Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is accepting applications for the Producer Mentorship and Development Program for 2013-14, a program designed to guide anyone producing a project through the steps of putting together an effective business plan, as well as help you to set and achieve attainable goals. Led by industry veterans and insiders, this year-long program encompasses the full scope of both the commercial and not-for-profit theatrical producer’s process, using a hands-on approach, on-site training, and a focus on practical application. In order to be eligible for the program you must join TRU as a member; to apply send an email inquiry to TRUMentor@gmail.com and TRU will send you detailed information and an application. If accepted into the program, the cost for the year is $100 (plus a $75 TRU membership fee). For more detailed information on the program visit www.truonline.org/PDMP2.htm
The Producer Development and Mentorship Program is comprised of two interactive divisions: Career Producers led by producer Michael Alden (The King’s Speech, Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy the Musical), and Self-Producing Artists led by producer-writer Patrick Blake (Play Dead, The Exonerated, In the Continuum). Traversing both groups are members whose focus is working in the not-for-profit realm; their program director is producer Patricia R. Klausner (Pippin, The Trip to Bountiful, Stick Fly, The Scottsboro Boys). The three program directors will guide participants through the year-long program meeting once a month, and will include a networking component along with seminar presentations led by industry veterans at site specific locations in Manhattan.
Whether in the early stages of development, working toward a staged reading or looking to produce a full commercial production, participants will leave the course with a ready-to-use, project-specific business plan. Participants will begin the program with a production goal in mind and will be guided through the many facets and phases of production and development including:
• The Elements of a Successful Production - a top NY critic, a dramaturg and a producer will offer a unique and often neglected perspective on the definition of a successful production.
• Production Development - a lineup of notable development executives and artistic directors will cover the various development paths from page to stage.
• General Management and Budgets - a seminar with theatrical General Managers and staff, outlining the invaluable role and function of the General Manager including unions, talent and crew negotiations, bonds and budgets.
• The Legal Aspects of Production, an evening with experienced entertainment attorneys, offering an overview of the trials, tribulations and contracts a Producer must navigate.
• Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations - members of an A-level marketing and advertising firm will discuss conventional as well as out-of-the-box marketing, advertising and the vital role of social media.
• Asking For Money with a lineup of theater investors and producers, sharing the who, when, where and how of asking for money.
• Creating Your Business Plan, with a panel of industry experts, helping you build your blueprint for a successful production.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS
As a film and theater producer, Michael Alden has been represented in the West End with David Seidler’s original play The King’s Speech and Bat Boy the Musical, on Broadway with Grey Gardens and Bridge & Tunnel (Special Tony Award), and Off-Broadway and regional with the Brochu-Schalchlin musical The Last Session, Bat Boy the Musical, Sarah Jones Bridge & Tunnel, Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell and the Los Angeles productions of Howard Crabtree’s When Pigs Fly and Theresa Rebeck’s Bad Dates directed by Judith Ivey. Film works include: Just Cause with Sean Connery, the fashion forward documentary UnZipped for Miramax, Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, the multi-award winning feature comedy Kissing Jessica Stein and Ralph Ziman’s foreign feature film The Zookeeper starring Sam Neill. Mr. Alden’s current projects include the Broadway premieres’ of David Seidler’s The King’s Speech and along with Producer Elizabeth Healy, Wendy Yondorf’s comedy Admit One directed by Karen Lynn Carpenter, Becoming Dr. Ruth starring Debra Jo Rupp and the screen version of Emmy-nominated writer Jason Odell’s Handle with Care.
Patrick Blake is a writer/producer based in New York and San Francisco. In New York theater, he was one of the producers of Play Dead! at The Players Theatre, he has produced In the Continuum at Perry Street Theatre, Noah's Archive, Joe Fearless, The Exonerated (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Court TV's Scales of Justice Award) and The Soap Myth at Southstreet Seaport. He also produced Dirty Works at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He is currently working on bringing to New York the hip hop musical Freedom starring the rapper Maino, which (like The Exonerated) deals with the issue of unjust conviction. He was Executive Producer for the short film, The Igloo, and the feature film Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler.
Patricia R. Klausner has produced, written and assistant directed theater. She is one of the producers of the Tony Award winning revival of Trip to Bountiful and Pippin on Broadway. Previously she was a producer of the Broadway shows The Scottsboro Boys and Stick Fly. As the Managing Director of Shotgun Productions, a theatrical non-profit, she has developed & produced theater, dance and operas. Productions include: Clear. . .A new musical experience (co-production with Dixon Place, Hendel Productions, Wayne Brady, Michele Crowley & Earl Dax), Santa Claus is Coming Out (co-production with Penguin Rep & Diverse City Theater), Marc Deaton in Vienna (classical concert, Schoenberg Center, Austria), The Lost Boy (co-production with QTIP & The Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack), Tristan und Isolde in Sofia (staged concert, Bulgaria), 24-Hour Drama-Thons, Big Kids, The Chaos Theories, Seduction (musical theater dance opera), Undivulged Crimes, Don't Hug Me (co-production with NJ Rep), Mia Michael's R.A.W. (dance concert), and Joined at the Head. Ms. Klausner has a Ph.D. in sociology and has taught women's studies, race relations, and criminology at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College.
ABOUT THEATER RESOURCES UNLIMITED
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-one 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 also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops on Pitching, Raising Money and Showcase Producing 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.
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.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.