Action Alert

It has come to our attention that some state governments, including the State of New York, have been requesting the return of unemployment insurance funds that were previously given out to citizens, including freelancers and writers.

Please let us know if you collected unemployment insurance funds from the State of New York AND recently received a request from the New York State Department of Labor to return the money. If you do not live or work in the state of New York, but have received a similar request from your state, we'd love to hear from you as well. 

The Dramatists Guild is committed to advocating vehemently on behalf of its members during the COVID-19 pandemic theatre closures. If you received a request from New York State to return money you received from unemployment insurance, please forward the emailed letter, or email a photo of the letter, to Jenna Chrisphonte, Director of Community Engagement at

Want to learn more? Please find some articles with additional information enclosed below:

Times Union

Olen Times Herald

News 12

Member Newsroom