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ROBIN HOOD  | Open: 06/29/17 Close: 07/08/17
Following up our successful run of The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan and King Lear, Queens Shakespeare and What Dreams May Co are pleased to present Larry Blamire’s Robin Hood. Join us for a summer of shield maidens, sheriffs, princes and a prince among thieves…Oh and did we mention swords. Lots and lots of swords.

Director Christina Sheehan’s fantasy inspired design transports audiences to an England at war with itself, gallivanting through a Sherwood Forest that serves as the dual playground battlefield where Robin and his Merry Men defy tyranny.  This sprawling, action-packed retelling of the Robin Hood story gives us characters that challenge and reinvent the myth including a Maid Marian with a sword who can do her own saving, a female Little John who is as quick witted as she is quick with her quarter staff, and several other cross-gendered casting scenarios which elevate the stakes of both the conflict and the comedy in a script by Larry Blamire that walks the line between The Adventures of Robin Hood and Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Together these characters will stand against the power of King John and the Sherriff of Nottingham. Through this lens we will explore what it means to “fight cruelty where you find it”, that “Even the smallest light shines in the darkness.”, and that those who “can stand up, will stand up.” “We’re not one, we’re many. When heroes stand together…work together, not a power in all of England can stop us.” 

For more information on the production contact Jonathan Emerson at jonathanemerson2000@yahoo.com or visit www.wdmcshakespeare.com/

Featuring: Albert Baker, Kristin Bellamarie, Jennifer Carter, Jordan Victoria Cobb, Jonathan Emerson, Ellie Gossage, Sarah Elizabeth Grace, Marlena Holman, Austin Glen Jacobs, Cheney Morgan, Everett O’Neil, Yianni Papadimos, Isaac Scranton, Lia Barcellona Tamborra

Performances of Robin Hood are
June 29th – July 8TH (Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7PM/Matinees Sat at 2PM)

John DeSotelle Studio
300 W 43rd St

New York, NY 10036

Tickets are $20.

To purchase tickets, please visit http://wdmcrobinsrebellion.bpt.me/ or call 1-800-838-3006


About the Company: Queens Shakespeare, Inc.

Founded in 2005, Queens Shakespeare is a blend of professional and educational theatre which produces 2 full-length classical plays each year in Queens County, New York. The aim of the company is to engage the entire community in its theatrical projects with professional actors in leading roles who will act as mentors for both students and community members

 

KING LEAR  | Open: 12/08/16 Close: 12/17/16
“Thou shouldst not have been old till though hadst been wise.”

After another amazing season, with amazing work onstage, with amazing audiences, who were in turn….amazed in 2015, What Dreams May Co in partnership with Queens Shakespeare Inc. again turns the microscope onto two of literature’s most famous characters, who on the surface appear to be complete opposites. One a certain boy who will never grow up, the other one of Shakespeare’s kings who has grown quite old. Yet they both seem to suffer a clear case of “Peter Pan Syndrome”; flying about from place to place, and oblivious to the destruction they leave in their wake. Following up our successful run of The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan, What Dreams May Co is pleased to present William Shakespeare’s King Lear.

Director Emily C.A. Snyder brings audiences to the last days of Imperial Russia, a world of encroaching cold and darkness, of blowing winds, and crashing thunder. A place where class distinctions are brutally enforced, in the ever shifting battle to keep from being…left out in the cold. Exploring this timeless work through this high stakes lens, with a female Lear played by Kitty Mortland, audiences will be left to discover their own reason in madness, find the wisdom in folly, and perhaps…see a bit of their own nature in the shadow of Lear’s looking glass.

For more information on the production contact Jonathan Emerson at jonathanemerson2000@yahoo.com or visit www.wdmcshakespeare.com/

Featuring: Jennifer Carter, Jonathan Emerson, William Gwyn, Samantha Leigh, Kitty Mortland, Erik LaPointe, Everett O’Neil, Chris Rivera, Alexi Sargeant, Becca Schneider, Chrissy Sheehan


About the Company: What Dreams May Co

What Dreams May Co. is dedicated to making the classics accessible to all. Simple, minimalistic productions leave the focus on the language and characters, challenging the actors in the company to reach new levels and expand their knowledge of the classics. Passionate performances delve to the heart of the text, bringing the story to life in a way that connects with and immerses modern audiences. After all, "What dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause." With our productions, we hope every person has a chance to experience that moment to pause, be touched by the beauty of the language, and carry that experience with them into the world.

THE TERRIBLE TRADGEDY OF PETER PAN  | Open: 06/30/16 Close: 07/09/16
“Tomorrow is something I’ve been too afraid to face. Because what is left tomorrow is one day less than today.”

After another amazing season, with amazing work onstage, with amazing audiences, who were in turn….amazed in 2015, What Dreams May Co in partnership with Queens Shakespeare Inc. again shines the looking glass onto 2 of literature’s most famous characters, who on the surface appear to be complete opposites. One, a certain boy who will never grow up. The other; one of Shakespeare’s kings who has grown quite old. Yet they both seem to suffer a clear case of “Peter Pan Syndrome”; flying about from place to place, searching for a mother, and oblivious to the destruction they leave in their wake.  Join us for a season of flying, fighting, and crowing in the Spring and then in Winter make way for a very crazy, cranky King….or Queen (wink wink…nod nod) First up: The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan.

A reimagining of the classic children’s story adapted from the original J.M. Barrie play, The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan casts adults in the roles traditionally played by children. And explores through this new lens, what it really means to never grow up. Director Christina Sheehan’s sparse yet gritty design, institutionalizes each character in a way that lets us look into their psychology as we watch each “play” through their individual psychoses. A world made of “faith, trust, and fairy dust” that makes us ask ourselves are we in Neverland, or is Neverland inside all of us?

Please note:  The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan is recommended for ages 13 and up. For more information on the production contact Jonathan Emerson at jonathanemerson2000@yahoo.com or visit www.wdmcshakespeare.com/

Featuring: Alexandra Acosta, Drew Barksdale, Jennifer Carter, Jonathan Emerson, Bryna Kearney, Ariel Kim, Phillippe Levesque, Bill Meoni-Ridenour, Larry Phillips, Matthew Pohlman, Callan Suozzi-Rearic, Kezia Tyson, Jaine Ye

 

Performances of The Terrible Tragedy of Peter Pan are
June 30TH – July 9th (Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7PM/Matinees Sat at 2PM)

John DeSotelle Studio
300 W 43rd St

New York, NY 10036

Tickets are $20.

To purchase tickets, please visit http://wdmcpan.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006


About the Company: What Dreams May Co

What Dreams May Co. is dedicated to making the classics accessible to all. Simple, minimalistic productions leave the focus on the language and characters, challenging the actors in the company to reach new levels and expand their knowledge of the classics. Passionate performances delve to the heart of the text, bringing the story to life in a way that connects with and immerses modern audiences. After all, "What dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause." With our productions, we hope every person has a chance to experience that moment to pause, be touched by the beauty of the language, and carry that experience with them into the world.

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

 

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


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

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

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

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

Meet the Coaches  | Open: 03/05/16 Close: 03/05/16
Theater Resources Unlimited presents

Meet the Coaches

(And Audition Information Session)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 12pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents Meet the Coaches (And Audition Info Session) on Saturday, Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 12pm at the DeSotelle Theatre, 300 West 43rd Street (at 8th Ave.), 3rd floor, NYC 10036.

 

According to TRU executive director Bob Ost: “We want all actors to do their best at the TRU audition, and all auditions. And we firmly believe that even the most experienced actor needs an outside eye to help shape their audition piece. Trust us - the room can tell who has been coached and who hasn't. It makes a huge difference. That's why we offer this annual opportunity for actors to meet a lineup of recommended coaches who want nothing more than to make them shine!”

 

TRU gives priority spots to anyone registered for the TRU Audition on April 9th and 10th (even if you haven't been passed in officially), but all actors are welcome to Meet the Coaches. To make a reservation, visit http://truonline.org/events/meet-the-coaches.  Reservations are required! The event is free for TRU members and every actor who is registered for the TRU Audition; $25 for others (applicable towards the audition fee).

 

Sign-in/registration begins at 11:45am, an information and audition Q&A will be at 12:00pm with TRU executive director Bob Ost and 2015 audition producer Jody Lyn Flynn. Then a stellar lineup of acting, music and business coaches will give brief presentations starting at 1pm, followed by a elegantly catered reception and one-on-one meetings with the coaches until 3pm, so actors can get a real sense of the “vibe” and their compatibility. 

 

This year’s Meet the Coaches event includes monologue coaches Valerie Adami, John DeSotelle, Gillien Goll, Bob Kale, and Alexa Kelly; vocal coaches Robin Carus, Michelle Hakala-Wolf, Jane Seaman, Kimberly Vaughn; and business coach Annie Chadwick.  To learn more about the coaches, visit http://truonline.org/events/meet-the-coaches/. 2016 TRU Audition producers Carly Bauer, Lauren Fischetti and Jesse Langston will also be on hand to address actor questions, concerns and special requests and to register any actors who decide they would like to attend the TRU Audition on April 9th and 10th.

 

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 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.

THE BACCHAE/SISTERS OF SEMELE  | Open: 12/03/15 Close: 12/19/15
THE BACCHAE/SISTERS OF SEMELE
BY EURIPIDES/CHRIS RIVERA
Directed By: Christina Sheehan
Stage Manager: Bloo Rodriquez

“The Son of Zeus is back in Thebes.”

After receiving praise from audiences and critics alike for their smash hit productions of Much Ado about Nothing and Romeo & Juliet in 2014, Queens Shakespeare in partnership with What Dreams May Co brings audiences part 2 of its 2015 Season with a controversial, brutal, modern re-imagining of the classical theatre’s most horrifying yet soul searching work. Join us as we shine the looking glass on men worshiped as gods, vengeful gods walking amongst men, and the destructive might of men turned mob. Next up…Euripides’ The Bacchae.

Director Christina Sheehan (Director of 2013’s critically acclaimed Macbeth) brings audiences back to a ravaged world always on the brink of chaos. Featuring a modern one-act prequel to The Bacchae, The Sisters of Semele by Chris Rivera and set in the same post-apocalyptic universe explored in Julius Caesar, we now Journey to the land of Thebes. A young king is newly come into his rule and a young demigod has newly come into his power. The conflict between these two cousins pitting man VS Maenad, and force VS faith, is at its core two boys throwing a tantrum in trying to prove themselves to the world and to their families. When such squabbles occur between gods and kings the stakes become dangerous, the consequences become deadly.

Classics for a Cause: Every Thursday & Saturday at 10:00PM after the performance of The Bacchae will be a special benefit production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead by Bert V. Royal. 50% of all proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning and other queer youth.

Featuring: Francesca Calo, Cameron Clarke, Madeleine Dauer, Maria Diez, Psacoya Guinn, Jonathan Emerson, Kate Herman, Colin Hinckley, Bryna Kearney, Rhiannan Lattimer, Lisa McGurn, Kate McMorran, Clinton Powell, Pedro Rios, Chris Rivera, Maddie Sykes, Marshall Taylor Thurman

For more information on the production contact Jonathan Emerson at jonathanemerson2000@yahoo.com or visit www.wdmcshakespeare.com/

Performances of Sisters of Semele/The Bacchae are
December 3RD – December 19th (Thurs, Fri, and Sat at 7PM/Matinees Sat at 2PM)
John DeSotelle Studio
300 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036
Tickets are $18.
To purchase tickets, please visit http://wdmcbacchae.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006

About the Company: What Dreams May Co

What Dreams May Co. is dedicated to making the classics accessible to all. Simple, minimalistic productions leave the focus on the language and characters, challenging the actors in the company to reach new levels and expand their knowledge of the classics. Passionate performances delve to the heart of the text, bringing the story to life in a way that connects with and immerses modern audiences. After all, "What dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause." With our productions, we hope every person has a chance to experience that moment to pause, be touched by the beauty of the language, and carry that experience with them into the world.

DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD  | Open: 12/03/15 Close: 12/19/15
DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD
BY BERT V. ROYAL
Directed By: Chris Rivera & Bloo Rodriguez
Stage Manager: Emily Thaler

"Dear Pen Pal, I know it's been a few years since I last wrote you. I hope you're still there. I'm not sure you ever were."

After every Thursday and Saturday performance of The Bacchae, Queens Shakespeare will be presenting a special benefit performance of Burt V. Royal’s Dog sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead. Half of all proceeds will benefit The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.

Co-Directors Chris Rivera (Director of 2014’s critically acclaimed Romeo & Juliet and our smash hit production of Julius Caesar earlier this season) and Bloo Rodriguez (Assistance Director of Julius Caesar and Assistant Director of The Secret Theater’s sellout production of Macbeth) take us back to a time in which millennials where called something different, high school students. A place where labels turn whole people into nothing more than their respective cliques: jock, bully, stoner, geek, and queer. Using the fashion and musical stylings of the late ‘90s/early 2000s and asking the question “what if the eternal children from the comics we read grew up?” provide the perfect vehicle for a flashback to a time where things should have been simple, but never were. A time where you were “different” in a school filled with people who all pretend to be the same.

Dog Sees God has not been authorized or approved in any manner by the Charles M. Shultz estate or United Features Syndicate, which have no responsibility for it’s content.

For more information on the production contact Jonathan Emerson at jonathanemerson2000@yahoo.com or visit www.wdmcshakespeare.com/

Featuring: Jonathan Emerson, Colin Hinckley, Bryna Kearney, Lisa McGurn, Kate McMorran, Chrissy Sheehan, Matthew Pohlman, Marshall Taylor Thurman
Performances of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead are
December 3RD, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th at 10PM
John DeSotelle Studio
300 W 43rd St
New York, NY 10036
Tickets are $18.
To purchase tickets, please visit http://wdmcdogseesgod.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006

About the Company: What Dreams May Co

What Dreams May Co. is dedicated to making the classics accessible to all. Simple, minimalistic productions leave the focus on the language and characters, challenging the actors in the company to reach new levels and expand their knowledge of the classics. Passionate performances delve to the heart of the text, bringing the story to life in a way that connects with and immerses modern audiences. After all, "What dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause." With our productions, we hope every person has a chance to experience that moment to pause, be touched by the beauty of the language, and carry that experience with them into the world.

Tru Producer Bootcamp: Essentials Of Self-producing  | Open: 09/27/15 Close: 09/27/15
Theater Resources Unlimited presents a new
TRU PRODUCER BOOT CAMP:
Essentials of Self-Producing
Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 1pm to 5pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents the TRU PRODUCER BOOT CAMP: Essentials of Self-Producing, on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 1pm-5pm at the Desotelle NuBox Theatre, 311 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor.

Writers, actors, directors and all artists need producers if their work is ever to be seen by an audience. So what can you do for your career while you're waiting to be produced? Sometimes you've just got to jump in and be more than an artist to make theater happen.

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

Faculty for the inception of this new Boot Camp will include a quintet of highly successful self-producers: actor-writer-producer Karen Eterovich, who has toured the US and Europe with one-woman shows about Aphra Behn and Jane Austen; writer-producer Dorothy Marcic whose musical Sistas has played off-Broadway for three years, and whose previous show Respect has played in 44 cities; writer-director-producer Nancy Holson who spans the worlds of commercial live theater, corporate theater, and television with the Emmy Award winning The News in Revue, off-Broadway's Bush Wars and the touring Ludwig Live!; prolific playwright Rich Orloff whose self-produced Off-Off-Broadway comedies have been been published by Playscripts and produced around the world; and actor-writer-producer Josh Rivedal who has cracked the college circuit and created a successful ongoing business from his one-man show The Gospel According to Josh.

For more information on the curriculum and for complete faculty bios, visit:
http://www.truonline.org/BootCampSelfProducing15.htm#curr.

To download an application (preferably as a word-document), visit:
http://www.truonline.org/BootCampSelfProducing15.htm.

Cost: $100 ($25 off for all current paid TRU members). For complete fee structure and pricing options visit: http://www.truonline.org/store.html#spa
You may send a check to: Theater Resources Unlimited, 309 W. 104th Street 1D, NYC NY 10025.
On-line payment (Paypal or credit card) at www.truonline.org/store.html#spa
You may pre-register and hold your spot by emailing trunltd@aol.com

The Desotelle NuBox Theatre is located at 311 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor (take 1-2-3/A-C-E to Times Square)

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 with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation.

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


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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) in association with Diana Amsterdam, presents Practical PLAYWRITING: How to Write for Commercial Production, a one-day intensive on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 11:00am to 5:30pm at the Desotelle NuBox Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor. This is a unique writer's workshop with a happy ending: a chance to pitch your work to a panel of producers, and is part of The TRU Beginnings series of opportunities for works in early development.

 

The premise: What often holds playwrights back is that they rarely consider the person who will buy and produce their product: the producer. With all the work, hope and sweat they invest in considering character, theme and plot, playwrights rarely take into account produceability. This one-day intensive addresses some of the major areas of concern for producers:

 

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

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

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

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

 

The workshop will be taught by dramaturg and published and produced playwright Diana Amsterdam (The Dodgers, Fast Girls, Sex and Death, Carnival Round the Central Figure), TRU's Program Director for Playwrights. Crucial segments of the workshop will be taught by commercial producer Patrick Blake (39 Steps  revival, Bedlam Theatre’s Hamlet/St. Joan, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead), marketing consultants Bob Ost and Gary Hughes who will help writers capture the essence of their piece in an effective synopsis, and presentation coach Gillien Goll who will teach you how to present yourself successfully. The day ends with a panel of commercial producers who will offer feedback on writers' pitches as well as suggest appropriate markets for the works. Past panelists have incuded Margot Astrachan (Busker Alley, On a Clear Day, Nice Work If You Can Get It), Jeremy Handelman (White's Lies, F#@king Up Everything ), Pam Koslow (Jelly's Last Jam, Jane Eyre, Yank!) and Cheryl Wiesenfeld (The Heidi Chronicles, Rocky, All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, A Steady Rain, The Exonerated, Legally Blonde, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty).

 

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 with support from the Montage Foundation.

 

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

Julius Caesar  | Open: 07/17/15 Close: 08/02/15
“When beggars die, there are no comets seen;

the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.”

After receiving praise from audiences and critics alike for their smash hit productions of Much Ado about Nothing and Romeo & Juliet in 2014, What Dreams May Co in partnership with Queens Shakespeare Inc. sets 2015 ablaze with controversial, brutal, modern re-imaginings of two of the classical theatre’s most horrifying yet soul searching works. Join us as we shine the looking glass on men worshiped as gods, vengeful gods walking amongst men, and the destructive might of men turned mob.  First up…Julius Caesar.

Director Chris Rivera (Director of 2014’s critically acclaimed Romeo & Juliet) brings audiences to an apocalyptic Rome. The last glimmer of civilization surrounded by a world in ruin. A city where citizens starve and senators serve as assassins. Where tyrants rule with an iron fist, and are repaid by the grace of a friendly knife. Watch as honorable men become the very thing they set out to stop, while a few carefully chosen words let slip the dogs of war.       

Shakespeare for a Cause: Every Saturday after the performance a special benefit variety show hosted by Louie Pearlman & Matthew Pohlman will be presented at 10:00PM. Admission is by donation with all proceeds to benefit The Trevor Project 

Featuring: John Bateman, Francesca Calo, Erin Capistrano, V. Orion Delwaterman, Jonathan Emerson, Laura Hill, Dorbens Ricardo Lemma, Alexander Katz, Serena Miller, Joe Nowacki, Clinton Powell, Lizzie Roberts, Christina Sheehan, Joey Suarez, Maire Vigliotta, Maggie Zamora,

For more information on the production contact Jonathan Emerson at jonathanemerson2000@yahoo.com or visit www.wdmcshakespeare.com/


About the Company: What Dreams May Co

 

What Dreams May Co. is dedicated to making the classics accessible to all. Simple, minimalistic productions leave the focus on the language and characters, challenging the actors in the company to reach new levels and expand their knowledge of the classics. Passionate performances delve to the heart of the text, bringing the story to life in a way that connects with and immerses modern audiences. After all, "What dreams may come, when we have shuffled off this mortal coil, must give us pause." With our productions, we hope every person has a chance to experience that moment to pause, be touched by the beauty of the language, and carry that experience with them into the world.

 

Tru Producer Boot Camp  | Open: 05/30/15 Close: 05/31/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is offering some much-needed guidance for anybody who is thinking about putting up a showcase production in New York: the 2015 TRU Producer Boot Camp: Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing, on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 - 31, 2015 from 10am – 6pm at the Desotelle Studio/NuBox Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor, New York City.

 

This essential TRU Boot Camp for producers as well as self-producing actors, writers and directors offers training geared to those working at the reading and Equity Showcase level, and perfect for anyone planning to produce either in festivals or independently. Featuring a phenomenal lineup of experts covering everything from Production Timeline and Budgeting to Raising Money and Marketing, every aspect of showcase producing is broken down into easy-to-understand step-by-step modules. Featuring a special keynote speech by Darren Lee Cole, producer and executive director of The Soho Playhouse.

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

Cost to attend is $270 for non-members; $225 for TRU members. You can also join TRU at a discount and get the Boot Camp: Membership/Workshop Package costs $290. FESTIVAL SPECIAL: registrants accepted into Planet Connections, MITF, Fringe or NYMF, $195. Click here for the application and here to pay at the TRU Store.

 

The curriculum for Saturday, May 30th 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. Investments, donations and gifts - do you know the difference?
  • "Legal Schmegal: Contracts, Options, Underlying Rights and More" with attorney Eric Goldman. Additional legalities to consider.
  • "Box Office and Ticketing Options" with general manager/producer Dan Irwin (Theatre at St. Luke’s, the Actors Temple) Which ticketing service will best serve your show?
  •  “Watching Your Figures: Putting Together a Smart Budget” with producing consultant Erin Craig of La Vie Productions. An overview of basic line items in a showcase budget, and a realistic look at what things actually cost.
  • “Creative Fundraising (Please Don’t Put It on You Credit Card!)” with financial advisor Bailie Slevin. How to just get over it and ask for the money you need..
  • "Producing Smart: Fringes and Festivals, or On Your Own?" with John Chatterton (Founding Artistic Director of Midtown International theatre Festival), R. Erin Craig (former GM and Production Manager for NYMF), Jeremy Handelman (NYMF: F@#king Up Everything; also FringeNYC, MITF, Capital Fringe), Jay Michaels, Suellen Vance (NYMF: Central Avenue Breakdown, others). There are advantages to producing in the Fringe or a festival, but there are also trade-offs.

 

The curriculum for Sunday, May 31st includes:

  • "Product Management: Setting Timelines, Managing Teams, Defining Outcomes" with Dickson Lane. It pays to get the order right. How far in advance do you book a space? Hire your creative staff? Start the marketing? Basic systems of product management can be applied to theater production to generate better outcomes.
  • "Putting Together Your Production Team" with John Lant, technical director of Carnegie Hall, artistic director WriteActEast. Things to consider when hiring your design team, and what your designers need from you.
  • "How to Find (and Book) the Right Space" – with John Lant. Black box or proscenium? Wing space, fly space, lighting and tech requirements, location and more.
  • "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" with Sindy K. Schneider, Partner & Co-Founder of In Focus Marketing. Defining the basics: marketing, advertising, PR.
  • "The Essentials of Successful PR" with Michelle Tabnick of Michelle Tabnick Communications. What goes into an effective press release?
  • "Next Steps: What Happens After That Showcase (and How to Prepare)?" with Evan Bernardin (My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life, The Bad Years, The Dodgers), Sharon Fallon (NYMF: NERDS://A Musical Software Satire, Three Sides, Like You Like It), NYMF producer Suellen Vance. A panel of producers will talk about the steps they took to grow their brand beyond a showcase.

 

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 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; plus The Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

Tru Presents Meet The Coaches  | Open: 03/28/15 Close: 03/28/15
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) presents Meet the Coaches (And Audition Info Session) on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 2pm at John DeSotelle Studio, 300 West 43rd Street (at 8th Ave.), 3rd floor – Studio 301.

 

According to TRU executive director Bob Ost: “We want all actors to do their best at the TRU audition, and all auditions. And we firmly believe that even the most experienced actor needs an outside eye to help shape their audition piece. Trust us - the room can tell who has been coached and who hasn't. It makes a huge difference. That's why we offer this annual opportunity for actors to meet a lineup of recommended coaches who want nothing more than to make them shine!”

 

TRU gives priority spots to anyone registered for the TRU Audition (even if you haven't been passed in officially), but all actors are welcome to Meet the Coaches. Reservations required: click here to register directly, or email trustaff1@gmail.com and use subject header "I wanna meet the coaches!" The event is free for TRU members and every actor who is registered for the TRU Audtion; $20 for others (applicable towards the audition).

 

Sign-in/registration begins at 1:45pm, an information and audition Q&A will be at 2:15pm, and the Meet the Coaches presentation will start at 3pm. A wine and cheese reception and one-on-one meetings will be held until 5pm.

 

This year’s Meet the Coaches event will be led by vocal/music coach Natalie Wilson (performing credits include the title role in Carmen, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito, and Desiree in A Little Night Music). Additional coaches attending include Penelope Brackett (business coach; author and founder of The Creative Seed Career/Life Coaching and Performers RoadMap; coauthor of “Seven Keys to Success without Struggle”), John DeSotelle (monolog coach; founder of the John DeSotelle Studio and Artistic Director of the Nu•ance Theatre), Laurie Eliscu (monolog coach - SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, DG, MFA; experienced in acting and directing), Peter Jensen (monolog coach with sponsor Actors Connection; award-winning screenwriter and TV writer; has helped actors book roles on TV shows such as Suburgatory, Law & Order, Gossip Girl, and Party Down, as well as several independent films), Qurrat Ann Kadwani (monolog coach with sponsor Working Actor Studio; actress, producer, MC, TV Host and philanthropist; founding Artistic Director of eyeBLINK), Sara Louise Lazarus (singing interpretation; MAC and BackStage Bistro Award-Winning Director; directorial works include Tovah Out Of Her Mind, the revival of Babes In Arms, Plaisir D’Amour, and Ludlow Ladd), Annie Meisels (vocal coach; has done extensive voice over and commercial work), Doug Oberhamer (vocal coach; credits range from Broadway and Off-Broadway to National and International Tours; Music Directing Credits include: Swing!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Reel to Real, Man of La Mancha, My Vaudeville Man, Wanda's World, and many more), Regina O'Malley (vocal coach with sponsor Working Actor Studio; acting credits include Blood Brothers (Broadway), The First National Tour of Les Mis, Forbidden Broadway (Off-Broadway), at The Kennedy Center in On Your Toes, and many more), Ken Schatz (acting coach; coaching credits include There’s Something About Mary, The Grey Zone, Cop Land, Shadrach, Spin City, Crime Spree, and many other films, television shows, commericials, and theater productions), and Bryan Wade (Musical director, Broadway accompanist, and vocal coach; Broadway: Finian’s Rainbow, National Tours: Whistle Down the Wind, Chicago, Three Irish Tenors).

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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