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Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund

February 5, 2015

Being an actor is tough. So when there are fun resources available to us, I’m all for it! One of the most fun is The Conrad Cantzen Shoe Fund.

Mr. Conrad Cantzen was an actor who starred in films and performed on Broadway in an impressive 17 shows (check out this 1937 Playbill from when he played Mr. Vik in An Enemy of The People!). He died in 1945 and left his estate of $226, 608.34 to The Actors Fund with the express instructions that it be used to buy new shoes for unemployed actors so that they don’t look “down at the heels” when auditioning for casting directors.

Today, 70 years later, the fund is still available to help you purchase a pretty new pair of audition shoes. The fund will reimburse you up to $40 for a pair of shoes costing no more than $100 if you meet the criteria and provide the original receipt and fill out an application.

To qualify, you must be:

  • An actor who is currently unemployed in the field
  • A current and paid up member of one of the performing arts unions

You can only apply for the fund every two years.

Happy shoe shopping, fellow actors! Thanks, Mr. Cantzen.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 5, 2015 12:56 pm

    Reblogged this on Rogues & Vagabonds and commented:
    How marvellous! There should be a British equivalent.

  2. February 5, 2015 2:50 pm


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