Event Details
  • 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

    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


    is a producer, director, 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 La Mama 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 is the Director of Creative Development for MusicalWriters.com. Cate holds a BFA in Acting/Directing from Syracuse University and an MFA in Dramaturgy at SUNY Stony Brook, and teaches Theatre Arts at Baruch College. Her latest book, "Contemporary Monologues for a New Theater," was listed as one of the Top Ten Books for theatre lovers by BroadwayDirect in 2018. catecammarata.comcreatetheater.com


    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. 

    Broadway Producer and founder of the New York New Works Theatre Festival, helping over 1,000 artists by giving them a shot at some valuable exposure.  Submissions are free and NYNW outlays most all of the costs with the hopes that their stage in only the first step of the project's journey (Numerous shows have moved forward).  Gene has led a wonderfully diverse career outside of the arts and currently teaches Engineering Technogenesis at the Stevens Institute of Technology.  "The bottom line is that theatre is awesome and there is a way that I can help someone take their art to the next level, I'm all in!  (Those are my Niecelets in the picture)"  nynwtheatrefestival.com