Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Possible House vote tonight to cut NEA funding

Hi everyone,

The House Rules Committee ruled in order an amendment by Rep. Grothman (R-WI) to cut NEA and NEH funding by 15% each. This amendment cutting funding to the NEA and NEH could receive a floor vote as early as tonight. (Amendment text is here: https://amendments-rules.house.gov/amendments/GROTWI_092_xml71318155501551.pdf)

DPE is drafting a statement of opposition for release this afternoon that will list the names of the AEMI unions. Because the AEMI unions are on record in support of full federal arts funding, we assume that your union opposes the Grothman amendment that cuts funding. Please email me ASAP if your union does NOT want to be listed on the statement opposing the Grothman amendment.

DPE also advises AEMI unions to ramp up social media advocacy in support of full federal arts funding through at least tonight. For unions wishing to direct their members to take action, the ask is to call their representative and urge a NO vote on any Interior amendment that cuts funding to the NEA or NEH.

We are in touch with Rep. Pingree’s office, who is helping to keep us updated on developments as they unfold. Rep. Pingree will speak against the Grothman amendment when floor debate on the Interior bill commences at approximately 6 pm this evening. Rep. Pingree will also send a Dear Colleague letter urging opposition to the Grothman amendment if there is a floor vote, and she would like to include the AEMI’s opposition in that letter.

Thank you in advance for your quick response to this attack on federal arts funding. We will keep you informed as we learn more.


Michael Wasser
Legislative and Outreach Director
Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Tuesday May 22nd 2018 at 9.30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Free cover

GIAA Members should email Francesca directly if you are able to attend

Francesca Capetta

Hi Carlo!

I’d love to invite you to Broadway’s Got Talent where I’ll be one of the four judges along with the 10 times Tony Winner Tommy Tune, Broadway actress Klea Blackhurst and Talent Agent Dustin Flores. This International Musical Theater Competition will take place on Tuesday May 22nd 2018 at 9.30pm at Feinstein’s/54 Below.

Let me know if you or any GIAA member are interested in coming so I can reserve you free tickets (there is a $25 minimum drink/food).

Attached the flyer.
Let me know :)


Thursday, December 14, 2017

AEMI 4As DPE Meeting Notes

December 13, 9:30 AM start
Moment of silence in memory of Mike Hodge
4As convention and Board Meeting PM Voted and Approved
DPE/4As Financials
FY 16-17 Audit Report
FY 16-17 LM3
Six-Month Statement
FY 2017-2018 May 1, 2017-October 31, 2017
Introductions and Remarks : Presiding Officer Paul Almeida,
Nominations and Elections: (Name and Primary Union represented)
President: Gabrielle Carteris SAGAFTRA,
Treasurer: MaryLou Westerfield AEA,
Executive Secretary: Paul Almeida DPE,
1st VP: David White SAG-AFTRA
2VP: Mary McColl AEA
3VP: Susanne K. Doris AGVA
4VP: Len Egert, AGMA
5th VP: Carson Ferri Grant, GIAA

Delegates for each Union: GIAA's are Carlo Fiorletta, Carson Ferri-Grant, Simcha Borenstein

Other Discussed below:

Resolution 5: Commission on the future of work and Unions

Why we need Adequate Right of publicity Laws

Resolution 36: Celebrating DEP 40 Years of Professional Union Membership

Department for Professional Employees AFL-CIO
-The Professional Workforce
-The future of Work and the Labor movement
-Professional Union members
-Organizing Professionals
1) Growing Your Union: Engaging Professionals through New Hire Orientation.
2) Extend the Invitation
3) Guide to Organizing Professionals.

DPE research projects.

Political and Legislative Activity.
- H1B and other High-Skilled Visas
- O and P Visas.
- Intellectual Property and Copyright
-Arts Funding

Outreach and Coalition building.
40 year history. Workforce of the future.

Resolution Supporting Intellectual Property (IP) Rights and Protections to
Promote {productivity, Competitiveness and Jobs

Draft : $as Board Meeting Minutes. SAG-AFTRA HQ NY April 6, 2017
Constitution of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America last amended 9/16/92

Monday, July 24, 2017

Casting Village, My Home Especially need Old Woman.

Marcina Zaccaria
53 mins
Just a few roles left for Village, My Home. If you haven't submitted your headshots and resumes yet, send them to:

Here is the Character Breakdown and Description:

Village, My Home is a new play that will be performed at this Summer’s Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City.
In preparation for the New Year, a Village housewife, a team of business people, and inquisitive tourists struggle to find the meaning of home within the context of a bustling New York City. Searching deeply, they question what matters and find surprising connections where they least expect them.

Old Woman, 60s – 70s, matriarch, delivers long speeches
Middle Aged Man, mid 40s – 50s, frustrated, fails to report to HR
Best Friend, female mid 30s, enabling, always near the Middle Aged Woman
Computer Geek, male 24-32, boldly visionary, almost terrorist
26 Year Old, female, empathetic, an editor on the verge of firing her interns
Out of Towner, male or female, charismatic 25-40, inquisitive, daunted
Guide, female, 25-35, charismatic, enthusiastic
Traveler from Another Boro, male, mid 20s – 40s, intrepid, proud
Native Dweller, female, mid 20s – 40s, aware and attentive

Welcoming all ethnicities for all roles. Actors must be able to memorize quickly. Rehearsals will be held on Saturdays and Thursday evenings in August. Non AEA and AEA welcome.

Performance dates at TNC are:
8/27 5pm
8/29 9pm
8/31 9pm
9/2 2pm
9/3 8pm

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Italo Calvino One Acts Eleonora Cacciola upcoming show NYC

Italo Calvino One Act Plays Eleonora Cacciola upcoming show NYC
For information, contact me or Eleanora directly


Eleonora Cacciola

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Press Release and Press Coverage for Joint AEMI Letter on NEA, NEH, and CPB Funding

Hi everyone,
Please find below a copy of DPE's press release about the joint AEMI letter to Congress, as well as links to the press coverage of the letter to date. You'll also find attached an image that your union can use to help promote the letter on social media.
Affiliate unions should feel free to pitch the letter to media as they see fit. Please let us know as stories are placed so we can help track coverage.
Michael Wasser

12 Unions, Including AEA, Appeal to Congress to Save the NEA and Regional Theatre

By Olivia Clement

April 4, 2017

The Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE), a coalition of 12 national unions including Actors Equity Association, has penned a letter to members of Congress in defense of sustaining funding for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The letter, signed by AEA President Kate Shindle, is in response to the Trump Administration’s proposed cuts to the NEA, set to go into effect in the fall.

AEA Joins 12 Unions in Congressional Appeal to Save the NEA

Broadway World

By Alexa Criscitiello

April 4, 2017

A joint coalition of 12 national unions, Actors Equity Association among them, has penned an appeal to members of Congress in defense of the National Endowment for the Arts. The letter, signed by Equity President Kate Shindle, was written in response to the presidential administration's plans to cut the NEA, among other public programs, from the national budget.

Kelly stares down border skeptics


By Ted Hasson

April 5, 2017

UNIONS DEFEND ARTS FUNDING: Twelve unions that represent workers in the arts will deliver a letter to Congress today that pushes back against the Trump administration’s proposal to nix federal funding for the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“The nonprofit arts community supports over four million jobs in the arts and related industries, including jobs for many of our members,” the letter reads. “Without continued funding for the NEA, NEH, and CPB, we expect the loss of good, middle-class jobs, with the most acute economic pain being felt far from the soundstages of Hollywood and bright lights of Broadway. The job losses will be in smaller, more rural communities ... ” Read more.



Katie Barrows
Research and Communications Associate
P: 202-638-0320 x115

Entertainment Unions Stand Together to Oppose Proposed Cuts to the NEA, NEH, and CPB

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2016—Yesterday, 12 national unions representing over a half million arts and entertainment professionals came together to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposed elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

In a joint letter which was delivered yesterday to members of Congress, the arts and entertainment affiliate unions of the Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO (DPE) stressed the importance of the NEA, NEH, and CPB to the nation’s economy and American culture. The coalition emphasized that middle-class jobs in smaller, rural communities will be impacted the most by the federal funding cuts, not those in Hollywood or on Broadway, and urged Congress to maintain current funding levels for all three institutions.

“Our unions' members include actors, musicians, stagehands, and many other professionals in diverse communities in all 50 states,” said DPE President Paul E. Almeida. “Trump’s proposed cuts to the NEA, NEH, and CPB will hurt many of these hard-working Americans and we are united in our effort to ensure Congress preserves federal arts funding.”

The unions that signed-on to the letter include:

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA)
American Guild of Variety Artists (AGVA)
Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA)
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts (IATSE)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)
Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE)

DPE and its affiliate unions will continue to monitor President Trump’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget as it moves through the legislative process.

The Department for Professional Employees (DPE) is a coalition of 23 unions representing over four million professional and technical union members. DPE affiliate unions represent professionals in over 300 occupations in education and healthcare; science, engineering, and technology; legal, business, and management; media, entertainment, and the arts; and public administration.