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The Rehearsal Club: HAPPY HOLIDAYS


A hearty group of Rehearsal Club Alum and other supporters joined us in greeting Jan Owen, one of our Rehearsal Club Alum currently living (and loving) her residency at The Actors Home.
Thank you to Lucy Seligson and Jordan Stohl for providing the elegant luncheon, educating tour and gorgeous space to play.  David Lewis at piano and Larry Spivack on everything else (he brought his own full band w/bells & tambourines).  
Pictured above from left to right are:
David Lewis, Martina Vidmar (remember her from our Women @ Work production in 2012 at The York Theater?), Sunney Keyser, Larry Spivack, Rise Clemmer, Mary Lou Barber (also W@W), Ginger Ray (Showstoppers w/Arthur Anderson @EAG), Lorraine Goodman (helped us w/our press kit also), Dottie Belle, Steve Boockvor, Denise Pence, Arthur Anderson (seated, married to Alice Middleton ), & Jan Owen, resident.


Holiday Ideas

Consider checking out our Member Services page on our website for gift ideas.  This calendar was created by Sunny Keyser's daughter, Jen Halpern, a casting director & champion of rescue dogs (  Others among us have books written.  All members who are supporting us thru their $10 dues are welcome to link their projects to our site.

As you can tell, even the residents got into the act!  The tree pictured above is also the one at The Actors Home.  


HAPPY HOLIDAYS from all of us in New York to all of you across the country!

We look forward to rocking the New Year with the launch of our documentary fund-raising campaign.  Watch for details coming out soon and become an ACTIVE participant in your social circle for helping us find the funding to create this lasting memory of our home.  Projected Goal:  $205,000

As with the Centennial -- WE CAN DO IT!



The Rehearsal Club

On Thursday, October 3, the women of the Rehearsal Club were invited to participate in a panel discussion at Marymount College.  Lee Kelley, Chair, Rise Clemmer, Secretary, Terry Baughan, Treasurer, Jean Preece and Kathleen Conry rocked the packed room with often hilarious, sometimes horribly dark, tales from days of yore.  The presentation was designed to enhance Marymount's upcoming clever production of Stage Door, diversely directed by David Mold, Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts, opening in November.
The women of the Rehearsal Club are also the force behind a new grassroots political campaign to support theatrical housing in Manhattan.  Supporting organizations are welcome to voice their opinions.  Freelance writer, Jill Caryl Weiner, is currently collecting potential interviews/quotes for a New York Times article.  Catch our blog at
Watch for our IndieGoGo Campaign to help fund our documentary through NYWIFT.  Seeking a literary agent with contacts to help get our book, "Cinderellas of West 53rd Street" to a Class A theatrical/political publisher. 



Rehearsal Club Centennial Celebration - WAM/NYWIFT/LPTW sponsored event at Sardi's

June 27 - July 1, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013
6:00 - 7:30pm
Open to the Public

This was an important evening.  Our knowledgeable panel, all shared the challenges inherent in creating another Rehearsal Club.  We learned it's not impossible, but it will take a certain synergy.  We planted the seed.

Thank you to Joanne Dorian, leslie Shreve and the women of the WAM Coalition, NYWIFT, and LPTW for throwing such a spectacular Sardi's Kick-Off to our Events!



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.