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.
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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Musical direction by Jeremy Roberts