TRU Producer Development
& Mentorship Program

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Ongoing training for serious producers
and self-producing artists

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) Producer Development & Mentorship Program, created in collaboration with 4-time Tony winning producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (The Heidi Chronicles, Rocky, All the Way, The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, Vanya & Sonya & Masha & Spike, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated) offers ongoing support and education for producers at all levels of experience. The program consists of two separate but interactive divisions: Career Producers Group (CPG) currently led by Broadway producer Michael Alden (Disgraced, Grey Gardens, Bridge & Tunnel, Bat Boy the musical, The Kings' Speech on stage) and Self-Producing Artists (SPA) led by off-Broadway producer Patrick Blake (The 39 Steps revival, Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan, The Exonerated, In the Continuum, Play Dead!). Traversing both divisions are members who work primarily in the not-for-profit (NFP) world whose needs and questions are addressed by a separate program director, Patricia R. Klausner, managing director of Shotgun Productions (Chaos Theory, The Lost Boy) and commercial producer(Pippin, The Trip to Bountiful, The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly).

Patricia Klausner
Michael Alden program director
Career Producers
Patrick Blake
program director
Self-Producing Artists (SPA)
Patricia R. Klausner program director

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 a range of 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.


Monday August 31st at 6pm

(applications accepted only once a year)
Email for application
and detailed information about the program

Price: $250 plus $85 TRU membership
($200 for renewing members)

Advanced class: $350 plus $85 TRU membership
(by invitation only)
Email for details.

• Special monthly interactive seminars with various topics of discussion, guest speakers are all respected theater professionals.

• Curriculum designed to cover all major aspects of producing, step by step, from project selection to legal issues to budgets to marketing. Seminars will be geared to offer members the information needed to put together a solid business plan for their project.

• At the end of 10 months, all members will present their business plan for evaluation by the program directors and invited guest professionals. One project will be selected and given an endowment of approximately $500 for a developmental table read with industry talkback.

• Provides the opportunity for goal-oriented one-on-one mentorships and consultations between industry pros and aspiring producers. Not everyone who is accepted into the program will receive a 3-month mentorship, though every effort will be made to place everyone in meaningful consultations to help guide them in development.

• All CPG members are eligible for one-on-one mentorships after program review and member’s goals are clarified. If you are placed in a mentorship - if you have a specific project and need - you meet with your mentor once a month for three months; the rest is follow up phone calls or emails. If you have specific areas that you want to explore and want a one-time consultation with a producer, general manager, lawyer or other theater professional, we set that up for you.

• All SPA members are eligible for one-time consultations (there can be multiple consultations). A one-on-one mentorship is available only when the PDMP Directors feel the SPA member has clarified a qualified need for a mentorship, and after program review.

• Occasional hands-on internships with theater professionals, as available.


MICHAEL ALDEN is one of ther producers of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Disgraced on Broadway; he recently produced Becoming Dr. Ruth with Debra Jo Rupp. He 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.) Off Broadway and regional: 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. For 2013-14, Mr. Alden is preparing the Broadway premieres’ of David Seidler’s The King’s Speech directed by Adrian Noble; and along with Producer Elizabeth Healy, Wendy Yondorf’s comedy Admit One directed by Karen Lynn Carpenter.
PATRICK BLAKE is a writer/producer based in New York and San Francisco, and the founding artistic director of Rhymes Over Beats, dedicated to bringing hip hop music to commercial theater. In New York theater, he was one of the producers of Bedlam Theatre's Hamlet/St. Joan, Play Dead! at The Players Theatre, 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 is on the team of the new musical My Life Is a Musical which ran at the Bay Street Theatre, and also produced Dirty Works at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He was Executive Producer for the short film, The Igloo, and the feature film Mr. Smith Gets a Hustler.
Patricia Klausner
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.

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