The SAG-AFTRA Foundation are opening a new educational space and screening room in New York City this October 5th that will be named the Robin Williams Center for Actors, Broadcasters and Recording Artists in honor of the late actor-comedian. The space will offer free educational programming to artists in the fields of acting, broadcasting, and recording. It will be located between 8th Avenue and Broady in New York City.
The opening ceremony will be a celebration of the late comedian and actors work. It will also feature a panel of friends and colleagues discussing what it was like collaborating with Williams. Right now the guest list boasts Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Hank Azaria, Bonnie Hunt, and Barry Levinson.
“The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is a national organization and we’ve been serving union performers all over the country with our free programs and resources for more than 30 years. However, with the opening of the incredible Robin Williams Center, we now have two permanent and state-of-the-art homes for actors, broadcasters and recording artists on both coasts,” said JoBeth Williams, president of the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. “The opening of this Center is truly the culmination of a dream.”
According to Deadline, the room will be a “154-seat, 4000-square-foot theater will feature a 4K HD Christie Digital Cinema projection system and surround sound and a 25-foot-wide screen. It also boasts multi-camera live stream broadcast and recording capabilities. When the foundation is not programming in the space, the center will be made available for rental.”
Incredible stuff for an incredible talent.