TRU to Host Writer-Producer Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch, 7/27
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, July 27, 2014 at 5:30pm and 6:30pm at The Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal Street, 3rd Floor NYC. The deadline to apply is Saturday, July 19, 2014. If accepted, the cost to participate is $75 ($65 for TRU members). For more information and an application, visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateJuly14.htm.
As part of its dedication to educating and supporting the community of theater artists, TRU once again offers a unique opportunity for writers to meet, pitch their work and receive valuable feedback from eleven real commercial and independent producers.
The selected writers will have the opportunity to pitch to eleven producers, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, and up to 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 as well as develop relationships with participating producers. To help with preparation, writers will receive coaching from experts prior to pitching.
Producers include Patrick Blake - Off-Bway (Bedlam Theater Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum); R. Erin Craig/La Vie Productions; Jane Dubin - Broadway (Peter & the Starcatcher, Ann); off-Broadway (The 39 Steps, Groundswell); David Elliot - Broadway (Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike) off-Broadway (Bedlam Theater Hamlet/St. Joan, In the Continuum); David Garfinkle - (unconfirmed) - Broadway producer (A Gentleman's Guide..., Spider-Man, Ghost the musical); Ed Gaynes - (Cougar the musical, Zero Hour, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Fried Chicken and Latkes), theater owner St. Luke's, Actors Temple;John Lant - Producing Artistic Director of Write Act Eastside and Times Square Arts Centre in New York; Michael Leland - indie producer/director; Markus Potter - producing artistic director NewYorkRep; Ron Simons/SimonSays Entertainment - Broadway producer (A Gentleman's Guide..., Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Porgy & Bess, all black Streetcar Named Desire); Daryl Sledge, off-Broadway producer (Fried Chicken & Latkes); Shela Xoregos, artistic director Xoregos Performing Company.
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.