A trusted haven for isolated artists, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now in its second year of uninterrupted weekly community meetings This Friday, having offered over 100 talks and unlimited camaraderie since April 17, 2020. TRU hosts its community meetings every Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET via Zoom to explore the creation of arts and theater in the time of COVID-19, and these crucial conversations will continue when theaters reopen. Ask questions, bring answers, be part of a community – it’s an opportunity to network with theater professionals and talk about how we’ve kept theater alive during the closure and what we’re doing now to keep going.
To receive the Zoom invitation for future meetings, email [email protected] with “Zoom Me” in the subject line. These gatherings are free to TRU members, but non-members are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation — or consider joining TRU — to support the organization during these challenging times.
Friday, May 20th – A Conversation with Literary Agents: How the Shutdown Has Changed Business. In the room: Kate Bussert/Bret Adams Ltd., Bonnie Davis/Bret Adams Ltd., Katie Gamelli/Paladin Artists and Lucy Powis/A3 Artists Agency. The impact of closure on the role of literary agents: how contracts have changed and how the way of doing business in general has evolved. Will some of the changes remain even after live theater reopens? Has the shutdown affected the development of new works and has the role of an agent changed in any way? Are the possibilities for new works still limited or just different? Click here to sign up and get the Zoom link: https://truonline.org/events/literary-agents-in-shutdown/.
Friday, May 27th – Will streaming continue to be a part of the “normal” theater experience? In the room: media entrepreneur Jim Augustine, former COO of Zuckerberg Media, current founding CEO of Real Right Good business consulting and management; commercial producer Cody Lassen (How I Learned to Drive Revival, Thoughts of a Colored Man, Tootsie, What the Constitution Means to Me, Indecent, Significant Other, Spring Awakening Revival); and Gio Messale, entertainment executive and producer specializing in production, acquisitions and programming at theater streaming channel BroadwayHD. We will explore the creative use of technology to disrupt theater business as usual and better serve audiences. Click here to register and get the Zoom link: https://truonline.org/events/will-streaming-continue/.
Friday, March 6th – NFT (Non-Fungible Tokens): The newest revenue stream for theaters. In the room: Eric Neal, founder of Third Act, the first NFT marketplace of its kind for the theater community. Learn what an NFT is; what NFTs can offer in terms of marketing and community engagement; and how the technology traces the provenance of each item to ensure authenticity. Click here to register and get the Zoom link: https://truonline.org/events/nft/.
Visit our website for the 2022 schedule: https://truonline.org/tru-community-gathering/
Videos of past Community Gatherings can be viewed on TRU’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/channel/UC43rsChi4fA23dNLeloaF_A/.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the premier theater professional development network, a 29-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to help producers produce, budding theater companies thrive and all Theater professionals understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. TRU publishes an email community newsletter featuring services, goods, and productions; presents weekly community gatherings; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York City theaters and also offers Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through the TRU Voices Play Reading Series, Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Hands-On Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works, and a Director-Writer Communications Lab. Theater Resources Unlimited programs are supported in part by the Montage Foundation, The Storyline Project, and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.