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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WH wants FY 2017 budget cuts for NEA and NEH

Hi everyone,

Please be aware that the White House has asked Congress to reduce the NEA and NEH’s FY 2017 appropriations by $15 million each. (The White House did not appear to request a decrease in FY 2017 funding for CPB.) Should the White House’s proposal be accepted, the NEA and NEH would each have $15 million less to disperse in grants during the current fiscal year, which ends on September 30th.

The attached document charts the White House’s proposed FY 2017 budget reductions alongside the funding levels established by the governing 2017 Continuing Resolution and both the 2017 House and Senate funding bills. See page six for the NEA and NEH reduction requests.

Congress must agree on FY 2017 appropriations by April 28th to avoid a government shutdown. For what it’s worth, initial news reports suggest that the White House’s overall FY 2017 reduction request was not well received by appropriators from both parties. That said, DPE continues to monitor the situation closely. Please let us know if your union learns any information about the FY 2017 appropriations.

Also, thank you to those affiliates who have approved their principals as signatories to the joint letter to Congress requesting continued funding for the NEA, NEH, and CPB. We hope to get the remaining approvals ASAP so that we can send the letter to the Hill this week.
Michael Wasser
Legislative and Outreach Director
Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO

Thursday, March 9, 2017

POWERHOUSE by Fred Crecca Reading tonight. Thanks.

Thank you to Fred for writing and all members and guests who read tonight.
I may update this post with more details.

The play takes place in 1967 and includes political, war and religious references that relate well to today.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

DPE welcomes Stage Directors & Choreographers Society SDC


DPE is excited to welcome the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) as its newest affiliate union. DPE is looking forward to working with SDC leadership and staff to advance SDC’s goals.

SDC is the theatrical union that represents 4,000 professional stage Directors and Choreographers throughout the United States. SDC has jurisdiction over the employment of directors and choreographers working in the following areas: Broadway and National tours, Off-Broadway, ANTC (Association of Non-Profit Theatre Companies, New York City), Resident Theatre (League of Resident Theatres – LORT), Resident summer stock companies (Council of Resident Stock Theatres – CORST/TSS), Dinner Theatre (Dinner Theatre Agreement – DTA), Regional Musical Theatre (RMT), and Outdoor musical stock (OMS).

You can read the press release announcing the affiliation, here:

Thank you,
Paul E. Almeida

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Update on Proposed Attacks on NEA

Update on Proposed Attacks on NEA, NEH, and CPB (Michael Wasser DPE)
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carlofiorlettaToday at 1:30 PM
Hi everyone As promised, we want to provide you
with more information on what AEMI unions can do to help
protect funding for the National Endowment for the Arts,
National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation
Public Broadcasting. At the present time, we think it makes
strategic sense for AEMI unions to publicize and promote
Americans for the Arts’ online petition. The petition
currently has nearly 23,000 signatures, but can certainly
use many more signers.
We encourage AEMI unions to ask their
members to sign the petition, to feature a link to the
petition in a prominent place on the front pages of your
websites, and to promote the petition through your social

Here are some resources that your union
can use to develop communications with members, and for
social media and website content: ·
Fact vs. Fiction:
Government Arts Funding:

Five Essential Arts
2015 NEA Grants by State
and Congressional District:
In addition, the Americans for the Arts
petition itself has important information that can be useful
in tailoring a message for your members:
According to the U.S.
Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis,
arts and cultural industries contribute 4.23 percent, or
$704.2 billion, of the nation’s GDP. This is greater
than that of several other sectors, including
construction, transportation and warehousing, mining and
extraction, and agriculture ·
In contrast to U.S. goods
and services as a whole, arts and cultural commodities yield
a trade surplus of $24 billion ·
The arts and cultural
sector generates 4.7 million jobs, with more than 2.2
million people in the U.S. whose primary occupation is an
We will continue to keep you updated on
developments related to NEA, NEH, and CPB funding as they
become known to us. In the meantime, we hope this
information helps you spread the word about the need to protect
these important institutions.

Sunday, February 12, 2017


From: Marcina Zaccaria Subject: CASTING FOR VILLAGE, MY HOME

Here are the details for Village, My Home. I have included a General Information, a Casting Breakdown, and a sample monologue. Entire script is available, upon request.

Thanks so much for letting people know about this project!

With all best wishes,
Marcina Zaccaria