Event Details
  • September 27, 2015
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Essentials of Successful Self-Producing

Boot Camp-SPArevise

 

Sometimes you've just got to jump in and be more than an artist to make theater happen. In this groundbreaking new half-day workshop we will look at how artists can successfully take on the challenging role of producer to generate their own opportunities. The ones who are most successful have to master a range of business skills, don a variety of hats and learn to be an expert juggler. "I'm just an artist" no longer cuts it when you make the move from page to paying audience. Learn to view your creative work from a business perspective, understand the need to think differently and make smarter choices, not only now but for the future of your show, and your brand. It all seems a little overwhelming at times, but we will break it down into easily digestible bites. When you know what you're doing, it can actually be fun and fulfilling.

Faculty for the inception of this workshop will include a quintet of highly successful self-producers (see full bios below): actor-writer-producer Karen Eterovich, who has toured the US and Europe with one-woman shows about Aphra Behn and Jane Austen; writer-producer Dorothy Marcic whose musical Sistas has played off-Broadway for three years, and whose previous show Respect has played in 44 cities; writer-director-producer Nancy Holson who spans the worlds of commercial live theater, corporate theater, and television with the Emmy Award winning The News in Revue, off-Broadway's Bush Wars and the touringLudwig Live!; prolific playwright Rich Orloff whose self-produced Off-Off-Broadway comedies have been been published by Playscripts and produced around the world; and actor-writer-producer Josh Rivedal who has cracked the college circuit and created a successful ongoing business from his one-man show The Gospel According to Josh.

Our curriculum (subject to change due to availability of speakers):

1:00- check-in

1:15 – 1:45 “Why Are You Doing This?”

  • Understanding your property and identifying your audience
  • Managing expectations and setting attainable goals
  • Is producing this worth giving up months of my life that I could spend creating something new? 

1:45-2:15 “Wearing Many Different Hats”

  • You are no longer “just an artist” - the 5 different hats of any entrepreneur.
  • Keeping the identities separate – know who you are in each situation.
  • Thinking in spreadsheets, and understanding the business.
  • Collaboration. It’s never a one-man show, even if it sometimes feels like it.

2:15-2:45 “Knowing What You Need to Make It Happen”

  • How your goals affect your choices (budget, venue, creative team and more).
  • How much do things really cost? How much should you pay people, and how to have those conversations? Including a review of actual budgets.
  • The most uncomfortable ask: friends and family.
  • How to get help when you think you can’t afford it.
  • How to put together and manage your creative team.

2:45-3:00 – BREAK

3:00-3:30 “Marketing, Promotion and Self-Promotion” 

  • Branding yourself, branding your plays, branding your company.
  • Identifying your audience – If you’re selling to everyone, you’re selling to no one.
  • The marketing basics: website, postcards, social media, tdf, and papering.
  • Being an effective spokesperson - Think like an audience, not like an artist.

3:30-4:00 “Finding or Creating Opportunities”

  • Getting your plays out there in the world: licensing, and getting the most out of it.
  • Researching and booking tours.
  • Fringes and festivals.
  • Networking, now and for the future.

4:00-4:30 “Planning Ahead” 

  • Thinking beyond a single production.
  • Having a vision of what this play could be and how far it can go. 
  • How to capitalize on this production in order to plant the seeds for the next step

4:30-5:00 “How to Stay Inspired” - with all presenters, moderated by Bob Ost

  • Celebrating the joys and challenges of self-producing
  • Q&A
Faculty
  • KAREN ETEROVICH

    has toured nationally and internationally as Aphra Behn in her solo play, Love Arm’d, Aphra Behn & Her Pen, including the Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland and the Mission Theatre, Bath, UK. Karen played Jane Austen in her own solo play Cheer from Chawton, A Jane Austen Family Theatrical. Cheer has played coast to coast from Stockton, CA to the Players Club and National Arts Clubs in New York City to the Mission Theatre in Bath. Recent New York City: Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest with the Hudson Warehouse. Regional: Great Expectations, Indiana Repertory Theatre, All’s Well That Ends Well at The Shakespeare Theatre, Michael Kahn, director. Masha in The Three Sisters and Alma in Summer and Smoke, Paul Giovanni, director. Current: Member, Blue Roses, Member LPTW, Heritage Committee, Women Stage the World. Recent video interview, Aphra Behn as Activist by the New York Times Women in the World section. http://www.lovearmd.com

  • NANCY HOLSON

    general Manager/self-producer, is an Emmy-award winning writer, director and producer whose 25-year career spans the worlds of commercial live theater, corporate theater, and television. Nancy wrote, produced and directed the long-running hit show The News In Revue (1992 – 2011), on PBS (5 Emmy Awards), NPR, Off Broadway, the Berkshires and numerous venues from coast to coast. Writer/Director/Producer/ and/or General Manager - Off Broadway: Bush Wars and Ludwig Live! NYC and Regional: Parenting 101: The Musical, Dear Mom, Can I Really Date A Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke?, Folk City; Wild Women of Planet Wongo, London: Ludwig Live!. Coming Christmas 2015 in both London and New York: Nutcracker, The Musical. www.holsonproductions.com

  • DOROTHY MARCIC

    is a playwright, whose productions have played in over 40 cities, including three years of her Off-Broadway musical SISTAS. She is adjunct professor at Columbia University, and a former professor at Vanderbilt University. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Prague, has two masters and a doctorate, and is the author of 15 books, including the best-selling Understanding Management and RESPECT: Women and Popular Music. In 2003, Dorothy left full-time academia for playwriting. She turned her Respect book into a musical, tracing women’s development through Top-40 music with content-analysis research of how women are depicted in popular music lyrics. Dorothy has also been working on several plays. The reading of Intentions in June 2013 resulted in a Broadway producer optioning the piece, and it is currently in development, with an Industry Reading scheduled for April 2015. Dorothy started her career in the arts as a production assistant on the TV program, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, while in graduate school. She has appeared on C-SPAN, CMT, and Bravo Network.

  • RICH ORLOFF

    is the author of 15 award-winning full-length plays and the Relatively Artistic Director of the Foolish Theatre Company, which has produced six of his comedies Off-Off Broadway. The New York Times gave his comedy Funny As a Crutch a “Critic's Pick”, and Show Business Weekly called The Naked Truth “a rare gem of a comedy”. As a result of the Foolish production of Romantic Fools, Playscripts published and licensed the play, which has since had over 60 productions around the world. Rich’s documentary-style play Chatting with the Tea Party, based on interviews with leaders of Tea Party groups, has had readings at 15 theaters so far; Rich is planning an Off-Off Broadway production for February. Rich’s 80 short plays have received over 1200 productions; seven have been published in the annual Best American Short Plays anthology series, more than any other playwright in the last twenty years. http://www.richorloff.com/www.richorloff.com.

  • JOSH RIVEDAL

    is an author, actor, playwright, theatre producer, and international public speaker. He wrote and developed the one-man play, The Gospel According to Josh, and since 2011 it has toured over 90+ locations, reaching 15000+ across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. His memoir The Gospel According to Josh: A 28-Year Gentile Bar Mitzvah, was published by Skookum Hill in 2013 and is on The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s recommended reading list. He has spoken about suicide prevention, mental health, and diversity in four countries. He writes for the Huffington Post. He is the founder and executive director of The i’Mpossible Project—a non-profit media company designed to entertain, educate, and engage on suicide prevention, mental health, diversity and social change. He curated the 50-story inspirational anthology The i’Mpossible Project: Reengaging With Life Creating a New You for release by Skookum Hill January 13, 2016. Coming soon in conjunction with The i’Mpossible Project: Living Mentally Well and Crushing it While in College. Visit www.iampossibleproject.com

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