Theater Resources Unlimited to Host WRITER-PRODUCER SPEED DATE, 2/2
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) invites writers to meet more than eleven real producers face-to-face at the Writer-Producer Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch on Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 5:30pm and 6:30pmat The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor NYC. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 24th. If accepted, the cost to participate is $75 ($65 for TRU members). For more information and an application, visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateFeb14.htm.
Participants will have the opportunity to pitch to eleven producers, from the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, and eleven aspiring producers from TRU's Producer Development program. The objective of the evening is to provide writers an opportunity to develop their pitching skills with expert coaches and develop relationships with participating producers.
Producers (confirmed as of 1/13) include Paul Adams, artistic director of Emerging Artists Theatre; Jane Bergere, producer (Kinky Boots, Annie revival, Clybourne Park, War Horse, Driving Miss Daisy, The Exonerated); Patrick Blake, producer (Bedlam Theater Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum); Doug Denoff/Sutton Square Entertainment, producer (Handle With Care, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The 39 Steps, Significant Others, Peggy Sue Got Married, Beebo Brinker Chronicles); RK Greene, producer (Peter & the Starcatcher, Cougar, Room Service); Angie Kristic, indie producer/director; Michael Leland, indie producer/director Tom Polum, producer (The Toxic Avenger, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, All Shook Up); and Ken Waissman, producer (Josephine, Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God).
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 an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.
Built in 1907 and converted into a theatre in the late 1940's, The Players Theatre, host of the monthly TRU panels, has been a jewel in the midst of beautiful Greenwich Village, serving as a magnet for performing artists and their audiences. The mainstage theatre has been home to such long run productions as An Evening with Quentin Crisp, Psycho Beach Party and Ruthless starring an 8 year old Brittany Spears, Natalie Portman and Legally Blonde the Musical's Laura Bell Bundy. The Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, a 60-seat loft space on the 3rd floor offers an intimate home for TRU's panels, as well as a range of new works. For more information, please visit www.theplayerstheatre.com.
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Member Christine Quinn; The Montage Foundation, as well as support from the Friar's National Foundation Association.