Member/ Affiliate Member Organizations

Member Organizations

The Women in the Arts and Media Coalition, Inc. is composed of member organizations which combine their efforts to work toward the advancement of women in the performing arts and media. 

165 West 46th Street
NYC NY 10036
AEA is the labor union that represents professional performers and stage managers in the legitimate theatre throughout the United States. It negotiates minimum wages and working conditions for its members, administers contracts and enforces the provisions of its agreements with employers. It also participates in various projects for the benefit of the theatre industry. 

New York, NY 10016
AFTRA represents actors, singers, dancers, announcers disc jockeys, newscasters, sportscasters and others who perform live or on tape on radio or television, and singers who work in the recording industry. It negotiates and administers contracts on behalf of its members and provides them an opportunity to develop their professional skills. 

Dramatists Guild, Inc. (DG)1501 Broadway.Suite 701
New York, NY 10036
The Dramatists Guild is the professional association of playwrights, composers and lyricists. It works to protect the rights of dramatists and to improve the conditions under which they work. 
Mail: c/o Rachel Reiner
35 W. 64 St. Apt. 4-D
New York, NY 10023 
Information Hotline: (888) 297-3117
Other calls: 545-505-1822
The League, the founding member of NYCWAM, is an advocacy organization dedicated to reinforcing the positive image of women, promoting their visibility and increasing their opportunities in American professional theatre.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT)6 East 39th Street, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10016
NYWIFT is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels of achievement in film, television and other programming media. The membership includes people working in all areas of film, television and new media. With a network of 40 chapters representing 10,000 people around the world, NYWIFT produces many innovative and educational programs. 

Screen Actors Guild (SAG)360 Madison Avenue, 12th Floor
NY, NY 10017
SAG is the national labor union that represents performers in motion pictures, television programs and commercials, industrial and interactive projects. Through its National Women's Conference Committee, the Guild works to promote employment opportunities for female performers and to improve the image of women portrayed in entertainment. 

New York, NY 10036
SSDC is the national independent labor representative for directors and choreographers who work in the American professional theatre. It provides protections, services and benefits to members, with jurisdiction over Broadway, Off-Broadway, League of Professional Resident Theatres, and other stages. The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation supports and develops theatre professionals with information, training and opportunities.  

555 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10036
WGAE is a labor union representing professional writers in the motion picture, television and radio industries. Guild agreements, achieved through collective bargaining, furnish members with protection in such areas as fees, payment, rights in material, credits and arbitration of disputes. 

Affiliate Member Organizations*

3739 Balboa Street #181
San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: (415) 751-2202
The Fund for Women Artists helps women do their creative work by directing funds to artists, building audiences through the WomensArtNetwork online listings, providing information on funding resources, and advocacy.
The Rehearsal Club
111 Great Hill Rd
Ridgefield, CT 06877
The Rehearsal Club and the women who lived there are the basis for the Edna Ferber & George S. Kauffman play, Stage Door. Closed down in 1976, the women of the RC alumnae support and encourage the networking and mentoring of aspiring young women while serving as a catalyst to encourage the creation of similar "Rehearsal Club" housing in Manhattan.
The Women's Media Center
212-563-0688 (fax)
350 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10118
The Women's Media Center's mission is to assure that women and women's experiences are reflected in the media just as women are present everywhere in the real world; that women are represented as local, national, and global sources for subjects of the media; and that women media professionals have equal opportunities for employment and advancement.
Women Make Movies
462 Broadway, Suite 500WS
New York, NY 10013
Women Make Movies facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women, facilitates the development of feminist media, and addresses the under representation of women in film.
Dancers Over 40, Inc. 
P.O. Box 237098
New York, NY 10023
Dancers Over 40, Inc. was created as a not-for-profit organization to provide a community of support in response to the fiscal -- as well as physical - needs of mature dancers, choreographers and related artists. Our goals are to seek educational opportunities, present seminars, socials and panel discussions on topics important to mature dancers concerned about their ability to continue to live and work in a creative environment and continue the legacy to those dancers about to begin their journey.

Professional Women Singers Association 
Ansonia Station , P.O. Box 231162
New York, NY 10023 

Founded in 1982, the Professional Women Singers Association advances careers of women singers and promotes musical excellence. It functions as a network of distinguished women singers who support each other in their professional work in opera, musical theater, concert and cabaret performance, and sacred music in churches and synagogues. 
*Affiliate Membership, a newer category of association with WAM Coalition, is available to organizations that support the mission and goals of WAM Coalition but, because they are not membership organizations, are ineligible as a Member Organization. For more information about Affiliate Membership, email us.



The semi-annual Blatant Self-Interest Networking Event or BSINE gives participants a unique opportunity to network with professionals in the arts and media and share experiences and career goals. 
Some of the guest speakers who have joined us at previous BSINE presentations:
  • On January 30. 2006, Roni Selig, Senior Vice President at the Disney company, Buena Vista Productions, and a film and theater producer, shared some of her secre about her career in producing and the upper echelons of the television industry at the Players' Club.
  • On July 25, 2005, Emily Mann, Playwright, Director and Artistic Director of the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, addressed a large gathering at the Blatant Self-Interest Networking Event. Mann described her creative process as a playwright known for stage documentaries, describing the research, interviews and influences that led to the writing of Still Life, Annulla an Autobiography, and others, at The Players. 
  • On January 31, 2005, Rhonda Schaffler, Senior Business Correspondent for CNN Financial News, was the special guest speaker at a Blatant Self-Interest Networking Event. Focusing on "Women and Money," the event was sponsored by New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media.
  • On July 26, 2004, Mari Lyn Henry, career coach, image consultant and co-author of the best-selling actors' survival guide, How To Be A Working Actor, was the guest speaker at the NYCWAM networking event. Previously the East Coast Director of Casting at ABC-TV and now the New York principal partner of Henry Downey Talent, Mari Lyn spoke about "reinventing yourself." "The Biz of the Biz" is also a topic of seminars and workshops conducting by Mari Lyn and she is the co-author (with Lynne Rogers) of How To Be A Working Actor (The Insider's Guide to Finding Jobs in Theatre, Film and Television). 
  • On Jan. 12, 2004 at the Players' Club, Harriet Slaughter took the stage of the Players' Club for a session on 'How to Negotiate Almost Anything.' The former Director of Labor Relations for The League of American Theatres and Producers, where she negotiated with more than a dozen labor unions, Slaughter shared her favorite tips and traps in successful negotiating with over 120 attendees. Following her talk, attendees took the mike to share their own projects and needs. (Read more)
Other speakers at the Blatant Self-Interest Networking Events have included:


Pitch In - Coalition in Back Stage 3/6/2008

Pitch in

The New York Coalition of Professional Women in the Arts & Media will present a two-part workshop on the art of pitching ideas and projects. The first part of "Pitching With Conviction" will address defining and creating pitches; the second deals with preparation and presentation. The workshop is designed to provide techniques and skills for capitalizing on one's strengths, breaking through blocks, and getting in the door. Scheduled guests include Jim Arnoff, a television packaging agent, entertainment lawyer, and life/career coach, and Grace Kiley, a licensed clinical mental health counselor who specializes in unconscious communication, dreams, and Jungian theory. The workshop is set for Mon., March 10 and 17, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. (followed by networking) at Manhattan Theatre Club, 311 W. 43rd St., 8th floor, Studio A, NYC. The cost is $18 in advance for both sessions, $10 in advance for one, or $12 for each at the door. Seating is limited. For more information and to reserve tickets, visit www.nycwam.org/2007/ coalition_events.htm.
Bengel, Anna
Source Citation:
Bengel, Anna. "Pitch in." Back Stage East 6 Mar. 2008: 3. Business Insights: Essentials. Web. 8 July 2015.
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