Theatre Resources Unlimited

Todays Date: 12/08/19
Last Update: 03/17/17 06:01:36 PM
 
User Login
Web Site: www.truonline.org
Toggle View: Show Company Members

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and New Musicals Reading Series, new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new works as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater; and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. In addition to new works development and the speed date, TRU serves writers through a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Can The American Theater Afford To Develop New Work? (can It Afford Not To?)  | Open: 09/19/12 Close: 09/19/12
 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)opens its fall season of monthly networking panels with Can the American Theater Afford to Develop New Work? (Can It Afford Not to?), on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre’s Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Revivals and classics are important to our culture. They give us context and history, but we need new voices in theater to guarantee our future. Given the financial pressures and expense of producing at the commercial level, unbranded works and unknown writers pose a great risk. Is commercial theater an appropriate venue to develop new work? Off-Broadway was once the domain of the new, edgy and experimental, but now even the finances of off-Broadway are prohibitive. The one safe place left for theater artists to stretch their artistic wings may be indie theater, and this panel will examine the reasons to do so, as well as attempt to define the differences between off-Broadway and "indie" theater. We will also look at the distinctions between commercial and non-commercial works, and the importance of both for a healthy culture.

Panelists will include some of the leaders of the “indie” theater movement: Martin Denton, editor of nytheatre.com; Darren Lee Cole, owner of the Soho Playhouse; Heidi Grumelot, artistic director for Horse Trade Theatre; Chris Harcum, managing director and Aimee Todoroff, membership committee chair, League of Independent Theater (LIT); Stephen Speights, founding member of Blue Coyote Theater Group.

Admission is $12 (free for TRU members).  Please RSVP by email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com or by phone at (212) 714-7628 at least a day in advance.


About the Company: Theatre Resources Unlimited

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and New Musicals Reading Series, new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new works as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater; and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. In addition to new works development and the speed date, TRU serves writers through a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

grayDot
Exploring Spaces: Things to Consider Before Booking a Venue  | Open: 05/28/08 Close: 05/28/08
The panel will be an honest look at what works and what doesn't work in certain venues and the questions you need to ask before deciding if a theater is right for your production:
• What audience capacity do you need for the Equity contract you are using?
• Is sound and lighting included? Does your show require wing area or height?
• What insurance are you responsible for? Are there any additional expenses besides the basic rent?
• Does the space work simply for your concept, and did you remember to ask your director and designers before booking it? One size does NOT fit all.
grayDot
Industry Panel: Creative Fundraising and the Benefit of Benefits  | Open: 03/26/08 Close: 03/26/08
Discussion points are:
• The elements of a successful fundraiser;
• Cost-effective ways to generate donated income for your company;
• How to develop partnerships with charities to increase your donor base; and
• How to maintain an effective cost-to-profit ratio.

The panel will be co-moderated by Sherry Eaker, editor-at-large of Back Stage.

grayDot
THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED Seeks Submissions of Musicals  | Open: 05/27/13 Close: 06/10/13
 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) seeks submissions for the 13th Annual TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, and increases the opportunities for musical theater writers by creating the first-ever Musical Writers First Act Feedback Fest (FAFF). Writers, producers and theater companies are welcome to submit new musicals for both the developmental reading series which takes place Mondays in December 2013, and the daylong feedback festival on Saturday July 20, 2013, 10am to 5pm. Non members may submit to the TRU Voices New Musicals Series (completed musicals only) for a $25 fee, submit to the First Act Feedback Fest (completed shows or works-in-progress) for $20, or apply to both for $35. Deadline for both is June 10, 2013; deadline for JUST the TRU Voices Series is August 10.

 

“It frustrates us that we have only been able to offer developmental support to 2 or 3 new musicals each year. With this new program, we now open up the possibility of nurturing a dozen more writers and writing teams,” stated TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata.

 

The TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series will take place in December 2013 and will consist of 2-3 new works presented on consecutive Monday evenings in Manhattan. The purpose of the series is to help develop new musicals, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond the series. Each reading will be followed by a “Dollars and Sense” panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work.

 

“The success of the series is clearly demonstrated by the fact that two of our recent musicals were optioned for future commercial production by panelists on their talkback; and the third show has been scheduled for presentation as part of the upcoming New York Musical Theatre Festival,” beams proud TRU executive director Bob Ost. For full submission information about TRU Voices, visit http://www.truonline.org/Musicals13guidelines.htm.

 

The newly created First Act Feedback Festival will accept 12 writing teams who will share works in progress and get feedback from a panel of expert evaluators. The experienced panel of commercial producers and writers will include Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Peter Schneider (The Lion King, Aida), Musicalwriters.com columnist William Squier (The Treatment of Doctor Love, Route 66), and others to be announced. The panel will choose one show that will be considered for a full reading in the TRU Voices Reading Series. Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, will facilitate. The Musical Writers First Act Feedback Fest is co-sponsored by MusicalWriters.com, which is run by Carol de Giere, the biographer of Stephen Schwartz. For full submission information on FAFF, visit http://www.truonline.org/MusicalsFAFF.htm

 

Writers in search of a producer may also want to look into TRU’s Writer-Producer Speed Date on Sunday July 28th, 2013, 5:30 to 8:30pm. Visit http://www.truonline.org/writerSpeedDateJuly13.htm for details.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-one year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Member Christine Quinn; The Montage Foundation, as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

grayDot
TRU Love Benefit  | Open: 11/09/08 Close: 11/09/08
Theater Resources Unlimited, in association with sponsors Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Elysabeth Kleinhans, C2 - Caption Coalition and the Players Theatre, announces the seventh annual TRU LOVE BENEFIT. The event will honor producing maverick Ken Davenport and Arlene Romoff, advocate for open captioning for live theater, at a luncheon benefit on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at Caroline's on Broadway. The event, themed "Believe ... in the possibilities of theater," begins with a cocktail hour reception at noon followed by a luncheon at 1pm, with entertainment and an awards ceremony to start at 1:45 and a Silent Auction throughout the afternoon.
grayDot
TRU MARCH PANEL - WHERE DO I FIT IN: WHICH FESTIVAL AND WHY?  | Open: 03/21/17 Close: 03/21/17
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU March Panel – Where Do I Fit In: Which Festival and Why? on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036.  For more details, visit http://truonline.org/events/which-festival/.

 

The summer festival scene is a hotbed of opportunity for the development of new work. Which festivals provide the best environment for your production? How do you submit, and what are some of the secrets to giving your submission a competitive edge? Once accepted, what is expected of you? More importantly, what goals along your developmental path can you reasonably expect to achieve from a festival showcase? And how do you distinguish yourself in the marketplace so that once you build it, they really will come?

 

With panelists John Chatterton, founder of Midtown International Theatre Festival (MITF); Abby Judd, general manager Broadway Bound Theatre Festival; Jay Michaels, marketing and public relations for Midtown International Theatre Festival, Planet Connections and Spotlight-On Festival; Brock H. Hill, producing artistic director Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; Michael Scott-Price, artistic director Dream Up Festival at Theatre for the New City; Liz Ulmer, general manager NY Musical Festival (NYMF).

 

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best one-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $15 for non-members  ($12.50 in advance online at http://truonline.org/which-festival ). You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

The Playroom Theater, a small theater with a purpose on West Forty Sixth Street. Created by longtime theatrical producer Eric Krebs, The Playroom Theater features a 62-seat boutique theater, appropriate for rehearsals, readings, auditions, producers' presentations and workshop productions. Conceived of as an artists' workspace for writers, directors, composers, actors, producers and others committed to the professional theater arts and its industry. “The idea of The Playroom has grown out of my desire to create a small and financially manageable space in the heart of the theater district,” commented Krebs. “I want this to be a place where industry professionals can pop over for a reading, a backer's audition or a small production of a work in progress." For more information on The Playroom Theater, call Adam Brunner at 212-967-8278.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-four year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as actor workshops.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district former Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.

 


About the Company: Theatre Resources Unlimited

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and New Musicals Reading Series, new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new works as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater; and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. In addition to new works development and the speed date, TRU serves writers through a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

grayDot
TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series  | Open: 06/02/08 Close: 06/16/08
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is pleased to announce the winning selections of the 2008 TRU Voices Series. In a series that is unique because it develops new producers as well as new plays, three works were chosen from submissions by emerging or established producers, as well as writers. This year, TRU received 64 submissions; out of nine semi-finalists, four scripts were submitted by producers in the TRU Producer Mentorship Program, and two of the four are final selections. "They were submitted blind, so our readers didn't even know the plays were from TRU producers. I'm pleased that the people in our program turn out to have such a good eye for promising new works," said TRU executive director Bob Ost. The plays will be read on Mondays, June 2, 9, and 16 at 7:00pm at the Players Theatre, located at 115 MacDougal Street, NYC.

The plays chosen for the TRU Voices Series are: American Whupass, a rollicking satire of modern-day electioneering by Justin Warner, submitted by TRU producer mentee Melinda O'Brien; Film Chinois, a noir mystery romance by Damon Chua, submitted by the Grove Theatre Center in LA; and A Crooked Man, an inter-generational drama by Richard Kalinoski, submitted by TRU producer mentee Nora Armani. All three plays have political undertones, and distinct ethnic identities. "Although we didn't set out to do so, we've created a series with a through-line of social relevance and conscience," said TRU Literary Manager Catherine Lamm.

- American Whupass by Justin Warner will be read on June 2, 2008 at 7:00pm, produced by Melinda O'Brien and her company M&M Productions Acting Co., with the assistance of Danielle Johnson, another TRU mentee. The director is Nancy Robillard.

A faded football star, an energy kingpin, and a former wrestling champ duke it out for a Nevada Senate seat in a no-holds-barred campaign that takes political warfare to outrageous extremes. "It's pretty timely," declares producer O'Brien with a sly grin. The play has been developed at the Aurora Theatre (Berkeley, CA), Luna Stage (NJ), New Jersey Rep, the Last Frontier Conference (Valdez, AK), and the Abingdon Theatre (NYC), and was a winner of the Aurora Theatre Company's 2007 Global Age Project and a semifinalist for the O'Neill Conference. Justin Warner is a Kennedy Center-ACTF winner, a Princess Grace finalist, and a five-time Heideman Award finalist. His musical The Masked Zinfandel, written with Peter Yarin, was featured in the 2008 ASCAP Foundation/Disney Workshop in New York with Stephen Schwartz. Justin's short play collection Screwups ("Hilarious" -- Off-Off Broadway) was recently published by Original Works. He is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop and the Dramatists Guild. For more, visit www.justinwarner.net.

Director Robillard's work has been seen on New York stages at Directors Company, Vital Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Culture Project, HERE, Phoenix Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, and First Look Theatre Company.

- Film Chinois by Damon Chua, will be read on June 9, 2008 at 7:00pm. Winner of the 2007 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best New Play, it will be produced by Charles L. Johanson Jack W. Batman (a TRU Advisory Board Member) and Grove Theatre Center. The director is Kevin Cochran.

In Beijing in 1947, at an uneasy time between WWII and the imminent Communist take over, an enigmatic woman known as Chinadoll challenges an idealistic CIA operative to face the truth. Film Chinois, was developed through Grove Theatre Center's New Play Initiative. Playwright Damon Chua was the winner of the 1st Asian-American Playwriting Competition organized by ACTS of Harvard University and holds a Fulbright nomination in the Dramatic Arts. He currently heads up the Playwrights Group for Company of Angels, Los Angeles' oldest non-profit theatre company, and is one of the most produced playwrights in his native Singapore.

Grove Theater Center, founded by Kevin Cochran and Charles Johanson, has produced over 100 productions on four stages in three Californian cities. GTC has premiered 23 new plays including work by James McLure, Christopher Hart, David Paterson and Ron House. In 2003, GTC inaugurated the New Play Initiative, a national contest to develop new plays. GTC's 2005 NPI play, Blake...da Musical!, won the Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best New Musical. GTC's 2006 NPI production of Straight Up with a Twist garnered an Ovation nomination as Best Solo Performance (and is currently running in NYC at The Players Theatre) and in 2007, GTC's NPI production of Film Chinois won the Ovation for Best New Play. Another NPI developed play, The Accomplices by Bernard Weinraub, premiered at The New Group and received a 2007 Drama Desk nomination for Best New Play. More at www.gtc.org. Director Cochran's past New York credits include the premieres of Lightin' Out at the Judith Anderson Theater, Offending Shadows at Ensemble Studio Theater and The Gospel According to Omaha at the William Redfield Theater.

- A Crooked Man by Richard Kalinoski will be read on June 16, 2008 at 7:00pm. Kalinoski's celebrated play Beast on the Moon opened Off-Broadway in 2005 at the Century Center Theatre in Manhattan, ran 120 performances, and was named one of five "must see" plays in New York by the New York Daily News. The play will be produced by Nora Armani and Pemart Productions, and directed by Linda Selman.

In this moving drama, a callow young man comes to grips with his grandfather's notorious past and discovers unexpected compassion and love on the roof of the old man's house. A Crooked Man was first read publicly at the Salt Lake Acting Company in 2003 as part of the theatre's Play Sounding Series. In 2004, it was chosen for an enhanced reading at the Dayton Future Fest. In 2006, it was read at Allianak Productions in Toronto and at New Repertory Theatre of Massachusetts. In 2007, it won the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance's Paul Playwriting / Screenwriting Award and the Playwrights First Award. A Crooked Man opened in its first professional production in February of 2008 in Toronto. Subsequently it played in Spanish in Buenos Aires, Argentina in March of 2008. This is the New York premiere of the play.

Producer Nora Armani has a list of international theatre and film credits to her name. Her award-winning self-penned stage appearances as an actor/producer include: On the Couch with Nora Armani, Sojourn At Ararat (with Gerald Papasian), Nannto, Nannto and Snowflakes in April. These productions have toured internationally in their English and French versions over 4 continents garnering awards and accolades. She has also produced and curated numerous film exhibits and film festival screenings in London (at Ciné Lumière, ICA, Saddlers' Wells, British Museum), Paris (Pompidou Centre), Los Angeles (AFI, Silver Lake Film Fest.) and Washington, D.C. (The Kennedy Center) to name a few. Ms. Armani recently co-produced and launched the First Annual Noor Play Festival of Middle East themed plays at the Wings Theatre in New York, directing two of the plays in it. www.noraarmani.com Director Selman has written, developed, and directed numerous works including the Off-Broadway and Emmy Award-winning Bubbe Meises, Bubbe Stories; Tallulah Hallelujah! chosen one of the Ten Best Plays of the Year by USA Today; From My Lady's Diary: Marie Antoinette, a chamber-music drama at The Vineyard Theater; and Bunner Sisters, a stage adaptation based on a novella by Edith Wharton.

The TRU Voices Series encourages submissions from emerging and established producers who are interested in testing the waters with a new work, and offers an opportunity for them to forge relationships with writers. TRU also accepts submissions from writers and tries to match them with a sponsoring producer for the series. The TRU Voices Series track record is impressive. Shows that started in the series include Pied-à-Terre, which played off-Broadway at The Kirk, Theatre Row; The Great American Trailer Park Musical by Betsy Kelso and David Nehls, which enjoyed an off-Broadway run and is currently touring; and Normal by Yvonne Adrian, Cheryl Stern and Tom Kochan, which played a limited run in fall '06 at the Connelly Theater in the East Village starring Barbara Walsh. A finalist in the 2006 series, Missives by Garret Jon Groenvald, had a recent production at 59E59 Street Theatres directed by Elysabeth Kleinhans, and was well received and well reviewed; TRU was a proud co-producer with Animated Theatreworks and PlayGround.

TRU was founded in 1992 to promote a spirit of cooperation and support within the general theater community by providing information and a variety of entertainment-related services and resources that strengthen the business capabilities of producing organizations, individual producers, self-producing artists and other theater professionals. The company holds monthly seminars on a wide range of subjects important to theatrical producers conducted by panels of experts from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds. TRU also publishes a print newsletter and a monthly email community newsletter. In addition, TRU served as the umbrella organization for a co-production by several of its member companies as a part of the first annual New York Fringe Festival. From that experience, the organization has expanded its production efforts by creating the TRU VOICES New Play Reading Series and the TRU VOICES New Musicals Reading Series. In 2001, TRU began giving annual scholarships to The Commercial Theater Institute, to encourage the development of aspiring producers, and most recently created a Producer Mentoring Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as generous support from the Friar's National Foundation Association.

grayDot
Theater Resources Unlimited April Panel: One Word, Many Meanings: The Diverse Roles That €œlicensi  | Open: 04/23/13 Close: 04/23/13
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)announces its April panel, One Word, Many Meanings: The Diverse Roles That “Licensing” Plays in Theater on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:30pmat The Players Theatre’s Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Panelists include Michael Barra,VP Licensing & Business Development for Daryl Roth Theatrical Licensing; Jeffrey Chrzczon, producer, general manager and company manager (Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth directed by Spike Lee, The Lyons, Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde);Tiffani Gavin, producer/general manager, formerly with American Repertory Theater, Theatrical Rights Worldwide;Darnetha Lincoln M'Baye, Independent Music Service, formerly with EMI Music Publishing; Dorothy Marcic, writer (Respect: A Musical Journey of Women, Sistas);and Erach Screwvala, entertainment attorney.

This panel will explore every aspect of licensing: from what it costs to use existing music and images in productions, to the use of “licensing” to extend the life of a work and benefit the writer and often the producer.  The panel will explain the cost difference between licensing and optioning a play for a production, discuss grand rights and performance rights required for integrating music into a presentation, and the many subtle and not so subtle differences in production costs when licensing becomes part of your budget. Is the “jukebox musical” the easy alternative to a show with an original score that many think it is?

Admission is $12 (free for TRU members).  Please RSVP by email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com or by phone at (212) 714-7628 at least one day in advance.


About the Company: Theatre Resources Unlimited

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and New Musicals Reading Series, new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new works as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater; and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. In addition to new works development and the speed date, TRU serves writers through a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

grayDot
Tru Actor Resource Night (and  | Open: 04/27/09 Close: 04/27/09
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), in association with Barry Burns Photography and Paula J. Riley, presents an Actor Resource Night (and “Speed Dating”) on Monday, April 27 at 7pm at Precision Photos, 36th Street Studios, 260 W. 36th Street, 3rd floor, NYC. No, it’s not really a date. Just a way to meet some really helpful people, including agent Ginger Dicce, manager/agent Robert R. Blume, personal trainer Don Panella, photographer Blu Toth and 6 others.

So what’s this about “Speed Dating”? Is this a fix-up? Nah, it’s nothing romantic. Is it an audition? Nah - no monologue slam, or need to be on. You don’t even have to sign up for “Speed Dating” to party with us.
 

grayDot
Tru Panel Artistic Director Vs. Commercial Producer: €¨the Blurred Line Between Art And Commerce  | Open: 02/19/14 Close: 02/19/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the January panel Artistic Director vs. Commercial Producer: 
The Blurred Line Between Art and Commerce on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, Mainstage Theatre, NYC.  Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, presentations and roundtable introductions start at 7:30pm (come prepared with your best half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need).

 

Guests will include producer Bill Franzblau (Tony® Award nominee for Say Goodnight Gracie, American Buffalo revival, Wonderland; off-Broadway: Evil Dead the Musical, Jewtopia, Sistas the Musical, iluminate; on tour: Little House on the Prairie); Andrew Leynse, artistic director Primary Stages; Cara Reichel, producing artistic director Prospect Theater Company; Cheryl Wiesenfeld, commercial producer (Rocky, All the Way, Tony® winner Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Tony® winner The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Tony® winner Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Legally Blonde, A Steady Rain); plus others to be announced.

 

Both artistic directors and commercial producers aim to bring works to the stage that they believe in and that will please their audiences, yet artistic directors tend to be well-respected leaders of companies who are perceived to do "important" work, while commercial producers are often viewed with distrust.  Both are generally the guiding vision behind a body of work, and both must balance artistic and commercial concerns.  This panel will discuss the differences and similarities between the two titles and explore whether it is possible for an individual to work successfully in both roles.

 

Admission is $12 (free for TRU members).  Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212/714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.  


About the Company: Theatre Resources Unlimited

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and New Musicals Reading Series, new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new works as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater; and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. In addition to new works development and the speed date, TRU serves writers through a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

grayDot
Tru Producer Boot Camp  | Open: 01/24/09 Close: 01/24/09
 
As a disheartening number of shows are closing, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) opens up possibilities for tomorrow’s productions with an all-day intensive workshop about crucial aspects of raising money for theater on Saturday, January 24 from 10am–6pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street (below W. 3rd Street), NYC.

It’s a tough economy, no doubt about it. All the more reason why people need support and the skills to go about the business of producing. Attendees will acquire basic tools and information that will help them to function effectively in these times and the better days that are surely ahead. From networking techniques to legal requirements and effective business planning, plus a wealth of first-hand experience from more than a half dozen producers who are currently active in the Broadway and off-Broadway worlds, TRU promises an informative, empowering and inspiring day.

Admission is $175 ($150 for early registration before 1/19); $25 off for members of TRU. Payment by check may be mailed to Theater Resources Unlimited, 309 W. 104th Street 1D, NYC NY 10025. On-line payment by Paypal or by credit card is available at www.truonline.org/store.html. Pre-registration is available by emailing trunltd@aol.com. Applications are available at www.truonline.org/BootCampApp.htm.

grayDot
Tru Writer-producer Speed Date  | Open: 07/22/12 Close: 07/22/12
 

Writing is a great talent, but talking effectively about one’s work is a completely different skill. Learn the difference when Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 5:30pm at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. This is a great opportunity forwriters to meet over a dozen serious producers - from beginner to Broadway level - and practice those all-important pitching skills. The deadline to apply for this event is Friday, July 13, 2012 at 2pm.

Scheduled producers include:

Paul Adams- artistic director Emerging Artists Theatre


Patrick Blake- producer (Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum) 


William I. Franzblau- producer (Sistas, Evil Dead the musical, 
Wonderland, Say Goodnight Gracie)


Rob Hinderliter/Anthony Johnson artistic director of Mondays Dark Theatre Co.


Richmond Shepard- indie producer, theater owner


Ted Swindley- producer/director, owner of Ted Swindley Productions, Inc., a theatrical licensing and consulting company


Dauna Williams- producer (The Scottsboro Boys)


Cheryl Wiesenfeld - producer (Play Dead, Porgy & Bess, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, The Exonerated)

This is a chance for writers to practice their pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work, preceded by an hour of coaching and prep from experts Bailie Slevin and Michael Ian Cedar.  It’s a great networking opportunity that uses the fun, fast-paced speed dating format, so every writer gets two minutes of feedback from every producer. And there’s a wine and cheese reception afterwards so everyone can meet and mingle.

To attend, email an application to TRUnltd@aol.com.  The evening will be limited to 22 writers and costs $75 if accepted ($65 for TRU members).  For more information about the evening, visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateJul12.htm.


About the Company: Theatre Resources Unlimited

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and New Musicals Reading Series, new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new works as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater; and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. In addition to new works development and the speed date, TRU serves writers through a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

grayDot