Event Details
  • March panel: So Many Festivals...
    March 20, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Available Tickets Price Qty*
TRU member ticket $0.00 (USD)  / ticket  
TRU non-member ticket $12.50 (USD)  / ticket  
Non-members ticket (at door) $15.00 (USD)  / ticket  
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Mar 20, 2018

*Please note that a maximum number of 10 tickets can be purchased for this event per order.

So Many Festivals, So Little Time. What Works Best for You?

The Playroom Theatre
151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor

With confirmed panelists Lenore Skomal, artistic director of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival; Michael Scott-Price, artistic director Dream Up Festival at Theatre for the New City; Elena Holy, producing artistic director of FringeNYCNew York Musical Festival (NYMF); Gene Fisch, New York New Works Theatre Festival; Van Dirk Fisher, artistic director Riant Theatre / Strawberry Festival; Shaun Peknic, artistic director Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; also hoping to have Fresh Fruit Festival and Under the Radar on board. Any other requests?

The festival scene is a hotbed of opportunity for the development of new work. And FringeNYC is back in a new incarnation. 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 half-minute summary of who you are, and what you need. Free for TRU members; $15 for non-members ($12.50 in advance). Please call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com


    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.


    was the Associate Director for Once the Musical (Broadway, National Tours, West End, Toronto, Dublin). He was the recipient of The Lee Strasberg Directing Fellowship to direct Crystal Skillman’s Pulp Vérité for The Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, he is an alumnus of NYU and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, teaches directing at NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and serves as Director of Education & Artistic Associate at Musical Theatre Factory. He is a theater director with a focus on the development of new plays and musicals. Select directing credits: Manifest Pussy (Joe's Pub/North Carolina Rebel Tour); The Birds/The Receptionist (Cortland Repertory Theatre); I’m A Lot Like You (Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection); Pulp Vérité (2015 Lee Strasberg Institute Directing Fellow); Comes a Faery (Nylon Fusion Theatre Company); Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror (Cortland Repertory Theatre, nominated Best Director 2015 SALT Awards); One Night In New York! (Musical Theatre Factory); A Snowfall in Berlin (Nylon Fusion Theatre Company); Pageant Princess (Bleecker Street Theater); The Girl with the Red Balloon (The Tank); Must Be the Music (ArsNova); Chaser (New York Fringe Festival); Aimless (Theatre Row); A Streetcar Named Desire (New York University). Shaun is an alumnus of NYU and the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, a member of SDC and serves as the Artistic Associate and Director of Education at Musical Theatre Factory. Shaun is on the directing faculty at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School/NYU. 


    is the Director of New Projects at Theater for the New City. Michael still maintains his role as Literary Manager at TNC. You are welcome to send your new stage projects for (full/co) production consideration to him at literary@theaterforthenewcity.net He is a director/creator and artistic director of the Asteroid B612 Theatre Company. Michael has written and directed productions presented nationally as well as in Canada, Ireland, and England. As a playwright, Michael's play LYNCH PLAY was selected for a performance residency at Antioch College (2006). He has studied at the School of Physical Theatre in London, England and the Odin Teatret in Hostelbro, Denmark. Scott-Price is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab. He also serves as curator of TNC's New City, New Blood Readings Series, Scratch Night at TNC (works-in-progress) and of its summer Dream Up Festival.


    is a playwright, producer and director of Broadway Bound Theatre Festival (BBTF). A writer by profession, she's authored 17 books, including three bestsellers, as sole proprietor of Lenore M Skomal Productions, LLC, which produces her plays as well as BBTF. Upon her move to New York City, she adapted her bestselling novel Bluff and entered it into a local theater festival. The experience was the catalyst to starting her own festival, focused on developing playwrights into producers in a warm, supportive community. In addition to BBTF, Lenore is launching an Off Broadway run this spring of her play, The Exes, a comedy about how divorce makes strange bedfellows. Her first nonfiction book--a biography about female historical figure Ida Lewis, The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter – has been optioned by LA-based Amfram Entertainment and is currently in pre-production with a release date of spring 2019. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Commercial Theatre Institute, Theater Resources Unlimited, Off Broadway Alliance, Theater Communications Group, the National Newspaper Columnists Association, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), Lenore is dedicated to helping artist-entrepreneurs find their way. You can find out more about her at www.lenoreskomal.org. ​