2020 Bookmarklets for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Site

Update November 2020: Most of these bookmarklets are no longer needed, because the Health Plan’s site now has the same functionality “built-in”. Did I inspire them to do so? I’m not saying I did, I’m not...


On Teaching

I came across this tweet today. It’s pretty funny and it gave me a laugh.

On Notes in Actors Access

I attended a meeting wherein I got a good look at how notes that you or your representation submit on Actors Access / Breakdown Services are seen by the folks in casting.


Aim Higher

To my peers: why wouldn’t you offer more to your actors when you can?

Oh Your God

A lot of gods are bad dudes. Zeus was a total douche, for instance. We all know that we should really just call him Zouche.

Bookmarklets for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Site

Sharing updated bookmarklets for the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Benefits Manager site: Health 2018 When I go the Earnings page, I tend to want to see my earnings from January 1, 2018 to today. This bookmarklet populates...


Plays read this fall

A trove of acting books came my way recently, and from it I plucked out and read the following plays: TOYER by Gardner McKay THE MARRIAGE-GO-ROUND by Leslie Stevens BAD HABITS by Terrence McNally THE COUNTRY...

La la!

I have in my possession a DVD of short Harvard student films. I appear in two of them. The students were all shooting from the same skeletal script, and if you watch the shorts, you’ll see...


Bookmarklets for the New SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Site

Sharing some bookmarklets for the new SAG-AFTRA Health Plan Benefits Manager site: Health 2016 When I go the Earnings page, I tend to want to see my earnings from January 1, 2016 to today. This bookmarklet...


Words worth your consideration regarding theater and employment for those at the margins. “I respect the view of any actors or stage managers who are fully informed of their rights and choices and wish to [donate]...

Plays read this month

ZOOT SUIT by Luis Valdez WHEN IS A CLOCK by Matthew Freeman NEIGHBORS by Bernardo Cubria THE DINING ROOM by A.R. Gurney


One Plan to rule them all

I've been involved in a handful of 99-seat productions, and I almost got involved in a few others. One was well suited for the new 50-Seat Showcase Code. One was well suited for the new 99-Seat...

Let’s celebrate!

AEA Council did not give the gift to membership companies that was proposed, the one that I wrote about below. But gave them another gift, which has many of the same pros and cons. In fact...

Kilgore sums up

If you get your news from Deadline or Bitter Lemons, I suggest visiting your @ActorsEquity member portal and read the decision & info.— Matthew Kilgore (@MJKilgore) April 22, 2015 1. Transitional 99-Seat Code: thru 5/31/16...similar to...

Brief facts on the 3 original prongs

Brief facts re AEA and 99 and what Council passed, compared to the initially proposed 3 prongs: The language of the LOS ANGELES SELF-PRODUCED PROJECT CODE is identical to what was in the initial proposal. The...


If you are an existing membership company in Los Angeles, this is an amazing opportunity. How could AEA give you a bigger gift than this? Accept it – and flourish!


Ten Non-Commandments

1. Be open-minded and be willing to alter your beliefs with new evidence. 2. Strive to understand what is most likely to be true, not to believe what you wish to be true. 3. The scientific...

Cauliflower “Potatoes”

This is a delicious substitute for mashed potatoes. 1 large cauliflower, cut into pieces 1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup homemade yoghurt salt, pepper to taste parsley and paprika garnish Cook cauliflower until just tender. Drain....


The American Taliban

What the Tea Party believes in: Ideological purity Compromise as weakness A fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism Denying science Unmoved by facts Undeterred by new information A hostile fear of progress A demonization of education A...