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    May 17, 2024
    5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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Development Opportunities: Theater Festivals and How to Get the Most Out of Them
Friday 5/17/24, at 5pm ET

Community Gathering on Zoom - register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link. These gatherings are a service for the theater community and are offered free for TRU members; we ask that non-members help keep us running by making a donation or joining as a member.

In the room: Suzanna Bowling, spokesperson for New York Theater Festival; Cate Cammarata, executive producing director of the Create Theatre New Works Festival; Clara Elser, festival coordinator for the Dream Up Festival at Theatre for the New City; Gene Fisch Jr., founding director of New York New Works Theatre Festival; Jimmy Lovett, FRIGID New York resident artistic director and curator of the upcoming Queerly Festival. We'll talk about the history and mission of Dream Up, plus other opportunities to use Theater for the New City ... CreateTheater's unique mission and purpose ... the year-round opportunities (and awards) provided by New York Theater Festival's Spring/Summerfest, Fall/Winterfest and Musicfest ... the various festivals produced by FRIGID NY (including the NY Fringe) ... and the financial support Gene Fisch offers through NYNWTF. Each in its own way can be a stepping stone on the developmental path for new works. We'll also take a general look at expectations and best practices when you choose to participate in a festival, and how to make the festival experience positive and useful.

    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. She has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. 

  • CATE CAMMARATA (TRU literary manager)

    is an Off-Broadway producer, director  and dramaturg in NYC, dedicated to the development of new plays and musicals. She is the Founder and Executive Producer of CreateTheater's 2022 New Works Fest, the Associate Artistic Director for Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Theater Collective and has been the Literary Manager for Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) for ten years. Off-Broadway: The Assignment, My Father's Daughter. Regional: My Life Is a Musical (Bay Street Theater). Cate's company CreateTheater, has been helping writers develop and produce new work since 2016. During the shutdown of 2020-2022 CreateTheater developed and/or produced more than 70 shows with online readings, workshops and dramaturgical guidance. For this work Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) has honored her with the TRU Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2022. Cate holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from SUNY Stony Brook and is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at CUNY Baruch College.  www.CateCammarata.com  www.CreateTheater.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 eight 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. 

    has been a passionate fan of the arts his entire life. Though only as a hobby these past ten years, he has either produced, directed, or invested in 100+ shows during that span, most all at the Off Broadway and Broadway levels. Philanthropy being his primary focus, he was the lead producer for Carnegie Hall performance / Album that donated the proceeds to establish music programs in NYC schools. He has two television pilots in his repertoire, one of which was his directorial debut that was funded for four episodes by a group who worked for ABC.  Fisch is particularly fond of his work directing the Off Broadway parody of the television show, “Dexter”. Subsequent to being part of the Broadway producing team for High starring Kathleen Turner, Gene founded The New York New Works Theatre Festival, helping over 1,000 artists by giving them a shot on a top tier stage (historically the Duke and Acorn Theaters). Three shows from NYNW’s stages are on their way to Broadway and one (“12 Angry Voices” produced by his mentor and panelist, Lauren Class Schneider) is generating traction for its national tour. Submissions are free and NYNW outlays most all of the upfront costs with the hopes that the NYNW stage is only the first step of the project's journey (Numerous shows have moved forward). Every submission is reviewed by at least one Broadway producer. 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 if there is a way that we can help someone take their art to the next level while having a ton of fun, we’re all in!"   nynwtheatrefestival.com


    (they/them) is a New York City transplant from North Carolina by way of Massachusetts where they attended Hampshire College. Born into a family of teachers, artists, and writers, they learned to crawl up stairs in a theater and have generally refused to leave since. Jimmy has been working at Frigid New York since 2018 when they started as box office staff and have ended up in management through no fault of their own. They are proud to curate Frigid’s annual Queerly Festival in June. They are a writer, theater artist, and maker currently living in Brooklyn with their husband and two cats. You can check out their Instagram @jimmyclovett for crafting and cat pics.