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  • Town Hall Open Discussion: Women Producers Take the Stage
    March 28, 2023
    6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Live Town Hall: Women Producers Take the Stage (the Conversation Continues)

Tuesday March 28th, 6:30 networking, 7pm (ET) start
Polaris North Theatre, 245 W. 29th Street, 4th floor, NYC
(JOINING US IN PERSON? VACCINATION PROOF REQUIRED, MASKS RECOMMENDED.)

Our return to our live monthly panels/discussions, with a simultaneous streaming for our friends outside of New York City. (Everyone should receive the zoom link when you register. If you don't receive it, email TRUnltd@aol.com to request link.)

Co-hosts to include: Nicolette Blount, composer, lyricist, playwright, producer-investor at Take My Shot Productions, member of the Chickasaw tribe; Jane Dubin, producer (Is This A Room, Dana H.; The Prom, Tony winning The Norman Conquests, An American in Paris, Farinelli and the King, Bandstand, Peter and the Starcatcher, Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, The 39 Steps, Ann); Sharon Fallon, producer  (Indecent,  Beautiful  Broadway,  London & National Tour, Matilda The Musical, Lysistrata Jones) and general manager; N'Kenge, actress (Motown: The Musical, Caroline, or Change, Sondheim on Sondheim) and producer (Forever Summer, Lights of Broadway, The Dolly Sisters, Lucky Numbers); Jana Robbins, actress (Gypsy, Tale of the Allergist's Wife) and producer (Drama Desk winner Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish, Tony and Olivier winning Company revival Broadway and West End, Ragtime revival, Little Women; UK developmental productions of The Jazz Age, The Astonishing Times of Timothy, upcoming Rose in West End with producer partner Haley Swindal; producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Tony awards for The Gershwins Porgy and Bess, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, All the Way, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike; plus A Steady Rain, Caroline, or Change, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels). The forum will be moderated by TRU co-founder and vice-president Cheryl Davis and TRU co-founder and executive director Bob Ost.  

Is theater producing still a ‚Äúboys‚Äô club?‚ÄĚ Are there still obstacles to overcome when a woman takes the lead? What steps towards parity have women taken in this and other areas of theater? Is there farther to go? The goal of these discussions is to elicit proactive conversations that can benefit artists, producers, administrators, and our industry. We invite all members of the diverse theater community to join us and welcome allies to attend.

Panelists
  • NICOLETTE BLOUNT

    is a proud voting tribal member of the Chickasaw Nation, a musical theatre composer, lyricist, writer, performer, producer, investor, mother to three girls, and starbucksaholic who doesn't sleep. As a creative, she is a classically trained vocalist, but often performs in local musicals and loves singing jazz and blues. Some of her music she has written was recently performed at Women of the Wings Vol 4 at 54 Below and she has performed at Ben Cameron's Broadway Sessions. She is the co-writer, composer and lyricist for Savage the Musical that recently received honorable mention in the American Playwriting Foundation's Relentless Award. She is also currently working with an all female team on, Red, the story of the Queen of Hearts. As a producer, she started producing in 2005 while living in Hawaii when she started a nonprofit that put on yearly arts festivals featuring artists, musicians, actors, and dancers with all original work. She started the LLC Take My Shot Productions and through that she produced Savage the Musical's first developmental production (Ja'Duke Theater, MA). The show received standing ovations to packed houses at each of the 4 productions, received 11 Broadway World Boston Regional Nominations and won several runner ups including first runner up in Best New Musical, only losing first by 1%!  In addition, she self produced Savage the Musical 's Original Cast EP and has received 39K streams to date. The EP has no record label or Broadway singers. Nicolette co-produced A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet with Jo-Ann Dean. She is an investor for the upcoming Off Broadway show, Millennials are Killing Musicals and soon will be joining the co-producing team. She is also an investor for the Museum of Broadway. Nicolette started the company Underground Demos to help composers and writers early in their process record quality demos with great talent and economical prices. In her spare time, she is in charge of all of Savage the Musical's social media on FB, IG, and Tik Tok that currently has a total of 9K followers and counting. Nicolette is a member of Dramatist Guild, ASCAP, Maestra, Beyond Music, Songwriters Guild of America, and the Parents Advocacy League for Performing Arts and Media. She continues to write, perform, songwrite, and continues to look for important original works by females and marginalized people to champion, uplift and help move forward to the next step.

  • JANE DUBIN

    is a TONY Award-winning producer and the President of Double Play Connections, a theatrical production and management company committed to supporting emerging artists and playwrights in the creation and development of new works. Jane is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute's 14-week (NYC) and O‚ÄôNeill Center Intensive (CT) Producing Workshops and Director of Theater Resources Unlimited‚Äôs Producer Development Program Master Class. Ms. Dubin is Chair of the Board of Directors of Houses on the Moon Theater Company. ¬†She is a member and recent Board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women.¬† She is a member of the Broadway Women‚Äôs Alliance and the Off-Broadway League.¬† For two years she was co-curator of the Hudson Valley Writers‚Äô Center New Play Reading Series. She co-produced Hudson River Rising, presenting events in Westchester for One Billion Rising (V-Day).¬† She was a strategic consultant to SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artists‚Äô residency in Brewster, NY and a member of the Grand Jury for New York Musical Festival‚Äôs 2015 ‚Äď 2019 seasons.¬† She served as an evaluator for a NAMT innovation grant panel and is a juror for Bethany Arts Community residency program.¬† She is a frequent panelist and guest lecturer on theater-related matters. Before embarking on her career in theater, Ms. Dubin spent over 20 years in the financial services industry. Productions: Upcoming: The¬†Village¬†of Vale. ¬†Recent:¬†Is This A Room, Dana H., The Prom (Drama Desk Award Best Musical),¬†Farinelli and the King¬†(starring Mark Rylance, nominated for 5 Tony Awards),¬†An American in Paris¬†(4 TONY Awards, plus London and National Tour),¬†Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey¬†(Westside Theater and on Tour),¬†Ann, starring Holland Taylor (Lincoln Center);¬†Bandstand¬†(Broadway), Beebo Brinker Chronicles¬†(2008 GLAAD Media Award for Theatre);¬†Groundswell¬†(the New Group),¬†Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour), winner of 5 TONY Awards;¬†The Norman Conquests¬†(TONY Award, Best Play Revival),¬†The 39 Steps¬†(OB, Tour);¬†The Umbrellas of Cherbourg¬†(London).¬†¬†Film: Radium Girls.

  • SHARON FALLON

    Sharon Fallon Productions, Inc. is an independent Theatre Producer, General Manager, and Theatrical Consultant. ¬†Working both in the commercial and non-profit theatre industry, Sharon brings a unique perspective to her work. In 2015 she created a boutique theatrical production company with a mission to bridge the gap between art and business allowing productions to be financially viable and artistically satisfying. Taking a holistic approach ‚Äď from page to stage and everything in between, she works directly with early-career producers and artist-driven niche projects as well as on larger union and non-union projects. She has worked in the theatre as an actress, director, general manager, managing director, and producer. Broadway credits include¬†Indecent,¬†Beautiful the Carole King Musical,¬†Matilda¬†The Musical,¬†and¬†Lysistrata Jones.¬†Off-Broadway credits¬†include The Little Match Girl, Creeps, Krymov Lab NYC.¬†In addition to producing commercially, Sharon served as the Associate General Manager of both the Helen Hayes Theatre and Lyric Theatre in New York.¬†Currently, she is the executive producer on several projects in development.¬† Sharon is a Board Member of¬†NAMT, the National Alliance of Musical Theatres, co-chair of the Festival of New Musicals Committee, and a Member of the Off-Broadway League.¬†
  • JANA ROBBINS

    is the recipient of the 2017 TRU ‚ÄúSpirit of Theater Award‚ÄĚ and is both a Broadway actor and producer having played leading roles on Broadway in Good News, I Love My Wife, Crimes of the Heart, Gypsy (playing the ‚Äúbump it with the trumpet" stripper Mazzeppa while covering Tyne Daly as Mama Rose) and The Tale of the Allergist‚Äôs Wife (covering both Linda Lavin and Michele Lee and starring opposite Valerie Harper in the National Tour). Jana founded Better World Productions in order to ‚Äúpresent theater that not only entertains, but also educates; and inspires us to create a Better World." She made her Broadway producing debut with Little Women. Other Broadway producing credits include the revival of Ragtime and a financial stake in War Horse and Something Rotten (currently on National Tour). Off-Broadway productions include I Love You Because, Through The Night and White‚Äôs Lies.¬†She was also a producer on Marianne Elliot‚Äôs Heisenberg and Company in London as well as the Broadway revival. Shows in development include: The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (developed at The Workshop Theater) and The Jazz Age (World Premiere at 59e59) slated for a London production. For more info: www.janarobbins.com

  • CHERYL WIESENFELD

    Following a career in publishing, Cheryl began her theatre producing career in 1998. Broadway: The Great Society, The Heidi Chronicles, All The Way, Rocky, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, The Gershwins‚Äô Porgy and Bess, A Steady Rain, Legally Blonde, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, ‚Äėnight Mother, Caroline or Change, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, and Hedda Gabler. Off Broadway:¬†10th Anniversary Exonerated, Play Dead, In The Continuum, Shockheaded Peter, Talking Heads, The Exonerated, The Waverly Gallery.¬†Film:¬†Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.¬†Current: Ain‚Äôt Too Proud- The Temptations musical. Upcoming: The Harder They Come. Cheryl has produced shows that have spawned national and international tours and sit down productions, regional productions, and London engagements which have grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. Cheryl has won numerous awards for her productions including the Drama League, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics Awards and 4 Tony Awards. She has been honored by Theater Resources Unlimited with ‚ÄúThe Spirit of Theater‚ÄĚ award in 2007, and The Houses on The Moon Amplify 2015 Award for her support in championing the unheard voice. Her board commitments: Theater Resource Unlimited where she co-founded the TRU mentorship program. The program to date has mentored over 200 commercial producers and self producing artists. Cheryl is on the board of Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, and is on the Honorary Council of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven Connecticut. Cheryl continues her mentoring work and speaks at universities, on panels and for different organizations. She is in her second year of curating a theatre program with the title - Theatre that changes OUR World-¬†at The Quick Center at Fairfield University.
  • CHERYL L. DAVIS

    received the Kleban Award as a librettist for her musical¬†Barnstormer, (written with Douglas J. Cohen) about Bessie Coleman, the first Black woman flyer. The show received a Jonathan Larson Award through the Lark Play Development Center. Her play¬†Maid‚Äôs Door¬†received great reviews,¬†won seven Audelco Awards, and was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize. Her play¬†The Color of¬†Justice (commissioned by Theatreworks/USA), received excellent reviews in the New York Times and Daily News, and tours regularly.¬†Her musical¬†Bridges, which was commissioned by the Berkeley Playhouse, received its world premiere in February 2016 to great reviews and three award nominations from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.¬†She received a Writers‚Äô Guild Award for her work on ‚ÄúAs the World Turns‚ÄĚ, and was¬†also¬†nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award. Her work has been read and performed internationally, including at the Cleveland Play House, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Kennedy Center.¬†¬†She is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild.

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