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The Playroom Theater, a small theater with a purpose on West Forty Sixth Street. Created by longtime theatrical producer Eric Krebs, The Playroom Theater features a 62-seat boutique theater, appropriate for rehearsals, readings, auditions, producers' presentations and workshop productions. Conceived of as an artists' workspace for writers, directors, composers, actors, producers and others committed to the professional theater arts and its industry. "The idea of The Playroom has grown out of my desire to create a small and financially manageable space in the heart of the theater district," commented Krebs. "I want this to be a place where industry professionals can pop over for a reading, a backer's audition or a small production of a work in progress." For more information on The Playroom Theater, call Adam Brunner at 212-967-8278.

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Theater Resources Unlimited

is accepting applications for the

TRU Producer Mentorship & Development Program

Deadline for Basic Class extended to 9/17

 

Are you now, or have you ever thought about being a producer? Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) has extended the deadline for applications for the 2018-19 TRU Producer Mentorship & Development Program, deadline for Basic Class extended to September 17, 2018. For more details, teacher bios and application tools, visit https://truonline.org/pdmp/

 

Whether you produce because you love it and want to share inspiring new work with the world, or because you want to create opportunities to showcase your own talents, here's a monthly program to train you, keep you focused and introduce you to a community of peers. Apply to the premier program of TRU, offering ongoing training for serious producers and self-producing artists: the Producer Development & Mentorship Program, created in collaboration with 4-time Tony winning producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (The Heidi ChroniclesRockyAll the WayThe Gershwin's Porgy & BessVanya & Sonya & Masha & SpikeElaine Stritch: At LibertyThe Exonerated), providing ongoing support and education for producers at all levels of experience. The program consists of two levels:

 

The 2018-19 BASIC CLASS is a guided monthly program where participants are pitched actual projects by real producers, then placed on teams that go through the year doing a mock-development of the project pitched. Members with their own projects have the opportunity of pitching to the class as well, and creating a team. The class, meeting one Wednesday evening per month starting 9/26, will be led by producer/consultant/former general manager R. Erin Craig of La Vie Productions (Himself and NoraStalking the BogeymanMr Rickey Calls A Meeting; Austen's PrideAcademyRight Before I Go benefit in October 2017) and Broadway/off-Broadway producer Jana Robbins (Roof of the WorldRagtime revival, The Jazz AgeI Love You BecauseLittle Women; upcoming: Company in London).

 

There is also a 2018-19 MASTER CLASS given for Basic PDMP graduates and other eligible candidates, exploring producing at a deeper level with hands-on guidance. This class, meeting mostly Monday nights, is limited to 11 participants who focus on their own specific projects. Non-participating adjunct membership is also possible. It will be led by Broadway producers Jane Dubin (Tony winning The Norman ConquestsFarinelli and the KingBandstandPeter and the Starcatcher and An American in Paris; plus Absolute Brightness of Leonard PelkeyThe 39 StepsAnn; upcoming: The PromFingersmith) and Rachel Weinstein (Dear Evan HansenDisgracedThe Heiress with Jessica Chastain, An American in Paris; upcoming: Jagged Little PillThe Ferrymen).

 

Submissions for 2018-19 Basic Class accepted now through September 8th: $295 for new members, $245 for returning members and students (submit valid ID with application). The program will meet one Wednesday evening of each month from September through June - that's 10 sessions ($29.50 per session). You must also be a paid member of TRU, currently $95/year.

Submissions for 2018-19 Master Class accepted now through September 29th, $425 for new members. Limited to 12 full participants. (Adjunct memberships available - you attend all sessions on a non-particiating auditor basis, $295.) Meets once a month, mostly Mondays, from October thru June - that's 9 sessions ($50 per session). You must also be a paid member of TRU, currently $95/year.

 

Candidates may be asked to come in and interview. Start date for Basic Class is Wednesday September 26th; Master Class starts October 15th.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-six 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 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 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, as well as the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. 

 

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

 

Theater Resources Unlimited

announces the May Panel

Attracting Wanted Attention:

Helping Your Audience Find You

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) facilitates a crucial conversation about marketing for theater on Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Attracting Wanted Attention: Helping Your Audience Find You at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/attracting-wanted-attention/. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU. Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/attracting-wanted-attention/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

Panelists to include Pippa Bexon, director of client services at Situation Interactive, a digital-first marketing agency; Themis Gomes CEO, Cennarium America, Inc.; Monica Hammond, director of marketing for Davenport Theatricals;  Emily McGill of DKC Public Relations.

 

The business has evolved, as has the world, and tried-and-true marketing efforts may not always be enough to break through in a crowded market dominated by mega-hits. In this panel, we will direct attention to and emphasize specialized marketing strategies and some of the specific ways each panelist approaches the task of putting butts in seats. One size does not fit all, and we'll discuss how to customize your strategy to your product. We'll touch upon basic marketing principals: advertising, public relations/publicity, special promotions, social media and how (and when) to integrate them; and explore basic branding for your show or your company, and how to build and/or expand that brand. New questions arise today. Are different methods needed to reach out to younger audiences as opposed to the usual theatergoer? How has the social media landscape changed in the last 5 years in terms of the entertainment industry, and how do you translate media presence into ticket sales? Are there methods used outside the theater industry that we might learn from and use ourselves?

 

PIPPA BEXON is an advertising and marketing professional with 11 years of experience working across the advertising landscape in the both New York and London. Pippa graduated from Durham University in the UK, with a bachelor of sciences in Psychology, and minor in English Literature. Beginning her career in London at AKA, Pippa has overseen over 30 advertising campaigns for theater productions both in the West End and on Broadway. After three years in London, Pippa moved to NYC and joined the AKA NY team, specializing in account management, media and strategy. Following AKA NY, Pippa spent time at Sony Music working with their in-house branding agency on a variety of music projects and consumer products. Since 2015 Pippa has been at Situation Interactive, a digital first marketing agency which specializes in Entertainment. As Director of Client Services, Pippa leads digital strategy for many Broadway shows as well as working on arts and culture, TV and not for profit clients. Past and present clients include Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryWickedMean GirlsSpiderman Turn off The DarkThe Color PurpleOn Your Feet, The National Theater London and RSC.

THEMIS GOMES is CEO of Cennarium, a producer, licensor and online platform for theatrical content, offering subscribers a wide selection of performances from around the world in high-definition encompassing a variety of genres including drama, dance, comedy, music and opera. Since establishing a U.S. presence for the Brazil-based company in 2016, Gomes has been responsible for all day-to-day operations, including licensing, marketing, distribution, business development, finance and revenue generation. Before joining Cennarium, Gomes was involved in the launch of several digital businesses in Latin America, including Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. Gomes founded Zuga.cl, a successful online diaper subscription service, after which she was a consultant for companies including L'Orèal, OLX and Verisure. Before founding Zuga, Gomes was CFO of Happyshop, a Chilean mobile startup with a shopping app focused on the omni-channel consumer and whose main customers were Santander, Cencosud and Falabella.

MONICA HAMMOND is the Director of Marketing for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises. Broadway: Once On This Island (Circle in the Square) and Gettin' The Band Back Together (Belasco Theatre, 2018), Spring Awakening (Brooks Atkinson Theatre). Off-Broadway: Daddy Long Legs, Shear Madness, That Bachelorette Show, as well as the North American Tour of A Night With Janis Joplin. Monica also manages Ken Davenport's members-only community for theatre professionals, TheProducersPerspectivePRO

EMILY MCGILL is a publicist with nearly ten years of experience working in entertainment in New York City.  She has represented the Tony Award-winning productions of A Raisin in the Sun starring Denzel Washington, Memphis, and Billy Elliot, Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock and  CATS, George Takei's AllegianceThis Is Our YouthRock of AgesGhostElf, and First Date. Since that start, she's expanded out to other forms of entertainment, including music, film and television, and worked with companies large and small (from Disney, HBO, Amazon Studios, Fathom Events, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Westfield Corporation to boutique talent agencies, internet startups, non-profits and string quartets.  Plus male strippers.  Yes, male strippers).  Emily has successfully navigated relationships with the press on behalf of clients resulting in coverage from The New York TimesCBS Sunday Morning, the Associated Press, the Today Show,  Wall Street JournalNew York PostUSA Today, and Entertainment Weekly to name a few. Career highlights include the Obamas attending A Raisin in the Sun and having a literal 'stop the presses' moment with People Magazine for the exclusive photo, throwing an afternoon tea for Tony nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson that was hosted by Julianne Moore (and included the reading of a congratulatory letter from First Lady Michelle Obama), producing a concert at the State Department for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton starring cast members of Memphis and the show's composer David Bryan (of Bon Jovi), and producing a benefit concert of Operation Smile to celebrate the cast album of First Date.

 

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 the Montage Foundation.

 

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

 

 

Theater Resources Unlimited

announces their February Panel

The Implications of the New Tax Laws

for Artists, Producers & Non-Profits

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) offers an important conversation on Tuesday, February 20, 2018: The Implications of the New Tax Laws for Artists, Producers & Non-Profits at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/new-tax-laws/. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door).  Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/new-tax-laws/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

Speakers to include: Bailie Slevin, financial consultant with Entertaining Finance, a business management and financial consulting firm geared specifically toward creatives; Dave Spaulding, Enrolled Agent (EA), Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) and the Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor (ADPA) and partner at Phillips Gold & Partners; other to be announced.

 

This panel offers an important look at the new tax laws with respect to organization & entity structure, tax rates and how the new law bleeds down to the individual, whether producer or performer. Apart from the rate changes, and substantial bracket swings, there are quite a number of other surprising things both incorporated in the new law as well as left out. There are major reductions in tax deductions at the entity level but a near elimination of miscellaneous itemized deductions on the individual level making it very difficult for the small employee-performer. The doubling of the standard deduction may help some, but there are no personal exemptions left in the tax code. We'll look at how the tax laws might impact donor giving, and alternate strategies for maintaining and possibly growing support. Has the target donor base changed because of the change in deductions? On the plus side, perhaps, there are benefits in the new law for the self-employed and small business owner of either a partnership or S-corporation that could reduce taxable income from these specific entities. Our speakers will guide you through this confusing government-imposed maze and help manage expectations for artists.

 

Bailie Slevin is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She's worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie's resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe's Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and "Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more.

 

David Spaulding provides personalized service to individuals and businesses in tax consulting, tax compliance and controversy, business advisory, and tax planning. In addition, he offers detailed retirement planning services for individuals and families. A decade ago, David launched a specialized practice group, the Domestic Partners Network - through the advisory and services of a select group of multi-disciplinary professionals, the DPN offers a comprehensive approach to advising unmarried and same-sex couples, as well as non-traditional families, in the areas of tax compliance, estate and investment planning, insurance and healthcare, immigration and family planning. Mr. Spaulding holds a BA from Binghamton University (NY) and an MFA from Temple University (PA). With nearly thirty years' experience in taxation, David is an Enrolled Agent, licensed to practice before the Internal Revenue Service and more recently holds certifications as an Accredited Domestic Partnership Advisor (ADPA) Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC). He is a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, the Financial Planning Association and the New York State Society of CPAs. David has served for twenty years as state treasurer and member of the executive board of Common Cause New York. David has also served as treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Small VoicesLuna Stage CompanyPeridance Contemporary Dance Company and more recently The Statue Fund.

 

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 the Montage Foundation. 

 

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

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and The Playroom Theatre present the TRU September Panel -It Takes a Village - Come Meet Ours, an Introduction to TRU on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036.  For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru-17/.

 

Come to our free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet. And meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited that make it possible to bring you the range of programming we offer for producers and artists. Come to our free-for-everyone seasonal kickoff and networking meet-and-greet. And meet the program directors and illustrious board members of Theater Resources Unlimited that make it possible to bring you the range of programming we offer for producers and artists. Our confirmed lineup includes TRU Board member and former program director Michael Alden, producer (Come from Away, Disgraced, Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Grey Gardens); director of writer programs Diana Amsterdam (Practical Playwriting); TRU board member Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 Steps revival, Bedlam Theater's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum), founding artistic director Rhymes Over Beats, faculty for Practical Playwriting and TRU Voices selection committee; TRU literary manager Cate Cammarata (TRU Voices and How to Write a Musical That Works); R. Erin Craig who has joined us this year as one of the program directors for our Producer Development & Mentorship Program; TRU Vice-President and co-founder Cheryl Davis, award-winning playwright, attorney; attorney Eric Goldman, Esq. who runs our Investor Lab and our Mediation Workshop (and offers free mediation services and counsel to TRU members); producer Tom Polum (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up), TRU Board member who helps run TRU Voices and How to Write a Musical That Works; financial advisor/former board member Bailie Slevin who is a Speed Date coach (and offers free financial consultations to TRU members); Joanne Zippel (offers a free career consultation to TRU members). 

 

Learn about our programs, including our Producer Development & Mentorship Program, the TRU Voices Reading Series, Mediation workshop and other Producer Boot Camps, Speed Dates and Actor Workshops, Writer-Producer Speed Date, Director-Writer Communications Lab, our new How to Write a Musical That Works workshop and more. And let us know what we don't offer that you wish we did.

 

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best 30 second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; usually $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door for non-members, but free for everyone for this season opener. Please RSVP at https://truonline.org/events/an-introduction-to-tru-17/. You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

 

For more details, visit http://truonline.org/tru-event-category/monthly-panels/.

 

The Playroom Theater, a small theater with a purpose on West Forty Sixth Street. Created by longtime theatrical producer Eric Krebs, The Playroom Theater features a 62-seat boutique theater, appropriate for rehearsals, readings, auditions, producers' presentations and workshop productions. Conceived of as an artists' workspace for writers, directors, composers, actors, producers and others committed to the professional theater arts and its industry. "The idea of The Playroom has grown out of my desire to create a small and financially manageable space in the heart of the theater district," commented Krebs. "I want this to be a place where industry professionals can pop over for a reading, a backer's audition or a small production of a work in progress." For more information on The Playroom Theater, call Adam Brunner at 212-967-8278.

 

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 Legislatureand 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.


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.