“You never stop learning your craft. That’s the key to success within yourself as an actor.”

– Julianna Margulies at Conversations

The Conversations program offers free screenings followed by inspiring Q&As with leading actors and casts, as well as Career Retrospectives with preeminent actors who explore the process and profession of acting with an audience of fellow performers. Conversations focus on personal experiences and artistic influences that inform and shape careers; discuss past and current projects; share valuable insights into the craft and industry; and preserve creative legacies in the Actors Archive.

Presented in Los Angeles, New York and cities nationwide, we offer two types of Conversations: screenings of films and television shows followed by Q&As with casts and principals, and two-hour Career Retrospectives with the leading, influential actors of our time. All Conversations are professionally moderated, recorded and available in our video gallery.

Conversations include the casts of MoonlightLa La Land, Manchester by the Sea, FencesLion, Florence Foster JenkinsThe People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime, CarolMr. Robot, This Is Us, The Crown, Grace and FrankieQueen Sugar, How to Get Away With MurderVeep and Transparent.

Our collection of over 300 Career Retrospectives with notable actors and broadcasters includes Morgan Freeman, Leonardo DiCaprio, Helen MirrenMichael KeatonJake GyllenhaalJennifer Aniston, Mahershala AliKevin Costner, Edward Norton, Octavia SpencerLouis Gossett, JrMatthew McConaugheyEddie Redmayne, Matt Damon, Sir Ian McKellen, Al Pacino, Ewan MacGregor, Uzo AdubaTom BrokawDan Rather, Shirley MacLaine, Kirk Douglas, Jane Russell, Robert Duvall, Henry Fonda, Charlton Heston, Diahann Carroll and hundreds more live in our permanent archive, with many available for viewing online.

In New York, we host a special Conversations series in partnership with to celebrate the vibrant theater community in the city and feature actors with careers on both stage and screen including Audra McDonald, Liev SchreiberChazz PalminteriChita Rivera, Stockard ChanningEllen Burstyn, David Hyde Pierce, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jim Parsons and Keith Carradine.

The Conversations series is free for SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity members, and made possible through gifts, grants and sponsorships.

Give your support to the Conversations program.

For those who need disability accommodation at our programming, including Sign Language Interpretation, please email for LA events or for NY events with a minimum of three business days’ notice and you will be contacted.

Jesse Bush, Conversations Program Director, 323-549-6708 ext. 5
JP Garretson, New York Program Manager, 212-863-4284