EXAM INFO - EASTERN REGION: IN NYC
MAC USERS: Do not use the "Preview" program installed on all MACs by default. You MUST install and use Adobe Reader, available for free at: http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/ because if you use "Preview" your file will become corrupted and your typed-in data will be lost. Only Adobe Reader will work! Remember to tell your References this when sending them a Recommendation Form to fill in: ADOBE READER ONLY!
The most common way to gain membership in the Union in the Eastern Region (NYC) is by way of individual Category Exam / Interviews, as described below. See HOW TO JOIN [left] for information on the Professional Membership Application process, and see APPRENTICE PROGRAM FOR SCENIC ARTISTS [left] for details on that program. (Please NOTE: USA 829 has an Apprenticeship Program FOR SCENIC ARTISTS ONLY. There is NO SIMILAR PROGRAM FOR ANY DESIGNER CATEGORY).
In addition to the Exams given in all categories on a regular basis in New York City, the Eastern Region now gives limited Exams in New England and Washington DC for those who live and work in those areas. See EXAMS > EASTERN REGION: OUTSIDE NYC [left] for details.
NOTE TO PROJECTION DESIGNERS:
There is currently no formal Exam/Interview procedure for admitting members into the new Projection Design category. Working Projection Designers may join the union via the Professional Membership Application
procedure (see How to Join
) or by contacting the Business Representative for Live Production – currently Carl Mulert
– in the NY Business Office at 212-581-0300
to arrange a review of the Projection Designer’s résumé and other portfolio materials.
Please contact the NY Office for more specific information.
ALL APPLICANTS MUST DOWNLOAD THESE 4 DOCUMENTS:
Please be advised that the Union will not be responsible for delayed receipt of forms or fees caused by Post Office negligence.
ADDITIONAL CATEGORY-SPECIFIC DOCUMENTS:
SCENIC ARTISTS MUST DOWNLOAD 1 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT:
There are at present 3 methods of joining the Local as a Scenic Artist:
- The TRACK A Exam is open to working Scenic Artists who have a minimum of three (3) years professional (non-academic) experience in the entertainment industry. The Exam consists of an interview, portfolio revue and a review of required samples which will be assigned.
- The TRACK B or "Open" Exam is open to anyone. The Exam - given once every two (2) years - consists of a written test of general and studio specific knowledge, interview, portfolio revue, a take-home painting project and an on-site practical studio painting exam.
- The Apprentice Program - see EXAMS > APPRENTICE PROGRAM FOR SCENIC ARTISTS [left]
ART DEPT. COORDINATORS MUST DOWNLOAD 1 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT:
COMPUTER ARTISTS MUST DOWNLOAD 2 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
COSTUME DESIGNERS MUST DOWNLOAD 2 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
LIGHTING DESIGNERS MUST DOWNLOAD 2 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
SCENIC DESIGNERS & STORYBOARD ARTISTS MUST DOWNLOAD 1 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT:
SOUND DESIGNERS MUST DOWNLOAD 2 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS:
EASTERN REGION OFFICE - MAILING ADDRESS
Mail all application materials to:
(Your Category) Exam Committee
United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829
29 West 38th Street
New York City, New York 10018
NOTE: The Business Office cannot answer specific questions about any category Exam. Please read the CATEGORY-SPECIFIC “INFORMATION” DOCUMENTS above for contact names and numbers of someone who you should contact for more information.