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October 01, 2002

Kaufherr Members Resource Center in Chicago Now Open to Equity Members

KMRC Offers State of the Art Technology, Library and More to Equity, SAG and AFTRA Members

The Kaufherr members Resource Center is now opening its doors to members of Actors' Equity Association. The KMRC offers an array of amenities from the latest in audio and visual equipment to rehearsal spaces. The Center's main focus is to help Equity, AFTRA and SAG members enhance their skills and practice their craft as voice-over talent, on-camera actors and broadcasters, while also giving them a central location to relax between jobs and reinforce the important role community plays within the Unions. The center was made possible by a grant for the charitable trust established by the late Jerry Kaufherr, a legendary Chicago voice actor.

The KMRC is a multi-purpose facility that combines the technological advantages of an advanced digital audio-visual studio with the comfortable ambience of a family-style living room.

San Fernando Valley Members should call: Childcare Resource Center 818-256-1020

The Audio Studio

The Audio Studio boasts a computer-based digital recording suite that Union members may use to make demo reels, record auditions, or practice voiceover styles, dialects or jingles. The studio also boasts a new, fast PC with a 19-inch monitor and CD burner, an Echo Gina digital PCI sound card, Sonic Foundry and Pro Tools software, near-field monitors with dedicated power amplifier, two large diaphragm condenser microphones comparable to those used in recording studios, a combination CD/cassette player, a Mackie mixer with phantom power, and Sony headphones.

The Video Store

As a Union member in Chicago, you have free admission to a top-quality digital recording and editing suite. Equipment includes a 27-inch monitor, a new Macintosh G4 computer with editing software, a Panasonic digital video camera, and umbrella lights on stands. Create a professional-looking audition video or demo reel, or rehearse in front of the camera and be able to critique your work right away.

Additionally, there is a lending library geared towards actors with over 1000 volumes in stock, including books, film and theatre scripts and video tapes. There is also a scene rehearsal space available. More reasons to visit include High speed DSL Internet access, a color printer, a fax, scanner, CD burner, and a lounge complete with an espresso machine.

The KMRC is adjacent to the AFTRA/SAG office at One E. Erie, Suite 600 and is open from 9:00am to 4:00om every work day, and Wednesday until 7:00. Classes are held, free of charge, on Wednesday's from 5 to 7 PM. Current offerings include audio studio, on camera, video editing and old time radio drama. For the exact class schedule and to register for classes in advance, call the center at (312) 573 - 8081

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