Exam Info: Eastern Region - In NYC
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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 for information on the Professional Membership Application process, and see Apprentice Program for Scenic Artists - NYC 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 - Beyond NYC 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 Four 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 Apprentice Program for Scenic Artists - NYC.
ART DEPT. COORDINATORS MUST DOWNLOAD 1 ADDITIONAL DOCUMENT:
COMPUTER ARTISTS MUST DOWNLOAD 3 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.