TRU Voices Musicals Series 2024 GUIDELINES

Attention all producers and theater companies:
let us pay for a (virtual) developmental reading of your new musical!
(Writers are encouraged to apply, too.)

Submissions will open March 1st for a 2024 TRU VOICES New Musicals Reading Series.
Click MRS24-Application for the 2024 Application
Submission Deadline: April 15th (extended to April 22 for shows with a producer, and for TRU members)

Click here to learn about our How to Write a Musical That Works feedback workshop!

TRU will produce a virtual New Musicals Reading Series that will consist of 2-3 new works presented on consecutive Sunday evenings in July 2024. Due to a new partnership with StreamingMusicals.com, we can offer a sophisticated studio setup and real-time editing that will enable you to live broadcast your work. The purpose is to (a) help develop new musicals, (b) help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works, and c) foster the producer-writer relationship for future development beyond our series. Each reading will be followed by a “Dollars and Sense” panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work.

$10 feedback letter fee:

$25 non-member application fee:


• Theater companies and independent producers are invited to submit new work. TRU will provide the financial and physical resources for a developmental reading.
• Writers are invited to submit, and are strongly encouraged to find an experienced sponsoring producer for their work. Use this as an opportunity to form a relationship with a potential producer, for our series and perhaps for the future. We discourage writers from submitting as their own producers. If necessary, TRU can assist you in finding an appropriate sponsoring producer.

- We seek a diversity of works, commercial as well as experimental or “non-traditional” (e.g. exhibiting non-linear structure, experimental format, unusual musical form, unconventional themes, etc.)
- Shows with multi-racial significance, subject matter and/or cast are of special interest (minority playwrights will be given special consideration).
- Children’s shows are discouraged, although family shows are welcome.
- Works may be as short as 75 minutes with no maximum length. However, you must be able to present in under 90 minutes, with no more than 12 actors (doubling is acceptable). Submit full script, but if selected you will need to find ways to present within our time requirement: trim, narrate, be creative. The time limit must be strictly adhered to in order to allow time for the TRU panel afterwards. Readings will be timed and stopped after 90 minutes.
- Work in its present form must not have had a previous professional production before a paying audience in the New York area, although substantially rewritten works may be considered. If the show has a production history of any sort, you must tell us why a reading in our series will help the development of your show in a meaningful way. Hint: developmental performances, including readings, concerts and workshops, as well as festivals and non-professional productions outside of the New York area, will not disqualify you – and are, in fact, a plus!
- Works previously submitted to TRU Voices may be resubmitted if substantial revisions have been made, and you must explain in a cover letter exactly what is different about this version of the show. Shows that score high with our readers but don't make it into the series may also be invited to resubmit.
- If considered for final selection, TRU will make an effort to find a producer for the play. The producer/writer team will be interviewed so we can evaluate your ability to work within the monetary endowment TRU provides and to produce a successful reading. Works are accepted for performance in the series based on the ability of the producer as well as the writer-producer dynamic.
- Writers must let us know if you have special requirements for your show; i.e. you expect to be in it or direct it, or you are committed to a cast or a director. (Since this is a producer-driven series, we like the producer to be involved in these decisions. And we like writers to be writers – not the director or a performer in their work.)

- In order to ensure a “blind” selection process, remove your name/production company from all materials, every page.
- Fill out MRS24-Application and submit by email to truplaysubmissions@gmail.com with:

(a) one digital copy of script, emailed to truplaysubmissions@gmail.com - scripts that are not available in an electronic version will not be accepted. (On occasion we may ask you to provide a hard copy script for a specific reader at a later date, if requested.)
(b) one digital copy of a brief synopsis (maximum one page), emailed to truplaysubmissions@gmail.com
(c) one digital copy of a cast breakdown/production requirements, emailed to truplaysubmissions@gmail.com
MP3s of songs must be available to share with us through Dropbox.com; at least 6 songs in same sequence as they appear in the script, plus separate sheets with song titles and page numbers in script for reference. No CDs, please. 
(e) Your objective for applying and production history (if applicable).  If substantial revisions have been made, you must explain exactly what is different about this version of the show. If the show has a production history of any sort, you must let us know and tell us why a reading in our series will help the development of your show in a meaningful way.
(f) $25 application fee (non-members only)
(g) optional $10 fee if you would like a feedback letter summarizing the readers' comments.

- TRU member writers or producers may submit free of charge.
- Non-members must submit a $25 application fee, which is applicable towards our $95 annual membership. If selected for the series, at least one member of the producing/writing team must be a paid member of TRU. For more information on the benefits of TRU membership, go to our website at www.truonline.org You may join online at our Membership page.
(Forgive us but the $25 fee barely covers our administrative costs; most of all, we want to encourage you to be a TRU member.)

- Postmarked APRIL 15, 2024 (non-members, without a producer), APRIL 22, 2024 (producer attached, and/or TRU members)
- If considered as a finalist for selection, the producer/writer team will be interviewed.
- If selected, your rehearsal and preparation will take place in June with the reading taking place in July 2024.

- A high quality studio with up to 8 cameras, state-of-the-art audio, and piano
- Access to our database of actors, technicians, etc.
- A panel discussion with top industry professionals
- 4-color e-card promoting the entire series, plus social media presence
- Box office and reservation service
- A limited monetary endowment for approved production expenses

IMPORTANT: Although TRU will promote the reading series to our membership, the participating producers and writers must be actively involved in promoting this event and are responsible for audience attendance at their reading.

You may also submit to the new How to Write a Musical That Works feedback workshop. Click here for details.

Submission fee may be mailed to:
Theater Resources Unlimited,
520 8th Avenue, Suite 305,
NYC NY 10018