SKiNNY

Is it fall already? Not officially, but competitions and networking events indicate it's time to put away the suntan lotion and start thinking about new opportunities.

Andy Kaufman Award

Submissions are being accepted for the third annual Andy Kaufman Award, which will be given out Nov. 9. The award is given to an up-and-coming performer who most closely reflects the originality and humor of the late comedian. A panel of celebrity judges will select the recipient. Finalists will perform at Carolines on Broadway during the New York Comedy Festival and the winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Last year's winner, Kristen Schaal, recently won the 2006 Nightlife Award for best female standup.

The deadline for tape submissions is Oct. 15. For complete information and eligibility requirements, visit www.nycomedyfestival.com.

SDCF Events

The Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation announces the first Director/Choreographer Network meeting of the season will be held at the SSDC offices, 1501 Broadway, Suite 1701 on Sept. 19 from 6–7:30 p.m. Casting director Bernie Telsey of Telsey + Company will be featured in a discussion with Nancy Piccione, casting director of Manhattan Theatre Club, on the relationship between directors, choreographers, and casting directors. To reserve a space, RSVP to foundation@ssdc.org.

The first Director/Dramatist Exchange of the season, co-sponsored by SDCF and the Dramatists Guild will be held at the Dramatists Guild, 1501 Broadway, Suite 701 on Sept. 26 from 5–7 p.m.

This event is conceived as a two-hour networking session to introduce directors and writers working in the New York area. Through the exchange, SDCF hopes to foster ongoing working relationships between writers and directors. Exchanges are limited to 20 directors.

In order to participate, interested directors must RSVP via email no later than Sept. 18 with a brief biography in narrative format (no résumés; max. 100 words) and artistic statement (max. 250 words) pasted into the text of your email. Writers from the Guild are being asked to submit similar materials, as well as a synopsis of one play for which they are seeking a director. To reserve a slot, RSVP to the same email as above.

APAC Benefit

The Astoria Performing Arts Center will celebrate five years since opening its doors with a benefit honoring founder Susan Scannell on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Mezzo Mezzo restaurant, 33rd St. at Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria, Queens. Tickets are $30. For more information, visit www.apacny.org.