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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 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. 

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


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2011 Tru Love Benefit  | Open: 11/06/11 Close: 11/06/11
 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)will celebrate its 20th year as a not-for-profit service organization with their annual TRU Love Benefit, Connections: Bringing People Together to Create and Experience the Arts. The event will take place on Sunday November 6, 2011 beginning at 12 noon at Caroline’s on Broadway, 1626 Broadway between 49th and 50th Streets, NYC. It will be hosted by the comedy twins, the Stone Brothers, and will include songs from musicals that TRU has helped develop over the years: Orfeh (Legally Blonde, Saturday Night Fever) will recreate her performance from The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Darren Ritchie (Wonderland) will sing a song from Saint Heaven, Lawrence Clayton (Les Miz25th anniversary, The Civil War, Saturn Returns) will perform a number from the 2010 TRU Voices musical Ocean in a Teacup. There will also be a special performance by Liz Larsen (Tony nominee for The Most Happy Fella, Hairspray, Damn Yankeesrevival); and Jana Robbins (Gypsy, Tale of the Allergist's Wife) will help pay tribute to TRU friend and advisory board member, the late Randall Wreghitt.

 

The 2011 recipient of the TRU Spirit of Theater Award, given to a member of the theater community who has demonstrated exceptional generosity of spirit and a willingness to support emerging artists and producers, will be Bruce Lazarus, a producer of Broadway and off-Broadway shows  including Say Goodnight Gracie, The Gathering, Only Kidding, Shakespeare’s R&J andMaybe, Baby It’s You. Lazarus is also an entertainment attorney who in his 20 year career has represented such shows as the original productions of Blue Man Groupand The Lion King, Disney’s Beauty and the Beastand Aidain his capacity as head of business and legal affairs for Walt Disney Theatricals.

 

TRU will also present their annual TRU Humanitarian Award toBen Cameron on behalf of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for their invaluable work supporting the arts during this period of economic crisis, and for their commitment to supporting theater as a means of improving the quality of people’s lives. This year’s award for a successful self-producing artist, the TRU Entrepreneur Award, will be given to Lou Rodgers for keeping her company Golden Fleece Ltd. vital for over 36 years, supporting new works of musical theater and commissioning new works nearly every year.

 

A prominent lineup of industry luminaries lends their names to the event. The Honorary Benefit Committee includes attorney Brooke Barona of Sterling Publishing; Andre Bishop, artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater; Anne Bogart, artistic director of SITI Company; entertainment attorney and general manager Peter Breger, chairman of the Off-Broadway Alliance; Lauren Class Schneider, executive producer of Play On Broadway; Oskar Eustis, artistic director of the Public Theatre; Carl Flanigan, creative producer of Blue Man Group; producer Marty Gasparian; producer and general manager Roger Gindi; advertising executive Bill Hofstetter of hofstetter+partners / agency212; Todd Haimes, artistic director of Roundabout Theatre; Susan Lee of Camp Broadway; producer Barbara Ligeti; producer Dana Matthow; director Eleanor Reissa; marketing consultant and producer Michael Roderick; Tim Sanford, artistic director of Playwrights Horizons; publicist Keith Sherman; and producer Elsa Suisman.

 

The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of Theater Resources Unlimited, a not-for-profit service organization that educates people in the business of the arts, with a focus on producers, emerging theater companies and self-producing artists. Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays and new musicals reading series and a community e-newsletter of jobs, services, resources and theater events. Caroline’s on Broadway, the scene of the last four TRU benefits, will again host.

 

The afternoon will feature a cocktail hour with passed hors d’oeuvres, a three-course luncheon and an awards show with entertainment. Talent from the Broadway and cabaret stages that have performed at TRU benefits over the past 10 years have included Joanna Gleason (Into the Woods), Melba Moore (Purlie!), Nancy Anderson (Yank!), Fisher Stevens, Jana Robbins, Chuck Cooper (The Life) and Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change).

 

Tickets for the event will be $175 Premium Patron Level reserved seating on the first tier near the stage and $150 for Patron Level reserved seating on the first tier sides and second tier. Non-reserved General Admission tickets may be purchased for $100. Tickets are available through the TRU Store at www.truonline.org/store-new.html.

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2013 Tru Love Benefit  | Open: 11/17/13 Close: 11/17/13
InvitationTheater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces a preliminary lineup of star performers, and a luminous array of theater notables including Andre Bishop, Terrence McNally and James Naughton, who will help celebrate three extraordinary people at the annual TRU Love Benefit, Honoring Friendship, Remembering Friends. 

The trio of TRU friends who will be remembered and honored are producer Randall Wreghitt who died unexpectedly in May 2011, and will be posthumously remembered with the 2013 TRU Spirit of Theater Award; Michael Feingold, former critic with the Village Voice, who will receive the TRU Humanitarian Award; and TRU member and program director Patricia R. Klausner, who will be recognized and applauded with the TRU Entrepreneur Award. 

The event will take place Sunday November 17th at Caroline’s on Broadway at 47th Street. It will begin at noon with wine, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a luncheon at 1pm and the awards ceremony and performances at 2pm. Tickets for the event will be $185 Premium Patron and $160 for Patron Level. General Admission tickets may be purchased for $110. Tickets are available through the TRU Store at www.truonline.org/store-new.html.

The awards show will include Broadway stars Matt Cavenaugh, Tovah Feldshuh, Megan McGinnis, Jenny Powers, Jana Robbins, and Bob Stillman; plus cabaret favorites Cynthia Crane and Mark Nadler and others to be announced.

The Honorary Benefit Committee lending their names and support to this year’s event include some of Wreghitt’s former producing partners and friends, including Pat Addiss, Michael Alden, Margot Astrachan, Georgia Buchanan, Michael Jackowitz, Jana Robbins, Anita Waxman, and Cheryl Wiesenfeld.

Tickets: $185 - Premium Patron; $160 - Patron; $110 - General Admission

Contact: 212-714-7628; TRUnltd@aol.com

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About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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2013-14 Producer Development & Mentorship Program  | Open: 08/30/13 Close: 09/06/13
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)is accepting applications for the Producer Mentorship and Development Program for 2013-14, a program designed to guide anyone producing a project through the steps of putting together an effective business plan, as well as help you to set and achieve attainable goals.  Led by industry veterans and insiders, this year-long program encompasses the full scope of both the commercial and not-for-profit theatrical producer’s process, using a hands-on approach, on-site training, and a focus on practical application.  In order to be eligible for the program you must join TRU as a member; to apply send an email inquiry to TRUMentor@gmail.com and TRU will send you detailed information and an application.  If accepted into the program, the cost for the year is $100 (plus a $75 TRU membership fee). For more detailed information on the program visit www.truonline.org/PDMP2.htm

 

The Producer Development and Mentorship Program is comprised of two interactive divisions: Career Producers led by producer Michael Alden (The King’s Speech, Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy the Musical), and Self-Producing Artists led by producer-writer Patrick Blake (Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum). Traversing both groups are members whose focus is working in the not-for-profit realm; their program director is producer Patricia R. Klausner (Pippin, The Trip to Bountiful, Stick Fly, The Scottsboro Boys).  The three program directors will guide participants through the year-long program meeting once a month, and will include a networking component along with seminar presentations led by industry veterans at site specific locations in Manhattan.

 

Whether in the early stages of development, working toward a staged reading or looking to produce a full commercial production, participants will leave the course with a ready-to-use, project-specific business plan.  Participants will begin the program with a production goal in mind and will be guided through the many facets and phases of production and development including:

 

  • The Elements of a Successful Production - a top NY critic, a dramaturg and a producer will offer a unique and often neglected perspective on the definition of a successful production.
  • Production Development - a lineup of notable development executives and artistic directors will cover the various development paths from page to stage.
  • General Management and Budgets - a seminar with theatrical General Managers and staff, outlining the invaluable role and function of the General Manager including unions, talent and crew negotiations, bonds and budgets.
  • The Legal Aspects of Production, an evening with experienced entertainment attorneys, offering an overview of the trials, tribulations and contracts a Producer must navigate.
  • Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations - members of an A-level marketing and advertising firm will discuss conventional as well as out-of-the-box marketing, advertising and the vital role of social media.
  • Asking For Money with a lineup of theater investors and producers, sharing the who, when, where and how of asking for money.
  • Creating Your Business Plan, with a panel of industry experts, helping you build your blueprint for a successful production.

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS

 

As a film and theater producer, Michael Alden has been represented in the West End with David Seidler’s original play The King’s Speech and Bat Boy the Musical, on Broadway with Grey Gardens and Bridge & Tunnel (Special Tony Award), and Off-Broadway and regional with the Brochu-Schalchlin musical The Last Session, Bat Boy the Musical, Sarah Jones Bridge & Tunnel, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell and the Los Angeles productions of Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly and Theresa Rebeck’s Bad Dates directed by Judith Ivey. Film works include: Just Cause with Sean Connery, the fashion forward documentary UnZipped for Miramax, Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, the multi-award winning feature comedy Kissing Jessica Stein and Ralph Ziman’s foreign feature film The Zookeeper starring Sam Neill. Mr. Alden’s current projects include the Broadway premieres’ of David Seidler’s The King’s Speech and along with Producer Elizabeth Healy, Wendy Yondorf’s comedy Admit One directed by Karen Lynn Carpenter, Becoming Dr. Ruth starring Debra Jo Rupp and the screen version of Emmy-nominated writer Jason Odell’s Handle with Care.

 

Patrick Blake is a writer/producer based in New York and San Francisco. In New York theater, he was one of the producers of Play Dead! at The Players Theatre, he has produced In the Continuum at Perry Street Theatre, Noah's Archive, Joe Fearless, The Exonerated (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Court TV's Scales of Justice Award) and The Soap Myth at Southstreet Seaport. He also produced Dirty Works at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is currently working on bringing to New York the hip hop musical Freedom starring the rapper Maino, which (like The Exonerated) deals with the issue of unjust conviction. He was Executive Producer for the short film, The Igloo, and the feature film Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler.

 

Patricia R. Klausnerhas produced, written and assistant directed theater. She is one of the producers of the Tony Award winning revival of Trip to Bountiful and Pippin on Broadway. Previously she was a producer of the Broadway shows The Scottsboro Boys and Stick Fly. As the Managing Director of Shotgun Productions, a theatrical non-profit, she has developed & produced theater, dance and operas. Productions include: Clear. . .A new musical experience (co-production with Dixon Place, Hendel Productions, Wayne Brady, Michele Crowley & Earl Dax), Santa Claus is Coming Out (co-production with Penguin Rep & Diverse City Theater), Marc Deaton in Vienna (classical concert, Schoenberg Center, Austria), The Lost Boy (co-production with QTIP & The Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack), Tristan und Isolde in Sofia (staged concert, Bulgaria), 24-Hour Drama-Thons, Big Kids, The Chaos Theories, Seduction (musical theater dance opera), Undivulged Crimes, Don't Hug Me (co-production with NJ Rep), Mia Michael's R.A.W. (dance concert), and Joined at the Head. Ms. Klausner has a Ph.D. in sociology and has taught women's studies, race relations, and criminology at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College.

 

ABOUT THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED

 

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 also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops on Pitching, Raising Money and Showcase Producing 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 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.


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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2014 TRU Love Benefit  | Open: 11/09/14 Close: 11/09/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will celebrate its 23rd year as a not-for-profit service organization with a celebration of three extraordinary people at the annual TRU Love Benefit, When You Care. The 2014 TRU Spirit of Theater Award, presented to a member of the producing community who has demonstrated exceptional generosity, support and kindness to others in the business, will be awarded to producer Michael Alden (Bat Boy, the Last Session, Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel, The King’s Speech, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Disgraced); the TRU Entrepreneur Award, given for consistency, unique thinking and innovation in theater, will be given to investor Neil Danoff (All the Way, Bridges of Madison County, Matilda, Lucky Guy, Spring Awakening, Allegiance); and the TRU Humanitarian Award will be given posthumously to legendary casting director Barry Moss. The event will take place Sunday November 9th at Sardi’s, 234 West 44th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenue. It will begin at noon with wine, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a luncheon at 1pm and the awards ceremony and performances at 1:45pm. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.truonline.org/TRULove14.htm.

 

The evening will be hosted by Valerie Smaldone, directed by Broadway performer and producer Jana Robbins and will include appearances by Anita Gillette, Cady Huffman, Richard Kind, and members of the original casts of Spring Awakening, The Last Session and other Michael Alden, Neil Danoff and Barry Moss shows.

 

“All three honorees have been valued members of the TRU family,” states TRU president Bob Ost.  “This is a way of publicly showing how much we care for the people who support us.” Michael Alden is a TRU board member entering his second year as a program director for TRU’s Producer Development and Mentorship Program. “We are proud to publicly acknowledge him for facing the challenges of producing with honesty, humility and integrity, gracefully riding the ups and downs of an unpredictable business and generously sharing his experiences and his knowledge with so many others.” Neil Danoff has been a generous TRU supporter, and also serves on the TRU Board of Directors. “In a business run amok with above-the-title producers, Neil is unique in his dedication to simply offering financial support for shows he loves, as an investor, proud and simple. He is a passionate friend of theater, providing financial support out of love, never ego; and reminding us all of the dignity and vital importance of the investor.” The 2014 TRU Humanitarian Award will be given to Barry Moss for a lifetime of love and support for theater and friends, always placing people ahead of business. “Barry was on our advisory board, and has been a personal supporter of my work as a writer since we met in 1984. The business has lost a legend, and I have lost one of my dearest friends.”

 

The Honorary Benefit Committee lending their names and support to this year’s event include John Anastasi, Stefany Bergson, Patrick Blake, Summer Crockett Moore, Doug Denoff, Nancy Gibbs, Tony Glazer, Elizabeth Healy, Stephen Hope, Patricia Klausner, Jana Robbins, Valerie Smaldone, and Cheryl Wiesenfeld. The Benefit Producers are Patrick Goss and Bailie Slevin, Music Director is Ted Arthur, and the Technical Director is Kim Marie Jones.

 

The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of Theater Resources Unlimited, a not-for-profit service organization that educates people in the business of the arts, with a focus on producers, emerging theater companies and self-producing artists. Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays and new musicals reading series and a community e-newsletter of jobs, services, resources and theater events.

 

Tickets for the event will be $200 Premium Patron Level reserved seating on the first tier near the stage and $175 ($150 for TRU members) for Patron Level reserved seating on the first tier sides and second tier. Non-reserved General Admission tickets may be purchased for $125 ($100 for TRU members). Tickets, VIP tickets, journal ads and tables are available through the TRU Store at www.truonline.org/store-new.html.

 

For inquiries about the event, email TRUnltd@aol.com or call 212/714-7628. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three 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.

 

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

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2015 Tru Voices Musicals Series  | Open: 01/19/15 Close: 01/26/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents TRU Voices Musicals Series on Monday, January 19 and Monday, January 26, 2015 at 7pm at the Engelmann Recital Hall in the Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, NYC.  Admission is free.  Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

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 our series. Each reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Attendees will be given an insider’s look at the producing process and the development track for a new musical.

 

This year’s TRU Voices Musicals Series will feature Pumped by JD Jacobson, Nicole Jacobson, Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker and Blood and Fire by Jeffrey Couchman and Lisa Heffler.

 

Monday, January 19, 7pm: Pumped, presented by Marla Woodhill (Disenchanted!), with book by JD Jacobson and Nicole Jacobson and music and lyrics by Kyle Ewalt and Michael Ian Walker (creators of Bromance: The Dudesical and The Dramatists Guild's Behind The Music-al)

 

Directed by Katharine Pettit with music direction by Ian Weinberger, the reading will feature the talents of Darren Bluestone (Avenue Q), Autumn Hurlbert (It's Only Kickball, Stupid; Legally Blonde), Rob Maitner (Assymetric), Sue Mathys (Deathtrap, Irresistible: Edith Piaf), and A.J. Shively (Bright Star; La Cage aux Folles) with Lindsay Aster, Brennan Caldwell, Hannah Rose DeFlumeri, Tessa Faye, Damon Gravina, MJ Rodriguez, and Andromeda Turre (Sleep No More).

 

Pumped is the story of Gloria (Hurlbert), a fashion-challenged MBA graduate, whose search for her birth mother lands her in the most unexpected of places — the shoe salon of a renowned NYC retailer. When Gloria's attempts to impress her domineering mother fall flat, she allies with a trio of magic talking shoes and uncovers a new side of herself.

 

 

Monday, January 26, 7pm: Blood and Fire by Jeffrey Couchman and Lisa Heffler

 

Produced by multi award-winning Perry Street Theatricals, who optioned and produced My Life is A Musical at the Bay Street Theatre after discovering it in the TRU Voices Musical Series in 2013.

 

Directed by David Elliott with Music Direction by Vadim Feichtner (Putnam County Spelling Bee)

 

Love battles violence and greed in the Victorian saga Blood and Fire. An irreligious physician from London’s wealthy West End falls in love with a woman of faith from the impoverished East End. Meanwhile, a mob of ruffians bands together to destroy a new organization called the Salvation Army. The Army’s larger-than-life founder, General William Booth himself, marches across the stage alongside an array of Dickensian characters. Rich, poor, reformers and thugs all collide in a musical tale at once intimate and epic. Blood and fire guaranteed.

 

The Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center, is a 175-seat acoustically-sound concert hall located at 55 Lexington Avenue. The audience uses the entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves. With near-perfect acoustics, it is a true gem. The NY Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini called the Engelman Recital Hall "a perfect hall for chamber music (4/29/06)."

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; 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); 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; and The Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

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2016 TRU Love Benefit: Embracing the Unlimited: A Celebration of Inclusion in the Arts  | Open: 11/06/16 Close: 11/06/16
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will enter its 25th year as a not-for-profit service organization with its annual gala, the TRU Love Benefit. This year’s theme is Embracing the Unlimited: A Celebration of Inclusion in the Arts. After 10 years of Sunday brunch benefits, TRU is moving into the evening on November 6, 2016 beginning at 6pm with pre-show cocktails at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center lobby, awards and performance in the Auditorium, plus a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception afterwards at the upcoming Lincoln Center exhibition of costumes from Olivier and Tony Award winning musicals, Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York. Reception will feature a Silent Auction and a Live Auction whose prizes will include an $8000 cruise to anywhere in the world.

 

Tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2016. VIP Honoree tickets will be $200 and will include reserved seating at both performance and reception; VIP tickets will be $150 and will include reserved seating at performance and unreserved seating at reception and exhibition. There will also be a $90 show-only general admission ticket, all to go on sale on Friday 9/9, so save the date now. Check for performer updates and more information at http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/.

 

TRU will be proudly recognizing three people who are each helping to change the landscape of theater in highly individual ways. The 2016 TRU Spirit of Theater Award will be awarded to theater and film producer Ron Simons (Hughie with Forrest Whitaker, The Gin Game with Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones, revivals of A Streetcar Named Desire and Porgy & Bess, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Turn Me Loose with Joe Morton) for expanding opportunities for African-American artists in commercial theater, and encouraging narratives that dig deeply into the under-represented communities' struggle for dignity and acceptance; the TRU Humanitarian Award will be presented to Shakina Nayfack, transgender activist, actor (TV's "Difficult People") and producer, for her work nurturing and developing new voices through the Musical Theater Factory as well as giving the transgender community a strong, eloquent political voice; and the TRU Entrepreneur Award will go to Jennifer Ashley Tepper, theater historian, producer, Director of Programming at Feinstein's/54 Below, author of The Untold Stories of Broadway historical series (Volume 3 released the week of our benefit) for being a leading force in bringing the discussion of Broadway histories and traditions to contemporary musical theater and successfully tapping into the cultural zeitgeist.

 

The celebration will take place on Sunday November 6, 2016 Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts and the second floor exhibition space, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023. It will begin at 6pm

Tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2016 at http://truonline.org/events/2016-tru-love/.

 

“If theater is to survive, it needs to recognize and reflect the variety of lives and experiences all around us. This year we take special pride in acknowledging the achievements of people who are working to expand our cultural experience,” says TRU executive director Bob Ost. “We’re celebrating diversity, and everyone’s invited to the party!”

 

The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of Theater Resources Unlimited, a not-for-profit service organization that educates people in the business of the arts, with a focus on producers, emerging theater companies and self-producing artists. Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays and new musicals reading series and a community e-blast of jobs, services, resources and theater events.

 

For inquiries about the event, email TRUStaff1@gmail.com or call 212-714-7628. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

 

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 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.

 

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2017 TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program  | Open: 08/25/17 Close: 08/25/17
Ongoing training for producers and self-producers:

Theater Resources Unlimited 

Producer Development & Mentorship Program

Submissions Deadline: August 25, 2017

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces that submissions are being accepted through August 25, 2017 for the 2017-18 Producer Development & Mentorship Program (PDMP). Created in collaboration with 4-time Tony winning producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (The Heidi Chronicles, Rocky, All the Way, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated), this monthly program runs one night a month from September through July, and offers ongoing support and education for producers at all levels of experience. The program is designed to offer a sophisticated but accessible range of information to educate and guide career producers, not-for-profit producers and self-producing artists. Details are available at https://truonline.org/tru-event-category/pdmp/.

 

The program consists of two levels of training: Basic and Master Class. The 2017-18 Basic PDMP will be led by producer/consultant/former general manager R. Erin Craig of La Vie Productions (Himself and NoraStalking the BogeymanMr. Rickey Calls a MeetingAusten's Pride, Academy, Right Before I Go benefit in October 2017and Broadway/off-Broadway producer Jana Robbins (Roof of the World, Ragtime revival, I Love You Because, Little Women).  

 

The 2017-18 Master Class will be led by Tony Award winning producers Jane Dubin (Tony winning The Norman ConquestsBandstandPeter and the Starcatcher and An American in Paris; plus Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, The 39 Steps, Ann; upcoming: Farinelli and the King and Fingersmith) and Rachel Weinstein (Tony winning Dear Evan HansenDisgracedThe Heiress with Jessica Chastain).

 

Basic Class is open to everyone interested in producing; Master Class is open for graduates of the Basic Class, with limited openings for people who have taken previous TRU workshops, or the Commercial Theatre Institute 14-week course, or a combination of other CTI courses. To request an application, or to inquire about the program, email TRUMentor@gmail.com or download the form at https://truonline.org/pdmp and fill out and email to TRUMentor@gmail.com. Also send a resume emphasizing your theater and business experience.

 

"I wanted to take a moment to personally thank [program directors Jane Dubin and Van Dean] for your wisdom and guidance, and especially for your generosity of time, and your commitment to supporting new generations of producers, and showing them it really is possible to play in this arena and make some wonderful things happen. It is remarkable to me how much I've learned so far." 
~ Frank Avellino, producer (Dead Dog Park)

 

"As an actor/playwright I finally found a supportive program that not only helped me achieve my goals but taught me the business of the business. Thanks to TRU, I now have a concrete knowledge of how the business of theater works and a supportive community to turn to when I need advice!" ~T. Cat Ford

 

"Thank you so much for being my mentors for the Master Class. I don't think I realized how much you taught me until I presented my business plan at the last session. It was the Master Class application that motivated me to commit to my very first project! Ten months later I've navigated from option agreements to hiring a director to staging a successful reading with four Tony-nominated actors!...  I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn producing, because you learn by doing." 
~ Wendy Leopold, producer (The Whitmores)

 

Submissions for 2017-18 accepted now through August 25th (Basic Class only). Cost is $295 for new members. The program will meet one Wednesday evening of each month from September through July - that's 11 sessions. You must also be a paid member of TRU, currently $95/year. To inquire about eligibility for Master Class, email TRUMentor@gmail.com. If accepted, the cost is $395.

 

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.

 

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2018 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series  | Open: 06/11/18 Close: 06/11/18
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces The 2018 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, with Jasper on June 11, 2018 at 7pm and Adele's Wayon June 18, 2018 at 7pm at the Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam St., New York, NY. Tickets are free, but RSVP is required. RSVP by emailing TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com, or by calling 212-714-7628. 


The 2018 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series is the 19th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers, followed by the panels on producing, "Dollars and Sense" featuring prominent commercial producers, artistic directors and general managers. Reservations required: 212-714-7628, or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

"It is interesting each year to see themes emerge from our submissions, and often a pervasive tone that seems to reflect what is happening in the world around us," notes TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata. "This year we were surprised - although we probably shouldn't have been - to see an increase in plays with a serious, often somber tone. We ultimately chose two of those that deal bluntly with issues of life and death, from two dramatically different perspectives. We are proud to support these thought-provoking new works, and look forward to seeing how, in the coming year, our world continues to shape the vision of our writers."  

 

Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7pm

Jasper, by Grant MacDermott, Directed by Katie McHugh, Produced by Frank Avellino/Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc.

 

Jasper is about a married couple with a severely disabled 8-year-old child whose time is running out. Indeed, the original prognosis was that Jasper wouldn't live to be a toddler, but due to the care and dedication of his parents, he's survived. As the boy's condition worsens, parents Drew and Andrea must begin to consider the fact that Jasper may soon die. On a subway ride home from work, Drew meets Shayla, a successful, attractive, single mother of an adorable, healthy 4-year old boy named Tyler, and Drew begins to see in Tyler the father-and-son relationship he craves but has never had, nor can ever have, with Jasper. This unique, heart-melting story about family, loss, betrayal, and redemption, asks the question: how far will a parent go to feel the love of a child, even if it's not his own? 

 

Grant MacDermott is a playwright and professional actor. Some of his other plays include Kings Richard (Boston Theater Marathon); Sit Down, Daisy(Nylon Fusion Theater); What Men Do Alone on Islands (Heart & Dagger Come As You Are Festival); 10 Reasons Why Hamlet is Totally Gay (Edinburgh Fringe Festival), and Dinner now published by Indie Theater Now after being developed and performed by Project Y Theater in New York City. Grant has been a member of the Interim Writer's Writing Accomplice in Boston and the Project Y Playwrights' Collective, and Athen Theater Writing Collective in New York City. His play, An Independent of Race and the Brain, was a semi-finalist at the 2014 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights' conference and the 2015 PlayPenn Conference and his play without you but also with you too as well was a semi-finalist for PlayPenn in 2017.

 

Director Katie McHugh is the Founding Director of the Southeastern Teen Shakespeare Company, Co-Founder of the Teen Shakespeare Conservatory, as well as the Artistic Director at Yonder Window Theatre Company (YWTC). Some of Katie's directing credits in NYC include Medea(New School for Drama), and The List by Jennifer Tremblay (NY Fringe 2012, Winner of Overall Excellence in a Solo Performance). In Mexico, Katie has directed The List(Fringe SMA) and Waiting for Goddreau preceded by Shut up Kathleen by Sebastian David (Fringe SMA). Katie's theatre company, YWTC, made its maiden voyage in 2017 with a multidisciplinary, multi-cultural, tri-lingual production called The Dream Project,at Muvart art gallery, SMA, Mexico. Since its maiden voyage Katie has produced and directed three more shows under the YWTC banner:  PLACES at NYC's 59E59Theatre's East to Edinburgh Festival, then at The New Town Theatre in Edinburgh where it was performed 24 times; The House on Poe Street by Fengar Gael at the 14th Street Y Theatre, NYC, and The Dream Project 2.0, (the next development phase of this 5-year project), which was held at the GK Art Center in Brooklyn, NY March 2018. Katie is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and received her MFA directing, The New School for Drama. www.yonderwindow.co

 

Boz and the Bard Productions, Inc. was founded by Frank Avellino and Steve Hess and named in honor of their two favorite writers - Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. The works of these men have spanned generations and still resonate with that which lies at the core of all humans. It is stories such as these that Boz and the Bard are excited to bring to life on the stage. Boz and the Bard produced the original Off Broadway play, Dead Dog Park, by Barry Malawer, in association with BEDLAM. It was directed by Eric Tucker (artistic director, BEDLAM) at 59E59

 

Monday, June 18, 2018 at 7pm

Adele's Way, by Dennis Porter, Directed by Joan Kane

 

Seventy-year old Adele, a distinguished feminist academic and an advocate of rational choice suicide, has taken her own life.  At the up-country farmhouse retreat she had long shared with her husband Tim, he is joined after the memorial service by their daughter Rebecca, their son Jeff and their daughter-in-law Lily.  Haunted by the potent and combative personality of the absent Adele, the four of them grieve, reminisce, and struggle to come to terms with the shocking event.  Through a series of emotionally charged, often tender and occasionally fierce encounters, they seek to understand the impact of her violent death on each of them individually; on their relations with each other; and for the provocative message it sends to a Western society whose demographics are undergoing an unprecedented tilt toward high old age. Adele's Way is scheduled for a showcase presentation in the upcoming Broadway Bound Theatre Festival in August in Manhattan.

 

A graduate of Cambridge University (BA) and U.C., Berkeley (PhD), Dennis Porter is a reformed academic long based in Amherst, Massachusetts. The author of books on European and U.S. literature and culture (Pursuit of Crime, Yale; Haunted Journeys, Princeton; Rousseau's Legacy, Oxford), he now devotes his writing life exclusively to works for the stage. His plays in a variety genres (from manic farce to psycho-political drama) have received major awards, typically with festival productions or staged readings including full-length Rainbow with Strings (John Gassner Award, Boston); All the Rest (Julie Harris Competition, Beverly Hills Theatre Guild); Adele's Way (HRC Showcase Theatre, Hudson, NY and Capital Stage, Sacramento, CA); Surprised by Love, (translation of Marivaux comedy at Remy Bumppo Theatre, Chicago); Let Them Eat Proust (finalist National Arts Club, Manhattan);Americana (O'Neill Conference, semi-finalist); Sex-Wise (Provincetown Theatre 2012);  plus the one-acts Between Men (Dubuque Competition and Midtown International Theatre Festival); Bragging Rights (finalist, Tennessee Williams Contest and Last Frontier Conference, Valdez); Set Piece (Pittsburgh New Works and Provincetown Theatre); Like a Scream (First Stage, Los Angeles). 

 

Joan Kane (director) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and directed I Know What Boys Want at Theatre Row, Six Characters in Search of an Author in Oslo, Norway and Kafka's Belinda in Prague. She also directed both Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, getting four star reviews for each. Joan was awarded Best Director in the 2016 United Solo Festival was named to the Indie Theatre Hall of Fame by nytheatre.com. She has also directed plays and readings for the Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the NY Fringe Festival, Theater for the New City, Urban Stages, the Bleecker St Theater, the Workshop Theater, Nylon Fusion, Abingdon Theatre, Oberon Theatre, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, the Midtown International Festival, the Players Club, the Lambs Club and the Actors Studio. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is a member of The New York Madness Company, the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers.

 

Bruce A! Kraemer (producer) is the producer of all Ego Actus shows. He wrote what do you mean which played at 59e59 Theater and in the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. His Identity Paper was in the 2016 United Solo Festival and he co-wrote Kafka's Belinda which played in the 2015 Prague Fringe Festival and was nominated for an Inspiration Award. He has done lighting design for Roundabout Theatre and Soho Rep and has designed shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 59e59 Theaters, the NYC Fringe, Theatre Row, and many others. Bruce also does TV and event lighting, audio, technical direction, stage management, production intercom and RF coordination. He has done one or another of those for the Summer and Winter Olympics, the Paralympics, the World Cup, two Papal visits, three Superbowls, the Commonwealth Games, the Goodwill Games, six Tony Awards, the Grammys, three Video Music Awards, the WNBA All Star Game, the NBA All Star game, the NBA Draft, four NFL Drafts, the MLB Draft, ten Christmas Tree Lightings at Rockefeller Center, on Broadway, off Broadway, off off Broadway, for dance, fashion shows, art installations and hundreds of corporate events.

 

This series made possible with public funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

Thanks also to the generous support of The Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.

 

Visit truonline.org for a full calendar of upcoming events! Join TRU June 10th for their annual Tony Party! 

* "Winning Ways: The Meaning of Theater Awards" panel - Thursday 6/28 - click here

* TRU Tony Award Party/Fundraiser - Sunday 6/10 - click here

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

 

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An Introduction to TRU: Free-for-Everyone Seasonal Kick-off plus Networking Meet-and-Greet  | Open: 09/17/13 Close: 09/17/13
 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces that instead of the usual September panel they are hosting a free and friendly Introduction to TRU: Free-for-Everyone Seasonal Kick-off plus Networking Meet-and-Greet. 

 This informal free gathering is an opportunity to come and learn more about Theater Resources Unlimited and hear about upcoming programs. In addition, attendees will have the chance to share their own stories, suggest what they’d like to learn in the coming year, and network with other theater professionals. Wine, beer and refreshments will be provided.

Guests will include TRU Board Members and Program Directors who will introduce new friends to TRU and its programs. Those scheduled to appear include producers Michael Alden and Patrick Blake, Board member and financial advisor Bailie Slevin; Cate Cammarata; Diana Amsterdam; and Gillien Goll. 

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BEYOND BROADWAY: A BROADER PERSPECTIVE ON DEVELOPING NEW MUSICALS  | Open: 12/12/17 Close: 12/12/17
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU December Panel -Beyond Broadway: A Broader Perspective on Developing New Musicals on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC.  For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/understanding-off-broadway/.

 

Many consider the musical the great American art form and a key contribution to our country's culture. So many dream of writing a Broadway hit, but there is a wealth of amazing creativity happening outside of New York. We will look at the rich environments for incubating new works that exist throughout our country, including regional theaters and colleges and universities. Not every show is destined for New York, though many follow a circuitous path that may ultimately lead there. Some shows go directly to licensing, others develop success without ever having a New York production. Is there something to be gained from developing new works beyond the commercial pressure of Broadway? Where do innovative and unconventional works come from? What are some of the other viable markets worth pursuing for new works? Are there current trends? How do audiences differ outside of New York?

 

Speakers will include Ken Cerniglia, Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group; Jason Cocovinis, Director of Marketing, Music Theatre International (MTI), one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theaters from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond; Betsy King Militello, executive director National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), whose 160 organizational members and 40 individual members, located throughout 31 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world.

 

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; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU.  Please use the bright red reservation box on this page, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail  TRUStaff1@gmail.com 

 

For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

Ken Cerniglia is dramaturg and literary manager for Disney Theatrical Group, where since 2003 he has developed over fifty shows for professional, amateur, and school productions, including Freaky Friday, Aladdin, The Hunchback of Notre DamePeter and the StarcatcherNewsiesHigh School MusicalTarzan, and The Little Mermaid. Recent freelance projects include Hadestown (New York Theatre Workshop, Edmonton's Citadel), Bud, Not Buddy (Kennedy Center), Passion Trilogy (LMU/Fisher Ensemble), and Bridges  (Berkeley Playhouse). Ken holds a Ph.D. in theater history and criticism from the University of Washington and is president of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA).

 

Jason Cocovinis is a creative marketing and communications specialist with over 20 years of experience developing strategic campaigns and dynamic content for a wide variety of audiences. Jason joined Music Theatre International in 2008 helping to expand the company's digital footprint, strengthen its third-party marketing services, and unify its brand platforms.  In addition, Jason and his team have launched over 100 musicals to the secondary rights market and introduced several highly-regarded theatrical resources to MTI's worldwide customer base. Prior to joining MTI, Jason was a Creative Director at the experiential marketing agency, Jack Morton Worldwide. In this role, Jason conceived and executed events and communications projects for several of the agency's key accounts in the entertainment, healthcare and technology sectors. Jason began his career in public relations as an Account Executive at Ruder Finn and then moved on to manage the creative services department at Hemming+Gilman Productions, an event management and production firm.

 

Betsy Militello came to NAMT in August of 2011 from Outward Bound where she was Vice President of Development, responsible for an $8M annual fundraising goal. Prior organizations in which she served in non-profit administration and fundraising leadership roles include Hunter College, the NYU Child Study Center, Cooper Union and the Big Apple Circus, and she has also taught at Marymount Manhattan College as an Adjunct Professor in Non-profit Management. Following completion of her undergraduate degree at Harvard, she began her career in advertising; after receiving her Master's degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management (with additional coursework in administration at the Yale School of Drama), she worked as a management consultant for Fortune 100 companies prior to moving to the non-profit sector. She also has theatre production experience, primarily in stage management and lighting, in both professional and volunteer musical theatre and opera organizations including Glimmerglass Opera and the Blue Hill Troupe.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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, visitwww.truonline.orgor call 212 714-7628.

 


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Coloring The Great White Way  | Open: 03/21/12 Close: 03/21/12
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents its next monthly networking panel, Coloring the Great White Way: Bringing Diversity to Commercial Theater, a discussion focused on how to bring more diverse offerings and audiences to the traditionally great “white” way. 

Panelists will include producer Nelle Nugent (Stick Fly, Ghetto Klown, Time Stands Still, ...Nicholas Nickleby); Woodie King Jr., artistic director of New Federal Theatre (What the Wine Sellers Buy, For Colored Girls..., Checkmates); Stephen C. Byrd of Front Row Productions and producer of the first African-American Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof; Donna Walker-Kuhne of Walker International Communications; and Kamilah Forbes, artistic director of the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, director (Def Poetry Jam on Broadway); and Melissa Marano, Senior Client Account Executive at aka Promotions (Jerusalem, The MotherF*er With The Hat, Billy Elliot, Stick Fly, A Streetcar Named Desire). They will examine the topic through the eyes of producers, the people who decide which shows to produce and the duration of their theatrical run.

 The panel will focus on the following questions:

Have we made any significant progress in bringing diversity into commercial theater? 

Is there an audience to support the work, and how do we tap into that audience? How can we help along the process?

Even commercial plays with tremendous crossover appeal, such as Stick Fly and Radio Golf, have not managed to succeed as well as we might hope. How do we build a culturally diverse audience that can truly support works like these? 

Might cultivating producers of color help generate players who have a vested interest in bringing more culturally diverse works into commercial production? And can we do it without compromising the integrity of diverse voices in order to make them more palatable to the white mainstream?


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

 

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.  In addition, TRU presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and the TRU VOICES Annual New Musicals Reading Series, new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new works as well as new producers for theater.  In 2001, TRU began giving annual scholarships to The Commercial Theater Institute, to encourage the development of aspiring producers, created 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 March ‘08, TRU was associate producer of its first Equity showcase, Missives at 59E59 Theatre, a play that was developed in the 2006 TRU reading series.  In addition to new works development, TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a new Director-Writer Communications Lab. TRU programs for actors include an Annual Audition Event scheduled this year for Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1; and TRU partners with Weist-Barron Studios to offer quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops. Actors may inquire about this and other actor programs by contacting TRUActors@gmail.com.

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

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Coloring the Great White Way Part 2: Where are the Producers of Color?  | Open: 06/19/12 Close: 06/19/12
 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents its next monthly networking panel, Coloring the Great White Way; Part 2: Where are the Producers of Color?, an expansion of the April panel discussion that will focus on the experience of Latino and Asian American producers. The panel will take place at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.

 

Panelists will include Pun Bandhu, producer (Spring Awakening, Glengarry Glen Ross revival); Debra Ann Byrd, founder/producing artistic director Take Wing And Soar Productions; Tisa Chang, artistic producing director Pan-Asian Repertory; Lily Fan, producer (Ching-lish, The Mountaintop, Jesus Christ Superstar); Lou Moreno, artistic director of INTAR Theatre; Stephanie Ybarra, Artistic Associate at The Public Theater.

 

A follow-up to the March panel, this discussion will explore a comparison between diversity in commercial and not-for-profit theater, and whether the commercial environment is viable for developing works and audiences of diversity. Attendees will hear about the experiences of a producer of color in the tradition-bound business of theater, examine the current state of the industry as it relates to producers of color, and address the best ways to cultivate and encourage diversity on Broadway and in other commercial arenas.

 

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.

 

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 the TRU VOICES Annual 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, TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a new Director-Writer Communications Lab. TRU programs for actors include an Annual Audition and TRU partners with Weist-Barron Studios to offer quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops.

 

TRU’s monthly panels have been a core program of TRU since its inception, and in recent years executive director Ost has partnered with Back Stage to generate topics of interest to both TRU members and Back Stage readers. Founded in 1960, Back Stage is the world's most trusted name in casting, auditions, and entertainment-industry opportunities. “Through TRU, Back Stage is able to reach beyond its actor base to a wider theater community,” said Ost, “and we get more visibility through the Back Stage connection.” For information about Back Stage, visit http://www.backstage.com

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940's, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The theatre has been home to such long run productions as   An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless  starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

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, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

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How To Write A Musical That Works!  | Open: 05/17/15 Close: 05/17/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents How to Write a Musical That Works! Feedback Workshop #3: Reckoning and Resolution on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 10 am – 5:30 pm, at the Write Act Rep Theatre at Times Square Arts Center, 300 W. 43rd Street, 2nd floor. Deadline to apply is May 1st. See application and guidelines (http://www.truonline.org/store.html#beginnings) for instructions on emailing materials.

 

How to Write a Musical That Works! is a 3-part workshop for writers, directors and producers exploring the traditional structure and dynamic interplay of an effective libretto and score. The workshop examines successful musicals, discusses basic dramaturgical principals and why they work, and hears presentations of submitted new works and works-in-progress. Details are available at www.truonline.org/TRUBeginnings-Musical3.htm

 

“Reckoning and Resolution” will focus on: 1) songs that express the resolution of a character's "want," or the overcoming of obstacles, and how it leads to a final choice; 2) "eleven o'clock numbers," the big dramatic showstopper that sums up the (usually) main character's journey; 3) the finale, an effective and emotionally satisfying way of concluding your story. Submission fee is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. If accepted, it will be applied to a participation fee of $100 for non-member ($80 for TRU members). 

 

Writers (or producers!) are invited to submit no more than 25 pages of a show you are working on. We want to see the section of your show in which we head towards the summing up and conclusion of the plot and the resolution of the characters' wants.  A panel of producers and writers will evaluate how successful the songs and scenes presented are in fulfilling their purpose: Michael Alden (Disgraced, Bat Boy, Grey Gardens, The Last Session, Disgraced, The King's Speech on stage), producer Doug Denoff (The 39 Steps, Nice Work If You Can Get It, upcoming Peggy Sue Got Married, Just Believe), producer Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up); composer/lyricist Skip Kennon (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time and Again), former Artistic Coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades. Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.

 

This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works. The cost for non-participants to attend for the full day, to observe the presentations and be part of the discussions, is $50 ($30 for TRU members). Click here (http://www.truonline.org/store.html#beginnings) to sign up.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three 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 the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly 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) 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.

 

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

 

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How to Develop a Brand New Musical: A TRU Success Story  | Open: 12/11/14 Close: 12/11/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the December panel, How to Develop a Brand New Musical: A TRU Success Story, on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor Loft Theatre, NYC.  Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; the event starts at 7:30pm.

 

This panel will feature two-time TRU Voices finalist, writer Adam Overett (My Life Is a Musical, Popesical); original TRU Voices producers of My Life Is a Musical, Molly Morris and Cate Cammarata; My Life Is a Musical optioning producers Patrick Blake (Bedlam Theatre Hamlet/St. Joan, In the Continuum, The Exonerated, Play Dead); David Elliot and Martin Platt, co-directors of Perry Street Theatricals (Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet, Lend Me a Tenor the Musical, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree); and commercial producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (All the Way, Rocky, Vania & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy & Bess, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated).

 

Learn about how the musical My Life Is a Musical went from a reading in the TRU Voices series to a developmental workshop to a full production at Bay Street Theater this past summer. Attendees will learn how this team of producers came together, how they collaborated with the writer and how they divided responsibilities. Hear the team’s next steps to bring this new musical into a commercial production.

 

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

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; 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); 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; and The Montage Foundation.

 

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

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How to Write a Musical That Works Workshop #2: Conflict & Obstacles  | Open: 02/25/18 Close: 02/25/18
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the second workshop in the series How to Wrote a Musical That WorksConflict & Obstacles, on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 10am - 6pm at NOLA Rehearsal Studio, 244 W 54th St., 5th floor, Studio 5. Submission fee is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. If accepted, it will be applied to a participation fee of $100 ($80 for TRU members). Those not selected will be invited and encouraged to attend the workshop as observers. The price is $55 ($35 for TRU members). Go to https://truonline.org/events/feedback-workshop-2-2018, click the link to download the application, fill it out, and email to TRUPlaySubmissions@gmail.com to sign up. If accepted, the workshop includes 2 seats for the entire day workshop as well as your presentation slot. Space is limited. Any additional attendees from the musical team (including music director, additional collaborators and cast members) who wish to observe the entire workshop must reserve in advance and will be charged $25 per person.

 

This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works.

 

Our professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers will include:

  • Ken Cerniglia, dramaturg and literary manager of Disney Theatrical;
  • Cheryl Davis, Kleban and Larsen Award winning librettist and lyricist (Barnstormer), Audelco Award winning playwright (Maid's Door);
  • Nancy Golladay, literary consultant (NY Shakespeare Festival, O'Neill Conference, more), moderator of the BMI Librettists' Workshop; 
  • Skip Kennon, composer/lyricist (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time and Again), former artistic coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades;
  • Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.

 

Writers (or producers!) are invited to submit no more than 25 pages of a show in a development. Submit selections of the show in which conflict and obstacles arise - the plot complications - plus MP3s of the songs within only those pages. Also send a concise synopsis of the opening in which the world of your show is introduced, and the want of characters and how it prepares the audience for the conflict in the section presented.

 

In the workshop we will focus on three main aspects:

 

  • 1) Songs that express differing points of view, or conflict;
  • 2) "Turnaround Songs" in which a character changes his course of action;
  • 3) The climactic moment (sometimes the first act finale) that drives us forward into the resolution (note: "resolution" will be in workshop #3). 

 

Discuss will focus on "I am" songs and "I feel" songs, and the function of each, with special attention paid to the way they move the action. In addition, the workshop will continually explore the delicate balance between script and song.

 

 

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE - COME MEET OURS. AN INTRODUCTION TO TRU.  | Open: 09/19/17 Close: 09/19/17
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU September Panel -It Takes a Village - Come Meet Ours, an Introduction to TRU on Tuesday, September 19, 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 https://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru-17/.

 

Come to our free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet. And meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited that make it possible to bring you the range of programming we offer for producers and artists. Come to our free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet. And meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited that make it possible to bring you the range of programming we offer for producers and artists. Our confirmed lineup includes TRU Board member and former program director Michael Alden, producer (Come from Away, Disgraced, Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Grey Gardens); director of writer programs Diana Amsterdam (Practical Playwriting); TRU board member Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 Steps revival, Bedlam Theater's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum), founding artistic director Rhymes Over Beats, faculty for Practical Playwriting and TRU Voices selection committee; TRU literary manager Cate Cammarata (TRU Voices and How to Write a Musical That Works); R. Erin Craig who has joined us this year as one of the program directors for our Producer Development & Mentorship Program; TRU Vice-President and co-founder Cheryl Davis, award-winning playwright, attorney; attorney Eric Goldman, Esq. who runs our Investor Lab and our Mediation Workshop (and offers free mediation services and counsel to TRU members); producer Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up), TRU Board member who helps run TRU Voices and How to Write a Musical That Works; financial advisor/former board member Bailie Slevin who is a Speed Date coach (and offers free financial consultations to TRU members); Joanne Zippel (offers a free career consultation to TRU members). 

 

Learn about our programs, including our Producer Development & Mentorship Program, the TRU Voices Reading Series, Mediation workshop and other Producer Boot Camps, Speed Dates and Actor Workshops, Writer-Producer Speed Date, Director-Writer Communications Lab, our new How to Write a Musical That Works workshop and more. And let us know what we don't offer that you wish we did.

 

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 30 second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; usually $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door for non-members, but free for everyone for this season opener. Please RSVP at https://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru-17/. You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

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 Legislatureand 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: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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MAY TRU PANEL  | Open: 05/17/16 Close: 05/17/16
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the May panel, Theater & Community: Education, Outreach and Social Justice, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm.  For more details visit http://truonline.org/events/community/


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Meet The Coaches 2014 And Audition Info Session  | Open: 03/08/14 Close: 03/08/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces Meet the Coaches 2014 (plus Audition Info Session), a unique opportunity for actors to personally meet a top-notch lineup of monologue and music coaches to help them shine at auditions. The event is presented as part of the 2014 TRU Audition Event on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2pm at Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, 10th Floor, NYC.  Registration begins at 1:45pm, followed by an
information and TRU Audition Q&A at 2:15pm.  The
Meet the Coaches presentations begin at 3:00pm, followed by a
catered wine reception
and one-on-one meetings with the coaches until 5:00pm.  Reservations are required and can be made online through a link at http://truonline.org/CoachesAE14.htm, or by emailing trustaff1@gmail.com.  Admission is $15 to the public and free for TRU members and actors who are registered for the TRU Audition.

 

According to TRU executive director Bob Ost, “Theater Resources Unlimited wants actors to succeed at every audition, and firmly believes that even the most experienced actor can benefit from an outside eye to help shape their audition piece. Casting Directors can tell when an actor has been coached, and this annual event offers actors the opportunity to meet a lineup of recommended coaches who can help them shine, at our annual audition event or any audition.”

Monologue coaches will include Rosalyn Coleman Williams, Gillien Goll, Roger Hendricks Simon, Bob Luke and Rhonda Musak. Vocal/music coaches will include Lisa Hogan, Alison Holman, Dan Manjovi, Kim Stern and Natalie Wilson. Karen Braga will offer insights into the Alexander technique to help actors with their physical presentation skills. Bios of all can be found at http://www.truonline.org/CoachesAE14.htm

 

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November TRU Panel Live Streaming and Digital Capture: Bringing Theater into the 21st Century  | Open: 11/15/16 Close: 11/15/16
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the November TRU Panel

Live Streaming and Digital Capture: Bringing Theater into the 21st Century

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (networking at 7 p.m.)

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the November panel Live Streaming and Digital Capture: Bringing Theater into the 21st Century, on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. Doors open at 7 p.m. for networking and refreshments; roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30 p.m.. For more details visit http://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru/.

 

Panelists will include Broadway producers Stewart F. Lane (Tony Award®-winning producer for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Will Rogers Follies and La Cage Aux Folles) and Bonnie Comley (Tony Award-winning producer for Jay Johnson: The Two and Only, War Horse and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder), co-founders of BroadwayHD; Benjamin Birney, Vice President of Technology and Business Affairs for BroadwayHD; Kathryn Jones, CEO of VirtualArtsTV.

 

Learn the distinctions between live streaming and digital capture, and how to incorporate them into your development plans, as well as use them for marketing and exposure and to extend the life and value of your creative property. We'll look at a broad spectrum of possibilities, from the relatively small budget opportunities from VirtualArtsTV and others, to the major productions archived by BroadwayHD and made accessible to an entire market of potential audience members. With expert guidance on the complicated licensing hurdles that sometimes need to be dealt with.

 

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for networking and refreshments, panel starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are Free for TRU members; $15 for non-members at the door ($12 with advance registration) Please call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 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 Frankie Dailey, General Manager, 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 Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation.

 

About BroadwayHD

Since its launch in 2015, BroadwayHD aims to extend the reach of Broadway to fans old and new, anytime and anywhere. BroadwayHD is the only online streaming service of its kind, offering viewers an unprecedented Broadway experience and access to exclusive live streams. In June of 2016, BroadwayHD made history with the live stream of “She Loves Me,” marking the first-ever Broadway live stream. In addition to exclusive live streamed content, BroadwayHD offers subscribers unlimited access to an on-demand library of over 150 theater productions from the comfort and convenience of their own homes—or wherever streaming is possible. It’s the Broadway you know and love, curated from the stage to your screen.

 

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

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October Panel - Alternate Venues for Developing New Work: Come to the Cabaret  | Open: 10/25/16 Close: 10/25/16
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the October TRU Panel

Alternate Venues for Developing New Work:

Come to the Cabaret

Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 7:30pm (networking at 7pm)

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the October panel Alternate Venues for Developing New Work: Come to the Cabaret, on Tuesday, October 25 2016 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm. For more details visit http://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru/.

 

Panelists will include Jeff Breithaupt, writer/producer, Vice President for Media and Communications at Manhattan School of Music; Van Dean, producer (The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Matilda, Evita, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn, Big Fish, Bonnie & Clyde and Chinglish, Off-Broadway: You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown; upcoming: Anastasia); Bailie Slevin, financial advisor/producer (Popesical at Joe's Pub); Jennifer Ashley Tepper, theater historian, producer, Director of Programming at 54 Below; Theresa Wozunk, producer (Liberty A Monumental New Musical, Porgy and Bess).

 

Need an affordable way to test a new work? Many shows have gotten their start in cabaret venues, dating back to the phenomenon of Nunsense at The Duplex. Meet venue managers and producers who have used cabaret and other less traditional spaces to start or gain momentum for a show. Many do concert presentations of musicals in development, of course, but other levels of production - musical and non - may be possible with creative thinking.

 

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 at the door ($12.00 if you register in advance.

 

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 Frankie Dailey, General Manager, 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 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.

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Practical Playwriting: How to Write for Commercial Production  | Open: 05/14/16 Close: 05/14/16
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present Practical Playwriting: How to Write for Commercial Production, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 10:00am – 5:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. The workshop is one of a series of TRU BEGINNINGS workshops, opportunities for early development of new work. For more details and to download an application, please visit http://truonline.org/events/practical-playwriting/

 

What often holds playwrights back is that they rarely consider the person who will buy and produce their product: the producer. With all the work, hope and sweat they invest in considering character, theme and plot, playwrights rarely take into account producibility.

 

This one-day intensive will be taught by Diana Amsterdam (The Dodgers, Fast Girls, Sex and Death, Carnival Round the Central Figure), TRU's Program Director for Playwrights. With segments of the workshop taught by commercial producer Patrick Blake (The 39 Steps, My Life Is a Musical, Bedlam Theater'sHamlet/St. Joan, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead), founding artistic director of Rhymes Over Beats; TRU's Bob Ost and Gary Hughes offering marketing insights; and Gillien Goll who will teach you how to present yourself successfully.

 

The day ends with a panel of commercial producers who will offer feedback on writers' pitches as well as suggest appropriate markets for the works. Panelists will include producers Pat Addiss (Gigi, Buyer and Cellar, A Christmas Story the musical, Promises, Promises, Little Women), RK Greene of The Storyline Project (A Time to Kill, Peter & the Starcatcher), Robin Rothstein, director of Operations at Broadway Across America and Lorenzo Thione of Sing Out, Louise! Productions, lead producer of Broadway's Allegiance, also associate producer of Slava's SnowshowGreen Day's American Idiot and the tour of Xanadu.

 

Subjects covered:

WHAT IS PRODUCIBILITY? The fact that producers always ask this question, and playwrights hardly ever do, causes a serious disconnect between the commercial producer and most playwrights.

WRITING TO A MARKET - We will ask each playwright questions he or she has probably never considered before: Who is your market? Who is going to buy tickets? Who is this play written for?

WRITING VIABLY - Creating writing that holds the attention of the audience with a strong storyline and defined events. This module will cover such primary writing elements as: arc, desire, motivation, conflict, and the clear delineation of theme.

WRITING ECONOMICALLY - Number of characters, number of sets, extravagance of sets: all these are serious considerations for most commercial producers.  Does the play require a casting director, or can it be done successfully by seasoned unknowns?  Is there a  chorus of thirty that can be pared down to two?  Are you kidding yourself when you think one actor can play eight parts?

 

Visit http://truonline.org/practical-playwriting for full curriculum and faculty bios.

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Projecting The Future: When And How To Use New Technology  | Open: 01/22/13 Close: 01/22/13
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) continues its season of monthly networking panels with Projecting the Future: When and How to Use New Technology on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 7:30pm at 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.

This panel will explore the best ways for producers to utilize new technologies in their shows. The use of video, projections and other technology as part of a production should be a carefully considered artistic decision as well as a budgetary one. When does technology enhance and support a concept, and when does it become intrusive or distracting? Should more directors consider technology when they develop a visual approach to a piece, and should more producers plan for it in their budgets? How do a director, set designer, lighting designer and projection designer work together and maintain artistic integrity to create a unified production concept? What advances have been made in recent years to make technology more effective?
 
Panelists include Stafford Arima, director (Carrie revival featuring Marin Mazzie, The Tin Pan Alley Rag, Altar Boyz, The Secret Garden featuring Laura Benanti, Steven Pasquale, Celia Keenan-Bolger & Will Chase, My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Allegiance); Karen Eterovich, self-producing actor (Cheer from Chawton, Love Arm'd); Sven Ortel, projection designer (Broadway: Jumpers, Faith Healer, Deuce, The Little Mermaid, Woman On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Wonderland and Newsies; off-Broadway: Carrie revival), among others.
 
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: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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So Where's The Money And How Do I Get Some? Funding Strategies For Indie And Not-for-profit Producer  | Open: 11/27/12 Close: 11/27/12
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) continues its fall season of monthly networking panels with So Where's the Money and How Do I Get Some? Funding Strategies for Indie and Not-for-Profit Producers, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 7:30pmat 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. 

This panel will explore the various opportunities for funding available for indie and not-for-profit producers.  Are you eligible for DCA and City Council money, and how do you go about applying? What are funders looking for, and how do you convince them you have it? The panel will explore how to find and cultivate individual funders, the importance of crowdsourcing websites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Rockethub, how to find and get the attention of private foundations, and the reality of corporate funding.

Panelists include Gigi Bolt, theater and musical theatre program and philanthropy consultant, former Interim Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group, Director of Theater and Musical Theater at the National Endowment for the Arts, Director of the Theater Program at the New York State Council on the Arts; Andrew Frank, former Director of the Cultural Institutions Unit at the NY Department of Cultural Affairs, founding Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatresource; Stacey Cooper McMath, arts program director for the NY Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

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: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Submit to the 18th Annual TRU VOICES New Musicals Reading Series  | Open: 08/05/17 Close: 08/12/17
Attention all writers, producers and theater companies:

let TRU pay for a developmental reading of your new musical!


Submit to the 18th Annual
TRU VOICES New Musicals Reading Series

Submission Deadline: August 12, 2017

(one-week extension to August 19 for TRU members and shows with producer attached)

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is seeking submissions for a New Musicals Reading Series in January 2018 that will consist of two or three new works presented on consecutive Monday evenings in Manhattan.  Submission deadline is August 12, 2017 with a one-week extension for TRU members and shows with a producer attached to August 19, 2017. Submission is free for members of TRU, $25 for non-members. Application and guidelines are available at http://truonline.org/musicals-series-2018-guidelines/.

 

Created to nurture producers as well as writers, TRU VOICES seeks producer-driven projects, and also matches writers with producers. Each reading is 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 purpose of the series is to help develop new plays, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond the series.

 

According to TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata, "The TRU Voices Reading Series has been a recognized path of new play development. I am proud of our success in finding engaging new work and giving writers a crucial stepping stone to productions in festivals (About Face NYMF 2008, OPA! MITF 2008, Volleygirls NYMF 2013, Appendage in the First Irish Festival 2016), regional theaters (Saint Heaven at Stamford Center for the Performing Arts 2006 and The Village Theater 2008, Hell Hole Honeys Alleyway Theatre 2010, Meester Amerika Garage Theater 2009, The Forgetting Curve Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston 2014, My Life is a Musical Bay Street Theater 2015), and Off-Broadway (The Great American Trailer Park Musical 2005, Pied-A-Terre 2007, The Assignment 2017, Echoes of Octavia due 2018). Radio Galaxy  from the recent TRU Plays Series is currently is currently in an option discussion with a commercial producer who saw the play in our series."

 

Theater companies and independent producers are invited to submit new work. TRU will provide the financial and physical resources for a developmental reading.  Writers are invited to submit, and are strongly encouraged to find an experienced sponsoring producer for their work (although they may submit without a producer and TRU will try to find one if the show makes it to finals). 

 

We seek a diversity of works, commercial as well as experimental or "non-traditional" (e.g. exhibiting non-linear structure, experimental format, unusual musical form, unconventional themes, etc.), and shows with multi-racial significance, subject matter and/or cast. Minority playwrights will be given special consideration. Works may be as short as 75 minutes with no maximum length. However, you must be able to present in under 90 minutes, with no more than 12 actors (doubling is acceptable). 

 

For more submission details, visit http://truonline.org/musicals-series-2018-guidelines/.

 

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 a community email 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 plus Resource Nights and "Speed Dating." 

 

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 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.

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THE 2016 TRU COMBINED AUDITION EVENT  | Open: 04/09/16 Close: 04/10/16
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and generous sponsors Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, Actors Connection, BackStageBreakdown Services (Actors Access and CastingAbout), DeSotelle Theatre & Acting Studio, Precision Photos and Working Actor Studio presents the 2016 Combined Audition Event on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:00am-6pm for musical auditions and Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 10am-6pm for drama auditions. The event will take place at the DeSotelle Theater, 300 W. 43rd Street, #301, NYC.  The registration fee is $85 and the final registration deadline is March 28th (postmark March 26th). Discounts are available for TRU members and AEA members. Priority consideration will be given to TRU members and Equity actors, and applicants may use the $130 Audition/Membership Package to join TRU and be given priority acceptance.

 

For consideration, you must fill out an application and postal-mail it with your hard copy headshot and resume before being approved for the event.  Payment alone does not count as registration.  YOU MUST SEND A HEADSHOT/RESUME. The application packet is available as a downloadable PDF at http://truonline.org/events/2016-audition-event/.  


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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TRU January Panel A Year in the Life of a Producer: Strategies and Timelines  | Open: 01/25/17 Close: 01/25/17
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the
TRU January Panel

A Year in the Life of a Producer:

Strategies and Timelines

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU January Panel – A Year in the Life of a Producer: Strategies and Timelines on Wednesday, January 25, 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 including a full schedule and faculty bios visit http://truonline.org/events/life-of-a-producer/.

 

January's Panelists will include Broadway producer Sue Frost (Come from Away, Memphis, First Date, Vanities, Dr. Zhivago; former Associate Producer at Goodspeed Musicals); Jessica McCoy, not-for-profit consultant; Broadway producer Jeffrey Richards, producer (Fiddler on the Roof revival, Tony Award® winner for Glengarry Glen Ross, The Pajama Game, Spring Awakening, August: Osage County, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, All the Way); and Donna Trinkoff, Artistic Producer of Amas Musical Theatre (The Red Eye of Love, The Other Josh Cohen, Triassic Parq!, Wanda’s World, Shout! The Mod Musical, Lone Star Love).

 

This panel will feature a detailed discussion of timelines and strategic planning for both commercial and not-for-profit productions, and the differences between the two worlds as well as how they intersect. This is a strictly business look at how you run your business, how long things take and how you put the pieces together in bringing a show from page to stage. The discussion will stress the importance of thinking ahead, and being prepared for the long haul in any development or production process. Make it your TRU Year Resolution to plan ahead.

 

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 at the door ($12.50 if you register in advance above), free for TRU members. Please register above, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 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 Frankie Dailey, General Manager, 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 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.

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TRU Love 25th Anniversary Benefit  | Open: 11/05/17 Close: 11/05/17
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)'s 25th Anniversary Benefit will take place on Sunday, November 5, 2017 beginning at noon at Caroline's on Broadway, 1626 Broadway (between 49th and 50th Streets), NYC.  Pre-show cocktails start at noon followed by a 3-course luncheon at 1pm and performance and awards at 2pm.  Tickets range from $50 (bar only, and show) to $225 for first tier VIP seats with luncheon. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit https://truonline.org/events/tru-love-2017/.

 

25 Years of TRU Love: Creating Community Through the Arts will honor TRU Spirit of Theater Award recipient, Jana Robbins, producer (Roof of the World, Ragtime revival, I Love You Because, Little Women) and Broadway actress (Gypsy with Tyne Daly, Tale of the Allergist's Wife).

Directed by Jim Brochu, the performance will include a LIVE AUCTION of an eight day seven night UNIWORLD Western European Boutique River Cruise valued up to $10,000, as well as tickets to Hamilton.  Reception will also feature a Silent Auction with prizes that include tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows plus consultations, coachings and more to be announced.

 

The proceeds from this event directly benefit the programs of Theater Resources Unlimited, a not-for-profit service organization that educates people in the business of the arts, with a focus on producers, emerging theater companies and self-producing artists. Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays and new musicals reading series and a community e-blast of jobs, services, resources and theater events. 

 

For inquiries about the event, email TRUStaff1@gmail.com or call 212-714-7628. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

 

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 Legislatureand 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.

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TRU NOVEMBER PANEL - UNDERSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY: DEFINING AND ACHIEVING SUCCESS  | Open: 11/14/17 Close: 11/14/17
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU November Panel -Understanding Off-Broadway: Defining and Achieving Success on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC.  For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/understanding-off-broadway/.

 

Off-Broadway was born in the 1950's as an alternative to the commercialism of Broadway, and a more affordable means of getting works (and artists) seen. TRU's July panel looked at the challenges presented by the economic realities of today's off-Broadway. Most of us are well aware of the difficulty of financially maintaining a show in the current economic environment. Perhaps we need to re-evaluate the purpose of off-Broadway. In this much-requested follow-up panel, we will focus more closely on producing models that are working, as well as examine how to best use the 100 to 499-seat theater presentations as part of a development plan, or as a way to increase visibility for your theater company. We will include the periodic performance model and the cross-promotional opportunities they offer, strategies for front-loading audience through limited runs, and consider how not-for-profit companies work and thrive within the off-Broadway paradigm.  Are there still ways to make use of this essential component of our theater culture? Can it provide a useful step in a development plan for new works, and a fertile ground for creating important works of theater? And who is the off-Broadway audience?  

 

Speakers will include Peter Breger, entertainment attorney and chairman of the Off-Broadway Alliance; Charlotte Cohn, actress/writer/producer (Church and State, Handle with Care, Rated P for Parenthood); Jack Cummings III,founding artistic director of the Obie Award-winning Transport Group (Strange Interlude, Inge in Rep, Lysistrata Jones, Once Upon a Mattress, The Audience, Normal); William Franzblau, producer (Sistas, This One's for the Girls, Evil Dead the musical, ILuminate, Jewtopia; on Broadway Wonderland, Say Godnight Gracie); Meredith Lucio, producer (Tony Award-winning Porgy and Bess, Rooms: a rock romance, The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet; upcoming: Absolutely Filthy).

 

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 30-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members;  $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door for non-members. Please RSVP at https://truonline.org/events/understanding-off-broadway/You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or by e-mailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 Legislatureand 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: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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TRU Panel: The Evolution of Internet Marketing  | Open: 03/26/15 Close: 03/26/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the March panel, The Evolution of Internet Marketing: What It Can (and Can’t) Do for Your Show, on Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor Loft Theatre, NYC.  Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; the presentation starts at 7:30pm.

 

The extraordinary lineup of marketing experts will include: Meghan Bartley, accounts services manager and Scott Lupi, director of advertising at DRA (Buyer & Cellar NY & National Tour; Dinner with the Boys; Gazillion Bubble Show; The Jacksonian; Love, Loss, and What I Wore(NY & National Tour; My Name is Asher Lev; Nevermore; Wiesenthal; The Collegiate Chorale; Gotham Chamber Opera); Amanda Bohan, marketing & advertising consultant (Terrence McNally's It's Only A Play and Tony-Nominated Mothers and Sons, Bedbugs! The Musical, Pageant: The Musical, Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, Forbidden Broadway, Clinton: The Musical, The Awesome 80s Prom); Christopher Lueck, creative director and Amanda Pekoe, founder and owner of The Pekoe Group (50 Shades, The Lion, Tail! Spin!, Disenchanted, Churchill, Piece of My Heart, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Peter & the Starcatcher, Freud's Last Session, Murder for Two, Mint Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre).

 

We'll consider changes in internet marketing over the last 5 years: what has improved, what have we learned that works or doesn't work, and what assumptions may have changed as we (and the consumer) have grown more comfortable with it all? Certainly social media is a cost-effective way to promote, as are eblasts, but what other pieces of the puzzle need to be in place for any of that to be effective? Is the internet truly the end-all and be-all for theater marketing, or does it need to be part of an overall strategy? And are some of the more sophisticated internet strategies beyond the budget for smaller shows? 

 

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.  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 half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need.

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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 the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly 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) 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.

 

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

 

 

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TRU Producer Boot Camp - Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask  | Open: 03/01/15 Close: 03/01/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the March Producer Boot Camp, Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask, on Sunday, March 1, 2015 from 10:00am-6:00pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor Loft Theatre, NYC. 

The economy is clearly recovering, so maybe it's time to take those projects off the back burner and move ahead. For producers, that means finding the money and resources to bring your projects into production. We invite you to acquire some basic tools and crucial information that will help you to function effectively in hard times and the better days that are surely here. From pitching techniques and presentation skills 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, we promise you an informative, empowering and inspiring day.

Faculty this year will include Broadway producers Doug Denoff (Nice Work If You Can Get It, The 39 Steps), RK Greene (Peter & the Starcatcher, Cougar, Room Service), Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, F#@king Up Everything), Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Rocky, Legally Blonde, Tony Awards for: All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty) and Richard Winkler (Something Rotten, Disgraced, You Can't Take It With You, Tony Awards for Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Cage Aux Folle, Memphis, The Norman Conquests); producer/investors Neil Danoff (The Audience, Something RottenBridges of Madison County, All the Way) and James Simon (Hand to God, Something Rotten, Pippin); plus attorneys Eric Goldman and Erach Screwvala, and financial advisor Bailie Slevin. Workshop will include a business plan intensive, given by producer RK Greene - come away with an easy template for organizing your ask.

Admission is $175 ($25 off for all currently paid TRU members). Early bird discount is an additional $25 off before 2/23. To register, complete application as a Word Document (preferred): http://www.truonline.org/BOOT_CAMP_app15.doc, or online at: http://www.truonline.org/BootCampApp.htm

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; 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); the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; and The Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

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TRU Producer Boot Camp Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask  | Open: 02/04/17 Close: 02/04/17
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the TRU Producer Boot Camp

Raising Money for Theater:

Who, How and When to Ask

Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am - 6pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU Producer Boot Camp Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask, on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am – 6pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. For more details including a full schedule and faculty bios visit http://truonline.org/events/raising-money/.

 

It's more important now than ever for the voice of theater to be heard, so take those projects off the back burner and move ahead with passion and a plan. For producers, that means finding the money and resources to bring your projects into production. We invite you to acquire some basic tools and crucial information that will help you to function effectively in hard times and the better days that may be on the way. From pitching techniques and presentation skills 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, we promise you an informative, empowering and inspiring day.

 

Workshop faculty will include Broadway producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman of Sunnyspot Productions (Tony Awards for Pippin, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Clybourne Park; Tony nominations for On The Town, You Can’t Take It With You, The Scottsboro Boys), Stewart Lane (Tony Award®-winner for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Will Rogers Follies and La Cage Aux Folles), Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Tony Award winner for All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy and Bess, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, plus Legally Bonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Caroline or Change, The Exonerated) and early career producers Jesse B. Langston and Molly Morris; investor James Simon (Something Rotten, Hand to God, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, upcoming: The Play That Goes Wrong); entertainment attorneys LisaRoxanne Walters and Erach Screwvala, financial advisor Bailie Slevin of Entertaining Finance, and others to be confirmed.

 

Tuition for the Boot Camp ranges from $150 for TRU Members to $175 for Non-Members with $25 early bird discount until January 15th. There are also special discounts for students and for people producing in festivals – email TRUStaff1@gmail.com with student ID or proof of application to a festival, and you will be given the discount code. For a full list of prices and to register visit http://truonline.org/events/raising-money/

 

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 Frankie Dailey, General Manager, 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 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.

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TRU Producer Boot Camp: Essentials of Successful Self-Producing  | Open: 09/24/16 Close: 09/24/16
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents their annual TRU Producer Boot Camp:  Essentials of Successful Self-Producing on September 24, 2016 from noon to 4:30pm at the Desotelle NuBox Theatret, 300 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor. Sub-titled “So Many Hats, Just One Head!” this ground-breaking  half-day workshop offers an overview of the skills needed specifically by artists who self-produce. For more details and to register visit http://truonline.org/events/essentials-of-self-producing/.

 

TRU executive director Bob Ost, a self-producing artist himself, was inspired to create a basic course because “I met so many people at TRU who told me they wished they had found us before they produced themselves – they feel they could have saved so much money and wasted effort.” He adds “Self-producing is complicated and requires not only producing skills but self-knowledge and a psychological head-set that is unique in order for you to be successful. You have to learn to think beyond the artist’s point of view.”

 

This workshop will look at how artists can successfully take on the challenging role of producer to generate their own opportunities. The ones who are most successful have to master a range of business skills, don a variety of hats and learn to be an expert juggler. "I'm just an artist" no longer cuts it when you make the move from page to paying audience. Learn to view your creative work from a business perspective, understand the need to think differently and make smarter choices, not only now but for the future of your show, and your brand. It all seems a little overwhelming at times, but we will break it down into easily digestible bites. When you know what you're doing, it can actually be fun and fulfilling.

 

Faculty for the inception of this workshop will include a quintet of highly successful self-producers:  actor-writer-producer Karen Eterovich, who has toured the US and Europe with one-woman shows about Aphra Behn and Jane Austen; writer-producer Dorothy Marcic whose musical SISTAS has played off-Broadway for five years, and whose previous show Respect has played in 44 cities; writer-director-producer Nancy Holson who spans the worlds of commercial live theater, corporate theater and television with the Emmy Award winning The News in Revue, off-Broadway's Bush Wars and the touring Ludwig Live!; and Jay Michaels/Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment, producer/director, educator, and entrepreneur in the marketing, promotion, and public relations fields.

 

Our curriculum (subject to change due to availability of speakers):

 

“Why Are You Doing This?” - Understanding your property and identifying your audience … Managing expectations and setting attainable goals…. Is producing this worth giving up months of my life that I could spend creating something new? 

 

“Knowing What You Need to Make It Happen” - Basic development steps: Table Reading, Staged Reading, Showcase, Festival…. How your goals affect your choices (budget, venue, creative team and more)…. How much do things really cost? How much should you pay people, and how to have those conversations? Including a review of actual budgets. And more.

 

“Wearing Many Different Hats” - You are no longer “just an artist” - the 5 different hats of any entrepreneur…. Keeping the identities separate – know who you are in each situation…. Thinking in spreadsheets, and understanding the business…. Collaboration.

 

Marketing, Promotion and Self-Promotion”  - Branding yourself, branding your plays, branding your company…. Identifying your audience … The marketing basics: website, postcards, social media, TDF and papering…. Think like an audience, not like an artist.


“Finding or Creating Opportunities” - Getting your plays out there in the world … Researching and booking tours…. Fringes and festivals…. Networking, now and for the future.

 

“Planning Ahead” - Thinking beyond a single production…. Having a vision of what this play could be and how far it can go. … How to capitalize on this production and plant the seeds for the next step

 

“How to Stay Inspired” - Celebrating the joys and challenges of self-producing

 

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 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.

 

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TRU Producer Boot Camp: Essentials of Successful Self-Producing  | Open: 09/24/16 Close: 09/24/16
Theater Resources Unlimited
presents

TRU Producer Boot Camp:

Essentials of Successful Self-Producing

September 24, 2016 from Noon to 4:30pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents their annual TRU Producer Boot Camp: Essentials of Successful Self-Producing on September 24, 2016 from noon to 4:30pm at the Desotelle NuBox Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor. Sub-titled “So Many Hats, Just One Head!” this ground-breaking half-day workshop offers an overview of the skills needed specifically by artists who self-produce. For more details and to register visit http://truonline.org/events/essentials-of-self-producing/.

 

TRU executive director Bob Ost, a self-producing artist himself, was inspired to create a basic course because “I met so many people at TRU who told me they wished they had found us before they produced themselves – they feel they could have saved so much money and wasted effort.” He adds “Self-producing is complicated and requires not only producing skills but self-knowledge and a psychological head-set that is unique in order for you to be successful. You have to learn to think beyond the artist’s point of view.”

 

This workshop will look at how artists can successfully take on the challenging role of producer to generate their own opportunities. The ones who are most successful have to master a range of business skills, don a variety of hats and learn to be an expert juggler. "I'm just an artist" no longer cuts it when you make the move from page to paying audience. Learn to view your creative work from a business perspective, understand the need to think differently and make smarter choices, not only now but for the future of your show, and your brand. It all seems a little overwhelming at times, but we will break it down into easily digestible bites. When you know what you're doing, it can actually be fun and fulfilling.

 

Faculty for the inception of this workshop will include a quintet of highly successful self-producers: actor-writer-producer Karen Eterovich, who has toured the US and Europe with one-woman shows about Aphra Behn and Jane Austen; writer-producer Dorothy Marcic whose musical SISTAS has played off-Broadway for five years, and whose previous show Respect has played in 44 cities; writer-director-producer Nancy Holson who spans the worlds of commercial live theater, corporate theater and television with the Emmy Award winning The News in Revue, off-Broadway's Bush Wars and the touring Ludwig Live!; and Jay Michaels/Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment, producer/director, educator, and entrepreneur in the marketing, promotion, and public relations fields.

 

Our curriculum (subject to change due to availability of speakers):

 

Why Are You Doing This?” - Understanding your property and identifying your audience … Managing expectations and setting attainable goals…. Is producing this worth giving up months of my life that I could spend creating something new? 

 

Knowing What You Need to Make It Happen” - Basic development steps: Table Reading, Staged Reading, Showcase, Festival…. How your goals affect your choices (budget, venue, creative team and more)…. How much do things really cost? How much should you pay people, and how to have those conversations? Including a review of actual budgets. And more.

 

Wearing Many Different Hats” - You are no longer “just an artist” - the 5 different hats of any entrepreneur…. Keeping the identities separate – know who you are in each situation…. Thinking in spreadsheets, and understanding the business…. Collaboration.

 

Marketing, Promotion and Self-Promotion”  - Branding yourself, branding your plays, branding your company…. Identifying your audience … The marketing basics: website, postcards, social media, TDF and papering…. Think like an audience, not like an artist.


“Finding or Creating Opportunities” - Getting your plays out there in the world … Researching and booking tours…. Fringes and festivals…. Networking, now and for the future.

 

Planning Ahead” - Thinking beyond a single production…. Having a vision of what this play could be and how far it can go. … How to capitalize on this production and plant the seeds for the next step

 

How to Stay Inspired” - Celebrating the joys and challenges of self-producing

 

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 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.

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TRU VOICES NEW PLAYS READING SERIES - SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 1/21  | Open: 01/21/18 Close: 01/21/18
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is seeking submissions for a New Plays Reading Series in 2018 that will consist of two or three new works presented on consecutive Monday evenings in Manhattan. Application and guidelines are available at https://truonline.org/2018-play-guidelines/.

 

Created to nurture producers as well as writers, TRU VOICES seeks producer-driven projects, and also matches writers with producers. Each reading is 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 purpose of the series is to help develop new plays, help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond the series. 

 

According to TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata, "The TRU Voices Reading Series has been a recognized path of new play development. I am proud of our success in finding engaging new work and giving writers a crucial stepping-stone to productions in festivals (About Face NYMF 2008, OPA! MITF 2008, Volleygirls NYMF 2013, Appendage in the First Irish Festival 2016), regional theaters (Saint Heaven at Stamford Center for the Performing Arts 2006 and The Village Theater 2008, Hell Hole Honeys Alleyway Theatre 2010, Meester Amerika Garage Theater 2009, The Forgetting Curve Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston 2014, My Life is a Musical Bay Street Theater 2015), and Off-Broadway (The Great American Trailer Park Musical 2005, Taxi to Jannah 2003, Missives 2006, Pied-A-Terre 2007, The Assignment 2017, Echoes of Octavia due 2018). Radio Galaxy from the 2017 TRU Plays Series is currently under option by a commercial producer who was on the industry talkback panel."

Theater companies and independent producers are invited to submit new work. TRU will provide the financial and physical resources for a developmental reading.  Writers are invited to submit, and are strongly encouraged to find an experienced sponsoring producer for their work (although they may submit without a producer and TRU will try to find one if the show makes it to finals). 

 

TRU seeks a diversity of works, commercial as well as experimental or "non-traditional" (e.g. exhibiting non-linear structure, experimental format, unconventional themes, etc.), and shows with multi-racial significance, subject matter and/or cast. Minority playwrights will be given special consideration. Works may be as short as 75 minutes with no maximum length. However, you must be able to present in less than 90 minutes, with no more than 12 actors (doubling is acceptable). 

 

For more submission details, visit https://truonline.org/2018-play-guidelines/.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 a community email 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 plus Resource Nights and "Speed Dating." 

 

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 with support from the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

 


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series  | Open: 01/23/17 Close: 01/30/17
Theater Resources Unlimited
announces the

TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series

Scheduled Performances: January 23 & 30, 2017 at 7pm at St. Luke's Theatre

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, on January 23 & 30 at 7pm at St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th Street, NYC 10036. A “Dollars and Sense” talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUMusicals2017@gmail.com

 

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 our 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 works presented. Shows that have been optioned for future development from this industry-focused series include My Life Is a Musical, Volleygirls, The Forgetting Curve, Echoes of Octavia, The Hummingbirds, Pied a Terre and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

 

“The series is also a great opportunity for us to offer members of our Producer Development and Mentorship Program hands-on experience to complement their year-long educational training,” adds TRU president Bob Ost. “Producer Jesse B. Langston of Question 1 is a graduate of the program who brought on current member, Yoni Vendriger, as associate producer. Sam Strum of Dumb Luck brought on Dan Irwin, currently a member of the PDMP Master Class to assist.”

 

TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series finalists that are scheduled for readings are Question 1 by Chris Reza and Dumb Luck by RC Staab and Michael Sansonia.

 

Question 1 – January 23, 2017

Music, lyrics and book by Chris Reza, directed by Joe Barros, music directed by Eugene Gwozdz, presented by Jesse B. Langston in association with Yoni Vendriger. When a politician becomes the center of Maine’s Question 1 debate, he must choose between being honest with himself and the world, or risk losing his entire career and family. Question 1 explores how the choices we make determine whether each of us contributes either strife or kindness and honesty to humanity.

 

Question 1 is a new musical dramedy by up-and-coming writer Chris Reza (reed player for the 2016 Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Broadway’s Fun Home).  Chris has also been heard as a multi-instrumentalist on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, Matilda, Spider-Man:  Turn Off The Dark, and How To Succeed…  As a composer, Chris’s music has been performed on three different continents including a piece premiered by the 38-hear English Horn veteran of the New York Philharmonic, Thomas Stacy, and Grammy Award-Winning multi-instrumentalist, Paul McCandless and holds a Jazz Composition degree from the Manhattan School of Music.  Director Joe Barros is an award-winning choreographer and director with an emphasis on new work development.  Joe’s work has been seen on Broadway in Gigi (associate director) and many Off-Broadway shows including Cagney (currently running at the Westside Theatre), A Taste of Things to Come (associate director), I Married Wyatt Earp, Hard Times, and Charlotte’s Webb.  Joe is also the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Barn.  Music Director Eugene Gwozdz is the MD/Arranger for American Dance Machine 21 and the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts.  Eugene has been heard on Broadway in The Full Monty and Oklahoma, as well as the National Tour of Sunset Boulevard, Flower Drum Song, Swing!, The Color Purple, The Phantom of the Opera, Will Rogers’ Follies, and West Side Story.  Jesse B. Langston is a theatre and concert producer with a mission to produce and develop new works that value the power of change through positive messages. His goal is to create commercial viability for these new works so as wide of an audience as possible may be reached. www.question1musical.com

 

Dumb Luck – January 30, 2017

Music and lyrics by Michael Sansonia, book and lyrics by RC Staab, directed by Dan Swern, presented by Sam Strum in association with H. Danforth & Co. There are stories about people living. There are stories about people after they die. But Dumb Luck tells the unlikely, but true, story of the life and afterlife of poor Elmer McCurdy, a small-time Old West outlaw.

 

Dumb Luck is the brainchild of composer/co-lyricist Michael Sansonia – famously the musical director and contributor for National Lampoon's live shows and television specials. He also conducted the original New York run of Little Shop of Horrors and has appeared in several Broadway and off-Broadway shows as an actor/musician including Pump Boys and Dinettes. His co-lyricist and book writer R.C. Staab’s musicals and plays have been produced in New York, San Francisco and England (www.rcstaab.com). Director Dan Swern is the co-founder and producing director for coLAB Arts in New Brunswick, NJ, which engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. He has directed projects with American Records, Branch Street Productions, Voice Afire and The Secret City. Producer Sam Strum is a line producer for New York Theatre Barn’s New Works Series of original musicals, works at Broadway Asia and is producing Broadway Goes A Cappella at Feinstein’s 54 Below. www.dumbluckmusical.com

 

Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are required. Please reserve at http://truonline.org/tru-voices (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail TRUMusicals2017@gmail.com.

 

TRU is currently accepting submissions for the 2017 TRU Voices Play Reading Series. For details, and to submit an application visit http://truonline.org/tru-voices-details-and-history/. Deadline for submissions is January 20, 2017.

 

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 a community email 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 plus Resource Nights and “Speed Dating.”

 

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 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.

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TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series  | Open: 01/15/18 Close: 02/05/18
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the

TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series

January 15, 29, and February 5, 2018 at 7pm

at The Actors Temple Theatre

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Serieson January 15, 29, and February 5, 2018 at 7pm at The Actors Temple Theater, 339 W. 47th Street, NYCA "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com.

 

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 our 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 works presented. Shows that have been optioned for future development from this industry-focused series include My Life Is a Musical, Volleygirls, The Forgetting Curve, Echoes of Octavia, The Hummingbirds, Pied a Terre and The Great American Trailer Park Musical.

 

"Our submissions continue to reflect the variety of creative expression and diversity that is the TRU community! Our reading series includes a musical comedy set on the Mexican border, Viva Max! with implications for today's America; another set in the South with a country-western sound, Carolina Rising; and a just-for-fun Christmas comedy/fantasy, The Ugly Christmas Sweater. It really is an amazingly diverse group of 'good to go' musicals that we're so proud to present and help move forward into production," said TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata.

 

Viva Max! - January 15, 2018 
A new musical-comedy adventure, with music & lyrics by Skip Kennon (Time & Again, The Last Starfighter, Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco) and a book co-written by Julie Miller (productions include Amigo Duende, Zapata, The MAC Awards Show) & Fred Landau (The Last Starfighter, I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical). The show is based on the novel by Jim Lehrer, who is probably best known for The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and Jim Lehrer's NewsHour on TV, but is also a renowned novelist and playwright. Produced by Yoni Vendriger (Right Before I Go, Sacrifices, Loveless Texas) and Mor Cohen (Shotz!, The New Galileos, Over the Wall). Directed by Evan Pappas, whose numerous credits across the country include Liberty, the upcoming A Letter To Harvey Milk, and Wonderful Town. 


Remember the Alamo? Max will make sure you never forget it! In this new musical comedy-adventure, a young, idealistic Mexican General seeks respect for himself and Mexico by marching his soldiers into Texas in an against-all-odds quest to reclaim the Alamo. The show is based on Jim Lehrer's rollicking satiric novel set 50 years ago, but the story remains current and passionate on 21st-century matters like immigration, gun control, and respect for foreign peoples and their cultures.


The cast includes Broadway's Caesar Samayoa (Come From Away, Sister Act, The Pee-wee Herman Show) as General Max, Savannah Frazier (Amazing Grace) as Paula, William Parry (Groundhog Day, Camelot, Road Show) as President LBJ, Maureen Silliman (I Remember Mama, Shenandoah, Blue Window) as Hattie, Jane Smulyan (The Most Happy Fella) as Lady Bird Johnson, and Michael Cone (Brigadoon, Rags, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme) as Private Ungaro, and Sarah Corey (Prospect's Illyria, Souvenir Stories) as the fiery Carmela, who sends Max off on his quest.

 

Ugly Christmas Sweater, The Musical - January 29, 2017

Book, music and lyrics by Mark William Butler (Mr. Whiskers Goes Viral; Instant Happy!; Attack of the One Acts; Pizza Punks from Outer Space; Patrick's Parade, The Laundry WarThe Nickname Fairy, Bad Christmas Sweater); directed by Richard P. Butler (New works: In the Wilderness; Cat Gets Credit Card!; Instant Happy!; A Brooklyn Bargain Basement Christmas; Bad Christmas Sweater; The Laundry War. Revivals: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Godspell; The Rocky Horror Show); music director Will Buck; presented by John Lant.

 

Holly thinks Christmas is ugly until she wears "the sweater" - and goes on a high-flying storybook sleigh ride with a wacky cast of North Pole characters - including an ugly Christmas sweater that comes alive and helps her navigate her journey from naughty to nice in this fresh, grown-up holiday yarn.

 

Carolina Rising - February 5, 2018

A new country-western musical

Book & Lyrics by Bryan D. Leys (Hell's Belles, La RibaltaHow To Marry A Divorced ManMidsummer Nights, The White Witch of Rosehall, Murder On Broadway, 2017 TRU Voices New Plays Series-Moonshadow); Music by Kevin Kuhn (composer: Midsummer Nights, 66, Harley.  Broadway guitarist: Aladdin, The Lion King, The Who's Tommy); Directed by Joe Barros (Bastard Jones, Cagney, Gigi, Artistic Director/New York Theatre Barn); Music Director: Balint Varga, Stage Manager: Michelle Perri; Presented by Sharon Weiss and Eileen B. Weiss of Tweiss Productions (Hell's Belles, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, Appendage).

 

Crystal Ann McKay's wild and independent spirit finds no outlet in her town's unending dreariness, but life abruptly changes when a labor organizer arrives from Detroit.   Inspired by true events, Carolina Risingshows how frustration mixed with courage can turn a troublemaker into a hero.

 

Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are requiredPlease reserve at http://truonline.org/tru-voices (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail TRUVoicesSeries@gmail.com.

 

TRU is currently accepting submissions for the 2018 TRU Voices Play Reading Series. For details, and to submit an application visit https://truonline.org/2018-play-guidelines/Deadline for submissions is January 21, 2018.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 a community email 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 plus Resource Nights and "Speed Dating." 

 

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 with support from the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

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TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date  | Open: 02/02/14 Close: 02/02/14
 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) invites writers to meet more than eleven real producers face-to-face at the Writer-Producer Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 5:30pm and 6:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor NYC.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 24th.  If accepted, the cost to participate is $75 ($65 for TRU members).  For more information and an application, visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateFeb14.htm.

 

Participants will have the opportunity to pitch to eleven producers, from the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, and eleven aspiring producers from TRU’s Producer Development program.  The objective of the evening is to provide writers an opportunity to develop their pitching skills with expert coaches and develop relationships with participating producers.

 

Producers (confirmed as of 1/13) include Paul Adams, artistic director of Emerging Artists Theatre;
Jane Bergere, producer (Kinky Boots, Annie revival, Clybourne Park, War Horse, Driving Miss Daisy, The Exonerated);
Patrick Blake, producer (Bedlam Theater Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum);
Doug Denoff/Sutton Square Entertainment, producer (Handle With Care, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The 39 Steps, Significant Others, Peggy Sue Got Married, Beebo Brinker Chronicles);
RK Greene, producer (Peter & the Starcatcher, Cougar, Room Service);
Angie Kristic, indie producer/director;
Michael Leland, indie producer/director;
Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 
All Shook Up); and
Ken Waissman, producer (Josephine, Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God).

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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.

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

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 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.

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TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date (The Art of the Pitch)  | Open: 10/14/12 Close: 10/14/12
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 17, 2012

 

Contact:  Michelle Tabnick, (646) 765-4773, michelle@michelletabnickcommunications.com

 

Theater Resources Unlimited presents the

TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date

(The Art of the Pitch)

Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:30pm & 6:30pm.

Submissions accepted through Saturday October 6th.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)once again offers writers a unique opportunity to pitch their work to a prestigious lineup of serious producers, many of them with Broadway credits, and receive valuable feedback. The event is dubbed the TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date (The Art of the Pitch), an eye-opening education plus networking that will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:30pm & 6:30pmat The Players Theatre’s Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC.

 

Professional coaches are on board to help the writers hone their content and presentation skills before they go off to meet over a dozen producers - from beginner to Broadway level - and go off to sell themselves and their projects in one-to-one session of four minutes each.  Like in any good speed dating event, whistles are blown. The evening is limited to 22 writers, who are selected through an application process. If accepted, the cost is $75($65 for TRU members).  Send applications by email to TRUnltd@aol.comor by phone at (212) 714-7628 no later than Saturday October 6, 2012.  For application information and more visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateOct12.htm.

 

Scheduled producers include: Margot Astrachan, producer (Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day... revival);
Patrick Blake, producer (Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum);
Jane Dubin, producer (The Norman Conquests, The 39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher); Jacki Barlia Florin, producer (revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar, On a Clear Day..., How to Succeed...; plus The Mountaintop, Jerusalem, The Scottsboro Boys);
Jordan Scott Gilbert,producer (Ghost the Musical);
Bruce Robert Harris, producer, (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Clybourne Park, Bonnie & Clyde, The Scottsboro Boys);
Richmond Shepard, indie producer, theater owner;
Ken Waissman, producer (original Grease, Agnes of God, Torch Song Trilogy);
Stuart Wilk, producer (Yank!, Meet Me in St. Louis at Irish Repertory); andShela Xoregos, artistic director Xoregos Performing Company. The coaches for the upcoming Speed Date are Gillien Goll and Michael Ian Cedar, both of whom have extensive experience teaching Public Speaking and Presentation techniques.

 

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 hosts monthly informational industry panels; 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 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) as well as generous support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.orgor call (212) 714-7628.

 

 

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TRU presents Maybe There’s Still Hope: Redefining the Off-Broadway Model  | Open: 07/24/12 Close: 07/24/12
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents its next monthly networking panel, Maybe There’s Still Hope: Redefining the Off-Broadway Model, on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 7:30pm at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Contrary to the discouraging word on the street, off-Broadway’s not dead yet. Not if you find new ways of doing things. Because of rising costs and modest ticket pricing, the traditional off-Broadway model of producing seems to be no longer financially feasible. Sure, suddenly a producer can take branded Broadway shows and extend their lives in smaller theaters, but what about new works? Some producers are facing down the odds and exploring new ways of doing things. This crucial TRU panel will look at cost-effective measures like split week rentals, low-cost marketing strategies and other money-saving tactics, as well creative partnerships and slow and steady development paths that can lead to success.

Panelists will include Brenda Bell, artistic director of Literally Alive Productions; Ed Gaynes, manager of St. Luke’s Theatre and Actors Temple Theatre, producer (The Rise of Dorothy Hale, The Big Voice: God or Merman?, A Brush With Georgia O’Keeffe, Picon Pie); Jeremy Handelman, producer (F#@king Up Everything, White’s Lies); Philip Katz, producing director Broadway Theatrical, LLC (John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean); Michael Sgouros, owner/manager of The Players Theatre; Jack Thomas, producer (Triassic Parq, Freud’s Last Session, Almost Maine, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short).

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.

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TRU presents Mediation Techniques for Producers: Dealing with the Off-Stage Dramas   | Open: 10/26/13 Close: 10/26/13
 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents a provocative new workshop, Mediation Techniques for Producers: Dealing with the Off-Stage Dramas on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 2-6pm at The NEW Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC.  The cost to participate is $75 ($60 for TRU members, and ACR-GNY members).  For more information, and to register visit http://www.truonline.org/MediationLab13.htm

The director has notes on the script, and the writer is resisting the notes because (s)he is concerned about protecting the integrity of the piece. How does a producer resolve these differences and get on with the show? Two writers who are collaborating on a project are having trouble working together because they cannot agree on a common approach to the material. Should the producer step in, or walk away? These and other all-too-common scenarios of off-stage drama will be discussed in this unique lab for producers as well as artists, taught by attorney/mediator Eric S. Goldman, with a panel of commercial Broadway producers who will offer commentary and observations.  The program will consider the collaborative nature of theater, common problems that arise in creative collaborations, and discuss how it is generally the producer’s role to act as a mediator in these situations.

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TRU presents September TRU Panel: An Introduction to TRU: 
Free-for-Everyone Seasonal Kick-off 
  | Open: 09/23/14 Close: 09/23/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the September panel, An Introduction to TRU: 


Free-for-Everyone Seasonal Kick-off 
plus Networking Meet-and-Greet on Tuesday, September 23, 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).

 

Meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited, including producer Michael Alden (Disgraced, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Bridge & Tunnel, Grey Gardens, Bat Boy; director of the Producer Development program), TRU co-founder and vice-president Cheryl L. Davis, Esq., investor Neil Danoff (Bridges of Madison County, All the Way, Matilda, Spring Awakening), producer/videographer Jeremy Handelman (F@#king Up Everything, Whites Lies, The King's Speech on stage), producer Patricia Klausner (Shotgun Productions; Scottsboro Boys, Pippin, The Trip to Bountiful; director of the Producer Development program), producer Molly Morris (My Life Is a Musical, PopUpTheatrics) of YPAC, producer Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up), producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Rocky, All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Legally Blonde, The Exonerated, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty).

 

Also hear presentations from a trio of TRU professionals who offer free consultations to TRU members: attorney Eric Goldman (offering free mediation services and counsel), financial advisor Bailie Slevin (board liaison to TRU’s Young Patrons & Artists Circle, offering free financial consultations), and entertainment industry creative consultant and career coach Joanne Zippel (offering free career consultations).

 

Learn about TRU’s programs, including the Producer Development & Mentorship Program, the TRU Voices Reading Series, Mediation Techniques workshop, Actor Speed Dates and Workshops, TRU’s popular Writer-Producer Speed Date, Director-Writer Communications Lab, the new How to Write a Musical That Works workshop and more. Meet TRU’s newly formed Young Patrons & Artists Circle (YPAC), and learn if you are eligible to join them. Come with questions.

 

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

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

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.

 

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

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TRU presents Winning Ways: The True Meaning of Theater Awards  | Open: 11/18/14 Close: 11/18/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the November panel, Winning Ways:


The True Meaning of Theater Awards on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor Loft Theatre, NYC.  Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, the events starts at 7:30pm.

 

Hear from Isa Goldberg, president of the Drama Desk; Michael Feingold, critic and chairman of the Obie Awards; and Shay Gines of the Innovative Theatre Foundation (IT Awards).

 

This panel will examine the history of many of the current theater awards, including why each was created, the philosophies behind various awards, and the differences in aesthetics for each.  Attendees will learn what various awards are looking for, and what they value.  Attendees will also learn about eligibility, and how different awards operate.  Finally the panel will explore whether or not awards serve the art form of theater.   

 

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

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

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; and The Montage Foundation.

 

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

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TRU’s June Panel You Oughta Be in Pictures?  | Open: 06/25/14 Close: 06/25/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents their June panel, You Oughta Be in Pictures?

Making the Switch between Theater and Film on Wednesday, June 25, 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).

 

Speakers will include Michael Alden, producer (theater: Grey Gardens, Bat Boy, The King's Speech on stage, Becoming Dr. Ruth; film: Just Cause with Sean Connery, documentary UnZipped, Academy Award nominee The Hours, multi-award winning Kissing Jessica Stein, foreign feature film The Zookeeper starring Sam Neill); Sam Adelman, producer/editor (film: Screen Door Jesus, Welcome to Academia, documentaries That Daughter's Crazy, Oscar); Daryl Sledge, producer (Fried Chicken and Latkes), film productions (I Am Legend, Salt, Previous), production assistant NBC Universal, producer in RipFest; and more. 

 

This panel will help you determine if the skills you bring to producing in theater translate into film and television.  We will explore the similarities and differences, the comparative costs of producing each, the differences in how you should approach investors, and how to identify if a property is adaptable from one medium to another.

 

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

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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, scheduled for April 5th and 6th this year, and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

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 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.

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Taking The Leap From Showcase To Commercial Producing  | Open: 05/22/12 Close: 05/22/12
 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents its next monthly networking panel, Taking the Leap from Showcase to Commercial Producing:
A Change of Perspective, Pitch and Priorities, a discussion focused on the transition from producing at the showcase level to the commercial level. The panel will take place at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Producers will talk about how raising larger sums of money affects the producing process. They will discuss the challenges of transitioning from being the lead on a showcase to an associate on a commercial production, and the effects of this change on your thinking and goals. The panel will also look at the advantages and disadvantages of producing in festivals such as FringeNYC, MITF and NYMF, how to build a brand that is commercially viable, and the importance of having a development plan in place even before your showcase goes up.


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

 

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 the TRU VOICES Annual 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, TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a new Director-Writer Communications Lab. TRU programs for actors include an Annual Audition and TRU partners with Weist-Barron Studios to offer quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops.

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

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The Forgotten Members Of Your Production Team  | Open: 04/24/12 Close: 04/24/12
 

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents its next monthly networking panel, The Forgotten Members of Your Production Team: Casting Director, Dialect Coach, Dramaturg, Fight Coach and Others, a discussion focused on the benefits and costs of including these experts on your production team. 

Panelists will include Jennifer Peralta-Ajemian & Robin Carus, Partners/Casting Directors, J&R creative; designer/technical director Nadine Charlsen; dialect coach Amy Stoller of Stoller System: Dialect Coaching and Design; fight coordinator David Dean Hastings, currently on the Stage Combat Faculty at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), NY; dramaturg and casting director Catherine Lamm; and dramaturg Anne Hamilton of Hamilton Dramaturgy.  The panel will take place on Tuesday evening, April 24 at 7:30pm at the Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Networking and refreshments will begin at 7pm. What promises to be a lively discussion will focus on the following questions:

Even when producing on a limited budget, can you afford not to have all the members of your team on board? 

Is extra cost is worth it for the finished product? You might have to juggle your budget, but don't short-change your art. 

When can a casting director help you find the best talent?

How can a dramaturg and a dialect coach keep an eye on authenticity and offer social and political contexts to support the drama on stage?

What are the strict union rules about something as simple as a stage slap, and how might a fight coordinator be legally essential?

What are the standard fees are for these invaluable team members? How can you work with each of them most effectively?

Tickets are $12 (free for TRU members).  Please RSVP by email to TRUnltd@aol.com or by phone at (212) 714-7628 at least a day in advance.

 

About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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.  In addition, TRU presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and the TRU VOICES Annual New Musicals Reading Series, new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new works as well as new producers for theater. In 2001, TRU began giving annual scholarships to The Commercial Theater Institute, to encourage the development of aspiring producers, created 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 March ‘08, TRU was associate producer of its first Equity showcase, Missives at 59E59 Theatre, a play that was developed in the 2006 TRU reading series.  In addition to new works development, TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a new Director-Writer Communications Lab. TRU programs for actors include an Annual Audition Event scheduled this year for Saturday March 31 and Sunday April 1; and TRU partners with Weist-Barron Studios to offer quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops. Actors may inquire about this and other actor programs by contacting TRUActors@gmail.com.

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

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The Hummingbirds  | Open: 06/22/15 Close: 06/22/15
Theater Resources Unlimited and

Molly Morris & Patrick Blake
present

Ellen McLaughlin and Eric Berryman

in a Staged Reading of Garret Jon Groenveld's

The Hummingbirds

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), Molly Morris and Patrick Blake present The Hummingbirds by Garret Jon Groenveld on Monday, June 22, 2015 at 7pm at the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. This two-hander will now feature acclaimed actors Ellen McLaughlin and Eric Berryman and will be directed as a staged reading by Eric Tucker (Wall Street Journal Director of The Year, 2014).

 

Welcome to a very special room in the Bureau of Unemployment in a possible near future where unemployment, multiple wars, and domestic terrorism are just a bit worse than they are today. Not to mention that if you’ve been out of work for too long, a job is assigned to you. It may not be a job you are qualified to do. It may not be a job that’s safe for anyone to do. But you have to do it. Your future is in their hands.

 

The Hummingbirds was developed as part of the inaugural Writers in Residence program at the Playwrights’ Foundation in San Francisco.  It was the winner of the 2012 Global Age Project as well as the winner of the 2012 Internationalists’ Global Playwriting Competition. It has had development support from the Playwrights’ Foundation, Red Fern and the Lark Play Development Center and is being developed by producers Molly Morris and Patrick Blake for a New York production.

 

The evening is part of The 2015 TRU Voices Play Reading Series, the 17th annual series of new plays by TRU writers produced by TRU producers. The reading is taking place Monday June 22nd at 7:00pm at the SoHo Playhouse located at 15 Vandam Street and will be followed by a Dollars and Sense panel discussion with industry leaders Georgia Buchanan, Neil Danoff and Jeremy Handelman. Attendees will be given an insider’s look at the producing process and the development track for a new play. An encore presentation of The Hummingbirds is being held Tuesday June 23rd at 3:00pm at the Desotelle Black Box theatre located at 300 West 43rd street, 3rd Floor, in the Times Square Arts Center.

 

For reservations please contact mollypatriciamorris@gmail.com specifying which presentation you would like to attend. 

 

The 2015 TRU Voices Play Reading Series concludes with searchers.net on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 7pm at the SoHo, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. The reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and the “Dollars and Sense” panel on producing.

 

The purpose of the series is to help develop new plays, help producers, namely, PDMP producers of the TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program develop the skills needed to produce new works, and foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and "Dollars and Sense" panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented. Attendees will be given an insider’s look at the producing process and the development track for a new play.

 

This year’s TRU Voices Play Reading Series will feature:

 

Monday, June 15th at 7pm

Patrick Blake and Rhymes Over Beats present:

Echoes of Octavia by Michelle T. Johnson

Directed by Brent Buell

When you have to choose between art and family, gravy will be spilled.

 

Monday June 22nd at 7pm

Molly Morris & Patrick Blake present:

The Hummingbirds by Garret Jon Groenveld

Directed by Eric Tucker

Your future is in their hands.

 

Monday, June 29th at 7pm

Cate Cammarata presents:

searchers.net, a computer dating extravaganza by T. Cat Ford

directed by Melissa Maxwell

What are YOU looking for?

 

Admission is free, but Reservations are required. Please RSVP at least one day in advance (or much sooner) by calling (212)-714-7628, or e-mailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

The SoHo Playhouse is a historic Off-Broadway venue serving the Downtown NYC theater community since 1920. Currently operating under the artistic direction of Darren Lee Cole, The SoHo Playhouse Mainstage and the 55-seat cabaret below, known as the Huron Club, are both landmark venues steeped in the History of Old New York.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three 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, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; 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), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens, and The Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) Announces 25th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign  | Open: 07/13/17 Close: 12/31/17
25 years of service to the theater.

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

Announces 25th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign:

$25 for 25

 

In celebration of their 25th Anniversary, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)announces a fundraising campaign: $25 for 25, in honor of 25 years of service to the theater community. The goal is to raise $25,000 by end of year to help support and expand the educational programming TRU offers the theater community, as well as to make possible travel stipends to out-of-state writers who are accepted into the annual TRU Voices Reading Series.

 

In a nation where arts programs have been depleted if not discarded, TRU provides an economic opportunity to continue an education in the art (and business) of producing theater. As a professional producer for over twenty-five years, TRU has given me the opportunity to retrace my journey, re-confirm my knowledge. - Michael Alden, theater and film producer (Disgraced, Come from Away, Grey Gardens, Not That Jewish, Bat Boy; films: The Hours, Kissing Jessica Stein)

 

The quarter-century of accomplishments of this modest arts service organization are surprising to those who do not know TRU, including: 25 YEARS of helping producers and all theater professionals understand and better navigate the business of theater; 25 YEARS of putting people together at all levels of experience, and offering some of the best networking opportunities in the business; 25 YEARS of providing a forum for people to put out requests and offers of services to their peers; 25 YEARS of cultivating relationships between the producer and artist communities and encouraging better communication; 25 YEARS of monthly panels to keep the community current on developments and grounded in the basics of the business. With the funding environment for the arts being more uncertain than ever, TRU hopes to assure their continued work by reaching a minimum goal of $25,000 in donations by end of the year. Visit https://truonline.org/25-years/#donation25 for donation buttons, or to learn more about becoming a member visit https://truonline.org/membership/.

 

Read more about TRU - here are two articles about the organization published last month: 

How Theater Resources Unlimited Bridges the Gap Between Art and Business 

Philanthropy Journal

 

"How do you get to Broadway? Practice, practice, practice. How do you become a producer? While it may not be a punch line, the answer for many people has been joining at a group called Theater Resources Unlimited." Show Business Weekly


Here are just some of the reasons to support TRU:

- The TRU Voices Play Reading Series has helped develop 63 new plays, sometimes matching playwrights with producers, other times providing a writer and producer with a "first date" opportunity (all expenses paid) to get to know each other - and the work itself  - a little better. Taxi to Jannah  by Mark Sickman went on to productions at Queens Theatre in the Park and 59e59; Missives by Garret Jon Groenveld moved to an off-Broadway run at 59e59; The Forgetting Curve by Vanda had a subsequent run in Boston; Film Chinois by Damon Chua and Pied a Terre  by John Anastasi were both published by Samuel French and have had further productions in and outside of New York; Appendage by Derek Murphy moved into a run at the 1st Irish Festival; Echoes of Octavia by Michelle Johnson was optioned for development by Rhymes over Beats; Angels and Ministers of Grace... by Elaine Smith had a run at NJ Repertory Company; and The Assignment used the TRU series as a stepping stone to a recent off-Broadway run.


- The TRU Voices Musicals Reading Series has helped develop 45 new works of musical theater, nurturing 45 writer-producer teams. Saint Heaven by Martin Casella and Keith Gordon, with TRU producer Van Dean, went on to developmental productions at Village Theatre in Issaqua and a full production at Stamford Center for the Performing Arts; The Great American Trailer Park Musical had a major off-Broadway run in 2005 and national tour; nor'mal went on to win a prestigious Jonathan Larsen Award and had productions in universities across the country; Sunfish was the winner of the top jury honor (Best American Musical) at the 2013 Daegu International Musical Festival in South Korea, as well as a 2005 Jonathan Larson Award recipient; and My Life Is a Musical was optioned for commercial development from our series and had a production at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor.


- The TRU Audition Event has helped over 200 actors every year find jobs and helped over 60 producers and theater companies each year find actors to cast in their shows. They have done this annual event now for 14 years!


- 26 Writer-Producer Speed Dates have provided 550 total opportunities for writers to learn how to effectively pitch their work, as well as giving them the rare chance to meet as many as 20 commercial, indie and/or not-for-profit producers at each event. And yes, matches were made


- Eleven years of Producer Development and Mentorship has molded and nurtured over 200 producers and self-producing artists, including many who have gone on to win Tony Awards (including Van Dean, Jane Dubin and Meredith Lucio); as well as others who have contributed richly to the indie and not-for-profit theater landscape and provided countless opportunities for a dazzling diversity of voices to be heard.


- Other TRU Beginnings workshops have offered opportunities for early development of new work, including How to Write a Musical That Works and our innovative Director-Writer Communications Lab.


- 25 years of monthly panels, an average of 10 panels a year - that's 250 chances to hear some of the smartest people in the business talk about everything you need to know about producing, and so much more! 

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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.

 

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited 2015 Combined Audition Event  | Open: 04/25/15 Close: 04/26/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents 2015 Combined Audition Event on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th at The WorkShop Theater, 312 West 36th Street, 4th Floor East. Singing Auditions will be on Saturday from 10:30am to 6pm (you will be required to perform a monologue, too). Non-singing auditions will be on Saturday from 10:00am to 11am and on Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

 

The event is presented with support from Working Actors Studio, Actors Access, Actors Connection, Castingabout.com, BackStageOver and the WorkShop Theatre. Over 40 producers, theater companies, writers and directors will be sitting in on two days of auditions. 
Sign up to be seen by them, and by at least two top New York agents and/or casting directors! Already on board: agent Albert Bramante of Emerging Talent Agency, casting directors Robin Carus, Jamibeth Margolis and Helene Galek, and manager Lorna Rainey and Bobby Holder of Talent Express.

 

TRU AUDITION EVENT PRICING: Early bird registration fee: $50
($10 discount and priority slots are given to members of Theater Resources Unlimited and AEA, making your fee $40. 
Non-members are welcome to join and qualify for Priority Registration - click here). Standard registration (3/14-4/13): $75*
($10 discount and priority slots for TRU and AEA, 
making your fee $65). Everyone who applies will be entered in a raffle. Past prizes included seminars at Actors Connection, The Network and Weist-Barron Studios, 6-month memberships in sponsor Actors Access' Showfax, subscriptions to BackStage and more! Drawing will be held Sunday night after the event. Questions? Email TRUActors@gmail.com.

 

Registration Now Open. Early bird deadline: March 14th (postmark). Final deadline: April 13th (received - postmark April 11th). For complete guidelines and the 2015 application packet, visit http://www.truonline.org/2015TRUAudition1.htm or download materials at http://www.truonline.org/AE15Audition_Packet%20MASTER.pdf.

 

Also join TRU executive director Bob Ost and event producers Jody Lyn Flynn and Molly Morris at Meet the Coaches, produced by vocal coach Natalie Wilson on Saturday, March 28th from 2pm to 5pm, at the John DeSotelle Studios, 300 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor. This is a pre-event opportunity to meet 11 terrific monologue and music coaches and party with the TRU production team at a catered reception. Early bird pricing will be honored if you sign up at this event.

 

AUDITORS AND INDUSTRY: The event averages anywhere from 40-60 auditors each year. Here is a list of 2014 companies: 13th Street Repertory, 3 Voices Theatre, Acclaim Theatrical, Aching Dogs Productions, The Actors Project NYC, American Renaissance Theatre Company, The Bickford Theatre (NJ), Bozomoon Productions and OMG Ventureprises, BWAZ Theatricals/Theatron, DMG Theatricals, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Filmus Inc., Fortune Theatre Co., Fresh Fruit Festival, From Now On Productions, Gorilla Repertory, Hudson River Repertory, Immortal Productions, Jade Shames, JFest, Killing Kompany Dinner Theatre, Manifest Alchemy Theater & Film, Me & You Productions, Midtown International Theatre Festival, Moonlight Productions, Mother's Boy LLC, MultiStages, NahNahOutsideMyHouse! Productions, New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), NY Artists Unlimited, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Off the Leash Productions, Once Upon a Reality Productions, PC Productions, PCC Productions/West Village Musical Theatre Festival, Planet Connections Festivity, Pleasantly Depressing Films, PopUP Theatricals, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Rat Pack Undead, Rising Sun Performance Company, Rambles and Revels, Rhymes Over Beats, Speranza Theatre Co., SunnySpot Productions, The Travels (NYMF show), Triangle Theater, TRU Voices Play Reading Series, White Plains Performing Arts Center, Wildly Productive Productions, Women of Color Productions, The Workshop Theatre, Write Act Repertory and Wyndow Productions.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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 the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly 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) 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.

 

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

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited Announces the New Program Directors for the TRU Producer Development & M  | Open: 08/31/16 Close: 08/31/16
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the new Broadway-credited program directors for the TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program and the 2016-2017 Applications. This innovative hands-on training program, created in collaboration with 4-time Tony winning producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (The Heidi Chronicles, Rocky, All the Way, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated), offers ongoing support and education for producers at all levels of experience.

Aspiring producers and self-producing artists may apply now for the PDMP Basic Class that runs from September 30th 2016 through July 2017, meeting once a month, mostly on Monday nights. The program consists of three separate but interactive divisions. Career Producers Group (CPG) and Not-for-Profit producers will be led, respectively, by Broadway/off-Broadway producers David Elliott and Martin Platt of Perry Street Theatricals (Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Dames at Sea, Bedlam Theater Company's Hamlet and St Joan, In the Continuum, Lend Me a Tenor the musical); and Self-Producing Artists (SPA) will be led by Broadway/off-Broadway producer and actress Jana Robbins (Roof of the World, Ragtime revival, I Love You Because, Little Women). PDMP also has a Master Class open only to graduates of the Basic Class.

 

This unprecedented program opens with real commercial and not-for-profit producers pitching real productions in development, to members who then choose a project of interest and are placed on producing teams. Monthly meetings with top professional speakers cover specific topics whose information is incorporated into a development plan for the team project, in consultation with the actual producer. Teams are also assigned a mentoring entertainment attorney and general manager.

 

Whether in the early stages of development working toward a staged reading or looking to produce a full commercial production, participants will leave the course with a ready-to-use, project-specific business plan they can adapt to their own project. In addition, members may consult with their program directors as well as outside consultants to the program, for mentorship on their own projects.

 

Submissions accepted now through August 31st (Basic Class only). Candidates will be interviewed shortly after Labor Day with a start date for the program of Monday evening, September 26th.

 

To request an application or to inquire about the program, email TRUMentor@gmail.com. To download application, visit http://truonline.org/pdmp/. Completed applications can be emailed to TRUMentor@gmail.com (be sure to add your name to the document name when you send it).

 

"I wanted to reach out and thank you so much for being my mentors … I don't think I realized how much you taught me until I presented my business plan at the last session. … I've navigated from option agreements to hiring a director to staging a successful reading with four Tony-nominated actors! Having access to the caliber of theater professionals you brought us was invaluable. Having mentors to talk to and listen to in class, and forming relationships with my other theater mates has been invaluable.... The access you all have given me to yourselves, to the great professionals who have spoken and to my other members has jump-started my learning curve. I got my first investor for one of the projects I raised money for. And I am able to make inroads developing other investors. … I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to learn producing because you learn by doing."

 

~ Wendy Leopold

 

For bios of all faculty visit: http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/pdmp/

 

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 free 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 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited Announces the September Panel: A Free Introduction to TRU  | Open: 09/20/16 Close: 09/20/16
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the September TRU Panel

An Introduction to TRU: Free-for-Everyone
Seasonal Kick-off plus Networking Meet-and-Greet

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:30pm (networking at 7pm)

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the September panel An Introduction to TRU: Free-for-Everyone Seasonal Kick-off plus Networking Meet-and-Greet, on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm. For more details visit http://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru/.

 

Meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited, including director of writer programs Diana Amsterdam (Practical Playwriting), casting director Carly J. Bauer (YPAC leader, co-producer of the TRU Audition), producer/board member Patrick Blake (The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theater's  Hamlet/ St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum; artistic director Rhymes Over Beats; Practical Playwriting; head of TRU Voices selection committee), TRU literary manager Cate Cammarata (TRU Voices and How to Write a Musical That Works),  actress/writer Christin Cato (co-chair of YPAC), producer/board member David Elliott  (Broadway:  Dames at Sea, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike; off-Broadway: Bedlam Theater's Hamlet/St. Joan, In the Continuum; director of our Producer Development program), attorney Eric Goldman, Esq. (offering free mediation services and counsel to TRU members), Gillien Goll (writer coach for Speed Date and Practical Playwriting), producer Jesse Langston (co-producer of the TRU Audition), producer/co-chair of YPAC Molly Morris (Come from AwayMy Life Is a Musical, PopUpTheatrics), producer/board member Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up; How to Write a Musical That Works feedback panel; head of TRU Voices selection committee), producer-actress Jana Robbins (Ragtime, Little Women, Roof of the World; director of our Producer Development program), financial advisor/board member Bailie Slevin (offering free financial consultations to TRU members).

 

Learn about our programs, including our Producer Development & Mentorship Program, the TRU Voices Reading Series, Mediation workshop and other Producer Boot Camps, Speed Dates and Actor Workshops, Writer-Producer Speed Date, Director-Writer Communications Lab, How to Write a Musical That Works workshop and more. Meet our Young Patrons & Artists Circle (YPAC), and learn if you are eligible to join them. Come with questions. And let us know what we don't offer that you wish we did.

 

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; usually $12 for non-members, but free for everyone for this season opener. Please call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 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 Frankie Dailey, General Manager, 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 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.

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited February Panel Singing A New Tune  | Open: 02/19/13 Close: 02/19/13
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)announces its February panel, Singing a New Tune: Let’s Revitalize the Musical Theater Development Process on Tuesday, February 19, 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 Joe Calarco, director/adaptor of Shakespeare's R&J, director ofSarah Plain and Tall, In Transit, co-artistic director of Breaking Bread Theatre Company; Tiffani Gavin, producer/general manager, formerly with American Repertory Theater (Porgy & Bess), Theatrical Rights Worldwide, Martian Entertainment; Eric Goldman, entertainment attorney; Jamibeth Margolis, artistic director of musicals for Midtown International Theatre Festival; and Frank Ventura, producing artistic director of CAP 21.

This panel will explore the musical theater development process.  As few original works from new authors are being developed, and production budgets skyrocket, many feel the American musical theater industry is in crisis. The panel will investigate how to revitalize the musical theater development process, from labs and showcases to production, in order to make more room in the market for new voices and properties that may not be viewed as “commercial.”

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: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Theater Resources Unlimited Presents January Panel: Your Festival Show: Getting It In, Getting It On  | Open: 01/22/14 Close: 01/22/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the January panel Your Festival Show: Getting It In, Getting It On, Getting It Seen! on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd floor Loft 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 Mary Kate Burke, director of programming and Matt Britten, director of marketing New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF); Jillian Carucci, co-producing artistic director Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; John Chatterton, executive producer Midtown International Theatre Festival; Elena Holy, producing artistic director Fringe NYC; Carol Polcovar, artistic director Fresh Fruit 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 you can reasonably expect from a festival showcase? And how do you distinguish yourself in the marketplace so that once you build it, they really will come?

 

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: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Theater Resources Unlimited TRU Producer Boot Camp - Raising Money for Theater: Who, How, and When t  | Open: 02/04/18 Close: 02/04/18
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the workshop

Raising Money for Theater: Who, How, and When to Ask

a TRU Producer Boot Camp

February 4, 2018 from 10am - 6pm, 151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor, NYC

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the workshop Raising Money for Theater: Who, How, and When to Ask, part of TRU Boot Camps on February 4, 2018 from 10am - 6pm at 151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor, NYC. Basic pricing is $175 for non-members, $150 for TRU members with $25 off for early birds, thru 1/26. Discount codes available for anyone who has applied to any of the upcoming festivals, as well as students. Email TRUStaff1@gmail.com with proof of a festival application, or a student ID, and TRU will provide you with a code for $40 or $60 off (for a Festival price of $135 or Student price of $115).

 

It's more important now than ever for the voice of theater to be heard, so get ready to move ahead with passion and a plan. For producers, one important step is finding the money and resources to bring your projects into production. We invite you to acquire some basic tools and crucial information that will help you to overcome your money shyness and effectively reach out to supporters. From pitching techniques and presentation skills to legal requirements and 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, we promise you an informative, empowering and inspiring day.

 

Workshop faculty will include: Jane Dubin (Tony Award winner for The Norman ConquestsFarinelli and the King, BandstandPeter and the Starcatcher, An American in Paris, Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, The 39 Steps, Ann), RK Greene (Peter & the Starcatcher, Cougar, Room Service)Jim Kierstead (Tony Award winner for Pippin revival, M, Butterfly, Indecent, Natasha Pierre..., Sunset Boulevard, Kinky Boots, Waitress, Yank!); Cody Lassen (The Band's Visit, Indecent, Significant Other, Spring Awakening revival), James Simon (Pippin revival, Roof of the WorldThe Velocity of Autumn, Bells Are Ringing  revival; limited partner in Rent, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, Little Women), Jana Robbins  (Ragtime revival, Little Women, I Love You Because..., Through the Night, Roof of the World), Ken Waissman (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agmes of God, Over Here); plus entertainment attorneys  Eric Goldman and Lee Feldshon, and financial advisor Bailie Slevin of Entertaining Finance.

 

Schedule:

 

9:45am-10:00am - registration and check-in, coffee and cake/bagels

10:00am-10:15am - keynote speech: Ken Waissman

 

10:15 to 11:00 - "Commercial and Not-for-Profit Asks: Defining the Differences"  with attorney Lee Feldshon. We will define terms, then focus on the not-for-profit side: the legal paperwork and structure that is necessary in order to ask for donations, and the responsibilities to your donors, plus the ways in which not-for-profits and commercial companies can work together.

 

11:00 to 11:45 - "Commercial Financing: Formalizing Your Ask" with attorney Eric Goldman. The required paperwork and structures at every level of development, from front money agreements to private placement to Federal filings. And the limitations placed on asking.

 

11:45 to 12:00 - BREAK

 

12:00 to 12:30pm - "Creating an Effective Business Plan: Why Is This Show Likely to Succeed?" with RK Greene. Your business plan is your blueprint for success, and a compelling sales tool when approaching investors. It helps you understand your project and how best to pitch it. RK will offer a flexible template covering all the basic areas of information you need to include, as well as offering guidance in creating a plan that is professional looking and appealing. 

 

12:30 to 1:15pm - "How to Present Yourself to Investors" with financial advisor Bailie Slevin of Entertaining Finance. We will take a look at a basic money raising pitch both from your side and the investor's side, learning how to speak the same financial language, exploring how to best communicate your proposal to your target audience. GETTING the money is what it is all about but HOW you go about the process makes all the difference. It takes simplicity, focus, structure, organization, and follow through to make it happen. This section will concentrate on "winning language" and "successful steps" to get the support for your creative projects.

 

LUNCH to 1:15pm to 2:15pm

 

2:15 to 2:45pm - "The Investor's Perspective: Why Your Show?" with James Simon. So what do you need to do or say to get an investor to write that check? Different investors have different reasons. Major players in commercial Broadway will discuss why they pick the shows they pick, and what you might learn from their choices.

 

2:45 to 3:30 -"Practical Tips and Money-Raising Secrets" with Cody Lassen. Practical tips, tricks, and tools you can use to raise money and manage investor relations. From initial investor research through closing night and beyond, you'll learn how to create a plan for managing the fundraising process that you can put to use right away. 

 

3:30 to 4:15 - "Cultivating and Maintaining a Pool of Investors" with Jim Kierstead. Who to go to, what to talk about, how to present material, disclosures and much more. Identifying prospective investors is just the first step. How do you communicate your passion for a project, incentivize a prospect and close the deal? PLUS the business and hierarchy of theatrical producing: definitions of lead producer, co-producer, investors, and appropriate lingo, budgets, capitalization, and recoupment charts.

 

4:15 to 4:30 - BREAK

 

4:30 to 5:15 - "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Just Started Asking" with Jane Dubin, Jim KiersteadCody LassenJana Robbins. The best kept secret about raising money: you have to ask for it. And yes, it doesn't come naturally to everyone. Our panel will talk about overcoming fears, making mistakes and getting back in the saddle. And how they took the leap of faith that brought them the results they wanted. 

 

5:15 to 5:30 - Keynote Speech: Jana Robbins

 

5:30 to 6:00pm - RECEPTION

 

PANELISTS

JANE DUBIN is a TONY Award-winning producer and the President of Double Play Connections, a theatrical production and management company committed to supporting emerging artists and playwrights in the creation and development of new works. Jane is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute's 14-week (NYC) and O'Neill Center Intensive (CT) Producing Workshops and past Director of Theater Resources Unlimited's Producer Development Program, and current Director of the program's Master Class. Current: Bandstand, An American in Paris (4 TONY Awards) now on Tour and in London, Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (on Tour)Upcoming Broadway: Farinelli and the King, starring Mark Rylance (opening in December), Fingersmith. Previously: Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour), winner of 5 TONY Awards; Ann, starring Holland Taylor (Lincoln Center); The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (London); The 39 Steps (OB, Tour); The Norman Conquests (TONY Award, Best Play Revival), Groundswell (the New Group), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (2008 GLAAD Media Award for Theatre). Other: OPA! at TBG Theatre (Best Commercial Production, MITF 2008), Take Me America (Best Musical, MITF 2007), Count Down, (Bank Street Theatre) and the one-woman show that started it all, MentalPause by Margaret Liston. Ms. Dubin is a full member of the Broadway League. She is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Houses on the Moon Theater Company and a Board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. For two years she was co-curator of the Hudson Valley Writers' Center New Play Reading Series. She co-produced Hudson River Rising, presenting events for One Billion Rising (V-Day) 2013 and 2014. She was a strategic consultant to SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artists' residency in Brewster, NY and a member of the Grand Jury for NYMF's 2015, 2016 and upcoming 2017 seasons.

 

LEE A. G. FELDSHON has over 22 years of experience in entertainment and corporate law. He recently formed Feldshon Law PLLC to launch his private practice, after having partnered with David Schwartz in Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP for the last 10 years. He represents producers, composers, bookwriters, lyricists, directors, and other creatives in the live theatrical industry. He has represented the New York Musical Theatre Festival since its 2004 founding and a Tony-award winning actor in connection with the Tony-award winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He did legal work for Who's Your BaghdaddyDesperate MeasuresMoney TalksLibertyRooms, and other Off Broadway shows. He negotiates screenplay option/purchase agreements and financing documents for film producers, and has worked as film production counsel for Good Girls GoneFly Away (SXSW Official Selection), and the documentary Darkon: An American Fantasy(2006 SXSW Audience Award). While Director of Legal Affairs and Business Development of the Radio City Entertainment division of Madison Square Garden, L.P., he worked on The Radio City Christmas SpectacularA Christmas Carol, and Rockettes performances. As a Levine Plotkin & Menin associate, he worked on Rent (Broadway, touring), The Wild Party (Broadway), De La Guarda (Off Broadway), and other shows. He started his career as a corporate associate at White & Case. He received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1991 (magna cum laude, Rhodes Scholar State Finalist) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1994 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Bar Admissions: New York.

 

ERIC GOLDMAN has more than 20 years of experience as an entertainment attorney. While Eric specializes in theater law matters, including project financing, Eric also practices in the film, television, music, music publishing and new media fields. As an artist's representative, Eric has worked on behalf of numerous award winners, including Tony-award winners Howell Binkley, Jason Robert Brown, Jerry Mitchell, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Academy Award winner Howard Shore. Eric also works as a producer's representative, including serving as production counsel to the Tony Award winning producers of DEF POETRY JAM and several Tony Award winning producers. In addition to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Independent projects, Eric has worked for producers and artists in connection with productions seen around the world, including London, Sydney, Tokyo and China. Eric also regularly counsels not-for-profit theatres such as Northlight Theatre in Chicago and Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. In other media, Eric has represented American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd in the negotiation of merchandising and master class seminar agreements, and has negotiated web site development, maintenance and rights acquisition agreements for Broadwayworld.com, the LEGO Bionicle's website and for Dick Morris' VOTE.COM web site.

 

RK GREENE is a producer of the Broadway and off-Broadway hit Peter & the Starcatcher as well as Cougar The Musical. He is an entrepreneur having started several businesses over the years. A theatre professional since 1978, he was a founding member of the Seattle Group Theatre, a multi-cultural ensemble that produced its own work. As an actor, he appeared in numerous productions Off-off Broadway, on tour and in regional theater, producing several projects including a multi-state tour of Mass Appeal. In 2000, he founded The StoryLine Project, LLC, a commercial theater production company, to develop new plays and musicals.  The StoryLine Project made its debut as an above line producer for the Off Broadway hit, Room Service, and went on to produce Love Child and A Time to Kill.  Previous credits also include Rocket to the Moon at St. Clement's.  In the non-profit world, R.K. is the Marketing Director at The Directors Company and helped to transfer Irena's Vow to Broadway. TDC's The Road to Damascus also played at 59E59 Theaters.

 

JIM KIERSTEAD is a two-time 2013 Tony® Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots and the revival of Pippin.  He also is involved with the international hit musical Matilda on Broadway and on tour and is a co-producer of the 2016 Broadway musicals Waitressand Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 starring Josh Groban.  He has been a co-producer of the Broadway productions of The Visit (Tony nominated), You Can't Take It With You (Tony nominated), Side Show, It Shoulda Been You and Rocky.  Jim has worked in New York theatre since 2000 investing and raising money for shows including Something Rotten, The Glass Menagerie, the revival of Hair (Best Revival), American IdiotThe Addams FamilyCatch Me If You Can, among others. Jim began his career by developing and producing the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere of Thrill Me - The Leopold & Loeb Story(nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical in 2005) and produced its original New York production in 2003.  He founded his production company Kierstead Productions, Inc. in 2004.  In 2010, he produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Yank! - A World War II Love Story.  Jim has been an Executive Producer on the films Between Love and GoodbyeKiss Me, Kill Me, and the upcoming Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Currently, Jim is developing a new musical entitled Unexpected Joy with book & lyrics by Bill Russell (two-time Tony® nominated for Side Show), a play entitledCover by Bill McMahon, and a play entitled The Dodgers by Diana Amsterdam about the draft dodgers during the Vietnam War which had its World Premiere production at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles.  Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company and The New York Theatre Barn.

 

CODY LASSEN is a Tony-nominated theatre producer and live entertainment consultant. Broadway productions include the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming, Paula Vogel's Indecent and Joshua Harmon's Significant Other. Upcoming: Untitled #4 off-Broadway and in LA Holding the Man, with The Australian Theatre Company and a revival of Merrily We Roll Along directed by Michael Arden. In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for producers, theaters and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success. Previously, he oversaw marketing efforts for Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and its three theaters: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is an active member of the Broadway League, the National Association of Musical Theatre, and serves on the Board of NY's Vineyard Theatre. More info at codylassen.com.

 

JANA ROBBINS was recently producer of Roof of the World (formerly The Great Game) by D. Tucker Smith at Kansas City Rep, with plans for a New York production. Jana made her Broadway producing debut with the Broadway musical of Little Women starring Sutton Foster and Maureen McGovern. She was one of the producers of the acclaimed Ragtime revival, as well as off-Broadway's White's Lies. She was also one of the producers of the Off-Broadway musical I Love You BecauseUnlock'd won the "Best of the Fest" Award at the New York Musical Theater Festival, and Talkin' Broadway called it "One of the most ravishing new musicals of 2007!" She produced The Jazz Age by Allan Knee (Little Women, Finding Neverland) in a limited run at 59E59 St., which she produced in association with the Blank Theater Co. in LA. As an actress Jana has appeared in 6 Broadway shows including Gypsy (standby for Tyne Daly) and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife (standby for Linda Lavin & Michele Lee), starring opposite Valerie Harper when Allergist's Wife went on National Tour. Her television credits include Law and Order, SVU, Criminal Intent and others, and she was seen in the film of The Women starring Meg Ryan, Eva Mendez and Annette Bening. For more information: www.janarobbins.com.

 

JAMES SIMON was a co-producer on the 2000 Tony and Drama Desk Award nominated revival of Bells Are Ringing, the 2014 play The Velocity Of Autumn and an associate producer of the Tony winning Broadway revival of Pippin, Play On!, and the West End production of Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis.  Other Broadway shows in which he participated as a limited partner include Rent, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, Little Women - The Musical, Victor Victoria, Metamorphoses,  and many other Broadway, Off-Broadway, and international tours. He is currently being represented on Broadway with the hit comedy, The Play That Goes Wrong. and in the West End with the new musical Romantics Anonymous which will open this spring.

 

BAILIE SLEVIN is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She's worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie's resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe's Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and "Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more.

 

KEN WAISSMAN is one of only two producers in the history of Broadway to have a musical run over 3000 performances and a play run over 1000. (The other producer he shares this distinction with is the legendary David Merrick.) Waissman developed and produced the original Broadway production of Grease as well as two of Broadway's longest running plays, Agnes of God by John Pielmeier and Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein.Waissman's first Broadway credit was the 1971 Paul Zindel play And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little with Estelle Parsons and Julie Harris, and his prolific Broadway efforts have resulted in four motion picture features, a PBS TV special, 25 Tony Award® nominations, and 5 Tony Awards® including a Tony Award® as 'Best Play Producer.' His new musical, Josephine, inspired by Josephine Baker, had its World Premiere in April at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Deborah Cox played the title role and Joey McKneely directed and choreographed.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 a community email 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 plus Resource Nights and "Speed Dating." 

 

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 with support from the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre present the July TRU Panel Marketing Mavericks:  | Open: 07/19/16 Close: 07/19/16
The business has evolved, as has the world, and tried-and-true marketing efforts may not always be enough to break through in a crowded market dominated by mega-hits. In this panel, we will direct attention to and emphasize specialized marketing strategies and some of the specific ways each panelist approaches the task of putting butts in seats. We'll touch upon the basic needs of a marketing campaign, but the focus will be on new ways to build audience awareness: from Jay Michael's dedicated efforts to generate buzz in the smaller showcase and indie markets to Next Act 2 Follow's strategies involving the hospitality and tourism industries to Walker Communications breakthrough efforts to engage diverse audiences to The Social Edge generating nearly 10 million Facebook followers for George Takei and leveraging that for the musical Allegiance. Come armed with your own success stories, as well as frustrations.

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the July panel Marketing Mavericks: New Thinking, New Methods, New Audiences, on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm. For more details visit http://truonline.org/events/marketing-mavericks/.

Speakers include Merrie Davis of Next Act 2 Follow; Toni Isreal, managing director of Walker Communications; Jay Michaels of Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment; and Lorenzo Thione, chief executive of The Social Edge.

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; $12 for non-members. (Or $10 in advance - see ticketing upper left.) Please call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212/714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com

 

For bios of panelists, go to http://truonline.org/events/marketing-mavericks/.

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 Frankie Dailey, General Manager, 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 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU April Panel Entrepreneurship &  | Open: 05/23/17 Close: 05/23/17
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre

present the TRU April Panel

Entrepreneurship & the Arts:

Balancing Creativity with Commerce

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU May Panel -Entrepreneurship & the Arts: Balancing Creativity with Commerce on Tuesday, May 23, 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/arts-and-entrepreneurship/.

 

With panelists David Garfinkle, producer (A Gentleman's Guide..., On the Town, The Realistic Joneses, Ghost, Spider-man), former entertainment attorney and adjunct professor with Duke University's 'Leadership in the Arts' program; Eric Krebs, producer (That Physics ShowBill Maher: Victory Begins At Home, Neil Simon's The Dinner Party, Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Electra), professor at Baruch College and theater manager (formerly the John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Theatres, currently The Playroom Theatre); Dorothy Marcic, self-producing writer (Respect, Sistas) and author of 15 books, including the best-selling Understanding Management; Bailie Slevin, Entertaining Finance, financial advisor to the arts.

 

Blending creativity with business sense is a challenge, and it is business that too often takes a back seat in the arts. "Starving artists" are often brilliantly talented people who haven't taken the time to learn and master the basics of their business, and even producers and not-for-profit practitioners may forget to be the practical-minded CEO's of their companies. TRU has always been dedicated to developing the business capacity of artists and producers, and we are proud to assemble a lineup of experts in the area of entrepreneurship. Come consider the delicate balance of the emotional-creative right brain and the analytical-practical left brain and how it takes both sides to be successful.

 

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/events/25-years-of-tru/). 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 next panels, Survival Strategies for Not-for-Profits, and the Current Funding Environment and Is Off-Broadway Broken? And Can We Fix It?will be held respectively on Tuesdays June 20, 2017 and July 18, 2017.  For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

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 Legislatureand 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU February Panel The Impact of th  | Open: 02/20/17 Close: 02/20/17
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the
TRU February Panel

The Impact of the Election on the Arts: What Is at Risk? What Is Our Responsibility?

Monday, February 20, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU February Panel – The Impact of the Election on the Arts: What Is at Risk? What Is Our Responsibility? on Monday, February 20, 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 including a full schedule and faculty bios visit http://truonline.org/events/election-impact/.

 

Presented in partnership with TRU's Young Patron & Artists Circle (YPAC), co-hosted by Christin Cato and Bob Ost. Panelists to include Teresa Eyring, executive director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Kareem Fahmy, director and playwright (world premiere Indian Head at Luna Stage); Ari Laura Kreith, Artistic Director of Theatre 167 (The Jackson Heights Trilogy, Pirira); David Mendizábal, Producing Artistic Leader of The Movement Theatre Company, director (Tell Hector I Miss Him at the Atlantic Theater); Beto O'Byrne, Playwright and Co-Founder of Radical Evolution; Jacob Padron, Artistic Director of The Sol Project (Alligator at New Georges); and Meropi Peponides, artistic director and co-founder of Radical Evolution, producer at Soho Rep.

 

Only one month into a new administration and already many are feeling uneasy and threatened by the radical change in values that is perceived. The NEA has been targeted, health care that has been a lifesaver for so many is under attack, and perhaps most dramatic of all is the threat to the diversity that has been a hallmark of American values since our founding. Are there constructive steps that we can take to protect our cultural sanctity? Points of discussion will include the apparent attack on women's rights, minority rights, LGBTQ rights and what we can do as a community to protect against this perceived threat. What steps do we need to take now to ensure that we support each other in the theater community? What differences can we make with our stories? What are the stories that we need to start telling now? How do we spread awareness? How do we protect our identities and our values?

 

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 at the door ($12.50 if you register in advance above), free for TRU members. Please register at http://truonline.org/events/election-impact, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU July Panel Is Off-Broadway Brok  | Open: 07/18/17 Close: 07/18/17
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre

present the TRU July Panel

Is Off-Broadway Broken?

And Can We Fix it?

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU July Panel - Is Off-Broadway Broken? And Can We Fix It? on Tuesday, July 18, 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 https://truonline.org/events/is-off-broadway-broken/.

 

With panelists Darren Cole, owner/manager of The Soho Playhouse; Erika Feldman, general manager of Theatre Row Theatres; Ed Gaynes, producer and owner St. Luke's Theatre, booking manager at the Actors Temple; Josh Goodman, producer (Tony award winning Pippin and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, also Rocky and Come From Away); Meredith Lucio, producer (Tony Award winning Porgy and Bess, Rooms: a rock romance, The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet; upcoming: Absolutely Filthy).

 

Off-Broadway was born in the 1950's to fill a perceived need in theater: it evolved as an alternative to the commercialism of Broadway, and a more affordable means of getting works (and artists) seen. Here was an incubator for new works with a less commercial bent, a home for the artsy, the odd and the edgy, as well as a training ground for generations of up-and-coming actors, playwrights and directors. Once upon a time off-Broadway was an affordable means to develop new works and has nurtured some of our greatest artists, but the financial realities of our business have challenged success and made off-Broadway seem financially unviable. Are there still ways to make use of this essential component of our theater culture? Can it still provide a useful step in a development plan for new works? What does it take to break even, and are there producing models that increase the odds of success? Today not-for-profits and regional theaters are the pipeline for both commercial and non-commercial works. Can off-Broadway reclaim its place in the food chain of New York theater? Or has it taken on a new purpose? 

 

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 30 second 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/events/25-years-of-tru/). You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

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 Legislatureand 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU June Panel: Survival Strategies  | Open: 06/20/17 Close: 06/20/17
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the TRU June Panel

Survival Strategies for Non-Profits,

and the Current Funding Environment

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU June Panel -Survival Strategies for Non-Profits, and the Current Funding Environment on Tuesday, June 20, 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/survival-strategies/.

 

With panelists Lawrence E. McCullough, Ph.D., Arts & Media Specialist, Skye Consulting; Stacey McMath, director of Program Services at the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA); and Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture, a city-wide cultural advocacy organization, and a practicing artist specializing in interactive performance.

 

The arts have always had to grapple with economic vagaries. In 2017, we may have a new set of variables but the drive to succeed persists. Even in the best of times, funding represents a small portion of income for not-for-profits; and in spite of economic studies across the U.S. that have affirmed that the Arts represent the best possible investment of public tax dollars, the Arts struggle to maintain their footing in the waiting line for political support. We'll look at how government funding fits into a broader plan, whether funding is affected by the current political climate (at least we know the NEA is safe for at least six months), other sources of funding, as well as other sources of income for not-for-profits. We'll include the nuts-and-bolts basics an Artist/Arts group needs to have in place to do basic grant research, and what you need to have prepared to submit a funding request. The discussion will also look at funding interfaces like DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project), and the purpose and complexity of Grants Gateway pre-qualification for NY State funding.

 

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 30 second 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/events/25-years-of-tru/). 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 next panel Is Off-Broadway Broken? And Can We Fix It? With Darren Cole of the Sohot Playhouse, Erika Feldman of Theatre Row Theatres, Ed Gaynes of St. Luke's Theatre and general manager/producer David Elliott. It will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  

 

For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

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 Legislatureand 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU May Panel Entrepreneurship & th  | Open: 05/23/17 Close: 05/23/17
Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre

present the TRU May Panel

Entrepreneurship & the Arts:

Balancing Creativity with Commerce

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU May Panel – Entrepreneurship & the Arts: Balancing Creativity with Commerce on Tuesday, May 23, 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/arts-and-entrepreneurship/.

 

With panelists David Garfinkle, producer (A Gentleman's Guide..., On the Town, The Realistic Joneses, Ghost, Spider-man), former entertainment attorney and adjunct professor with Duke University's 'Leadership in the Arts' program; Eric Krebs, producer (That Physics ShowBill Maher: Victory Begins At Home, Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, Ain't Nothin' But the Blues, Electra), professor at Baruch College and theater manager (formerly the John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Theatres, currently The Playroom Theatre); Dorothy Marcic, self-producing writer (Respect, Sistas) and author of 15 books, including the best-selling Understanding ManagementBailie Slevin, Entertaining Finance, financial advisor to the arts.

 

Blending creativity with business sense is a challenge, and it is business that too often takes a back seat in the arts. "Starving artists" are often brilliantly talented people who haven't taken the time to learn and master the basics of their business, and even producers and not-for-profit practitioners may forget to be the practical-minded CEO's of their companies. TRU has always been dedicated to developing the business capacity of artists and producers, and we are proud to assemble a lineup of experts in the area of entrepreneurship. Come consider the delicate balance of the emotional-creative right brain and the analytical-practical left brain and how it takes both sides to be successful.

 

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/events/25-years-of-tru/). 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 next panels, Survival Strategies for Not-for-Profits, and the Current Funding Environment and Is Off-Broadway Broken? And Can We Fix It? will be held respectively on Tuesdays June 20, 2017 and July 18, 2017. For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

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.

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited announces The 2016 TRU Holiday Auction Tickets to Natasha Pierre, Vacati  | Open: 12/16/16 Close: 12/16/16
Theater Resources Unlimited announces

The 2016 TRU Holiday Auction

Tickets to Natasha Pierre, Vacation Packages, and More!

ONLINE BIDDING ENDS TONIGHT

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces its annual charity fundraiser, The 2016 TRU Holiday Auction, with online bidding open now through Friday night, December 16, 2016 at 10pm. Help support TRU by making a bid on more than 70 great items (totaling over $40,000 in value) including Broadway and Off-Broadway tickets (Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Aladdin, Come from Away, On Your Feet! and more); elegant jewelry items; vacation packages for Miami, New Orleans, Chicago, and Manhattan; and over a dozen gifts for your actor friends: coaching, workshops, BackStage subscriptions, headshot photography, and more.

 

To make a bid, get a bargain, and support the work of Theater Resources Unlimited, please visit: www.biddingowl.com/TRU.

 

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 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited announces the 2018 Audition Event  | Open: 05/19/18 Close: 05/20/18
Actors: be seen by over 50 companies, casting directors and agents in a single audition ...
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the

2018 Audition Event

Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20, 2018

at The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2018 Audition Event, Combined Auditions presented with sponsorship from BackStage, Actors Connection, The PIT and Reprocutions.com on May 19 and 20 at The Peoples Improv Theater, 123 E 24th Street, NYC. Singing Auditions will be held Saturday, May 19 10:30am - 6pm (monologues will also be required). Non-singing auditions will be held Saturday, May 19 10am - 11am and Sunday, May 20 10am - 6pm. Early Bird registration is open until April 7, 2018, and is $60 for non-TRU members ($45 for TRU members, or $125 for an Audition/Membership package). Standard Registration opens April 8th and closes May 7, 2018, and is $99 for non TRU members ($85 for AEA and TRU Members, or $180 for Audition/Membership package). Registration is available at https://truonline.org/events/2018-audition-event/.

 

The TRU audition event was by far the most organized and warm combined audition I have ever been to. As someone coming back into the industry after a long time away, it was refreshing to have this be one of my first experiences.~Dana Hart Lubeck, '17

 

Just wanted to thank you and everyone on your staff for the TRU audition event yesterday. What could have been chaos was beautifully in sync. What could have been scary was harmonious and positive. You are the best!~Kathie Kneese, '17

 

It was the most professionally run and enjoyable audition experience in which I have had the pleasure of being a participant. Your volunteers were kind and "on the spot" without ever being intrusive. My accompanist was wonderful and a friendly face to quell one's nerves. Perfection from start to finish. I will recommend the TRU Audition Event to all my thespian friends. ~ Pamela J. Nigro, '17

 

Over 50 producers, theater companies, writers and directors will be sitting in on two days of auditions. Sign up to be seen by them, and by at least two top New York agents and/or casting directors*! Here is a list of who has already confirmed - check the TRU website or ongoing updates.

 

Confirmed companies as of 3/8/18: 13th Street Rep, American Bard Theatre Co, August Strindberg Rep, Break a Leg Productions, Broadway Bound Theatre Festival, Emerging Artists Talent, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gorilla Rep Theater, Hugh Hysell Productions, KBO Productions, The Killing Kompany, Medicine Show Theatre, Nylon Fusion, Paul Michael's The Network, Pulse Ensemble, Rhymes Over Beats, Second Stage Syracuse, Speranza Theatre Co, TRU Voices Reading Series, vMHF Theatricals, The Wild Whatever, Wildly Productive Productions.

 

Confirmed industry as of 3/8/18: agents Albert Bramante (Emerging Artists) and Valerie Adami (SW Artists); agent/manager Deborah Dotoli of AAG Talent; casting directors Helene Galek (Helene Galek Casting), Jamibeth Margolis (Margolis Casting), Bob Kale (MKA Casting) and Tom Rowan of Tom Rowan Casting.

 

Registration includes free or discounted access to both of these pre-event workshops designed to prepare actors to do their best audition possible:

- Meet the Coaches (plus Orientation) - Sunday April 15th or 22nd (tbd), 1-5pm

- Audition Technique & Protocol (plus Orientation) with agent Valerie Adami and casting director Bob Kale - Sunday May 6th

 

To apply: register and pay using the payment options on website at https://truonline.org/events/2018-audition-event/; then scan and email your application and headshot/resume to TRUStaff1@gmail.com -everything (payment, application, headshot, resume) must be received before an application is considered complete.

 

Secret: the first 80 submissions are automatically passed in and accepted. After that, only TRU members and Equity members are automatically accepted; non-member applications will be passed in after the final submission date of May 7th, subject to availability. If we do not have room for you, we will issue a check refund of your submission fee minus a $10 processing fee.

 

Download PDF of application packet at https://truonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AE18-Audition_Packet-MASTERwritable-1.pdf. Electronic submissions are preferred, but you may also hard copy mail your check and materials (application, headshot, resume, check or money order) to:

 

Theater Resources Unlimited/Audition
309 W. 104th St., #1D
NYC, NY 10025

 

To be guaranteed a slot, purchase an early bird Membership/Audition Package for $125  before 4/7; or a standard Membership/Audition Package for $180 after 4/7.

 

FINAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: May 7th (postmark); deadline may be extended if there are available slots.

 

PAYMENT ALONE DOES NOT COUNT AS REGISTRATION.

 

* The presence of a casting director is absolutely not a guarantee or promise of employment.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 the Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited announces the 2018 Bootcamp Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing  | Open: 04/28/18 Close: 04/29/18
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the

2018 Bootcamp Weekend Intensive for

Showcase Producing

Saturday, April 28, 2018 & Sunday, April 29, 2018, 10am - 6pm

Nola Studios

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2018 Bootcamp Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing on Saturday, April 28, 2018 & Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 10am - 6pm at Nola Studios, 244 W. 54th Street, 5th floor. Registration is $270 for non-members ($225 for TRU members, $290 for Membership/Workshop Package, and $100 for a second attendee). Save $50-$60 with the Early Bird Discount through April 15. Festival Special: registrants accepted into Planet Connections, MITF, Dream Up, NYMF or other festivals take $20 off (email TRUStaff1@gmail.com for code). Limited to 50 participants. Registration may be completed at https://truonline.org/events/weekend-intensive-2018/. You will be asked to download and fill out an application at: http://truonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/BOOT-CAMP_weekend_app.doc.

 

If planning to produce or self-produce, do it right, do it smart, do it cost-effectively. Learn the ins and outs from experts with this once-a-year weekend workshop that offers basic and not-so-basic training for producers, geared to those producing at the in-the-trenches reading and Equity Showcase level. And with particular application for those planning to produce in the upcoming festivals. It's called a "Boot Camp" but it will help transform what can be an uphill battle into a smooth-running operation!

 

Participants will meet a phenomenal lineup of experts including Broadway producers Cody Lassen (The Band's Visit, Significant Other, Indecent), Patricia Klausner(Pippin! revival, Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly), Valerie Novakoff of Davenport Theatricals and Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, The Chekhov Dream, F@#king Up Everything, White's Lies); plus entertainment attorneys Lee A.G. Feldshon and Eric Goldman, casting director Robin Carus, Carnegie Hall tech director John Lant, financial consultant Bailie Slevin, marketing consultant Jay Michaels, publicistJonathan Slaff plus others to be confirmedThe intensive will cover everything from Legal Requirements to Production Timeline and Budgeting to Raising Money and Marketing. Every aspect of showcase producing is broken down into easy-to-understand step-by-step modules, including a discussion of the differences between producing in a festival and producing on your own. Which is the best route for each project? Which will make the project the most profit?

 

Saturday April 28

 

9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels

10:00 - keynote speaker

 

10:15-10:45 - "Clarifying Your Goals: Why Are You Producing This?" with producer Patricia Klausner (Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fy, Pippin revival). Should your show be commercial or not-for-profit? In a festival or produced independently? How much should you be spending? How big a theater do you need? So much depends on what you hope to achieve. 

 

10:45-11:30pm -"What You Need to Know Before Asking for Money" with attorney Lee Feldshon.  Investments, donations and gifts - do you know the difference? We'll look at commercial, not-for-profit and fiscal sponsorship models, and what you need to know about each when asking for money for your production.

 

11:30-11:45 - BREAK

 

11:45-12:30 - "Legal Schmegal: Contracts, Options, Underlying Rights and More" with attorney Eric Goldman.  Additional legalities to consider: Do you have the right to produce this show? How do you go about getting the option? How do you do this without encumbering your property unnecessarily? Do you need to set up a legal entity to produce a showcase?

 

12:30-1:00 - "Producing Published Works: Licensing Made Painless" -  So you think that play you read or saw a while ago would make a great showcase for your actor friends. You still need permission to produce it, even in a low-profile showcase in a borough. Learn the right way to go about seeking those rights, and what the costs may be.

 

1:00-2:00 - LUNCH

 

2:00-2:30 - "Watching Your Figures: Putting Together a Smart Budget"   An overview of basic line items in a showcase budget, and a realistic look at what things actually cost.

 

2:30-3:15 - "Union Codes & Contracts: Equity, SDC, DG, 802"  The gospel according to Actors Equity, and how it sets the rules for readings, showcases and beyond. Plus realistic expectations when dealing with the directors' union, the Dramatists Guild and the musicians' union. 

 

3:15-3:30 - BREAK

 

3:30-4:00 - "Box Office and Ticketing Options" This is a business. You need to be careful about money and accurately track your sales. There's no mystery to it: there are tried-and-true systems for handling this. And though you are ultimately responsible for your performance tallies, different ticketing options can be helpful in different ways. Which ticketing service will best serve your show?

 

4:00-5:00 - "Producing Smart: Fringes and Festivals, or On Your Own?" moderated by Bob Ost, with producer Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, White's Lies, F#%king Up Everything), others tbd. There are advantages to producing in the Fringe or a festival, but there are also trade-offs. We'll discuss what you need to consider before deciding the best (and potentially most profitable) path for your production.

 

5:00 - Keynote speaker: Broadway producer Cody Lassen (The Band's Visit, Significant Other, Spring Awakening revival)

 

5:30pm-6:00pm - networking reception

 

Sunday, April 29

 

9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels

 

10:00-10:45 - "Putting Together Your Production Team" with John Lant, technical director of Carnegie Hall, artistic director Write Act Rep. Things to consider when hiring your design team, and what your designers need from you. 

 

10:45-11:30 - "How to Find (and Book) the Right Space" with John Lant. Black box or proscenium? Wing space, fly space, lighting and tech requirements, location and more. 

 

11:30-11:45 - BREAK

 

11:45 -12:30 -"Creative Fundraising (Please Don't Put It on Your Credit Card!)" with financial advisor and producer Bailie Slevin. Crowdsourcing, different kinds of fundraisers and how to just get over it and ask for the money you need. We'll include belief systems and how they affect us, and understanding how money works.

 

12:30-1:15 - "Project Management: Setting Timelines, Managing Teams, Defining Outcomes" with Bailie Slevin. It pays to get the order right. How far in advance do you book a space? Hire your creative staff? Start the marketing? Raise the money?

 

1:15-2:15 - Lunch

 

2:15-2:45 - "How to Run an Efficient Audition, and When, Why and How to Use a Casting Director" with Robin Carus of Robin Carus Casting.

 

2:45-3:30 - "Finding Your Audience: An Overview of Marketing" Defining the basics: marketing, advertising, PR. And how does social media fit into all this? What are your most important expenses on a limited budget? How do you identify and reach your audience? Should a showcase producer ever do his own marketing?

 

3:30-4:15 - "The Essentials of Successful PR". What goes into an effective press release? When should releases be sent out? How do you stand out from the crowd?

 

4:15-4:30 - BREAK

 

4:30-5:15 - "Next Steps: What Happens After That Showcase (and How to Prepare)?"  with Valerie Novakoff, associate producer Davenport Theatrical Productions, others tbd. The best way for your show to have a future is to plan ahead the moment you decide to produce that first showcase, festival presentation or reading. A panel of producers will talk about the steps they took to grow their brand.

 

5:15 - Keynote speaker: 

 

5:30-6:00pm - networking reception

 

PANELISTS

 

ROBIN CARUS

ROBIN CARUS CASTING (Casting) Tours: The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions), Miss Nelson Is Missing (Two Beans Productions), The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano AdventureClifford the Big Red DogSpank! The 50 Shades Parody,  Family Life Theatre, TheatreworksUSA (200 national tours). Regional: The State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Sarah, Plain and Tall (O'Neill), FX's Archer Live.  Off-Broadway: The Chekhov Dreams (Beckett Theatre), Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA),  Me The People (The Triad Theatre), Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Planet Connections'  Playwrights For A Cause (5 seasons), SafeI Know What  Boys WantThe Accidental CaregiverCulture Shock 1911-1922Woman at the FuneralsPete the Girl,   Aesop's  FablesThe Last CastratoLike You Like It (also 54 Below/NYMF/NAMT Musical Mondays), The Plant That Ate Dirty SocksSeussicalMax & RubyHenry & MudgeCam JansenWalk Two MoonsJunie B. Jones,  Sarah, Plain and TallRomeo and Juliet  Concerts & Special Events: Session Girls (54 Below), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock OperaSunfish (DIMF), 2009 Marathon Festival (EST), Art (New York Society Library) Recordings:  Session Girls  (Broadway Records), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Broadway Records), "Artists For The Arts: With A Little Help From My Friends,"  Like  You Like It (Broadway Records) Film: MIA aka Then What HappensKilling the FiddlerLove TrueWeatheringRunning With SharksThe King's Pawn,  Disgrace,  ElvisROVER: OR Beyond the Venusian Future and the Return of the Next LevelNo VagrancyBreaking the ChainTigerUnderwear. Television: James McNeill Whistler and the Case For Beauty (PBS)

 

LEE A. G. FELDSHON

has over 22 years of experience in entertainment and corporate law. He recently formed Feldshon Law PLLC to launch his private practice, after having partnered with David Schwartz in Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP for the last 10 years. He represents producers, composers, bookwriters, lyricists, directors, and other creatives in the live theatrical industry. He has represented the New York Musical Theatre Festival since its 2004 founding and a Tony-award winning actor in connection with the Tony-award winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He did legal work for Who's Your BaghdaddyDesperate MeasuresMoney TalksLibertyRooms, and other Off Broadway shows. He negotiates screenplay option/purchase agreements and financing documents for film producers, and has worked as film production counsel for Good Girls GoneFly Away (SXSW Official Selection), and the documentary Darkon: An American Fantasy(2006 SXSW Audience Award). While Director of Legal Affairs and Business Development of the Radio City Entertainment division of Madison Square Garden, L.P., he worked on The Radio City Christmas SpectacularA Christmas Carol, and Rockettes performances. As a Levine Plotkin & Menin associate, he worked on Rent (Broadway, touring), The Wild Party (Broadway), De La Guarda (Off Broadway), and other shows. He started his career as a corporate associate at White & Case. He received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1991 (magna cum laude, Rhodes Scholar State Finalist) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1994 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Bar Admissions: New York.

 

ERIC GOLDMAN

has more than 20 years of experience as an entertainment attorney. While Eric specializes in theater law matters, including project financing, Eric also practices in the film, television, music, music publishing and new media fields. As an artist's representative, Eric has worked on behalf of numerous award winners, including Tony-award winners Howell Binkley, Jason Robert Brown, Jerry Mitchell, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Academy Award winner Howard Shore. Eric also works as a producer's representative, including serving as production counsel to the Tony Award winning producers of Def Poetry Jam and several Tony Award winning producers. In addition to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Independent projects, Eric has worked for producers and artists in connection with productions seen around the world, including London, Sydney, Tokyo and China. Eric also regularly counsels not-for-profit theaters such as Northlight Theatre in Chicago and Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. In other media, Eric has represented American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd in the negotiation of merchandising and master class seminar agreements, and has negotiated web site development, maintenance and rights acquisition agreements for Broadwayworld.com, the LEGO Bionicle's website and for Dick Morris' VOTE.COM web site.

 

JEREMY HANDELMAN

is a Tony Award nominated producer whose many credits include the Broadway revival of On the Town, the hit rock musical comedy Brooklyn Crush (formerly F#%king Up Everything: Off-Broadway, Washington, DC and NYMF) and White's Lies (New World Stages). Most recently, he helped raise front money for a very exciting new Broadway-bound musical that he's not at liberty to publicly reveal. Jeremy is the author of The Bronx BalmersTic-Tac-Toe and several short plays. He is the founder of Off The Leash Productions, where he produces promotional videos and commercials and provides videography coverage for live performances and events. In a previous life as a television executive he was Vice President, Programming for CBS Sports. Jeremy is a proud board member of TRU.

 

PATRICIA R. KLAUSNER

has produced, written and assistant directed theater. She is one of the producers of the Tony Award winning revival of Pippin and The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway. Previously she was a producer of the Broadway shows The Scottsboro Boys and Stick Fly. As the Managing Director of Shotgun Productions, a theatrical non-profit, she has developed & produced theater, dance and operas. Productions include: Clear... A new musical experience (co-production with Dixon Place, Hendel Productions, Wayne Brady, Michele Crowley & Earl Dax), Santa Claus is Coming Out (co-production with Penguin Rep & Diverse City Theater), Marc Deaton in Vienna (classical concert, Schoenberg Center, Austria), The Lost Boy (co-production with QTIP & The Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack), Tristan und Isolde in Sofia (staged concert, Bulgaria), 24-Hour Drama-Thons, Big Kids, The Chaos Theories, Seduction (musical theater dance opera), Undivulged Crimes, Don't Hug Me (co-production with NJ Rep), Mia Michael's R.A.W. (dance concert), and Joined at the Head. Ms. Klausner has a Ph.D. in sociology and has taught women's studies, race relations, and criminology at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College.

 

JOHN LANT

is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative director, consultant, and/or above the line entity. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory. His work and productions garnered DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA Awards, and Garland, ADA and NAACP nominations, as well as LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week. John worked with Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, and mentored under Howard Storm. Scripts he has developed include Children's TV Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, and cable-themed Anonymous Confessions, and several adapted musicals. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. In NYC, he is current Production Manager at Carnegie Hall, and on down time redesigns, redevelops and refurbishes theatres including the upstairs Davenport Theatre, Elektra Theatre, Times Square Arts Center Theatres, the Richmond Shepard, and a new exciting project Summer 2017, refurbishing an old off-Broadway in the Theatre District to it's old glory. John's 30-week off-Broadway production of FABULOUS! The Queen of Musicals! was recently licensed through Steele Rights. This past year he produced 2 off-Broadway Shows at St. Luke's Theatre: Equity production of 2 By Tennessee Williams and the new musical Pillars of New York.  Current Producing Artistic Director of  Write Act Repertory and Founding Member of newly formed N.M.C.L.O. (New Musical Civic Light Opera), concentrating on the development of second stage musical workshop/productions for off-Broadway productions, and is the Director of Development for Twisted Media NYC, his current musical production Lili Marlene in LA will be moving here off-Broadway in the Summer of 2017.

 

CODY LASSEN

is a Tony-nominated theatre producer and live entertainment consultant. Broadway productions include the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming, Paula Vogel's Indecent and Joshua Harmon's Significant Other. Upcoming: Untitled #4 off-Broadway and in LA Holding the Man, with The Australian Theatre Company and a revival of Merrily We Roll Along directed by Michael Arden. In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for producers, theaters and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success. Previously, he oversaw marketing efforts for Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and its three theaters: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is an active member of the Broadway League, the National Association of Musical Theatre, and serves on the Board of NY's Vineyard Theatre. More info at codylassen.com

 

JAY MICHAELS
is a producer/director, marketing and public relations executive, entrepreneur & educator. He has been part of the indie theater and film scene since 1985. In 1997, he took the knowledge he acquired as a casting director for New York Daily News commercials and production associate for KSL Media and PBS and founded the boutique PR firm that now bears his name. Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment creates visibility for self-producing stage artists and production companies on the East & West coasts and in multiple film arenas. Stage clients include Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; Downtown Urban Arts Festival; Fresh Fruit Festival; New York New Works Theatre Festival; Richard Skipper Celebrates; the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble; Step1 Theatre Project; Medicine Show Theatre; Opera at Hunter College; Spotlight-On Festivals; Playwrights/Authors Doug DeVita, Gary Morgenstein, Patrick Hickey, Jr., Anthony J. Piccione, Antonia Kasper, and Dorian Palumbo; Cabaret Artists Lane Bradbury, Andrea Bell Wolff, and Rev. Mary and Granny's Blue-Mers. Film clients include award-winning filmmakers, Eliana Ujueta ("Beneath The Rock," "The Airport Run") and Ben Goldstein ("Jack London") and Steve Silver ("The Watchtower,"). JMA&E also produces live promotionalevents. Michaels presented live promo events for the HBO Summer Stage, Spotlight-On Film Festival, and the promo showings of "UVX," a live theater and film hybrid, which was a sponsor of the 2017 New York ComicCon. In 1999, he and Mary Elizabeth Micari formed Genesis Repertory Ensemble, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to giving opportunities to emerging artists in the stage and film (and live event) industries. A professor of communications at Kingsborough College, Michaels continues to appear as a guest speaker and artist throughout the tri-state area at universities and arts organizations.

 

VALERIE NOVAKOFF

is the Associate Producer at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Ken Davenport's theatrical and media producing company. As Associate Producer, Valerie is engaged in all aspects of developing, producing, and managing major Broadway productions and tours, including the critically acclaimed revival of Once On This Island, and the upcoming original musical Gettin' the Band Back Together, as well as developmental readings and workshops. Valerie was previously the Assistant Producer at Jeffrey Finn Productions, Broadway productions included An Act of God starring Sean Hayes and Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, and oversaw the corporate events division Hot on Broadway. As part of general management office 321 Theatrical Management, select productions include WickedFun HomeIf/Then, andSpongeBob SquarePants. Valerie worked for director Des McAnuff (dramaturgy work on Dr. Zhivago and several projects in development) and in the events department of The Drama League. Independently, Valerie is the Associate Producer of the first-ever app-enabled theatrical event Blank! The Musical, a fully improvised Off-Broadway musical currently running at the Broadway Comedy Club. As a creative producer, Valerie champions innovative and insightful storytelling. Valerie studied Dramatic Literature and Producing at New York University.

 

BAILIE SLEVIN

is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She's worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie's resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe's Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and "Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

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Theater Resources Unlimited announces the April Panel Stream It and They Will Come: How Digital Capt  | Open: 04/26/18 Close: 04/26/18
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the April Panel

Stream It and They Will Come:

How Digital Capture Builds Audience Awareness

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) offers an important conversation on Thursday, April 26, 2018: Stream It and They Will Come: How Digital Capture Builds Audience Awareness at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/stream-it/. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU. Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/stream-it/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

Panelists to include Broadway producer Michael Alden (Come from Away, Disgraced, Grey Gardens, Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr. Ruth); David Carpenter and John Pinckard of Tilted Windmills Theatricals (Puffs off-Broadway); Themis Gomes, CEO, Cennarium America, Inc.; Broadway producer Stewart F. Lane (Tony Award winner for The Best Man, A Gentleman's Guide..., War Horse La Cage Aux Folles, The Will Rogers Follies, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only), President and Founder of BroadwayHD; Hal Berman, Director of Legal and Business Affairs of BroadwayHD.

 

Learn the distinctions between live-streaming and digital capture, and how to incorporate them into your development plans, as well as use them for marketing and exposure and to extend the life and value of your creative property. An unfortunate aspect of live events is that many productions - especially those by unknown writers and fledgling theater companies - run for a very limited time. Cennarium is a new company that offers a means of extending the shelf life of new work, essentially Netflix for theater and other performing art forms. BroadwayHD has developed a sophisticated streaming network that archives and offers viewers a tremendous range of live performances that have been digitally captured so major productions are made accessible to an entire market of potential audience members. And both Broadway producer Michael Alden and Tilted Windmills Theatricals have turned their energies to developing new work through a 21st -century model that incorporates live-streaming to bridge the gap between the popular and performing arts. Come learn about the future of live theater in a digital world, with expert guidance on the complicated licensing hurdles that sometimes need to be dealt with.

 

MICHAEL ALDEN On Broadway: Come From Away, Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize) Grey Gardens and Bridge & Tunnel (Special Tony Award.) On the West End: David Seidler's original play, The King's Speech and Bat Boy The Musical. Off Broadway: Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr, Ruth, Bat Boy The Musical, Save It For The Stage written by and starring Charles Nelson Reilly, and The Last Session. Film works include: Just Cause with Sean Connery, the fashion forward documentary UnZipped for Mirimax, Stephen Daldry's The HoursKissing Jessica SteinThe Zookeeper starring Sam Neill, Lesser Prophets and Mother, Mother. Current projects include the feature length documentaries, My Beautiful Stutter and When Reagan Killed Roosevelt the never before told story of the childhood years of the rap group Public Enemy; the features  UnHinged starring Mickey Rourke and the recently completed Death Metal.  From 1987- 89, Vice President Post Production Cannon Films; 1989 - 90, Vice President Pathe Films; 1991 -92 Vice President MGM Post Production.

 

DAVID CARPENTER is a fifteen year Broadway veteran, with prominent involvements as producer and/or financier in Tony Award winning shows Clybourne Park, Matilda, War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Billy Elliot, One Man Two Guvnors, All the Way, and American Idiot. David most recently served as associate producer at Dede Harris Productions, supervising over $1 million in annual investments across multiple productions and spearheading the office's intellectual property acquisitions.  Prior, David was Head of Sales at DreamWorks Theatricals, overseeing single and group ticket sales to Shrek, the Musical, and reporting directly to Jeffrey Katzenberg. He has also served as Director of Sales & Marketing for Group Sales Box Office, Manager of Ticket Center Operations for the Broadway League, Sales and Marketing Associate for the national tours of 42nd Street, Urinetown, Blast!, and Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. His independent productions include Have A Nice Life, winner of 6 NYMF Awards, and the sold out world premiere of But I'm A Cheerleader: the Musical, winner of the NYMF Audience Award.

 

THEMIS GOMES is CEO of Cennarium, a producer, licensor and online platform for theatrical content, offering subscribers a wide selection of performances from around the world in high-definition encompassing a variety of genres including drama, dance, comedy, music and opera. Since establishing a U.S. presence for the Brazil-based company in 2016, Gomes has been responsible for all day-to-day operations, including licensing, marketing, distribution, business development, finance and revenue generation. Before joining Cennarium, Gomes was involved in the launch of several digital businesses in Latin America, including Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. Gomes founded Zuga.cl, a successful online diaper subscription service, after which she was a consultant for companies including L'Orèal, OLX and Verisure. Before founding Zuga, Gomes was CFO of Happyshop, a Chilean mobile startup with a shopping app focused on the omni-channel consumer and whose main customers were Santander, Cencosud and Falabella.

 

STEWART LANE is the founder of BroadwayHD (broadwayhd.com), a stage to screen production and distribution company expanding the reach of Broadway shows by making them available in cinemas, PPV and streaming on-line. BroadwayHD is in the Guinness book of World Records for the first ever live stream of the Broadway show She Loves Me. Mr. Lane is a six-time Tony award winning producer for A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & OnlyThoroughly Modern MillieWill Rogers Follies and La Cage Aux Folles, as well as an additional eight-time nominee. He received four Drama Desks, a Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Actors Fund Award, Paul Newman Award, and Drama-League awards. In 2013 he won his first Olivier Award for Irving Berlin's Top Hat in the West End. Currently, he is producing the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical biography On Your Feet and Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close. He is co-owner and operator of the legendary Palace Theatre on Broadway. In addition, he has written the critically acclaimed "Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way" (Square One Publishers), "Jews on Broadway" (McFarland Publishers), "Let's Put on a Show,"(Working Arts Library) which is also on DVD, and the plays In The Wings (published in the spring 2008 by Hal Leonard), If It Was Easy (published by Performing Books and nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association), and Back Home Again formally A Moment In Time (with music and lyrics by John Denver) which he was awarded The 2011 John Denver Spirit Award for his work.

 

JOHN ARTHUR PINCKARD is a two time Tony Award winning producer, most recently represented on Broadway and on tour by the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winning best musical, A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder, which he helped develop. John's other Broadway credits include Clybourne Park (Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best New Play, Pulitzer Prize for Drama), HAIR, Green Day's American Idiot (Tony nomination) and Slava's Snowshow on Broadway (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Silence! the Musical (Lortel nomination), 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche and Never Swim Alone. As an inaugural recipient of the T. Edward Hambleton Fellowship for creative producers, he was trained in the development of new musicals by Harold Prince, the most successful producer and director in Broadway history. John's notable collaborators include Tony winners Greg Kotis & Mark Hollman (Urinetown), Drama Desk winner Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, international music sensations the Scissor Sisters, and renowned author Armistead Maupin, among others.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

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Theater Resources Unlimited announces the May Panel Attracting Wanted Attention: Helping Your Audien  | Open: 05/22/18 Close: 05/22/18
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the May Panel

Attracting Wanted Attention:

Helping Your Audience Find You

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) facilitates a crucial conversation about marketing for theater on Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Attracting Wanted Attention: Helping Your Audience Find You at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/attracting-wanted-attention/. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU. Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/attracting-wanted-attention/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

Panelists to include Pippa Bexon, director of client services at Situation Interactive, a digital-first marketing agency; Themis Gomes CEO, Cennarium America, Inc.; Monica Hammond, director of marketing for Davenport Theatricals;  Emily McGill of DKC Public Relations.

 

The business has evolved, as has the world, and tried-and-true marketing efforts may not always be enough to break through in a crowded market dominated by mega-hits. In this panel, we will direct attention to and emphasize specialized marketing strategies and some of the specific ways each panelist approaches the task of putting butts in seats. One size does not fit all, and we'll discuss how to customize your strategy to your product. We'll touch upon basic marketing principals: advertising, public relations/publicity, special promotions, social media and how (and when) to integrate them; and explore basic branding for your show or your company, and how to build and/or expand that brand. New questions arise today. Are different methods needed to reach out to younger audiences as opposed to the usual theatergoer? How has the social media landscape changed in the last 5 years in terms of the entertainment industry, and how do you translate media presence into ticket sales? Are there methods used outside the theater industry that we might learn from and use ourselves?

 

PIPPA BEXON is an advertising and marketing professional with 11 years of experience working across the advertising landscape in the both New York and London. Pippa graduated from Durham University in the UK, with a bachelor of sciences in Psychology, and minor in English Literature. Beginning her career in London at AKA, Pippa has overseen over 30 advertising campaigns for theater productions both in the West End and on Broadway. After three years in London, Pippa moved to NYC and joined the AKA NY team, specializing in account management, media and strategy. Following AKA NY, Pippa spent time at Sony Music working with their in-house branding agency on a variety of music projects and consumer products. Since 2015 Pippa has been at Situation Interactive, a digital first marketing agency which specializes in Entertainment. As Director of Client Services, Pippa leads digital strategy for many Broadway shows as well as working on arts and culture, TV and not for profit clients. Past and present clients include Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryWickedMean GirlsSpiderman Turn off The DarkThe Color PurpleOn Your Feet, The National Theater London and RSC.

THEMIS GOMES is CEO of Cennarium, a producer, licensor and online platform for theatrical content, offering subscribers a wide selection of performances from around the world in high-definition encompassing a variety of genres including drama, dance, comedy, music and opera. Since establishing a U.S. presence for the Brazil-based company in 2016, Gomes has been responsible for all day-to-day operations, including licensing, marketing, distribution, business development, finance and revenue generation. Before joining Cennarium, Gomes was involved in the launch of several digital businesses in Latin America, including Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. Gomes founded Zuga.cl, a successful online diaper subscription service, after which she was a consultant for companies including L'Orèal, OLX and Verisure. Before founding Zuga, Gomes was CFO of Happyshop, a Chilean mobile startup with a shopping app focused on the omni-channel consumer and whose main customers were Santander, Cencosud and Falabella.

MONICA HAMMOND is the Director of Marketing for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises. Broadway: Once On This Island (Circle in the Square) and Gettin' The Band Back Together (Belasco Theatre, 2018), Spring Awakening (Brooks Atkinson Theatre). Off-Broadway: Daddy Long Legs, Shear Madness, That Bachelorette Show, as well as the North American Tour of A Night With Janis Joplin. Monica also manages Ken Davenport's members-only community for theatre professionals, TheProducersPerspectivePRO

EMILY MCGILL is a publicist with nearly ten years of experience working in entertainment in New York City.  She has represented the Tony Award-winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, Memphis, and Billy Elliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock and  CATS, George Takei's AllegianceThis Is Our YouthRock of AgesGhostElf, and First Date. Since that start, she's expanded out to other forms of entertainment, including music, film and television, and worked with companies large and small (from Disney, HBO, Amazon Studios, Fathom Events, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Westfield Corporation to boutique talent agencies, internet startups, non-profits and string quartets.  Plus male strippers.  Yes, male strippers).  Emily has successfully navigated relationships with the press on behalf of clients resulting in coverage from The New York TimesCBS Sunday Morning, the Associated Press, the Today Show,  Wall Street JournalNew York PostUSA Today, and Entertainment Weekly to name a few. Career highlights include the Obamas attending A Raisin in the Sun and having a literal 'stop the presses' moment with People Magazine for the exclusive photo, throwing an afternoon tea for Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson that was hosted by Julianne Moore (and included the reading of a congratulatory letter from First Lady Michelle Obama), producing a concert at the State Department for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton starring cast members of Memphis and the show's composer David Bryan (of Bon Jovi), and producing a benefit concert of Operation Smile to celebrate the cast album of First Date.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 the Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited announces the TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series  | Open: 06/12/17 Close: 06/26/17
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the

TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series

June 12, 19 & 26, 2017 at 7pm at Soho Playhouse

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series, on Mondays, June 12, 19 & 26, 2017 at 7pm at Soho Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street, NYC. A "Dollars and Sense" talkback on the future development of the presented works will be held after each performance. Admission is free. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) by calling 212/714-7628, or e-mailing TRUVoicesReservations@gmail.com. The three selected works are as follows:

 

Catharsis - June 12, 2017 at 7pm

Written by Academy Award winning screenwriter and playwright Mayo Simon, directed by Carl Andress (world premieres of Charles Busch's critically acclaimed plays, The Tribute Artist, The Divine Sister, The Third Story, Judith of Bethulia, Cleopatra, Bunnicula, Queen Amarantha and Shanghai Moon, as well as the New York production Die! Mommie Die!); and produced by Filmus, Inc./ Ben Goldstein and Associate Producer Yoni Vendriger, featuring J.D. Taylor, Keira Keeley, and Amy Rutberg. Robert Gregory will narrate.

 

A violently funny dramatic comedy. A beautiful Greek island. A tacky hotel. A young married couple at each others throats. It's kill or be killed in this fantasy of revenge, death and rebirth.  

 

Moonshadow - June 19, 2017 at 7pm

A romantic comedy by Bryan D. Leys, directed by Charles Abbott, former artistic director of Maine State Music Theatre, and presented by Sharon Weiss and Eileen B. Weiss of Tweiss Productions (Hell's Belles, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking, Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging). Starring Broadway notables Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and HydeLes Miserablesas well as Empty Nesters in a previous TRU Series) and Amy Bodnar (Ragtime, revival of Oklahoma!, off-Broadway What We Wanted).

 

A '60s radical is in for a radical change. What happens when a Yippie agitator arrives in Buffalo to promote his new book?  Will it just be another appearance at Barnes & Noble or will he rekindle a 30- year-old affair?  Moonshadow is a comedy about recognition, resurrection and romance.

 

Radio Galaxy - June 26, 2017 at 7pm

A new play by Michele Aldin Kushner whose 31 Bond was commissioned and produced by Brooklyn Lyceum and has had three shows in FringeNYC (Dear AmericaThe Program and The Text of Sex); directed by Daisy Walker, assistant director of Jersey Boys (Broadway, national tour, regional), former artistic associate at Classic Stage Company. The producing team includes Jeanette Bonner, founder of Kelly's Pool Hall Productions & creator of Ghost Light: the Web Series and the upcoming series The Scoop; Jessica McCoy, who was associate producer of gUN COUNTRY at A.R.T./NY this spring and is associate producer of off-Broadway's upcoming The Crusade of Connor Stephens and producer of Night Tide at New York Musical Festival, her past productions include the Virginia regional premieres of The Motherf*cker With The Hat and Or, at Live Arts Theater, Charlottesville, VA; and Melissa Nally, associate producer of The Wrong Box and Morgan Street, plus shows at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

 

Tino is a 17 year-old science prodigy from a hard-working, blue-collar family, who dreams, eats and sleeps astronomy. Unexpectedly, his biological father, Raju, an astrophysicist and academic, enters his life, as he and his wife Daya hope that Tino will be a match for a bone marrow transplant for their daughter. The stakes and potential risks of bone marrow donation and racial, cultural and class differences spark conflicts between the two families, and Tino is caught in the middle. His sister's life - and Tino's dream - hangs in the balance.

 

The purpose of the series is to help develop new plays, 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 works presented. 

 

According to TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata, "The TRU Voices Reading Series has been a recognized path of new play development. I am proud of our success in finding engaging new work and giving writers a crucial stepping stone to productions in festivals (About Face NYMF 2008, OPA! MITF 2008, Volleygirls NYMF 2013, Appendage in the First Irish Festival 2016), regional theaters (Saint Heaven at Stamford Center for the Performing Arts 2006 and The Village Theater 2008, Meester Amerika Garage Theater 2009, The Forgetting Curve Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston 2014, My Life is a Musical Bay Street Theater 2015), and Off-Broadway (The Great American Trailer Park Musical 2005, Pied-A-Terre 2007, The Assignment 2017, Echoes of Octavia due 2018). I look forward to seeing our current winners move toward production as well."

 

Admission is free for everyone. But reservations are requiredPlease reserve at http://truonline.org/tru-voices (click for the show you wish to reserve), or call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628, or e-mail TRUVoicesReservations@gmail.com.

 

TRU will next be accepting submissions for the 2018 TRU Voices Musicals Reading Series. For details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-voices-details-and-history/Deadline for submissions will be in September, 2017.

 

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 a community email 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 plus Resource Nights and "Speed Dating." 

 

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 Legislatureand the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited announces their February Panel The Implications of the New Tax Laws for  | Open: 02/20/18 Close: 02/20/18
Theater Resources Unlimited

announces their February Panel

The Implications of the New Tax Laws

for Artists, Producers & Non-Profits

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) offers an important conversation on Tuesday, February 20, 2018: The Implications of the New Tax Laws for Artists, Producers & Non-Profits at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/new-tax-laws/. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door).  Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/new-tax-laws/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

Speakers to include: Bailie Slevin, financial consultant with Entertaining Finance, a business management and financial consulting firm geared specifically toward creatives; Dave Spaulding, Enrolled Agent (EA), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and the Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor (ADPA) and partner at Phillips Gold & Partners; other to be announced.

 

This panel offers an important look at the new tax laws with respect to organization & entity structure, tax rates and how the new law bleeds down to the individual, whether producer or performer. Apart from the rate changes, and substantial bracket swings, there are quite a number of other surprising things both incorporated in the new law as well as left out. There are major reductions in tax deductions at the entity level but a near elimination of miscellaneous itemized deductions on the individual level making it very difficult for the small employee-performer. The doubling of the standard deduction may help some, but there are no personal exemptions left in the tax code. We'll look at how the tax laws might impact donor giving, and alternate strategies for maintaining and possibly growing support. Has the target donor base changed because of the change in deductions? On the plus side, perhaps, there are benefits in the new law for the self-employed and small business owner of either a partnership or S-corporation that could reduce taxable income from these specific entities. Our speakers will guide you through this confusing government-imposed maze and help manage expectations for artists.

 

Bailie Slevin is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She's worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie's resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe's Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and "Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more.

 

David Spaulding provides personalized service to individuals and businesses in tax consulting, tax compliance and controversy, business advisory, and tax planning. In addition, he offers detailed retirement planning services for individuals and families. A decade ago, David launched a specialized practice group, the Domestic Partners Network - through the advisory and services of a select group of multi-disciplinary professionals, the DPN offers a comprehensive approach to advising unmarried and same-sex couples, as well as non-traditional families, in the areas of tax compliance, estate and investment planning, insurance and healthcare, immigration and family planning. Mr. Spaulding holds a BA from Binghamton University (NY) and an MFA from Temple University (PA). With nearly thirty years' experience in taxation, David is an Enrolled Agent, licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and more recently holds certifications as an Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor (ADPA) Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC). He is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, the Financial Planning Association and the New York State Society of CPAs. David has served for twenty years as state treasurer and member of the executive board of Common Cause New York. David has also served as treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Small VoicesLuna Stage CompanyPeridance Contemporary Dance Company and more recently The Statue Fund.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited appoints new directors of TRU Producer Development and Mentorship Progra  | Open: 09/01/13 Close: 09/01/13
 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is excited to announce the appointment of commercial producers Michael Alden, Patrick Blake and Patricia R. Klausner as the new directors of the TRU Producer Development and Mentorship Program (PDMP), beginning September 2013.

 

The Producer Development & Mentorship Program was created by TRU in 2005 in collaboration with Tony winning Broadway producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Legally Blonde, A Steady Rain), to offer specific one-on-one mentorship for TRU producer members with commercial projects. This private program expanded in 2006 to include monthly seminars to offer ongoing support and education for producers at all levels of experience, and the mentorship component was formalized into 3-month goal-oriented sessions with top professionals. The program has grown through word of mouth, and is now formally open for application for the September 2013-July 2014 cycle. Deadline to apply is August 30th, 6pm.

 

PDMP now consists of two separate but interactive divisions: a Career Producers Group (CPG) led by Broadway producer  Michael Alden (Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy the musical, The Kings' Speech on stage), and Self-Producing Artists (SPA) led by off-Broadway producer/writer Patrick Blake (The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead!).  Patricia R. Klausner, managing director of Shotgun Productions (Chaos Theory, The Lost Boy) and commercial producer (Pippin, Trip to Bountiful, The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly), will serve as program director for those members working in the not-for-profit sector across both CPG and SPA.

 

The program guides members through step-by-step aspects of producing, ending with the presentation of a workable business plan for their projects. The program also provides the opportunity for goal-oriented one-on-one mentorships and consultations between industry pros and aspiring producers. Applicants must commit to attending monthly evening seminars, generally on the last Tuesday of every month. Deadline to apply is August 30th, 6pm. Interested candidates may email TRUMentor@gmail.com to request an application. If selected, the cost of the program is $100 for the year; candidates must also join TRU as a member for $75. For more information on the program visit www.truonline.org/PDMP.htm

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS

 

As a film and theater producer, Michael Alden has been represented in the West End with David Seidler’s original play The King’s Speech and Bat Boy the Musical, on Broadway with Grey Gardens and Bridge & Tunnel (Special Tony Award), and Off Broadway and regional with the Brochu-Schalchlin musical The Last Session, Bat Boy the Musical, Sarah Jones Bridge & Tunnel, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell and the Los Angeles productions of Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly and Theresa Rebeck’s Bad Dates directed by Judith Ivey. Film works include: Just Cause with Sean Connery, the fashion forward documentary UnZipped for Miramax, Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, the multi-award winning feature comedy Kissing Jessica Stein and Ralph Ziman’s foreign feature film The Zookeeper starring Sam Neill. Mr. Alden’s current projects include the Broadway premieres’ of David Seidler’s The King’s Speech and along with Producer Elizabeth Healy, Wendy Yondorf’s comedy Admit One directed by Karen Lynn Carpenter, Becoming Dr. Ruth starring Debra Jo Rupp and the screen version of Emmy-nominated writer Jason Odell’s Handle with Care.

 

Patrick Blake is a writer/producer based in New York and San Francisco. In New York theater, he was one of the producers of Play Dead! at The Players Theatre, he has produced In the Continuum at Perry Street Theatre, Noah's Archive, Joe Fearless, The Exonerated (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Court TV's Scales of Justice Award) and The Soap Myth at Southstreet Seaport. He also produced Dirty Works at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is currently working on bringing to New York the hip hop musical Freedom starring the rapper Maino, which (like The Exonerated) deals with the issue of unjust conviction. He was Executive Producer for the short film, The Igloo, and the feature film Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler.

 

Patricia R. Klausner has produced, written and assistant directed theater. She is one of the producers of the Tony Award winning revival of Trip to Bountiful and Pippin on Broadway. Previously she was a producer of the Broadway shows The Scottsboro Boys and Stick Fly. As the Managing Director of Shotgun Productions, a theatrical non-profit, she has developed & produced theater, dance and operas. Productions include: Clear. . .A new musical experience (co-production with Dixon Place, Hendel Productions, Wayne Brady, Michele Crowley & Earl Dax), Santa Claus is Coming Out (co-production with Penguin Rep & Diverse City Theater), Marc Deaton in Vienna (classical concert, Schoenberg Center, Austria), The Lost Boy (co-production with QTIP & The Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack), Tristan und Isolde in Sofia (staged concert, Bulgaria), 24-Hour Drama-Thons, Big Kids, The Chaos Theories, Seduction (musical theater dance opera), Undivulged Crimes, Don't Hug Me (co-production with NJ Rep), Mia Michael's R.A.W. (dance concert), and Joined at the Head. Ms. Klausner has a Ph.D. in sociology and has taught women's studies, race relations, and criminology at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College.

 

ABOUT THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED

 

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 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited is accepting applications for the TRU Producer Mentorship & Development  | Open: 09/17/18 Close: 09/17/18
Ongoing support for producers at all levels ...

Theater Resources Unlimited

is accepting applications for the

TRU Producer Mentorship & Development Program

Deadline for Basic Class extended to 9/17

 

Are you now, or have you ever thought about being a producer? Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) has extended the deadline for applications for the 2018-19 TRU Producer Mentorship & Development Program, deadline for Basic Class extended to September 17, 2018. For more details, teacher bios and application tools, visit https://truonline.org/pdmp/

 

Whether you produce because you love it and want to share inspiring new work with the world, or because you want to create opportunities to showcase your own talents, here's a monthly program to train you, keep you focused and introduce you to a community of peers. Apply to the premier program of TRU, offering ongoing training for serious producers and self-producing artists: the Producer Development & Mentorship Program, created in collaboration with 4-time Tony winning producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (The Heidi ChroniclesRockyAll the WayThe Gershwin's Porgy & BessVanya & Sonya & Masha & SpikeElaine Stritch: At LibertyThe Exonerated), providing ongoing support and education for producers at all levels of experience. The program consists of two levels:

 

The 2018-19 BASIC CLASS is a guided monthly program where participants are pitched actual projects by real producers, then placed on teams that go through the year doing a mock-development of the project pitched. Members with their own projects have the opportunity of pitching to the class as well, and creating a team. The class, meeting one Wednesday evening per month starting 9/26, will be led by producer/consultant/former general manager R. Erin Craig of La Vie Productions (Himself and NoraStalking the BogeymanMr Rickey Calls A Meeting; Austen's PrideAcademyRight Before I Go benefit in October 2017) and Broadway/off-Broadway producer Jana Robbins (Roof of the WorldRagtime revival, The Jazz AgeI Love You BecauseLittle Women; upcoming: Company in London).

 

There is also a 2018-19 MASTER CLASS given for Basic PDMP graduates and other eligible candidates, exploring producing at a deeper level with hands-on guidance. This class, meeting mostly Monday nights, is limited to 11 participants who focus on their own specific projects. Non-participating adjunct membership is also possible. It will be led by Broadway producers Jane Dubin (Tony winning The Norman ConquestsFarinelli and the KingBandstandPeter and the Starcatcher and An American in Paris; plus Absolute Brightness of Leonard PelkeyThe 39 StepsAnn; upcoming: The PromFingersmith) and Rachel Weinstein (Dear Evan HansenDisgracedThe Heiress with Jessica Chastain, An American in Paris; upcoming: Jagged Little PillThe Ferrymen).

 

Submissions for 2018-19 Basic Class accepted now through September 8th: $295 for new members, $245 for returning members and students (submit valid ID with application). The program will meet one Wednesday evening of each month from September through June - that's 10 sessions ($29.50 per session). You must also be a paid member of TRU, currently $95/year.

Submissions for 2018-19 Master Class accepted now through September 29th, $425 for new members. Limited to 12 full participants. (Adjunct memberships available - you attend all sessions on a non-particiating auditor basis, $295.) Meets once a month, mostly Mondays, from October thru June - that's 9 sessions ($50 per session). You must also be a paid member of TRU, currently $95/year.

 

Candidates may be asked to come in and interview. Start date for Basic Class is Wednesday September 26th; Master Class starts October 15th.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-six 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 taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. 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, as well as the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. 

 

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

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited presents How to Write a Musical That Works  | Open: 07/16/17 Close: 07/16/17
Theater Resources Unlimited

presents

How to Write a Musical That Works

Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 10am-6pm

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 5, 2017

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents How to Write A Musical That Works on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 10am to 6pm at NOLA Rehearsal Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 11th Floor, NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/feedback-workshop-2017-3/

 

This 3-part workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works. "Part 3: Reckoning and Resolution" will focus on the last scenes of a musical and how songs help resolve the story and the characters' journeys. Up to ten teams will present a song and scene from their shows to a professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers, including:

 

  • Cheryl Davis, Kleban and Larsen Award winning librettist and lyricist (Barnstormer), Audelco Award winning playwright (Maid's Door);

  • Nancy Golladay, literary consultant (NY Shakespeare Festival, O'Neill Conference, more), moderator of the BMI Librettists' Workshop; 

  • Skip Kennon, composer/lyricist (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time and Again), former artistic coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades;

  • Jim Kierstead, producer (Indecent, Natasha Pierre..., Sunset Boulevard, Waitress, Yank!, Tony Award winner for Kinky Boots and Pippin revival)

  • Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up).

     

Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.

 

The day will focus on three main aspects of a show: 1) songs that express the resolution of a character's "want," or the overcoming of obstacles, and how it leads to a final choice; 2) "eleven o'clock numbers," the big dramatic show stopper that sums up the (usually) main character's journey; 3) the finale, an effective and emotionally satisfying way of concluding your story. The program will include discussion of the function of songs, with special attention paid to the way they move the action, as well as the delicate balance between script and song. 

 

Writers (or producers!) are invited to submit no more than 25 pages of a show in progress. Please send the last section of the show with the summing up and conclusion of the plot and the resolution of the characters' wants. Include MP3s of the songs within only those pages. Also send a concise synopsis of the preceding action of the show, and how it leads to the resolution in the section presented.

 

Submission deadline: Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Download the Application, fill it out, and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com to sign up. This workshop is scheduled to run from 10am to 5:30pm with a lunch break, and brief end-of-day reception. Submission fee is $10 for TRU members, $20 for non-members. If accepted, it will be applied to a participation fee of $100 ($80 for TRU members). Prices are discounted for those who have taken previous parts of this workshop. The cost for non-participants to attend for the full day, to observe the presentations and be part of the discussions, is $50 ($30 for TRU members). 

 

**If accepted, attendees will present 10-15 minutes including one song and scene, followed by about 15 minutes of feedback. There will be a participation fee of $100 ($80 for TRU members), which includes 2 seats for the entire day workshop as well as your presentation slot. Because space is limited, any additional attendees from the musical team (including music director, additional collaborators and cast members) who wish to observe the entire workshop must reserve in advance and will be charged a nominal $20 per person.

 

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.

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited presents How to Write a Musical that Works (Part 1): The World and the W  | Open: 10/16/16 Close: 10/16/16
Theater Resources Unlimited
presents

How to Write a Musical that Works

(Part 1): The World and the Want

Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents How to Write a Musical that Works (Part 1): The World and the Want, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 10am to 6pm at Nola Studios, 250 W. 54th Street, 11th floor. This is the first part of an ongoing three-part workshop that offers in-depth guidance in the structure of the musical. For more details and to apply, visit http://truonline.org/events/hwm1-16/.

 

This workshop is dedicated to fostering a conversation about musical theater structure not only for writers but also for producers, directors and everyone involved in the creation and production of new works. Participants (if accepted) are given a half hour slot that incudes their presentation plus feedback from a panel of experts. The presentation generally consists of one song and the scene leading into it. The cost for the full day, including presentation slot, is $100 ($80 for TRU members).

 

The cost for non-participants to attend for the full day, to observe the presentations and be part of the discussions, is $55 ($35 for TRU members).

 

Each workshop will accept up to 10 writing teams and/or producers who will share works in progress and get feedback from a panel of expert evaluators. Audience members will also have a chance to offer their observations, participate in discussions and network sessions and enjoy refreshments.

 

Writers or producers are invited to submit no more than the first 25 pages of a show you are working on, plus MP3s of the songs within those pages. In this workshop (part 1) we will focus on two main aspects: 1) the opening number (or any number that invites the audience into the world of the show); and 2) the songs and scenes in which you introduce your characters. We will discuss "I want" songs, "I am" songs and "I feel" songs, and the function of each, with special attention to the way they move the action. In addition, we will continually explore the delicate balance between script and song.

Our professional panel of commercial producers, directors and writers will include:

 

  • Ryan Bogner, VP of creative development for Stageworks Media; former director of creative development and production for RKO Stage Productions;

  • Nancy Golladay, literary consultant (NY Shakespeare Festival, O'Neill Conference, more), moderator of the BMI Librettists' Workshop;

  • Skip Kennon, composer/lyricist (Herringbone, Don Juan DeMarco, Time and Again), former artistic coordinator of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and teacher for two decades;

  • Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up).

 

Bob Ost, executive director of Theater Resources Unlimited, and TRU Literary Manager Cate Cammarata will facilitate.

 

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 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.

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Theater Resources Unlimited presents Writer-Producer Speed Date: Pitch Your Work to a Roomful of Rea  | Open: 06/25/17 Close: 06/25/17
Pitch your work to a roomful of real producers...

Theater Resources Unlimited
presents a Writer-Producer Speed Date

Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 5:30pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the next Writer-Producer Speed Dateon Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 5:30pm at NOLA Rehearsal Studio, 244 W. 54th Street, 11th floor, NYC. This unique program is designed to help playwrights master The Art of the Pitch and gain confidence in talking about their work. If accepted into the program, the cost is $70 for TRU members and $85 for non-members. For more details, visit http://truonline.org/events/writer-speed-date-06-17/.

 

You meet a producer at a party, and have two minutes to interest him in your work. Do you have the skill to sell yourself?  Here's a chance to practice pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work. Okay, they probably won't option you on the spot, but you'll meet them and have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that's what this business is all about. Relationships.

 

Eleven producers are lined up, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, all with an interest in new projects; there also may be up to eleven aspiring producers from TRU's Producer Development program and the professional community. So participants will be pitching to as many as 22 producers in total! Come with a willingness to learn, because the real value is the chance to practice pitching. And attendees will get invaluable coaching from experts, as well.

 

Confirmed producers include Margot Astrachan, producer (A Gentleman's Guide..., Ghost the musical, Around the World in 80 Days, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day...); Evan Bernardin,  producer/general manager (Nancy & Tonya: The Rock Opera (NYMF), What Do Critics Know? (NYMF), We Are The Tigers and The Dodgers);Doug Denoff, producer (Broadway: 39 StepsNice Work if You Can Get ItFiddler on the Roof revival, Off-Broadway: Clever Little Lies); Sarahbeth Grossman, producer (IndecentAn American in Paris Broadway, National Tour & West End; Ann, Stick Fly, Dames at Sea Broadway revival); Jim Kierstead, producer (Indecent, Natasha Pierre..., Sunset Boulevard, Kinky Boots, Waitress, Yank!); David Vernon Lustig/No Filter Productions (Cedar Street, American Pastime); Veronique Ory, artistic director of Athena Theatre Company; Daryl Sledge/Mother's Boy Productions, film and off-Broadway producer (Fried Chicken and Latkes; upcoming: Pound for Pound; plus films in development); Ken Waissman, producer (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God, current Josephine the musical); Dauna Williams, producer (Broadway: Scottsboro Boys); Frank Zuback, commercial producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World). Eight additional producers are already on board as well.

 

To Apply: Visit http://truonline.org/events/writer-speed-date-06-17/ to download an application, then email the completed application to TRUStaff1@gmail.com. Evening limited to 22 writers, deadline to apply is June 14, 2017.

 

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.

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited presents Writer-Producer Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch  | Open: 10/30/16 Close: 10/30/16
Theater Resources Unlimited

presents

Writer-Producer Speed Date:

The Art of the Pitch

Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 5:30pm-10:30pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents Writer-Producer Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch on Sunday, October 30, 2016 from 5:30pm to 10:30pm at NOLA, 250 W. 54th St., 11th fl., NYC. Participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with commercial and not-for-profit producers. To apply, visit http://truonline.org/events/speed-date/ and email application to TRUStaff1@gmail.com. If accepted, there is a fee of $75 for non-members, $65 for TRU members.

 

You meet a producer at a party, and have two minutes to interest him in your work. Do you have the skill to sell yourself? Here's a chance to practice your pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work. Okay, they probably won't option you on the spot, but you'll meet them and have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that's what this business is all about. Relationships.

 

We'll have eleven producers lined up, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, all with an interest in new projects; we also may have eleven aspiring producers from our Producer Development program. So you'll be pitching to as many as 22 producers in total!

 

Confirmed producers include: Margot Astrachan (producer, A Gentleman's Guide..., Ghost the musical, Around the World in 80 Days, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day...); Patrick Blake (producer, The 39 Steps revival, Bedlam Theater's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum & founding artistic director Rhymes Over Beats); Bill Franzblau (producer, Tony-nominated Say Goodnight GracieWonderland on Broadway, Sistas, Evil Dead off-Broadway); Lorca Peress (artistic director, MultiStages theatre company); Markus Potter (producing artistic director NewYorkRep, produced The Velocity of AutumnStalking the Bogeyman); Ken Waissman (producer, Josephine, original Grease, Agnes of God, Torch Song Trilogy); Frank Zuback  (commercial producer, Moolah).

 

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 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.

 

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Theater Resources Unlimited presents new episodes of TRUpods  | Open: 12/25/17 Close: 12/25/17
Theater Resources Unlimited

presents new episodes of TRUpods:

"Women Producers: What They Uniquely Bring to the Table,"

"Understanding Off-Broadway: Defining and Achieving Success" and "Beyond Broadway: A Broader Perspective on

Developing New Musicals"

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) releases their latest podcasts through TRUpods: October's panel "Women Producers: What They Uniquely Bring to the Table;" November's "Understanding Off-Broadway: Defining and Achieving Success;" and December's "Beyond Broadway: A Broader Perspective on Developing New Musicals." TRUpods also hosts a selection of the last two years of TRU panels and selected workshops, including modules from three popular Producer Boot Camps: "Recognizing Commercial Potential," "Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing" and "Essentials of Self-Producing." Podcasts are free for members of TRU, $10 per podcast for non-members. Memberships can be purchased online at https://truonline.org/membership for $95/year for individual membership, $130/year for a group or company. Podcasts are available at https://truonline.org/pay-per-view

 

WOMEN PRODUCERS: WHAT THEY UNIQUELY BRING TO THE TABLE

The October podcast asks: Is theater a welcoming environment for women producers? Has that changed over the years? Do women producers offer a different esthetic from their male counterparts? Moderated by TRU Vice President and Co-Founder Cheryl Davis. Presented in association with Women in the Arts & Media Coalition. Speakers include Pat Addiss, producer (Desperate MeasuresGigi, TONY Award for Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike and Spring AwakeningA Christmas Story, The Fantasticks off-Broadway); Sue Frost, founding partner at Junkyard Dog Productions (Come From Away, TONY Award-winning MemphisFirst Date); Baayork Lee, co-founder & executive artistic director and Nina Zoie Lam, co-founder & advisory board member of National Asian Arts Project; Kristin Marting, executive director of HERE Arts Center; Lorca Peress, artistic director of MultiStages; and Cheryl Wiesenfeld, 4-time Tony winning producer (Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, All the Way, Porgy & Bess, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; plus A Steady Rain, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum).

 

UNDERSTANDING OFF-BROADWAY: DEFINING AND ACHIEVING SUCCESS

The November podcast asks: Are there still ways to make use of this essential component of our theater culture? Can it provide a useful step in a development plan for new works, and a fertile ground for creating important works of theater? And who is the off-Broadway audience? Featuring Peter Breger, entertainment attorney and chairman of the Off-Broadway Alliance; Charlotte Cohn, actress/writer/producer (Church and StateHandle with Care, Rated P for Parenthood); Jack Cummings III, founding artistic director of the Obie Award winning Transport Group (Strange InterludeInge in Rep, Lysistrata Jones, Once Upon a Mattress, The Audience, Normal); William Franzblau, producer (Sistas, This One's for the Girls, Evil Dead the musical, ILuminate, Jewtopia); Ed Gaynes, owner/manager of St. Luke's Thatre and The Actors Temple; and Meredith Lucio, producer (Tony award winning Porgy and Bess, Rooms: a rock romance, The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre's St. Joan/Hamlet; upcoming: Absolutely Filthy).

 

BEYOND BROADWAY: A BROADER PERSPECTIVE ON DEVELOPING NEW MUSICALS

The December podcast asks: Is there something to be gained from developing new works beyond the commercial pressure of Broadway? Where do the most innovative and unconventional works come from? What are some of the other viable markets worth pursuing for new works? Are there any current trends? How do audiences differ outside of New York? Featuring Ken Cerniglia, Dramaturg and Literary Manager, Disney Theatrical Group; Jason Cocovinis, Director of Marketing, Music Theatre International (MTI), one of the world's leading theatrical licensing agencies, granting theaters from around the world the rights to perform the greatest selection of musicals from Broadway and beyond; Michael Colby, librettist/lyricist (Drama Desk nominee for Charlotte Sweet, Tales of TinseltownMeester Amerika in the TRU Voices series, upcoming Dangerous), founding member of the Stuart Ostrow Foundation/St. Clement's Musical Theatre Lab; and Betsy King Militello, executive director National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT), whose 160 organizational members and 40 individual members, located throughout 31 states and abroad, are some of the leading producers of musical theatre in the world.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five 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 a community email 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 plus Resource Nights and "Speed Dating." 

 

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 with support from the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

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Theater Resources Unlimited’s Young Patrons and Artists Circle First Annual Fall Fundraiser and Co  | Open: 09/10/14 Close: 09/10/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)’s Young Patrons and Artists Circle announces the First Annual Fall Fundraiser and Cocktail Party on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 from 7-11pm at Pera SoHo, 54 Thompson Street, NYC.  Tickets are $15 ($10 for members of TRU) and are available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tru-ypac-mixer-tickets-10810744227.   Tickets must be purchased in advance – no tickets will be sold at the door.

 

Join Theater Resources Unlimited’s Young Patrons and Artists Circle (YPAC) for its inaugural networking event.  Whether you are a theater professional or just looking to get more involved in this magnificent industry, come learn how being part of TRU’s dynamic inner circle of young producers and artists can benefit you.

 

With special guests:

Lauren Pritchard Spring Awakening, writer of the new musical Songbird

Justin Matthew Sargent Spiderman, Rock Of Ages

As well as Broadway producers and other Theatre Professionals

 

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) Young Patrons and Artists Circle (YPAC)

YPAC stands for the Young Patrons and Artists Circle, a group of theater professionals and patrons under the age of 40.  YPAC is a program of TRU, dedicated to providing peer networking and career development opportunities to rising professionals. Part of the group's ongoing mission is to increase diversity in the arts. TRU was formed 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 capacity of producing organizations, individual producers, self-producing artists and other theater professionals. TRU achieves its mission through 1) maintenance of a member network of producers and other industry professionals in the New York area, 2) linking members to valuable resources both within and beyond the theatrical community, 3) providing public forums for introducing and sharing information, including specific requests for help and support, 4) publishing a printed and electronic newsletter for services, discount offers and other programs of benefit to the membership, 5) providing educational opportunities (including TRU-sponsored events and competitive scholarships) on industry-related topics and training, and 6) serving as producer for selected events that provide practical opportunities to the membership and other theater professionals.

 

To find out more about Pera SoHo Gatherings for Good, please visit http://soho.peranyc.com.

 

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.

 

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

 

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Theatre Resources Unlimited May Panel  | Open: 05/21/15 Close: 05/21/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the May panel, New Developments in Raising Money for Theater: Crowdsourcing and the New SEC Rulings, on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor Loft Theatre, NYC. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm.

 

Panel will include Ruben Brache, founder of Opening Night Capital, LLC; Crystal Chase, digital account supervisor for AKA; Matthew C. Lefferts, attorney at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo; and Brian Meece, CEO of RocketHub, a crowdfunding platform that's partnered with A&E Networks.

 

How do the new Federal Securities & Exchange Commission rulings affect who and how you can ask for money, especially here in the theater community? Though crowdsourcing has been widely used to bring in donations and "gifts" for all manner of projects and causes, the door now seems to be open for commercial investments as well, and not just from accredited investors. What are the limitations on who can invest in your show, and to what extent? Are there other ways of using the power of the Internet and social media to seek out investors? Is this good news, or might there be some unexpected challenges presented by this newly opened door?

 

Admission is $12 (free for TRU members). You may now pay in advance and save $2 – click here to pay $10 for the panel, which will also count as your reservation. Please RSVP at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212/714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three 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 the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly 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) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; The Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

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Tru 2013 Combined Audition Event.  | Open: 04/06/13 Close: 04/07/13
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)announces that submissions are open for the TRU 2013 Combined Audition Event, produced by Jaye Maynard and Michelle Slonim, and presented in association with Actors Access, Actors Connection, Modernage/HeadshotRepros.com, People's Improv Theater (The PIT), The Players Theatre, Ripley Grier Studios, Studio 7 Photography, TheaterMania, Wag That Reel and Weist-Barron Studios.

Auditions will take place Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, 2013 from 10am-6pm at People’s Improv Theater (The PIT), 123 East 24th Street, NYC.From March 6 to registration closing on March 25, the fee is $75 ($65 for AEA and TRU members).  Registration is required, and application information can be found at http://www.truonline.org/2013TRUAudition2.htm.

The TRU 2013 Combined Audition Event gives actors the opportunity to audition for more than 40 producers, theater companies, casting directors, agents, writers and directors over two days. Each actor prepares a 2 minute time slot with two contrasting monologues for non-singing auditions on Sunday April 7th, or monologue and 16 bars of music on the Saturday April 6th musical audition day.  

This unique Combined Audition is open to Equity and non-union actors; the venue is handicap-accessible, and actors with disabilities are encouraged to apply and inspire attendees with the possibility of greater diversity in casting.


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Tru November Panel - Negotiation, Collaboration, Mediation: Minimizing The Off-stage Drama  | Open: 11/19/13 Close: 11/19/13
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the November panel Negotiation, Collaboration, Mediation: Minimizing the Off-Stage Drama on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:30pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, presentations and roundtable introductions start at 7:30pm.

 

Guests will include attorney and mediator Eric S. Goldman, attorney Mitchell Epner of Wilk Auslander, and attorney/producer Ben Feldman.

 

This discussion will explore all the issues that producers and theater artists need to know to prevent and solve problems. All three of these areas - negotiation, collaboration and mediation - ultimately impact each other and need to be addressed and understood in order for a production to run smoothly. This panel will also address basic contracts.

 

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


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Tru Pathways To Success Summer Workshop Series  | Open: 06/16/15 Close: 08/11/15
Most theater professionals are not salaried employees. They are self-employed. Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) has pinpointed some specific business skills needed by the artistically self-employed, and addresses them with a new series of workshops: The TRU PATHWAYS Summer Workshop Series for Producers and Artists, on Tuesday June 16th, Tuesday June 30th, Wednesday July 15th, Tuesday July 28th, and Tuesday August 8th at 7:15pm at The Playroom Theater, 151 West 46th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10036.

 

Summer's a time for fun and relaxation, but don't let your career goals fall by the wayside. This series of 5 workshops will help get your artistic career in shape and set you on the path to success! Purposely scheduled for weekday nights to leave your weekends free for sun and fun. (Learning some basic secrets of success can also be fun!)

Tuesday 6/16
Business Fundamentals: Be the CEO of Your Career with certified Business Coach Debra Russell of Artists' Edge.
How many times have you thought to yourself: “I'm creative, I'm just no good at business!” Being creative and being good in business aren’t mutually exclusive – you just have to learn business skills!
More at http://www.truonline.org/TRUPathways.htm#debra

Tuesday 6/30
Branding and Marketing the Legacy of You with Michael Ian Cedar, Ask Yourself Productions
This is probably the workshop your parents wished you took before committing to a life in the arts. Imagine the power of being able to hone in on exactly what unique value YOU add to the industry, what sets YOU apart from the thousands of others, and the ways YOU can get word out to decision makers about the uniqueness of what YOU are “selling”. More at http://www.truonline.org/TRUPathways.htm#michael 

Wednesday 7/15
Project Management: A Practical Approach for the Arts with Dickson Lane, Express Lane LLC
“All things are created twice; first mentally; then physically. The key to creativity is to begin with the end in mind, with a vision and a blue print of the desired result." — Stephen Covey
This workshop provides a blue print for successfully managing arts projects. More at http://www.truonline.org/TRUPathways.htm#dickson

Tuesday 7/28
Balancing Your Finances: Personal and Business with financial advisor Bailie Slevin, Founder & President at Entertaining Finance.

In this seminar we will take the fear out of finances. As a freelancer/artist/business owner or producer you have a very different relationship to money then a salaried employee. More at http://www.truonline.org/TRUPathways.htm#bailie

Tuesday 8/11
Networking Your Way to the "Right" People for Your Career with producer, manager and creative coach Joanne Zippel.
As a creative artist, it can often be hard to find and connect with the “right” people to move your career forward. Part of it may have to do with self-limiting beliefs like viewing “networking” as a difficult business of “selling yourself” and in some way not staying true to your authentic artistic vision, and part of it may be just a lack of know-how and a reluctance to step out of your comfort zone. More at http://www.truonline.org/TRUPathways.htm#joanne

Pricing - buy individual workshops or save up to 50% when you buy the series as a TRU member!
Each workshop: $50 / $40 for TRU members and students
Set of any 3 workshops (10% off): $135 / $108 for TRU members and students
Set of all 5 workshops (20% off): $200 / $125 for TRU members and students (that’s 50% off full price)
Students must email proof of educational affiliation to TRUStaff1@gmail.com

 

You must register in advance by paying at the TRU Store: http://www.truonline.org/store.html

or by sending a check to:
Theater Resources Unlimited/Pathways
309 W. 104th Street, 1D,
NYC NY 10025

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three 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 the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly 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), the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens, and The Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

 

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Tru Presents Balancing The Bookings: Producing Off-froadway, A Theater Owner’s Perspective  | Open: 02/26/15 Close: 02/26/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the February panel, Balancing the Bookings: Producing Off-Broadway, a Theater Owner’s Perspective, on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor Loft Theatre, NYC.  Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; the presentation starts at 7:30pm.

 

Panelists will include: Darren Lee Cole, artistic director of the Soho Playhouse; Edmund Gaynes, producer and theater owner (The Theatre at St. Lukes and The Actors Temple), principal Gaynes Theatrical Booking; John Lant, artistic director Write Act Rep, general manager Elektra Theatre and Times Square Arts Center.

 

Managing and booking product from the theater owner's perspective: how a venue balances its own projects with productions they rent to, what they look for, and what sorts of deals are available. What are some of the successful tactics they use to keep their theaters going? What are the advantages of booking space with different venues? How has off-Broadway changed over the last ten years, and how have theaters adapted to the change? We'll also explore current models of producing off-Broadway, including split week runs, and discuss what a venue expects of you (and what you should reasonably expect of a venue).  

 

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.  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 half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need.

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; 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); the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; and The Montage Foundation.

 

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

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Tru Presents January Panel: Bringing Diversity To Theater  | Open: 01/22/15 Close: 01/22/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the January panel, Bringing Diversity to Theater: More Crucial Now Than Ever, on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor Loft Theatre, NYC.  Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; the event starts at 7:30pm.

 

This panel is hosted by TRU’s Young Patrons and Artists Circle (YPAC), and moderated by Christin Cato, Diversity co-Chair of the YPAC board. The panel will discuss diversity in the American theater, and explore how we can get it to trickle up to the Off-Broadway and Broadway communities. Panelists will include: Patrick Blake, founding artistic director Rhymes Over Beats, producer (Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead); Debra Ann Byrd, Artistic Producer of  Take Wings and Soar; Luis Cadenas, Open Hydrant (the first ever Equity theater company in the Bronx), Deadria Harrington, Producer of The Movement Theater Company; Hollie Klem, Producer and Director; Ari Laura Kreith, Artistic Director of  Theatre 167; Luis Salgado, Salgado Productions and Revolution Latina; Tiffany Vega, General Manager of Hi-Arts/Hip Hop Theatre Festival.

Theater is a way to explore issues within a culture and between generations.  However, the major theaters in the US, regionally, Off-Broadway, and on Broadway, largely produce plays and musicals written, directed, and produced by white men, starring primarily white casts.  In the wake of Michael Brown and Eric Gardner, the discussion of minorities being marginalized has risen to the forefront on a national level. Theater and art offer opportunities to reshape the images of cultural diversity and re-educate audiences; but will art that relates a different experience and worldview, make it to the stages of our major theaters?  If women are the majority of ticket buyers, why aren't more female playwrights, directors, decision-makers, and female-driven stories represented on Broadway and Off-Broadway? How do we bring the voices of people of color, women, and younger generations - voices that have been marginalized - into the mainstream theater, and how do we change the make-up of our theatergoing audiences?   

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.  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 half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need.

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party  and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-two 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, a Director-Writer Communications Lab and How to Write a Musical That Works; 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); 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; and The Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

 

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Tru Producer Boot Camp 2012  | Open: 05/19/12 Close: 05/20/12
 

Anyone who’s ever felt a little overwhelmed by the challenges of producing can take comfort, because help is here. Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) offers you the step-by-step guidance you need to succeed with the TRU PRODUCER BOOT CAMP: Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th, 2012. The comprehensive workshop runs from 10am-6pm each day at the Players Theatre, 3rd Floor Loft, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC.

Now in its fourth year, the intensive offers basic training for producers producing at the reading and Equity Showcase levels with a specific focus on producing in upcoming summer festivals.  Keynote speakers will include Broadway producer Ken Waissman (Grease, Agnes of God, Torch Song Trilogy) and a phenomenal lineup of experts covering everything from Production Timeline and Budgeting to Raising Money and Marketing. Every aspect of showcase producing will be broken down into easy-to-understand step-by-step modules by producers Jane Dubin, Jeremy Handelman and Patricia Klausner; entertainment attorney Erach Screwvala; financial advisor Bailie Slevin; marketing consultant Ciara Pressler and other top professionals.

“Incredibly informative.  My mind is still buzzing with all the information gleaned and ideas shared.  I am not new to theater but new to self-producing and the weekend really helped crystallize for me a side of the business that always seemed mysterious to me.  I received very practical tools and information about self-producing….  This program would be good for newbie and novice alike.” ~ Gwen Reitz

“The info was valuable. The speakers were great.” ~ Mary Kay Wolf

“We learned so much and left feeling uplifted, not only about what we were doing for our company at present, but about what we could do in the future. … It was a perfect springboard for the work that awaits us all.” ~ Bob Combe, Annie Wolf (E Phoenix Idealis Theater)

Tuition costs are as follows.

 

$260 for non-members

$225for TRU members

Membership/Workshop Package: $300

FESTIVAL SPECIAL: registrants accepted into Planet Connections Festivity, MITF, FringeNYC or NYMF, $195

 

The full curriculum and list of faculty can be found at http://www.truonline.org/BootCampWeekend12.htm.


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 the TRU VOICES Annual 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, TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a new Director-Writer Communications Lab. TRU programs for actors include an Annual Audition and TRU partners with Weist-Barron Studios to offer quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops.

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

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Tru Producer Boot Camp: Weekend Intensive For Showcase Producing  | Open: 09/21/13 Close: 09/22/13
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)is offering some much-needed guidance for anybody who is thinking about putting up a showcase production in New York: the 2013 TRU Producer Boot Camp: Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing on Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, 2013 from 10am-6pmat the new WriteAct Repertory Theatre, 309 E. 26th Street, NYC.  Details and application can be found at http://www.truonline.org/BootCampWeekend13.htm.  Early bird registration ends 09/07 and is $210 ($175 for TRU members).  After 09/07, registration is $260 ($225 for TRU members).

 

This essential TRU Boot Camp for producers as well as self-producing actors, writers and directors offers training geared to those working at the reading and Equity Showcase level, and perfect for anyone planning to produce either in festivals or independently.  This two-day course will cover everything from production timeline and budgeting to raising money and marketing. Industry experts from various fields will be on hand for step-by-step guidance, offered in accessible modules.

“So many people who jump into the murky waters of producing really need help navigating. TRU has identified some basic teachable skills to help them manage both their productions and their expectations, as well as save them a whole lot of time, effort and money,” says TRU executive director Bob Ost. “I can’t tell you how many early-career producers have told me they wish they’d found TRU before attempting their first showcase.”

The 2013 TRU Boot Camp faculty includes producers Patrick Blake (The Exonerated, In the Continuum), Patricia R. Klausner (Pippin, Trip to Bountiful, Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly), John Lant and Cheryl Wiesenfeld, general manager/producers Emileena Pedigo and Michael Roderick, casting director Jamibeth Margolis, marketing whiz Rick Berube, TRU publicist Michelle Tabnick, and lawyers Erach Screwvala, Esq. and Lisaroxanne Walters, Esq. In addition, inspirational keynote addresses will be given by prominent Broadway producers including Dan Markley (Stomp, Shockheaded Peter, Damn Yankees) and Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy & Bess, A Steady Rain, The Exonerated, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty). Each day ends with a networking wine reception. For the schedule of presentations, visit http://www.truonline.org/BootCampWeekend13.htm.

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.

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

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, visitwww.truonline.orgor call (212) 714-7628.


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Tru Producer Bootcamp  | Open: 01/27/13 Close: 01/27/13
Theater Resources Unlimited opens up the possibilities for tomorrow's productions with an all-day intensive workshop about crucial aspects of raising money for theater: Raising Money for Theater: How, Who and When to Ask on Sunday, January 27, 2013 from 10am-6pm at The Players Theatre, 3rd Floor Loft, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC. Faculty this year will include a powerhouse triumvirate of “star” Broadway producers: Kristin Caskey, president of Fox Theatricals (Bring It On, Caroline or Change, Red)), David Garfinkle of Hello Entertainment (Ghost the Musical, founding producer of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark) and legendary Nelle Nugent (Stick Fly, Time Stand Still, Amadeus, Nicholas Nickleby, upcoming Trip to Bountiful).

Admission is $175 ($25 off for current paid TRU members), or $150 with the Early Bird Discount if you pay before January 21, 2013. For further details and application, visit http://www.truonline.org/BootCampMoney13.htm.

Other faculty members include Patrick Blake (The Exonerated, Play Dead), Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Porgy & Bess, Legally Blonde, A Steady Rain, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, Play Dead); Jane Dubin (Peter and the Starcatcher, The 39 Steps, The Norman Conquests), Meredith Lucio (Porgy & Bess, The 39 Steps); producer/investor Neil Danoff (Lucky Guy, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); plus attorneys LisaRoxanne Walters and Erach Screwvala; organizational consultant, coach, producer and artist Andrew Frank; financial advisor Bailie Slevin; and accountant Walter Gowens, CFP, EA.

While we're waiting for the economy to heal, we need to find ways to go through our day-to-day business. For producers, that means finding the money and resources to bring your projects into production. We invite you to come acquire some basic tools and information that will help you to function effectively in these hard times and the better days that are surely ahead. From pitching techniques and presentation skills 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, we promise you an informative, empowering and inspiring day.


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Tru Producer Bootcamp: Weekend Intensive For Showcase Producing  | Open: 07/13/13 Close: 07/13/13
 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2013 TRU Producer Bootcamp: Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, 2013 from 10am-6pm at The Players Theatre’s Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC.  Details and application can be found at http://www.truonline.org/BootCampWeekend13.htm.  Early bird registration ends July 3rd and is $210 ($175 for TRU members).  After July 1st, registration is $260 ($225 for TRU members).

 

This essential TRU Bootcamp for producers as well as self-producing artists offers training geared to those working at the reading and Equity Showcase level, and perfect for anyone planning to produce in upcoming festivals.  This two-day course will cover everything from production timeline and budgeting to raising money and marketing. Industry experts from various fields will be on hand for step-by-step guidance, offered in accessible modules.

“So many people jumping into the murky waters of producing really need help navigating. TRU has identified the basic teachable skills to help them manage both their productions and their expectations, as well as save them a lot of time, effort and money,” says TRU executive director Bob Ost. “I can’t tell you how many early-career producers have told me they wish they’d found TRU before attempting that first showcase.”

The 2013 TRU Bootcamp faculty includes producers Patrick Blake, Jeremy Handelman, Patricia Klausner, John Lant and Ken Waissman, casting director Jamibeth Margolis, managing producer Emileena Pedigo, marketing expert/producer/entrepreneur Joanne Zippel, general manager/producer Michael Roderick, lawyers Erach Screwvala, Esq. and Lisaroxanne Walters, Esq. and financial advisor Bailie Slevin. In addition, inspirational keynote addresses will be given by prominent Broadway producers. For the schedule of presentations, visit http://www.truonline.org/BootCampWeekend13.htm.

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.

 

Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940’s, the Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences.  The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin CrispPsycho Beach Party and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical’s Laura Bell Bundy.  The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU’s panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.

 

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.

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Tru Voices New Musicals Reading Series  | Open: 01/13/14 Close: 02/03/14
Free readings of Wild & Willful Women, Brindlebeast, and Popesical

Mondays, January 13, 20 and February 3, 2014 at The Baruch Performing Arts Center

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2014 Musical Reading Series on Monday, January 13, Monday, January 20, and February 3, 2014 at 7pm at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, NYC.  Tickets are free and may be reserved by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com or phoning the TRU message line at 212-714-7628. Please note that Wild & Willful Women  and Brindlebeast are already sold out, but are taking names for a waiting list. Reservations are still being taken for the third show in the series, Popesical. For more information visit www.truonline.org/TRUMusicals.htm

 

Each reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and “Dollars and Sense” panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented.

 

Monday January 13th, 7pm: producers Kimberly Eaton and Alan Swanke announce the cast of Wild and Willful Women, book and lyrics by Bill Rogers, music by Daniel Doss. This tale of love, lust ... and witchcraft will feature Mimi Bessette (Bonnie & Clyde, On the Twentieth Century, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas); Cole Burden (Les Miz, Applause, Fiction in Photographs); Al Foote (Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Macbeth, Henry V); Aaron David Gleason; Amber Iman (Nina Simone in Soul Doctor, currently nominated for a Clive Barnes award); Timatha Kasten; Tony LePage (Rock of Ages, originated the leading role in the Australian cast of Boy from Oz); Natalie Roy (“The Following,” The Last Five Years, Lost in Love); and Ann Talman (The Women, Some Americans Abroad, The House of Blue Leaves, The Little Foxes).

 

When an intolerant Puritan minister suspects that women in his small New England village are becoming too free and independent, he launches an authoritarian campaign to make them behave.  His strict religious reformation quickly runs into trouble. Three “wild and willful” women defy his authority by choosing for themselves who to love and how to live. The minister’s son is caught in the middle. His father is convinced that the girl he loves is a witch... Does Peter dare defy authority to follow his heart?  Directed by Kimberly Loren Eaton.

 

Monday January 20th, 7pm: producers Nathan Sheffield and Debbie von Ahrens/Fat Chance Productions announce the cast of Brindlebeast, book and lyrics by Anita Riggio, music by Sila Shaman. Directed by Emily Maltby, this new musical in voice and American Sign Language about love, healing and the creative process will feature Eric Kunze (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Damn Yankees); Alexandria Wailes (Big River, Mother Courage and Her Children/The Public Theatre); Emily Robinson (The Orphans’ Home Cycle/The Signature Theatre); Terese Genecco; Kathy Voytko (Oklahoma!, The Pirate Queen, Next to Normal, The Frogs); James W. Guido; Bryan Seastrom; and Ann Talman (The Women, Some Americans Abroad, The House of Blue Leaves, The Little Foxes).

 

Brindlebeast blends spoken language and American Sign Language in a contemporary two act musical that braids together three strands: a love story between a hearing man who is a successful graphic novelist and a independent deaf single mother with a 14 year old girl; a story about confronting personal beasts; a chronicle of channeling that confrontation into the creative process of making a book.  Directed by Emily Maltby,

 

Monday February 3rd, 7pm: producer Bailie Slevin announces the director and cast of Popesical, a papal musical comedy with book, lyrics & music by Adam Overett. The director will be Denis Jones (Williamstown Theatre Festival -  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; national tour of My Fair Lady and Damn Yankees; Off-Broadway, Coraline;  Paper Mill Playhouse - High School Musical , Smokey Joe’s Café, Meet Me In St. Louis, Damn Yankees).  Additional casting will be announced shortly.

 

The Pope is dead, and the Cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel to choose a new Pope. No one has ever seen what happens -- until now. The backbiting. The sacrilege. The song-and-dance. For whom will the white smoke rise? Overett was also in the 2012 TRU Voices series with My Life Is a Musical, which was optioned from the series and is currently in commercial development.

 

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.

 

The Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center, is a 175-seat acoustically-sound concert hall located at 55 Lexington Avenue.  The audience uses the entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.  With near-perfect acoustics, it is a true gem. The NY Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini called the Engelman Recital Hall "a perfect hall for chamber music (4/29/06)."

 

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 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.

 


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 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. 

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

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Tru Voices New Plays Reading Series  | Open: 06/16/14 Close: 06/30/14
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2014 Play Reading Series on Monday, June 9, Monday, June 16, and Monday, June 23 at 7pm at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue, NYC.  Tickets are free and may be reserved by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com or phoning the TRU message line at 212-714-7628.  For more information visit http://truonline.org/TRUPlays.htm.

 

Each reading will be followed by a reception and “Dollars and Sense” panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented.

 

Monday, June 9, 7pm: Good to Go by Craig Garcia, produced by Tim O’Brien

 

Good To Go is about a young man who is building a life - he’s married, an Iraq war vet - who finds he only has a short time to live.  Basic civil laws and morality start to loosen their grip on him.  He decides this moment is his opportunity to rectify a crime.  To right a wrong.  The play challenges us to question: What would you do when the rules are suddenly re-written?  Can a life be given a second chance?  Even a life about to end?  

 

Monday, June 16, 7pm: The Empty Nesters, by Garret Jon Groenveld, produced by Molly Morris, directed by Martin Platt

 

When Greg and Frances drop their youngest child off at college in Arizona, they take a little vacation to the Skywalk at the Grand Canyon West on their way back to Los Angeles.  Faced with the prospect of an empty home, these helicopter parents are faced with the question, "What do you want to be when they grow up?"  A light drama exploring that unspoken period between when your kids leave and before you become grandparents. 

 

Monday, June 23, 7pm: Vacancies, by Jonathan Ehrlich, produced by Dolly Williams and Kevin Lambert, directed by Kevin Lambert

 

Mistaken identities, a captivating stranger, and long-lived deceptions set the carefully planned wedding of Jacob and Kate spinning in unexpected new directions.  When their rehearsal dinner veers off course, Jacob finds himself becoming an escort for the evening, forcing Kate to seek answers to questions she had blissfully been avoiding.  But when lies are finally cast aside, the truth leaves emotional vacancies that can’t always be filled with love.

 

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.

 

The Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center, is a 175-seat acoustically-sound concert hall located at 55 Lexington Avenue.  The audience uses the entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.  With near-perfect acoustics, it is a true gem. The NY Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini called the Engelman Recital Hall "a perfect hall for chamber music (4/29/06)."

 

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 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.

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Tru Voices New Plays Reading Series  | Open: 06/04/12 Close: 06/18/12
 

 

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2012 TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series. The three plays that will be presented are Foreclosure by Vincent Delaney, produced by Mondays Dark Theatre Company and Kenny Howard of The Broadway Consortium; Appendage by Derek Murphy, produced by Tweiss Productions (Sharon Weiss & Eileen B. Weiss); and The Sin Eater by Michael Bettencourt, produced by Block & Tackle Productions, Inc. and Elfin Frederick Vogel. The selected plays will be read on Mondays, June 4, 11, and 18 respectively, at 7pm at The Roy Arias Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 5th Floor, Studio 500, NYC.  Admission is FREE but reservations are required: email TRUStaff1@gmail.com or call 212-714-7628. 

Each reading will be followed by a reception and a "Dollars and Sense" panel with top industry professionals – commercial producers, general managers and artistic directors - who will discuss the further development of the show that is read. “Not only do we introduce audiences to new works, we also offer them an insider’s look at the producing process,” says TRU president Bob Ost. Scheduled speakers include producers Pat Addiss (Promises, Promises, Little Women, The Fantasticks), Van Dean (Catch Me If You Can, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Evita), Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Ric Wanetik (Marlene, Jolson & Company, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992). 


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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 the TRU VOICES Annual 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, TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a new Director-Writer Communications Lab. TRU programs for actors include an Annual Audition and TRU partners with Weist-Barron Studios to offer quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops.

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

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