Studios 353, 353 W. 48th Street, 2nd floor
Sunday July 14th/ Submission deadline Wednesday July 3 (extended to July 6th, 3 spots remaining)
Session 1: coaching at 4:30, pitching at 5:30
Session 2: coaching at 5:30, pitching at 6:30
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? Here's a chance to practice your pitching with real producers who are open to and interested in meeting you. Okay, they probably won't option you on the spot, but they'll give you valuable feedback about your work and your ability to talk about it. And you'll have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that's what this business is all about. Relationships.
The Speed Date is the only event I know of that gives writers the chance to meet high level producers one-on-one in a room. To me, that's what makes the Speed-Dates so valuable. And you do it with kindness, which I value in life. ~Vincent Amelio (How Alfo Learned to Love)
Click here: WriterSpeedDateApp-85-75 for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com (PLEASE - add your name to the document name, and put it first when you "save as") - we already have a lineup of 11 producers, so check them out below, and apply!
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:
- Peter Celos, producing artistic associate Open Hydrant Theatre Company;
- Nolan Doran, producer (Head Over Heels), writer/director;
- Lee Feldshon, entertainment attorney (New York Musical Theater Festival, Who's Your Baghdaddy, Desperate Measures, Money Talks, Liberty: The Musical, Rooms, Always Patsy Cline, Forever Plaid, Saint Heaven);
- Gene Fisch, Jr, producer, director of the New York New Works Theatre Festival;
- Hillel Friedman of Evan Bernardin Productions (Eco Village, Safeword, The Greatest Musical Never Written), general manager of Prospect Theater;
- Harold Heno, producer (TRU Voices Miracolo, Romeo & Juliet & Tango);
- John Lant, indie producer (Frankenstein the musical, It Came from Beyond, Fabulous), artistic director Write Act Repertory;
- John Melo, theater and film producer;
- Kim Vasquez/Gray Lady Entertainment (Be More Chill off- and on Broadway, Broadway Bounty Hunter, Church and State; founding producer of NYMF);
- Ken Waissman, producer (original Grease, Torch Song Trilogy, Agnes of God);
- Claudia Zahn, former managing director Malibu Playhouse;
- Frank Zuback, producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World).
Coaches: Emileena Pedigo, Bailie Slevin, Gary Hughes
Trailing Producers to include Mark Butler*, Christen Cato*, Antonia Kasper* (45 Coffee Dates, True Confessions of the Straight Man), Sharon Kilfoyle, Wendy Leopold* (The Whitmores, Ernest Shackleton Loves Me), Joanna Muzeja (Dangerous the musical), Ed Zareh*, others tba.
[*members and alumni of TRU's Producer Development program]
I participated in TRU's Writer's Speed Date Pitch session last year, and got a LOT out of it! I found it so motivating to have a deadline to create production assets and prepare myself for meeting producers. My partner and I worked tirelessly for days before the event to make sure we were in top form before presenting (as writers) to the "producers" on hand. My experience was one of the rare occasions where several producers expressed real interest in my work. Later, one attended my reading, and followed up with a coffee meeting to talk financing. We're still in touch. Again, this is never promised, but it does happen for some of us. In my opinion, the price of $85 for all that value is a BARGAIN! ~Eddie Zareh (Long Lost John)
I've had follow-up meetings with two people I met from the event. and provided scripts to three others. I also met some fellow playwrights, and through a chain of introductions coming out of that, I'm now working on a possible film deal in Los Angeles. If you have a project where you'd like to practice and receive feedback on your pitch; potentially make some connections that would be useful for script development or early production; and meet some other playwrights -- this is an ideal opportunity. ~William Roetzheim