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SAG-AFTRA Contract Workshop

Preparing to cast your independent project, but not sure how to work with the Screen Actor’s Guild? This hands-on workshop is for you.

Our team of experts will walk you through the process of hiring everyone from name actors to background players and child performers. They’ll discuss the various low-budget agreements available through SAG-AFTRA, show you how a casting director can facilitate the process, reveal what it takes to work with agents, and cover the legal issues you need to consider when negotiating offers to actors.


Destiny Lilly 
is owner of Destiny Casting, a boutique casting company that specializes in short film and video projects. Over her six years in casting, she has cast more than 100 commercials, industrials and branded video projects. She recently cast the short film A Poet Long Ago, written by journalist Pete Hamill and directed by Bob Giraldi. She has a background in theater and has cast for The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, and The Gallery Players among others. Other work includes a number of award-winning shorts as well as the upcoming feature The Widowers. She is the Casting Consultant for the Live Action Short Film Program at the School Of Visual Arts and a member of New York Women in Film & Television.

Connor Mooney
, New Media Specialist for SAG-AFTRA, provides essential market analysis and software development to ensure that the union stays ahead of market shifts in new media, as well as to offer members valuable insights into the implications of emerging technology. Mooney has years of experience in collecting residuals for SAG-AFTRA members and worked as an animator prior to joining the union.


Nicole Page i
s a Partner at Reavis Parent Lehrer LLP, where she specializes in entertainment, intellectual property and employment law. She also serves as the Head of Business Affairs and Senior Development Executive at Engel Entertainment, INC., a New York City based film and television production company. Page counsels filmmakers, producers and feature film and television production companies on film financing, rights acquisition, production agreements, exploitation of ancillary rights, fair use, content licensing, clearance, distribution and related issues. She also serves as production counsel to negotiate theatrical, broadcast and home distribution deals, and represents many artists and performers in the arts and entertainment industries. Page is also a proud Women Make Movies Board Member and regularly lectures and writes on legal issues in the arts and media. She has appeared at SXSW, the Hamptons International Film Festival, IFP, RealScreen and many other festivals and conferences. 

Stephanie A. Perry is the Director of Theatrical Contracts at SAG-AFTRA where she oversees administration and enforcement of film entertainment contracts in the New York area. Prior to joining SAG-AFTRA, Stephanie worked for conglomerates such as 4 Kids Entertainment, Inc., Marvel, Inc. and Pfizer, Inc. A graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia and the University of Buffalo Law School, Stephanie is an attorney and an active member of the New York Bar since 2000. 


Adrienne Stern
is a casting director known for securing casts that open doors to festivals and distribution. Her films have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Tribeca, Berlin, South by Southwest and other prominent festivals. Sundance premieres include Broken English, Adrift in Manhattan, Girlstown, The Believer, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing  and This Revolution. Stern recently cast Elektric ChildrenPrism, Those Who Wander, Blood & Circumstance and Electric City. TV credits include NY casting for That 70’s Show and Welcome to Greenpoint for FX. Commercials include the Dove Real Beauty Campaign, Philips Norelco, Amex, D'Angelo, Kool-Aid , ESPN, Infiniti, Moma and more. She was Casting Director of The New York Sundance Writers Lab Reading Series from 1996-2005.


Produced by Marisa Vitali and Destiny Lilly

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts