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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

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

Open:   03/21/12
Close:   03/21/12

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:30pm
Theater:   Players Theatre
Address:   115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY
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Cost:Tickets are $12 (free for TRU members). or Call: at (212) 714-7628
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