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  • Festivals!
    June 13, 2019
    7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
What It Takes to Run a Festival. (And What It Takes to Produce in One.)
Thursday, June 13, 2019 - doors open at 7pm for networking, panel starts at 7:30
Polaris North Theatre, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th floor, NYC
 
With confirmed panelists Suzanna Bowling, producing manager for NYTheaterfest (Summerfest, Winterfest); Gene Fisch, Jr., festival director New York New Works Theatre Festival; West Hyler, producing artistic director of New York Musical Festival (NYMF); Lou Lopardi, executive director of Fresh Fruit Festival; Clara Elser, festival coordinator for Dream Up Festival at Theatre for the New City; Cate Camnarata, literary manager TRU Voices Reading Series.

We'll approach the festival scene from two different angles. First we'll hear the history, background and purpose of the festivals run by our speakers, how the producing environment perhaps has changed over the years and how their organizations adapted to maintain sustainability. Then we'll look at the festival scene as a hotbed of opportunity for the development of new work. Which festivals provide the best environment for your production? How do you submit, what are the deadlines, and what are some of the secrets to giving your submission a competitive edge? Once accepted, what is expected of you? More importantly, what goals along your developmental path can you reasonably expect to achieve from a festival showcase? And how do you distinguish yourself in the marketplace so that once you build it, they really will come?

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, roundtable introductions of everyone in the room will start at 7:30pm - come prepared with your best 30-second summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door). Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email or phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com / phone 833-506-5550
Panelists
  • SUZANNA BOWLING

    is dedicated to helping the development of new works as producing manager of NYTheaterfest, which offers seasonal festivals in a creatively supportive environment: Winterfest and Summerfest. She also co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

  • CATE CAMMARATA

    is a producer, director, freelance dramaturg and writer in NYC and is the Associate Artistic Director for Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Theater Collective. Cate has produced The Assignment off-Broadway and My Father's Daughter with Ursula Rucker at LaMaMa for Rhymes Over Beats. Regionally she produced My Life Is a Musical at Bay Street Theater and has directed many readings of new work in NYC. She is the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) and holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University and an MFA in Dramaturgy at SUNY Stony Brook, where she teaches Theatre Arts. Her latest book, "Contemporary Monologues for a New Theater," has just been published by Applause Books. catecammarata.com

  • CLARA ELSER

    is a New York based theatre and teaching artist. She received an M.F.A in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, focusing primarily on new and devised work. For the past three years, she has served as the Festival Coordinator for Theater for the New City's annual Dream Up Festival. She holds a B.A. in Drama from Kenyon College. 
  • GENE FISCH JR.

    has had a diverse career while always holding dear a love for the arts.  Though his career is outside the world of entertainment, he's been able to be a part of some terrific projects always maintaining the philosophy of "doing versus talking".  He's produced on Broadway (High with Kathleen Turner), directed a television pilot picked up for four episodes, directed/produced the musical parody of Dexter (Off Broadway), consulted on casting for numerous shows, produced a Carnegie Hall concert donating all of the proceeds to instill music programs in the NYC school system and created the New York New Works Theatre Festival which provides playwrights the opportunity to have their work reviewed by legitimate decision makers and investors within the Broadway and television communities (every panelist is either a Broadway Producer, Emmy Winner, Tony Winner or leading industry professional.  Currently, there are 15+ shows advancing to the next level from the NYNW Festival receiving resources from panelists / Festival attendees.

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