Theater Resources Unlimited and The Playroom Theatre
present the July TRU Panel
Producers and Literary Agents:
A Long Overdue Meeting of Minds
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
7:00 pm Networking, 7:30 pm Panel
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), in association with their new partner The Playroom Theatre, present the July panel, Producers and Literary Agents: A Long Overdue Meeting of Minds, on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at 7:30pm at a **NEW LOCATION: The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036.** Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments; roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm.
Panel will include: Margot Astrachan, producer (A Gentleman’s Guide…, Ghost the musical, Around the World in Eighty Days, On a Clear Day…); Jane Bergere, producer (Wolf Hall, You Can’t Take It with You, Rocky, Clybourne Park, War Horse, Kinky Boots; Off Broadway and regional: The Exonerated, Houdini The Musical, Capture Now); Beth Blickers, agent with Abrams Artists Agency; Mark Orsini, agent with Bret Adams Ltd.; Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (The Heidi Chronicles, Rocky, A Steady Rain, 4 Tony awards: All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty; off-Broadway: The Exonerated, Play Dead, In the Continuum).
Agents are well-versed in the needs and interests of regional theaters and not-for-profits. Might commercial producers also be open to agent submissions? We will attempt to expand the Venn Diagram of producer and agent relationships so that there is a greater overlap. What do agents want to hear from a producer? What do producers wish agents understood? It’s time for a conversation.
Admission is $12 (free for TRU members). You may now pay in advance and save $2 – go to http://www.truonline.org/store.html#panel to pay $10 for the panel, which will also count as your reservation. Please call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212/714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com. Doors open at 7pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm – come prepared with your best half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need.
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.” The Playroom Theatre is also host to Masterworks Theater Company, (Eric Krebs, Founding Director; Christopher Scott, Artistic Director; Frankie Dailey, Managing Director) a professional not-for-profit Equity theater company, whose repertoire will include the masterworks of the theater (plays, musicals and stage adaptation of novels) that every young person should have an opportunity to experience.
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.