Survival Skills & Resources for the Pandemic & Beyond | ATW Master Class

Learning to navigate a life in the arts is a challenging endeavor always, but especially during these times. The American Theatre Wing presents this very special masterclass with our friends from The Actors Fund who will share the importance and “how-to’s” of planning for your artistic future utilizing the resources available to all who work in the entertainment industry. Attendees will hear from experts on financial wellness and the importance of having a plan in place, especially when in crisis. Our panelists will share career center resources including implementing transferable skills and how to sustain oneself during hard times through creating a plan and job opportunities. This master class will also provide information on health insurance, the importance of mental health, along with an introduction to the Entertainment Assistance Program. The panel will touch on the affordable housing initiatives, legal and health services, and information on emergency financial assistance for basic living expenses such as rent or medical expenses.

With so many in our industry without work and uncertain of what lies ahead, the American Theatre Wing is proud to partner with The Actors Fund to share these programs available to you as a member of the entertainment industry, serving all professionals and not just actors—in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio and dance. We hope you can join us to explore and learn more about these universal resources available to you.

Our Moderator:

Lee H. Perlman, Vice-Chair, American Theatre Wing Board of Trustees; Treasurer of The Actors Fund (Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer for Greater New York Hospital Association)

Our Panelists:

Barbara S. Davis, LMSW, Chief Operating Officer
Rebecca Selkowe, J.D. Financial Wellness Counselor
Christopher Bloodworth, MSW, Director of the Career Center
Daniel Arnow, Director of Affordable Housing Initiatives
Lillian Gallina, LCSW, Supervisor of the Entertainment Assistance Program

About the American Theatre Wing’s Master Class Series

Our Master Class Series provides attendees with exclusive access to hear and learn from the titans of our theatre industry. Guests will range from top-tier Actors, Directors, Playwrights, Designers, and more! Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the many and vast ways to finding your way in the business with each featured artist sharing their unique journey and path to success as a creative.

Originally recorded: 11/12/20