes Actors Make” and a valuable list of online resources.

**NOTE: There are also tax worksheets available for download in the Member Portal of Equity’s website (in the Tax Assistance section, located under the Resources heading). The worksheets are a great aid in organizing your tax records and can be used whether you prepare your own taxes or another tax preparer.

**Also: Equity Secretary-Treasurer, Sandra Karas (the Director of VITA, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program), did a live tax seminar in New York on January 25th 2016. The seminar, sponsored by the National Membership Education Committee, was recorded and is available for viewing on the Equity YouTube channel: ActorsEquity100.

3. Twin Cities SAG-AFTRA Local Second Monday Mixer

Warm up the winter by connecting with other local members at the February mixer on Monday, Feb. 13.  Join us every second Monday of the month during happy hour at Bar Louie for Second Monday Mixers. Members are urged to call other members and “member-curious” performers. All are welcome and feel free to bring a friend!

When: 5 - 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13

Where: Bar Louie in Uptown Minneapolis 

1348 Lagoon Street

Minneapolis, MN 55408

No RSVP needed. Everyone is welcome.

***In other news: A group of AEA Stage Managers met in Dec to form our first AEA SM Sub-Committee! If you are an AEA Stage Manager, or know someone who is, contact us so we can add them to this list of amazing union members!


1. Did you know that, generally, AEA actors have first right to audition slots?! If a theatre says that their audition slots are full, but they have Non-Union or EMC actors signed up, they may have to bump someone so you can be seen.

2. The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps ALL professionals – union AND none, dancers, directors -  in performing arts and entertainment. More about the Actor’s Fund:

3. The Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund reimburses eligible performing arts and entertainment professionals up to $40.00 towards a pair of shoes costing no more than $100.00.


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Twin Cities Actors' Equity Liaison Committee
Greta Grosch, Chair

Posted January 24