Guild of Italian American Actors
FormationDecember 20, 1937; 85 years ago (1937-12-20)
TypeTrade union
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, US
  • United States
Membership (2013)
Carlo Fiorletta
AffiliationsAssociated Actors and Artistes of America Edit this at Wikidata
Formerly called
Italian Actors Union

The Guild of Italian American Actors (GIAA) was founded in 1937 as the Italian Actors Union (IAU) to protect the rights of Italian-American actors in Italian-language theater and was reinvented as GIAA, the Guild of Italian American Actors by then-president Paul Borghese in 1998. Borghese served as president from 1998 to 2002 and currently serves as president emeritus. He took a dying union of 67 members to a membership of 500 actors, directors, and writers.[2][3][4][5][6][7] The guild has jurisdiction over Italian-language professional theater,[citation needed] and works to preserve and promote awareness of Italian culture and heritage. GIAA also provides a casting resource to directors and producers seeking Italian-American actors.

Membership (US records)[8]

Finances (US records)[8]
     Assets      Liabilities      Receipts      Disbursements

GIAA Festival of Short Films and Videos

GIAA Festival of Short Films and Videos was an annual film festival and award ceremony celebrating successful short films and videos, as well as scripts.[9] Winners receive awards including the 'GIAA: Italian American Heritage Award', and awards for the best actor, actress, documentary, and animation. An Audience Favorite award was added in 2008. In 2012 the festival was discontinued after five years and there is no current plan to restart it.


GIAA was barred from marching in the Columbus Day Parade in 2002 because it refused to give to parade organizers a list of members who appeared on The Sopranos.[10]

See also


  1. ^ US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 013-225. Report submitted March 10, 2014.
  2. ^ "GIAA: Guild of Italian American Actors". GIAA. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  3. ^ Emmett Murray, R. (2010). The Lexicon of Labor: More Than 500 Key Terms, Biographical Sketches, and Historical Insights Concerning Labor in America. ISBN 9781595582263. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  4. ^ Koegel, John (2009). Music in German immigrant theater: New York City, 1840-1940. ISBN 9781580462150. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  5. ^ Baskerville, David; Baskerville, Tim (2010). Music Business Handbook and Career Guide. ISBN 9781412976794. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  6. ^ Njem, Elie (2007). Hollywood Connections: The Secret Resource Book of Contacts for Movie and Television Agents, Casting Directors and Job and Casting Hotlines. ISBN 9781425981372. Retrieved December 11, 2010.
  7. ^ "GIAA Frequently Asked Questions". GIAA. Retrieved December 31, 2014.
  8. ^ a b US Department of Labor, Office of Labor-Management Standards. File number 013-225. (Search)
  9. ^ "Home".
  10. ^ "Italian actors told to take a hike: Refuse to submit 'Sopranos' blacklist". New York Daily News. October 15, 2002. Retrieved January 26, 2014.