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Event Details
  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (DO NOT PURCHASE UNTIL ACCEPTED!!!)
    August 4, 2024
    2:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Details Price Qty
TRU member $75.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
July 27, 2024
Non-member $90.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
July 27, 2024
Addt'l collaborator $25.00 (USD)   Goes On Sale
July 27, 2024
Non-participating observer (you'll watch coaching & pitching) $75.00 (USD)  

Writer-Producer Virtual Speed Date 8/4/24

Speed Date has Zoomed into the Virtual World! More tech, less noise ‚Äď each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11+ producers.¬†

Sunday 8/4/24, submission deadline 7/21/24
Early submissions will be given priority consideration.
Session 1: coaching at 2:00, pitching at 4:00 ET (there will be an hour wait time between coaching and pitching)
Session 2: coaching at 3:00, pitching at 5:30 ET (there will be a 90 minute wait time between coaching and pitching)

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-90-75virtual-rev3 for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com (PLEASE - add your name to the document name, and put your name first when you "save as").

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.

Confirmed producers include (subject to change):

  • Corey Brunish/Corey Brunish Productions, producer (Beautiful, the Carol King Musical, Company revival, Come from Away, Mothers and Sons, On the Town revival, A Night with Janis Joplin, Bonnie and Clyde);
  • Merrie L Davis, creative producer (Parade, 5 TONY awards for¬†Company¬†broadway, 4 Olivier awards for¬†Company¬†London, 6 Tony Nominations for¬†Eclipsed, Gigi;¬†Himself and Nora; Museum of Broadway; upcoming¬†Working Girl);
  • 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; upcoming:¬†The Village of Vale,¬†an original fantasy musical audio drama);
  • Sharon Fallon/Sharon Fallon Productions, executive producer, general manager and consultant (Indecent,¬†Beautiful¬†Broadway, London & National Tour, Matilda The Musical,¬†Lysistrata Jones);
  • Patricia Klausner, managing director Shotgun Productions, producer (upcoming London: Little Dancer; Broadway: Tony awards for¬†Pippin¬†and Band's Visit, plus Trip to Bountiful, The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly; off-Broadway:¬†Clear..., Santa Claus Is Coming Out, The Chaos Theories, Don't Hug Me);¬†
  • John Lant, producer/director/showrunner/consultant specialist for musicals/plays off-Broadway;¬† (17 off-Broadway shows:¬†Frankenstein, Wicked Frozen, It Came from Beyond, Wicked City Blues, Fabulous;¬†Earnestly LGBTQ+, XIMER), artistic director Write Act Rep NYC/LA (20 years); 2-time NAACP, 4-time DramaLogue & 4-time CA for the Arts Winner; PM Carnegie Hall (13 years), TV/Film Studio Operator for¬†2¬†Studios for stage to screen or film productions¬†NY & NJ;¬†¬†
  • Stephanie McCabe, New York/New Orleans based producer/investor (Ain‚Äôt Too Proud, Tony/Drama Desk/Drama League award winning The Inheritance;¬†Off-Broadway‚Äôs¬†Little Girl Blue);
  • Tamra Pica, TV, film and theater producer and casting director for Write Act Repertory - "My work centers on developing writers in theater, film and television.¬† Though I tend to produce more musicals, I am interested in writers in all genres with a strong voice who write the stories they are uniquely meant to tell.";
  • Markus Potter,¬†theatre director, Artistic Director of Kansas Repertory Theatre, Founding Producing Artistic Director of NewYorkRep, Co-Producer of the¬†Velocity of Autumn¬†on Broadway;
  • Ric Wanetik, ¬†(Tony nominated¬†Twilight Los Angeles: 1992, Broadway‚Äôs¬†Marlene, Broadway and National Tour¬†Matilda The Musical,¬†Off-Broadway‚Äôs¬†Jolson and Company; 2024-25 South Florida premieres of Fat Ham¬†and¬†The NEW Fantasticks) and senior advisor for America to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC);
  • Aly York, indie producer, LA and Philadelphia area including two world premieres by Phil Olsen, the short film Graham: A Dog's Story and Neil Simon's London Suite at the GRT in Los Angeles;

Coaches: Diana Calderazzo, Gillien Goll, Chelsey Shannon

Observing Producers: Susan Bachner*, Amy Engelhardt*, John Ewing III*, Jenn Howd*, Patrick O'Leary*, Kate McLeod*, Michelle Risse*, Melanie Vlosky*, others tbd

[*members and alumni of TRU's Producer Development program]


At TRU they not only provide you with the opportunity to meet 11 different producers, but they also provide you with tools and coaching to make your pitch night a success. They also bring producers that love the educational aspect of the pitch night and genuinely love meeting new writers. So, even if you don’t walk away with an option, which they tell you not to expect, you walk away with a better pitch, new ideas, and a bigger network. ~Kenady Sean, musicalwriters.com 

I really am impressed with the info and support from TRU. I've done several of these with [another] group. I quit last year. With you guys it's like you're setting us up for success, what a concept. ~Kurt Johns (Hello Kitty Must Die)

I just wanted to relay a huge thanks to you and everyone at TRU for this experience, it was awesome! We really felt supported the whole way through, and we feel so much better prepared to market our show after getting the chance to practice pitching. If there's anywhere we can write a review or something for this experience, please let us know. And thank you and the rest of the team for all the tech effort behind this. ~Daniel Rosen & Alara Magritte (Safe Hands)

Just wanted to say ‚Äúthanks‚ÄĚ for your Herculean efforts in making the event so worthwhile.... Honestly, I much preferred pitching via Zoom than in person with everyone else within earshot. ~Sam Affoumado (Panic Defense)

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! ~Ed 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 ‚Äď this is an ideal opportunity. ~William Roetzheim

Panelists
  • COREY BRUNISH

    In just the last ten seasons on Broadway, Brunish has garnered 15 consecutive Tony Award Nominations and has won five Tony Awards.¬†His producing credits include Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, which is one of the longest running musicals in Broadway history, landing in the top 3%.¬†He is also a producer on Come From Away, which ran for five years on Broadway.¬†He was involved in Dear Evan Hansen, Matilda and The Play that Goes Wrong, some of the most successful shows in history.¬†Corey has helped produce two cast recordings which won the Grammy: The Color Purple and Beautiful.¬†He has two Emmy Nominations (NY Chapter) and produced the concert ‚ÄúWomen of Soul‚ÄĚ in the Obama White House.¬†In 2020 Corey helped bring Slave Play to Broadway, which the New York Times called ‚Äúthe single most daring thing I‚Äôve seen in a theatre‚ÄĚ. The play garnered a record number of nominations for a play, at 12.¬†He also served as a producer on Fat Ham, winner of The Pulitzer Prize.¬†Tallying up the total number of Tonys which productions, either invested in or produced by Brunish, have won, the number is an astonishing 79 Tony Awards.

  • MERRIE L. DAVIS

    is a Tony & Olivier Winning Creative Producer - won a Tony for Parade, Best Revival of a Musical 2023; Tony & Olivier Winner  (New York, London), for Company 2022 for Best Revival of a Musical and West End (winner of 4 Olivier awards including Best Musical Revival 2019); and a Tony nominated producer for Eclipsed with Lupita Nyong’o (6 Tony nominations). She is currently on The Who’s TOMMY and Cabaret, both nominated for a Tony  for Best Revival of a Musical 2024.  Her producing career began with Gigi the Musical, Himself and Nora with Matt Bogart (Jersey Boys) and Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County). Since coming into the New York theatre world she has been investing and raising money for shows in New York and London including: Dear Evan Hansen, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hello, Dolly!, The Band's Visit, Moulin Rouge and Farewell Mister Haffmann ,Dr Semmlweis, and The Picture of Dorian Gray among  others in London. She has been working on Working Girl with Cyndi Lauper writing the music and Theresa Rebeck writing the book.  They will be having a 1st time reading end of August 2024.  Merrie is also a Co-Producer on Museum of Broadway. She is an Out-of-the Box Marketer who founded Next Act 2 Follow, a marketing/producing company, utilizing her unique marketing skills by introducing inventive ideas to the Broadway scene on shows including Allegiance and 39 Steps. Prior to making a career change into producing, Merrie had been a Publisher and Out-of-the-Box Marketer for over 20+ years in the magazine world dealing in the Hospitality and Tourism industries. While owning her own Visitor Magazines, IN New York and WHERE that were distributed in the hotels, cruise lines etc, she also had the pleasure of working with all the theater agencies.  Merrie is on the Board of TRU, Abingdon Theatre Company,  Broadway Association and Big Apple Greeter, and is still delighted that she took the giant leap into an industry that she had always loved!!!

  • 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.

  • JOHN LANT

    Producer/Director, Consultant specialist for musicals/plays off-Broadway and TV/Film Studio Operator for 2 Studios for stage to screen or film productions NY & NJ. 43-year veteran in the entertainment in over 750 television, film, theatre/music tours, and live theater. Production Manager at Carnegie Hall since 2006-2020 season for over 2,000 events. Award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting/set designer; Interlochen, Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, Glendale Center, Jewel Box Theatre Center and Write Act Repertory garnering DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA, NAACP Awards, LA Weekly and Backstage Pick of the Week, Garland and Valley Theatre (LA) nods. Executive Radio Producer New Frequency - Theatre of the Mind for SIRIUS/XM Radio - Ranked #1 Radio show. Mentored with Jonathan Sanger/Chanticleer Films for two shorts (Emmy & Oscar Winners), Howard Storm CBS Radford and TRU PDMP Master Fellow under Jane Dubin and Jennifer Issacson. Directed TV / Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, BET JAZZ Master Awards (1&2), Toronto Independent Shorts Awards, Funiki-Jam Season 2, and Anonymous Confessions. 17 Off-Broadway Lead Producer / Director (AEA/Non-union) credits include Fabulous!, 2By Tennessee Williams, Lili Marlene, Frankenstein, It Came from Beyond, Wicked Frozen, Teen Party Massacre, Swing!, Wicked City Blues, Geeks! TV/Film Credits include King of New York, The Freshman, Army of Darkness, Renegade, Power Rangers, and HBO Max's The Flight Attendant (CCO Supervisor). Tours include Phantom of the Opera, Singin' in the Rain, Gypsy and Evita. Current money raise - Pearl Bailey Musical (with Tony winning team members of Dreamgirls! and Hamilton). Development Director/Consultant for TV Film - Twisted Media NYC, Nathan Murphy Prod, Gatehouse Entertainment, Tin Mirror Prod and Trinity Theatrics network and streaming content for 3 TV pilots & 2 feature film currently in pre-production. COVID Compliance Supervisor certified for Film/TV/Broadway Theatre.
  • STEPHANIE MCCABE

    is a New York and New Orleans based Theatrical Producer and Investor. Co-producing credits include Ain’t Too Proud (Tony nom.), The Inheritance (Tony, Drama Desk, and Drama League Awards), and Off-Broadway’s Little Girl Blue. Notable Broadway investments include & Juliet, The Band’s Visit, and Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies from LSU and also studied Theatre Literature, History, and Criticism at Marymount Manhattan College. In her spare time, Stephanie is a proud member of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS’s NextGen Advocates Board.

  • TAMRA PICA

    producer and casting director for Write Act Repertory. Tamra's theater and television work spans 33 years and over 250 productions as a prop designer, AEA Stage Manager, producer and casting director of plays, musicals, dance and ice shows. She produces both Off Broadway, as well as, managing the Los Angeles theater presence for Write Act.  Recent credits include the long-running Frankenstein, Wicked City Blues, and Swing.  Other credits include: Lili Marlene, Caldwell’s Bomb for the New York Venus/Adonis Theater Festival, Renewal, Your Name on My Lips at Theater for the New City and the long running musical Fabulous! Queen of the New Musicals where she served as a casting director and producer.  Alongside theater, Tamra’s work production, casting, and development television work can be seen for companies such as Disney, Sony, Cartoon Network, NBC Studios, TBS, CBS, MTV, ABC and FOX.  She currently works on the animated Disney series Mira, Royal Detective.

  • MARKUS POTTER

    is the Acting Artistic Director or Center REP in the Bay Area and currently serves as Artistic Director at the University of Kansas.  As a director, he received the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination, New York Times Critic's Pick, and was a Callaway Award finalist for the off-Broadway production of Stalking the Bogeyman at New World Stages. Markus is the former Founding Artistic Director of NewYorkRep and Interim Artistic Director of Theatre Aspen. Other directing projects include Church & State at New World Stages (Off-Broadway Alliance Nominated for best new play), Why You Beasting? (Time Out NY Critics' Pick), and the Associate Director for the Donmar Warehouse production of Blindness at the Daryl Roth Theatre. Regional: Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods by Tammy Ryan at The Portland Stage Company, London's Southwark Playhouse (Off-West End Award nomination for Best Production and Best Direction), Red Speedo at Center REP (Shellie Award nomination for best direction), Kansas Repertory Theatre production of Chasing Gods by Paris Crayton III. As an actor, several seasons at The Guthrie, Denver Center, Long Wharf, tour of Death of A Salesman with Christopher Lloyd, and many more. As Producer, he was on the team that brought the Arena Stage production of Eric Cobble's The Velocity of Autumn to Broadway, starring Estelle Parsons, who received a Tony Award nomination. Markus received his MFA from Columbia University. MarkusPotter.com

  • RIC WANETIK

    President of Ricochet Group LLC, a strategic planning and communications advisory.  Known for his onboarding of leadership at major theaters here and in England, Ric is a frequent advisor to several regional theaters and is an active producer, investor and production supervisor. He is the Senior Advisor for America to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).  He served as the President of RSC America, a US entity supporting the work of the Royal Shakespeare Company here and around the world. An investor in over 35 Broadway and Off- Broadway productions, Ric was the lead producer and Tony nominated for Anna Deveare Smith’s Twilight Los Angeles: 1992. In 1999, he was the lead producer for Broadway’s Marlene, and was the sole producer of Off-Broadway’s Jolson and Company.  For eight years Ric was the supervising producer for the Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show on CBS-TV and has produced several TV Specials for cable, PBS and universities including: Segment Producer, Great Performances Anniversary Special; Executive Producer, A Tribute to Comden and Green directed by Patricia Birch; producer for Ohio TV Network and CBS, What Ohio Kids Need. He is guiding the 2025 South Florida premiere of Fat Ham and the 2024 South Florida premiere of The NEW Fantasticks.  He is a frequent speaker and lecturer on theatre management and marketing. 

  • ALY YORK

    holds a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Syracuse University and is an alumni of the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Additionally she is a member of the Classical Theatre Lab in Los Angeles, Ca. Aly is an indie producer and has produced several plays throughout the Los Angeles and Philadelphia area. She has produced 4 of Phil Olson's plays; 2 of which were world premieres -- additionally she produced Phil's short film he wrote with Paul Lazarus called Graham: A Dog's Story starring Tatyana Ali and Chris Williams. Recently Aly produced Neil Simon's London Suite at the GRT in Los Angeles, Ca. Aly has worked with the great Tony Tanner, Louis Fantasia, Richard Digby Day, Howard Fine and Jay Goldenberg.

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