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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.

 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

tru TRU Auction 2.0  | Open: 12/05/15 Close: 12/16/15
TRU AUCTION 2.0: Bidding You ... a Happy Holiday
Annual Charity Fundraiser for Theater Resources Unlimited, the holiday sequel.
Bidding ends December 16, 2015

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) invites everyone to bid now in their latest holiday silent online auction, featuring 65 terrific items, including vacation packages, jewelry and a slew of tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway shows – more than $50,000 worth of items. Help TRU reach their 2015 fundraising goals, while taking care of your holiday shopping! Visit http://www.biddingowl.com/TRU to view the items up for grabs including tickets to Something Rotten and The 39 Steps, a coaching with casting director Robin Carus, and more. The auction ends on Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 9pm. TRU President Bob Ost says, "This year we're techno-savvy and hosted by professional auction guys at Bidding Owl. Check it out - it should be a hoot!"

The proceeds from the silent auction directly benefit the work TRU does to develop and nurture new producers as well as up-and-coming artists, including the TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series, so please bid generously. Attendees at the recent TRU Love Benefit heard Howie Michael Smith sing a beautiful song "Sing to Me" from Adam Overett's My Life Is a Musical, a show that was developed through the TRU Series. Bidding on the TRU auction will help assure developmental readings of other worthy shows. Other TRU Programs include monthly panels, workshops, a Producer Development and Mentorship Program, a new plays reading series and a community e-newsletter of jobs, services, resources and theater events.

Here is a sampling of the items you'll find at www.BiddingOwl.com/tru:
• Broadway: Something Rotten.
• Off-Broadway's Clever Little Lies, The 39 Steps – New York, Sistas and more...
• Exclusive travel packages and special experiences like VIP tickets to the Rockefeller Center tree lighting and cocktail party, or a tour of the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
• Massages and energy healings.
• Fine jewelry for all tastes and budgets, from $60 brooches to $6000 Tahitian pearl necklaces.
• Consultations with designer John Lyle, accountant Dave Spaulding, wedding planner Leopold Off-Broadway.
• Actor classes, coachings, a Backstage subscription and more!

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

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and best navigate the business of theater. Our membership roster includes self-producing artists as well as career producers.

If you are a theater professional, take this opportunity to become a part of the leading professional development, mentorship, and networking organization in the industry!

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; plus The Friars National Association Foundation 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  | Open: 05/30/15 Close: 05/31/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU Producer Boot Camp: Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing, on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 - 31, 2015 from 10am – 6pm. Location to be determined.

 

Basic and not-so-basic training for producers, geared to those of you producing at the reading and Equity Showcase level, with particular application for those planning to produce in the upcoming summer festivals. Featuring a phenomenal lineup of experts covering everything from Production Timeline and Budgeting to Raising Money and Marketing. Every aspect of showcase producing, broken down into easy-to-understand step-by-step modules.

 

Cost to attend is $260 for non-member ($210 if you register before May 15th); $225 for TRU members ($175 if you register before May 15th). Membership/Workshop Package: $320 ($270 if you register before May 15th) FESTIVAL SPECIAL: registrants accepted into Planet Connections, MITF, Fringe or NYMF, $195. Click here (http://www.truonline.org/BootCampWeekendApp.htm) for the application and here (http://www.truonline.org/store.html#intensive) to pay at the TRU Store.

 

The curriculum for Saturday, May 30 includes:

  • “Clarifying Your Goals: Why Are You Producing This?” with Patricia Klausner (Pippin, Stick Fly, The Scottsboro Boys) and managing director of Shotgun Production, and Patrick Blake (Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum) and founder of Rhymes Over Beats.
  • "What You Need to Know Before Asking for Money" with attorney LisaRoxanne Walters.
  • "Legal Schmegal: Contracts, Options, Underlying Rights and More" with attorney Eric Goldman.
  • “Creative Fundraising (Please Don’t Put It on Your Credit Card!)”
  • “Watching Your Figures: Putting Together a Smart Budget” with producing consultant R. Erin Craig of La Vie Productions.
  • "Box Office and Ticketing Options" with general manager/producer Emileena Pedigo.
  • "Producing Smart: Fringes and Festivals, or On Your Own?" with R. Erin Craig, Emileena Pedigo.

 

The curriculum for Sunday, May 31st includes:

  • "Product Management: Setting Timelines, Managing Teams, Defining Outcomes" with Dickson Lane, Producer, Artistic Director of Express Lane Productions.
  • "Putting Together Your Production Team"
  • "How to Find (and Book) the Right Space" – with John Lant, technical director of Carnegie Hall, artistic director WriteActEast.
  • "The Biggest Bang for Your Buck: Securing Resources at the Best Price Possible" with John Lant
  • "Union Codes & Contracts: Equity, SDC, DG, 802" with attorney Diane Krausz, Esq.
  • "How to Run an Efficient Audition, and When, Why and How to Use a Casting Director” with casting director Jamibeth Margolis
  • "Finding Your Audience: An Overview of Marketing" Defining the basics: marketing, advertising, PR.
  • "The Essentials of Successful PR" with Michelle Tabnick of Michelle Tabnick Communications.
  • "Next Steps: What Happens After That Showcase (and How to Prepare)?"

 

For a full schedule, please visit the TRU website. Curriculum and instructors are subject to change.

 

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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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.

 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.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Tru Voices New Plays Reading Series Submissions  | Open: 01/03/12 Close: 01/03/12
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) seeks submissions for the 14th Annual TRU VOICES New Plays Reading Series (deadline January 3, 2012, or January 10, 2012, for plays that already have a producer attached).  TheTRU VOICES New Plays Reading Series is a unique series geared towards producers who have an interest in developing new plays.  Shows selected will receive staged readings to be presented in June of 2012.  Each reading will be followed by a “Dollars and Sense” panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work.  The series was created both to help develop new plays and to help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works. 

 

Producers are invited to submit new work that they are interested in developing.  Theater companies are invited to submit new work that they wish to produce in the series.  Writers are invited to submit, and are strongly encouraged to find a sponsoring producer for their work; if no producer is attached, and the play makes it to final consideration, TRU will make an effort to find one. “We sometimes call ourselves a dating service for producers, and to be honest, we’ve made some very successful matches in the past that have continued well beyond our series,” say TRU president Bob Ost. 
 

The TRU VOICES track record is impressive.  Among the shows that started in the series are The Great American Trailer Park Musicalby Betsy Kelso and David Nehls, which went on to a popular off-Broadway run two seasons ago and has toured and had productions around the country; Pied a Terreby John Anastasi, which went on to an off-Broadway run on Theatre Row, and is published and licensed now by Samuel French; nor’malby Yvonne Adrian, Cheryl Stern and Tom Kochan, which went on to win a Larsen Award, played a limited in the East Village starring Barbara Walsh and now tours schools around the country; A Memory Playby Bob Stewart had a run at The Workshop Theatre; and Opa! by Mari Carras and Laurel Ollstein, was a sell-out hit of the Midtown International Theatre Festival and went on to play at Queens Theatre in the Park.  For the 2001 Series, TRU President Bob Ost cast the perfect actress for the one-woman musical The Ambition Birdby Matthew Sheridan, Victoria Clark (who won a Tony for Light in the Piazza).  The show went on to be a selection at the Cardiff Wales International Festival, as was About Faceby David Arthur, which is also scheduled for the upcoming New York Musical Festival (NYMF).  And in the 2005 Series, TRU found a producer for Saint Heaven, a writer submission from Martin Casella and Keith Gordon; TRU put the show in the hands of Van Dean and Hillary Cutter of Van Hill Entertainment, and also matched Van and Hillary with mentor Broadway producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (A Steady Rain, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Exonerated).  As a result of this successful partnership, Saint Heavenmoved from a reading in December ‘05 into a full production in June ‘06 at the Stamford Center for the Performing Arts starring Deborah Gibson and Tony winner Chuck Cooper and a subsequent run at The Village Theatre in Issaqua, Washington.

 

Unlike other talkbacks, TRU’s “Dollars and Sense” panels focus on the producingneeds of the show, welcoming suggestions for further development for the work, with discussions about venue, marketing and budgets and other business concerns.  Top professionals who have graced the panels included producers Michael Alden (Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy), Ken Davenport (Altar Boys, My First Time, 13), Jennifer Manocherian (Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Crucible, Caroline or Change), Dan Markley (Shockheaded Peter, High Fidelity, Damn Yankeesrevival, Stomp), Pam Koslow (Jelly’s Last Jam) and Cheryl Wiesenfeld; artistic directors Robert Lupone (MCC), Gabe Barabas (NJ Repertory), Mark Hoebee (Papermill Playhouse) and James Morgan (York Theatre Company); and general managers Peter Bogyo, Laura Heller, Jamie Cesa, among countless others. Frequent panelist Elysabeth Kleinhans of 59E59 Theatres has gone on to produce two plays that she found in the TRU Series: Taxi to Jannahby Mark Sickman and Missivesby Garret Jon Groenveld. The latter was produced at 59E59 in association with TRU.

 

TRU welcomes both mainstream commercial works and non-traditional works, and encourages multi-cultural and minority submissions as well. “We’d love to find the next big Broadway smash, but we also understand that there are many other markets for new works. We are interested in any interesting, well written show that has a producer who is passionate about producing it,” Ost explained.

 

Submissions must be received by January 10, 2012 for shows with a producer; and January 3, 2012 for shows without a producer. Readings will take place Monday evenings in June of 2012. There is a $25 submission fee, waived for TRU members.  Guidelines and application form may be found at www.truonline.org or by sending an SASE to Theater Resources Unlimited/TRU Plays, 309 W. 104th Street, #1D, NYC, NY 10025.  Submissions will not be accepted without an application.

 

For more information, visit www.truonline.org.

 

This series is made possible in part through the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the Friars National Association Foundation.