Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), in association with The Actors Temple, present the Writer-Producer Speed Date, The Art of the Pitch, on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 5:30pm and 6:30pm at a **NEW LOCATION: The Actors Temple, 339 W. 47th Street, NYC** If accepted into the program, the cost is $65 for TRU members and $75 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount – we’d like that).
You meet a producer at a party, and have two minutes to interest him in your work. Do you have the skill to sell yourself? Here’s a chance to practice your pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work. Okay, they probably won’t option you on the spot, but you’ll meet them and have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that’s what this business is all about. Relationships.
We’ll have eleven producers lined up, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, all with an interest in new projects. July Producer Lineup Includes: Michael Alden – producer (Disgraced, Becoming Dr. Ruth, The King’s Speech on stage, Grey Gardens Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy); Frank Calo – indie producer and director (The Believer, Here and There, The Cookout); Neil Danoff – investor (An American in Paris, Elephant Man, The Audience, Something Rotten, Bridges of Madison County, All the Way; upcoming China Doll, On Your Feet); Ed Gaynes – producer (Cougar the musical, Zero Hour, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, Fried Chicken and Latkes), theater owner St. Luke’s, Actors Temple; Michael Leland – indie producer/director (upcoming: for colored girls… revival; Langston Hughes: An American Celebration, Theatre Double’s Just Fall on Our Heads); Veronique Ory – artistic director of The Athena Theatre Company; Ken Waissman – producer (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God, Josephine); Ken Wydro – indie producer (Mama, I Want to Sing), Broadway producer/investor (Something Rotten, An American in Paris, Act of God, Curious Incident…); Frank Zuback/Frank Zuback Productions – a musical and theatrical production company; plus 2 more TBA! For updates and more detailed bios, please visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateJuly15.htm.
We will also have three professional coaches on board to help you with your presentation and content. To Apply: Visit http://www.truonline.org/WriterSpeedDateJuly15.htm to download an application, or emailo TRUnltd@aol.com to request the form. Email completed application to TRUnltd@aol.com. Evening limited to 22 writers, deadline to apply is Friday, July 17th at midnight.
NOT EVERYONE WILL BE ACCEPTED. We will judge your application based on the viability of the project, your experience as a writer, prior development of the project and the specific interests of the participating producers. If accepted into the program, the cost is $65 for TRU members and $75 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount – we’d like that).
The Actors Temple, Congregation Ezrath Israel, is a place where spirituality meets creativity, where acceptance and inclusion are core principles, and where the enduring values of Judaism translate into human connections. Providing community and self-expression, deeds of loving kindness and caring they look for fresh approaches to enliven worship while maintaining a connection to Jewish roots. Their warm community welcomes all people who are searching for a deepened relationship to God and Judaism, for self-expression, learning, and friendship. All people are included and appreciated. The congregation is progressive and egalitarian, a place where mind, heart, and soul can be nourished. The sanctuary is also an off-broadway theater space, and very much a part of the New York performing arts community.
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.