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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the May Panel Not-for-Profit Theater in a Challenging World: How to Survive and Thrive on Thursday, May 21, 2020 via Zoom. Networking begins at 7pm and the panel starts at 7:30pm. Reserve a spot on the event page at https://truonline.org/events/not-for-profit-theater/ or by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com and you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

 

A message from Bob Ost, executive director of TRU:

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TRU live events are being rescheduled while we wait for the all clear. To help bridge the gap of social distancing, this panel will be held virtually via Zoom. Email TRUStaff1@gmail.com to be added to the invitation list and join our community. Stay positive, test negative, be safe!"

 

With guest speakers Anne Dunning, principal consultant at ARTS Action Research; Jill Garland, nonprofit management consultant; David Mallette, partner at Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. With the current crisis we are going through, we will certainly frame this discussion in the context of recovering from COVID. Other basics we will cover: nurturing and strengthening not-for-profit theater companies: the importance of understanding the shifting environment for the not-for-profit arts ... clearly defining and focusing on your unique vision and purpose ... flexibility and adaptability as critical components of success ... building partnerships and collaboration around shared resources as a strategy for recovery ... broad-based resource building and more. Come with questions for these extremely learned panelists, some of the top advisors in the not-for-profit arts world.

 

Zoom room opens at 7:00pm for networking and roundtable introductions of attendees - come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Panel starts at 7:30. Free for TRU members; pay what you can, everyone else - to keep TRU up and running (and yes, you may click the button for a free ticket). Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com to be put on the invite list. (Note: Zoom space is limited so RSVP early.)

 

Anne Dunning became principal consultant at ARTS Action Research in March 2004.  Her consulting practice with AAR is focused on strategic thinking, organizational development, research & evaluation and facilitation to support nonprofit arts organizations and improve their capacity to deliver on mission.  Prior to joining the AAR team, she was administrative director of the Danny Grossman Dance Company in Toronto.  She was founding chair of the Canadian Dance Assembly, chair of the board of Dance/USA, chair of the board of freeDimensional and served for twelve years on the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation's Strategic Initiatives Advisory Committee.  She has taught for Humber College's arts administration program and been a guest speaker at the University of Toronto and NYU.  Before becoming involved in the arts, Anne studied biology at McGill University in Montreal, where she received a BSc in ecology, evolution and behavior.  She lives in Boston and New York with her husband, Gary, president and executive director of Celebrity Series of Boston.

 

Jill Garland is a leading nonprofit management consultant. She is currently working with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art and Project for Public Spaces. Recent clients include Theatre Communications Group, Ars Nova Theatre and Clay Art Center. Strategic planning, board governance, development audits, major gift counsel and interim executive management are the tentpole services of her practice. As Vice President at DUNCH Consulting, she worked with Huntington Theatre Company, Primary Stages, Gallim Dance, Manhattan Theatre Club and School for Strings. Prior to consulting, Jill was the Chief Development Officer for City Parks Foundation and The Public Theater. At the Public, Jill led a department of 20 and raised over $18 million annually for an ambitious season that included Shakespeare in the Park and groundbreaking new work such as Hamilton and Fun Home. She was the long-time Director of Development (1996-2011) at Playwrights Horizons and led a $33 million capital campaign for its five-story building and endowment raised funds for two Pulitzer Prize winning shows I Am My Own Wife and Clybourne Park. Jill has held adjunct professor positions at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, at Brooklyn College, and has lectured at the Julliard School, Pace University, Marymount College, and NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is the Board President of RiverArts, an arts council serving six communities in Southern Westchester.

 

David Mallette joined Management Consultants for the Arts in 2005 after working for more than two decades as a performing arts administrator. Now MCA's managing partner, his portfolio has included searches for American Conservatory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland, Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, The Music Center in Los Angeles, Virginia Tech's Center for the Arts, Jacob's Pillow, Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, McCarter Theatre Center, and Denver Center for the Performing Arts. His planning and organizational development clients include Dallas Summer Musicals, Rockport Music, Dance/USA, Milwaukee Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Mr. Mallette's arts management career began at Houston's Alley Theatre as Director of Operations. Subsequently, he joined Houston Ballet as Company Manager, where he was extensively involved in new productions and touring. Mr. Mallette then became Executive Director of Fort Worth Ballet. During his 15-year tenure, the Ballet quadrupled in size through its expansion across the region and state, first as Fort Worth Dallas Ballet and then as Texas Ballet Theater, in one of the country's rare two-city structures. He led TBT's touring initiatives, including stops in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and more than forty Texas communities. Mr. Mallette is a frequent speaker and author on performing arts leadership and has written extensively on the partnership between artistic and executive directors.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven-year-old 501(c)(3) 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; 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 the TRU Vices Play Reading Series, 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.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the April Panel Solo Strategies: Finding Your Story (and the People Who'll Want to Hear It) on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 via Zoom. Networking begins at 7pm and the panel starts at 7:30pm. Reserve a spot on the event page at https://truonline.org/events/solo-strategies/ or by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com and you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

 

A message from Bob Ost, executive director of TRU:

"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TRU live events are being rescheduled while we wait for the all clear. To help bridge the gap of social distancing, this panel will be held virtually via Zoom. Email TRUStaff1@gmail.com to be added to the invitation list and join our community. Stay positive, test negative, be safe!"

 

In this time of required isolation, solo performance is uniquely positioned for effective virtual presentation. Solo performance guru and writer/director Gretchen Cryer will guide audiences through the creative journeys of five solo artists with whom she is working, including son Jon Cryer. We'll consider how an outside eye may be essential to help shape a story and find the universal truths in personal details, as well as bring out a dramatic arc that generates audience engagement and genuine drama. But ... writing and performing is only part of the picture. Most writers have a hard time embracing that marketing is also an art form creating a demand for a product through creative communication. Abby Stokes and guests will share guerilla marketing techniques -see marketing through a new lens and be shown how to think outside the box, identify and maximize a play's resources, along with step-by-step tools for organizing a strategic plan.

 

Speakers include director/writer Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together.., Obie-winning The Last Sweet Days of Isaac) and teacher of "Creating Your Own Solo Performance"; Jon Cryer, actor (Emmy winner for TV's Two and a Half Men, Lex Luthor in Super-girl; films Pretty in PinkNo Small Affair), writer (So That Happened); writer/actor Linda Manning (Perfect Love, Bite the Apple); writer/actor Brian Sheridan (I Was a Hot Monk, off-Broadway's Sirens of Titan); Abby Stokes, writer/actor (A Good Girl Doesn't), author of best-selling "Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital..."; and Steve Wruble, singer/songwriter and storyteller (Escape from Daddyland) and co-author of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

 

Zoom room opens at 7:00pm for networking and roundtable introductions of attendees - come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Panel starts at 7:30. Free for TRU members; pay what you can, everyone else - to keep TRU up and running (and yes, you may click the button for a free ticket). Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email TRUStaff1@gmail.com

 to be put on the invite list. (Note: Zoom space is limited so RSVP early.)

 

Gretchen Cryer is most well-known for writing the book and lyrics and starring in I'm Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road (with music by Nancy Ford), which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical, Best Actress, and a Grammy nomination for the album. Cryer has written numerous other shows with Nancy Ford: Now Is the Time for All Good Men (Lortel Theatre), The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Obie Award -Best Musical, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Shelter (Golden Theatre), Hang On to the Good Times (Manhattan Theatre Club), Eleanor (Williamstown), The American Girls Revue (American Girl Place - Chicago, New York, Los Angeles), Circle of Friends (American Girl Place - Chicago and New York,) and Anne of Green Gables (Theaterworks USA). Cryer has also won acclaim for her course, "Creating Your Own Solo Performance." She has directed and developed dozens of solo performance pieces that have evolved into fully realized works, seen on stages across the country. She is on the Dramatists Guild Council and is President Emeritus of the Dramatists Guild Fund. 

 

Jon Cryer has been a professional actor since he was four years old. He earned two Emmy Awards for his work as 'Alan Harper' on the CBS hit comedy Two and a Half Men and most recently, portrayed the ultimate villain, Lex Luthor, on the CW's Super- girl. Cryer initially gained attention on the big screen opposite Demi Moore in No Small Affair, followed by his iconic performance as the endearing misfit, Ducky Dale, in John Hughes' Pretty in Pink. Other film credits include Hot ShotsHiding Out, and will soon be seen opposite Pete Davidson in Big Time Adolescence.

 

Linda Manning is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor. She has written five full length plays, including Bite the Apple (2019 Finalist for the Kentucky Women Writers Prize; staged reading at TheaterLab NYC 2016; produced as part of the NY International Fringe Festival, 2012). She has co-written and acted in two short films and has won multiple awards for her writing.

 

Brian Sheridan has appeared Off-Broadway in Sirens of Titan (directed by David Cromer) and in various onscreen projects on Amazon Prime, Lifetime, NBC, and CBS.

 

Abby Stokes is the best-selling author of "Is This Thing On?" A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming helping more than 300,000 Digital Immigrants (those over 40 who were not born with a key- board or a mouse in their hand) cross the digital divide. Stokes studied theatre at the O'Neill Theatre Center, performed off-off Broadway as well as in comedy clubs, did extra work in film and television, industrials, and voiceovers and founded and was Artistic Director of an improvisation company At A Moment's Notice.

 

Steve Wruble is an accomplished singer-songwriter and storyteller. He has won the Moth StorySLAM and performs standup comedy in NYC and Berlin. He is also co- author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, where he wrote a chapter called, "Trump's Daddy Issues - A Toxic Mix for America." In addition, Wruble is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist in private practice.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-seven-year-old 501(c)(3) 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; 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 the TRU Vices Play Reading Series, 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.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

 

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.