Conversations is a national speaker series inviting well-known, working actors to discuss their careers, speak about current projects and share their experiences in the industry with an audience of actors.
Many Conversations events are filmed or live streamed for our educational archives and are made available to to view in our video gallery and on our non-profit YouTube Channel. Additionally over 300 career retrospectives are available on DVD to view in the SAG Foundation Actors Center in Los Angeles.
The SAG Foundation also offers screenings of films and television shows followed by question and answer sessions with members of the cast, directors, writers, producers and casting directors.
Past speakers include:
Matt Damon, Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Ewan MacGregor, Glenn Close, Kerry Washington, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, Paul Giamatti, Mark Ruffalo, Sally Field, Robert Duvall, Jack Lemmon, James Garner, Henry Fonda, Ellyn Burstyn, Kirk Douglas, Forest Whitaker, Laura Linney, Javier Bardem, Diahann Carroll, Shirley MacLaine and many more.
Past screenings/Q&As include:
ARGO, SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, LES MISERABLES, THE SESSIONS, LINCOLN, ZERO DARK THIRTY, "New Girl," "Raising Hope", "Scandal", "Community", "Breaking Bad", "The Big Bang Theory" and "Once Upon a Time."
New York offers a special Conversations on Broadway in partnership with Actors Equity Association. Events include a complimentary performance followed by a union member only Q&A with select cast. Past participants include Sister Act, Peter and the Starcatcher, Love Loss and What I Wore, Memphis, Million Dollar Quartet, Seminar, Porgy and Bess and Ghost.
SAG Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for a filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City. Events are co-hosted and moderated by Richard Ridge for an audience of SAG-AFTRA and AEA members. The event is filmed for the Foundation's educational archives and a 30 minute "Back Stage with Richard Ridge" highlight clip is featured on Broadway World. Past participants include: Ellen Burstyn, David Hyde Pierce, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jim Parsons, Keith Carradine and more.