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Actors Fund Sponsors Information Sessions on New Graduate Degrees

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
DATE: November 18, 2008
CONTACT: Ina Clark – 212.221.7300 ext. 176
iclark@actorsfund.org

THE ACTORS FUND SPONSORING INFORMATION SESSION ABOUT NEW GRADUATE DEGREES
FOR THE NEW YORK THEATER COMMUNITY

Open House December 17th in NYC

(New York, NY) –  Information about two new CUNY graduate program designed to prepare theatre professionals for careers in teaching, community change and social justice will be offered at a free informational seminar on Wednesday, December 17th, from 3:30-5:30 pm.  The event, sponsored by The Actors Fund, will be held at the Creative Art Team offices on the 6th floor at 101 West 31st Street.

Participants can register via email to Kathy Schrier (kschrier@actorsfund.org) at The Actors Fund.

These new programs offer a Masters in Educational Theatre and an MA in Applied Theatre. The Masters in Educational Theatre is offered by City College, where graduates will receive both an MS degree and the requirements needed to receive a New York City K-12 teaching certificate.  The MA in Applied Theatre is sponsored by the Creative Art Team (CAT) and the CUNY School of Professional Studies. This degree prepares students to use theater to build communities and address societal issues in a wide range of settings. It provides a thorough training for aspiring theatre teaching artists and community facilitators, including apprenticeships with CAT’s professional outreach programs. 

Selected classes from the MA in Applied Theatre will be available to Educational Theatre students and, conversely, students wanting teacher certification can progress from Applied Theatre to the Educational Theatre program.

“All of us at The Actors Fund are thrilled that CUNY continues to recognize the importance of the arts to the health of society and has created these two unique degree programs. Our clients are always looking for new opportunities to implement their creativity and contribute to the community while obtaining new jobs that use their hard-won skills.  The Fund is so pleased to be able to introduce these tremendous programs to the New York theater community,” said Kathy Schrier of The Fund’s employment and training program, called the Actors Work Program.

The Actors Work Program assists performing arts and entertainment professionals in finding parallel and new careers that utilize their creative skills and talents.  Many of the program’s participants have gone on to rewarding teaching careers as well as careers related to community change and social justice. 

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that helps everyone – both performers and those behind the scenes – who works in performing arts and entertainment, and serves over 9,000 people annually. Programs include social services, emergency assistance, a free health clinic, insurance resources, housing, employment and training and an assisted living and skilled nursing facility. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.