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TRU Hosts THE ART OF THE PITCH Writer-Producer Speed Date, 10/14


Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) once again offers writers a unique opportunity to pitch their work to a prestigious lineup of serious producers, many of them with Broadway credits, and receive valuable feedback. The event is dubbed the TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date (The Art of the Pitch), an eye-opening education plus networking that will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 5:30pm & 6:30pmat The Players Theatre's Steve & Marie Sgouros Theatre, 3rd floor, 115 MacDougal Street, NYC.

Professional coaches are on board to help the writers hone their content and presentation skills before they go off to meet over a dozen producers - from beginner to Broadway level - and go off to sell themselves and their projects in one-to-one session of four minutes each. Like in any good speed dating event, whistles are blown. The evening is limited to 22 writers, who are selected through an application process. If accepted, the cost is $75($65 for TRU members).Send applications by email to or by phone at (212) 714-7628 no later than Saturday October 6, 2012. For application information and more click HERE.

Scheduled producers include: Margot Astrachan, producer (Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day... revival); Patrick Blake, producer (Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum); Jane Dubin, producer (The Norman Conquests, The 39 Steps, Peter and the Starcatcher); Jacki Barlia Florin, producer (revivals of Jesus Christ Superstar, On a Clear Day..., HOW TO SUCCEED...; plus The Mountaintop, Jerusalem, The Scottsboro Boys); JorDan Scott Gilbert, producer (Ghost the Musical);Bruce Robert Harris, producer, (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Clybourne Park, Bonnie & Clyde, The Scottsboro Boys); Richmond Shepard, indie producer, theater owner;Ken Waissman, producer (original Grease, Agnes of God, Torch Song Trilogy); Stuart Wilk, producer (Yank!, Meet Me in St. Louis at Irish Repertory); and Shela Xoregos, artistic director Xoregos Performing Company. The coaches for the upcoming Speed Date are Gillien Goll and Michael Ian Cedar, both of whom have extensive experience teaching Public Speaking and Presentation techniques.

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 hosts monthly informational industry panels; 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 Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab. Programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and "Speed Dating" as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) as well as generous support from the Friar's National Foundation Association.

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

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