Event Details
  • Speed Date (you must be accepted prior to purchase)
    June 25, 2017
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Available Tickets Price Qty*
Non-members $80.00 (USD)  / ticket  
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Jun 17, 2017
Members $75.00 (USD)  / ticket  
Goes On Sale
Jun 17, 2017
Additional person $25.00 (USD)  / ticket  
Goes On Sale
Jun 17, 2017

*Please note that a maximum number of 3 tickets can be purchased for this event per order.

Writer-Producer Speed Date
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NOLA Rehearsal Studio
244 W. 54th St., 11th fl.

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?

Click here for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com - we already have our full lineup of producers, so check them out below, and apply early!

Submission deadline Wednesday 6/14. We will let you know if you are accepted by Sunday 6/18. And do not purchase a spot through our ticketing app above left unless you have actually been accepted into the event. You must be accepted first.

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; we also may have eleven aspiring producers from our Producer Development program. So you'll be pitching to as many as 22 producers in total!

Come with a willingness to learn, because the real value is the chance to practice your pitching. And you'll be getting invaluable coaching from experts, as well. And did we mention the wine and snacks afterwards?

Confirmed Producers include: 

  • Margot Astrachan -producer (A Gentleman's Guide..., Ghost the musical, Around the World in 80 Days, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day...);
  • Evan Bernardin - producer/general manager (Nancy & Tonya: The Rock Opera (NYMF), What Do Critics Know? (NYMF), We Are The Tigers and The Dodgers);
  • Doug Denoff (unconfirmed) - producer (Broadway: 39 Steps, Nice Work if You Can Get ItFiddler on the Roof revival, Off-Broadway: Clever Little Lies);
  • Sarahbeth Grossman - producer (IndecentAn American in Paris Broadway, National Tour & West End; Ann, Stick Fly, Dames at Sea Broadway revival);
  • Jim Kierstead - producer (Indecent, Natasha Pierre..., Sunset Boulevard, Kinky Boots, Waitress, Yank!);
  • David Vernon Lustig/No Filter Productions (Cedar Street, The Countess of Storyville, American Pastime);
  • Veronique Ory - artistic director of Athena Theatre Company;
  • Daryl Sledge/Mother's Boy Productions - film and off-Broadway producer (Fried Chicken and Latkes; upcoming: Pound for Pound; plus films in development);
  • Ken Waissman (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God, current Josephine the musical);
  • Dauna Williams - producer (Broadway: Scottsboro Boys);
  • Frank Zuback - commercial producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World)

Coaches:

  • Gillien Goll
  • Bailie Slevin

Trailing Producers:

  • Dan Radford, associate producer with Davelle LLC (Indecent, Eclipsed, It Shoulda Been You)
Producers
  • MARGOT ASTRACHAN

    is a commercial theatrical producer based in New York. Producer of the upcoming The Countess of Storyville, Around The World In Eighty Days National Tour, the National Tour of Ghost the Musical, the Tony Award winning Broadway musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder and the Broadway play The Realistic Joneses, as well as the recent Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway; in addition, she was a producer of the musical Busker Alley and the revival of On a Clear Day You Can See Forever among others. She was the American Artistic Director of the Jermyn Street Theatre in London, and The Kings Head Theatre in London, and has had over 30 years’ experience producing special events for Arts Organizations such as The York Theatre Company, The Theatre Museum, and BritArts of The St. George’s Society, which featured British and American theatre professionals in readings and panels in New York. She is a Director of The New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), a Director of The League of Professional Theatre Women, and a Director of The Episcopal Actors Guild. Ms. Astrachan is a member of The Association of Performing Arts Presenters, The National Alliance For Musical Theatre, The Broadway League, The Dramatists Guild, the Advisory Board of TRU, British American Business, Inc. and BAFTA. She is a graduate of CTI (The Commercial Theatre Institute).

  • EVAN BERNARDIN

    is a General Manager and Producer, resident of New York City, and mentee of Tony Award winner Leonard Soloway. He has supported the development of projects headed for the Broadway and Off-Broadway markets working regularly in New York City and Los Angeles. Evan has worked with the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS (BCEFA), Fringe (NY & LA), The Workshop Theatre Company, The Broadway Youth Ensemble (BYE), and The Make A Wish Foundation; his collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Georgetown's Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, 54 Below, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Credits: Nancy & Tonya: The Rock Opera (NYMF), What Do Critics Know? (NYMF), We Are The Tigers and The Dodgers. Recent: The Bad Years, The Navigator (LA Premier) and My Mom Is Trying to Ruin My Life. Evan has worked with The Workshop Theatre Company, The Broadway Youth Ensemble, Born for Broadway; his collaborative projects include performances at Lincoln Center, The United Nations, The Harvard Club, Georgetown's Gaston Hall, The Culture Project, The Ohio Theatre, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • DOUG DENOFF

    is a three-time Tony nominated Broadway producer (39 Steps, Nice Work If You Can Get It, and the current revival of Fiddler on the Roof). He has won the Drama Desk Award as a producer and television's Emmy Award, and, in 2012 received his first Grammy nomination for the Original Cast Album of Nice Work If You Can Get It, which launched his record label Shout! Broadway.  Through his company Sutton Square Entertainment, his passion is to develop and produce original new musicals and plays that can be successful on Broadway, and in regional theaters and touring companies for decades; shows that can become new classics in the world of theater. Denoff is currently represented on Broadway as a co-producer of the hit Tony-nominated Best Revival of Fiddler On The Roof at the Broadway Theatre and also co-produced David Mamet’s China Doll starring Al Pacino. Off-Broadway credits: Clever Little Lies, by two-time Tony winner Joe DiPietro, Handle With Care at the Westside Theatre, Witnessed by the World at 59e59 and the revival of 39 Steps. Denoff is lead producer of the new musical Peggy Sue Got Married, with original score by Jersey Boys composer Bob Gaudio. Shout! Broadway also produced the 2012 Broadway Cast Album of Annie along with 12-time Grammy-winning Album Producer Thomas Z. Shepard, and released the Cast Recording of Scandalous and several notable solo albums.

  • JIM KIERSTEAD

    is a two-time 2013 Tony® Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots and the revival of Pippin.  He also is involved with the international hit musical Matilda on Broadway and on tour and is a co-producer of the 2016 Broadway musicals Waitress and Natasha & Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 starring Josh Groban.  He has been a co-producer of the Broadway productions of The Visit (Tony nominated), You Can’t Take It With You (Tony nominated), Side Show, It Shoulda Been You and Rocky.  Jim has worked in New York theatre since 2000 investing and raising money for shows including Something Rotten, The Glass Menagerie, the revival of Hair (Best Revival), American Idiot, The Addams Family, Catch Me If You Can, among others. Jim began his career by developing and producing the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere of Thrill Me – The Leopold & Loeb Story (nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical in 2005) and produced its original New York production in 2003.  He founded his production company Kierstead Productions, Inc. in 2004.  In 2010, he produced the Off-Broadway premiere of Yank! – A World War II Love Story.  Jim has been an Executive Producer on the films Between Love and Goodbye, Kiss Me, Kill Me, and the upcoming Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. Currently, Jim is developing a new musical entitled Unexpected Joy with book & lyrics by Bill Russell (two-time Tony® nominated for Side Show), a play entitled Cover by Bill McMahon, and a play entitled The Dodgers by Diana Amsterdam about the draft dodgers during the Vietnam War which had its World Premiere production at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles.  Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company and The New York Theatre Barn.

  • SARAHBETH GROSSMAN

    is a producer and a consultant in entertainment marketing and non-profit management.  Broadway producing credits include Indecent, An American in Paris (also tour and West End), Dames at Sea, Ann and Stick Fly.  Sarahbeth was on Nelle Nugent’s producing team on Time Stands Still and John Leguizamo’s Ghetto Klown on Broadway and she raised funds for the West End production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and the national tour of Peter and the Starcatcher.  Ms. Grossman was a producer on From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook (the Broadway community’s response to the tragic shootings in Newtown, CT) and is a co-producer of the documentary film Midsummer at Newtown.  Off-Broadway Ms. Grossman produced The Irish Curse which is now being licensed across the globe, and served as Executive Producer on Ten Chimneys and the 60th anniversary revival of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn both at the Peccadillo Theater Company.  She has produced at NYMF, NYFringe and Edingburgh Fringe Festivals.  Other film/television work includes stints at Showtime Networks, Viacom Pictures, production work on BOPHA! directed by Morgan Freeman, Strapped directed by Forest Whitaker and Three Wishes and Out to Sea (Associate Producer)  directed by Martha Coolidge.  Sarahbeth was Executive Director of Global Brand Strategy & Business Development at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment and Vice President of Marketing Communications at Variety prior to forming Sobelle Productions.  Ms. Grossman is the 2015 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA where she earned her B.A. in Theater.  Her M.F.A. in Theater Management is from the Yale School of Drama where she served as the Associate Managing Director of YaleRep.   She is a proud member of the Broadway League, the Producers Guild of America and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre.

  • VERONIQUE ORY

    Co-founder of Athena Theatre, a nonprofit theatre organization, founded in July 2003. It is through Athena Theatre that Veronique is able to produce amazing thought provoking work that she is truly proud of. Veronique has gained several awards such as being named Top Ten Best Actress in Los Angeles by NoHo LA, reviewplays.com, Entertainment Today and Metro LA. Eight years and thirteen plays later, she was hired to produce an Off-Broadway production of Stitching which originally performed at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood. This experience propelled her to move to NYC in May 2009. She is currently bi-coastal as Actor and Artistic Director.

  • DARYL SLEDGE

    is a theater producer as well as a film and television professional. He was the producer of the Off-Broadway solo project Fried Chicken and Latkes written by and starring Rain Pryor at the Actors Temple Theatre. His main objective is producing commercially whether it be Broadway, Off Broadway, Regionally/Touring and the West End. Daryl is lead producer for the play Pound for Pound by Steven Alexander, which he found through TRU's Speed Date, and is in negotiations to present a professional staged reading of the work. He produced the documentary, That Daughter's Crazy featuring Rain Pryor (winner of Saatchi and Saatchi Achievement in Film Award), and the HBO Best Short Film, 2nd LiFE by Jake Alexander, which is now in the first round for being nominated for Best Live-Action Short Film for the Academy Awards. He is developing a feature length screenplay/film based on the murder of Emmett Till and producing two smaller independent films: Satellite Flight and The Dark. He has been a member of Theater Resources Unlimited and has and is taking courses and attending seminars at CTI. He would love to see more people of color and women get involved with these two great organizations.

  • DAVID VERNON LUSTIG

    is a New York City-based theatrical producer and investor. His first theatrical venture, in 2002 in a co-production with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was presenting the world premiere stage reading of The Song that Killed the  Snake, about how the Spanish Civil War, alcohol, infidelity and insanity fueled the creative brilliance of famed Mexican composer Silvestri Revueltas. In 2014, David was associate producer of a four week industry workshop of The Countess of Storyville, a new musical that was subsequently optioned for development. David has optioned two plays now in development: Based on artists whose studios were near Ground Zero, Cedar Street  follows the extraordinary journey of a 9/11 survivor and the two men in her life in a world gone mad. And American Pastime, in which legendary pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige confronts two other legends of the game – Commissioner Kennesaw Mountain Lands and owner Bill Veeck – to get at the surprising truth of why he didn’t break baseball’s color barrier years before Jackie Robinson.

  • KEN WAISSMAN

    is one of only two producers in the history of Broadway to have a musical run over 3000 performances and a play run over 1000. (The other producer he shares this distinction with is the legendary David Merrick.) Waissman developed and produced the original Broadway production of Grease as well as two of Broadway’s longest running plays, Agnes of God by John Pielmeier and Torch Song Trilogy by Harvey Fierstein.Waissman's first Broadway credit was the 1971 Paul Zindel play And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little with Estelle Parsons and Julie Harris, and his prolific Broadway efforts have resulted in four motion picture features, a PBS TV special, 25 Tony Award® nominations, and 5 Tony Awards® including a Tony Award® as ‘Best Play Producer.’ His new musical, Josephine, inspired by Josephine Baker, had its World Premiere in April at the Asolo Theatre in Sarasota, Florida. Deborah Cox played the title role and Joey McKneely directed and choreographed.

  • DAUNA WILLIAMS

    is a member of the Tony-nominated producing team, R2D2, which was one of the producers of 12 Tony-nominated The Scottsboro Boys.  She's currently developing and/or fundraising for other theatrical and film productions for Broadway, Off-Broadway and cable. A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law, Dauna is a practicing intellectual property/technology attorney. She once founded Content360, a dot com that created interactive entertainment vehicles. Dauna has not strayed from this vein, with her current avocation being mashable and other forms of multi-media theatre and related marketing. where she is currently a board member. Dauna speaks frequently on the topics of intellectual property, technology and outsourcing. Ms. Williams received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.

  • FRANK ZUBACK

    was the Lead Producer for Moolah, a new comedy by Arje Shaw (The Gathering). Currently he is helping develop three new works: Taking Leave, American Soldier and Roof of the World. Frank has also had the great privilege of working on a number of shows and projects with the late director Tom O’Horgan (Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair). In addition, he has worked on over twenty musicals and was involved for thirty years on the Tony Awards. Also involved in the music and entertainment industry, Frank has worked with luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, conducted the Count Basie Orchestra, and the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and consulted on nine Super Bowl half-time shows. Mr. Zuback founded Frank Zuback Productions, which provides a wide range of services in the music and entertainment industry. Website - http://fzpi.com

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