TRU Community Gathering

Join us Fridays at 4:30pm for weekly virtual Community Gatherings, conversations about creativity and theater in the time of COVID-19, led by TRU executive director/founder Bob Ost. To receive the Zoom link for each week's conversation, email TRUnltd@aol.com and use the word "Zoom" creatively in your subject line.


Friday 7/3 - Life on Hold: The Conversation Continues. In the room: Broadway producer Margot Astrachan.

Friday 7/10 - Swimming Up-Stream: Overcoming the Obstacles of Virtual Musical Presentations. We'll look at the options of livestreaming versus recording and then working out the kinks in post-production. In the room: Joe Barros, artistic director and Jen Sandler, associate artistic director of NY Theater Barn; and producer Tom Polum of StreamingMusicals.com

Friday 7/17 - The Virtual Advantages of a Top Technical Team. In the room: Carlos Armesto, Founding Artistic Director of theatreC; Attilio Rigotti, Associate Producer and technical director of theatreC; Jim Kierstead, Tony winning producer, and founding producer of Broadway Virtual. (theatreC creates unique theatrical experiences that mix the seemingly un-mixable: parties, plays, musicals and special events that meld puppetry and burlesque, video and dance, acrobatics and installations, hip hop rock and salsa, and more.


Friday 6/26 - Finance and the Arts: Surviving COVID. In the room: Bailie Slevin, financial advisor, to talk about rethinking your financial plan now that COVID has changed things; and a broader discussion about financial planning for artists.


Friday 6/19 - Effective Uses of Virtual Media for Social Change. In the room: Benny Sato Ambush, producer-director and former professor at Emerson University; Tonya Pinkins, Tony and Obie Award winning actress (Jelly's Last Jam, Caroline, or Change), director and activist. Click here for streamed presentation on YouTube.

Friday 6/12 - Virtual Opportunities - In the room: Ryan Bush and Lauren Kardos. The team from OnTheStage.com will talk about their their virtual performance initiative as well as their upcoming livestream efforts. With Ryan Bush, President of On The Stage, Lauren Kardos, Manager of Client Success.

Friday 6/5- Virtual Virtuosity: Acting in Isolation
. In the room: Sharlene Hartman, actress; Andy Lachman, Actor, Comedian and Writer (Perspectives-Web Series , Senza Nome Musical Improv, Metamorph Dramatic Improv, Kong Show Sketch Show, Life Insurance the Musical); Julie McNamara, actress; Valerie David, actress (The Pink Hulk); Talisa Friedman, actress (The Way Out); Inger Tudor, actress.

Friday 5/29 - Finding Your Platform. In the room: Emileena Pedigo The Show Goes On Productions, and Cate Cammarata of CreateTheater.com. We've researched the choices we have for virtual presentations, which platforms offer what, and how much they cost.

Friday 5/22 - Virtual Presentations: What We Think You Can and Cannot Do (But We're Probably As Confused As You Are). In the room: Cate Cammarata, curator of the Monday Night Reading Series on CreateTheater.com; entertainment attorney Lee Feldshon; Jim Kierstead, producer (Hadestown, The Inheritance, Ain't Too Proud, Mrs. Doubtfire) and founder of Broadway Virtual presentation platform; and general manager/producer Martin Platt (Woman in Black, Dames at Sea, Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, In the Continuum, an oak tree). 

Friday 5/15 - Marketing Strategies for Virtual Performances. In the room:  Roger Gonzalez, Editor & Publisher Alliance Media & Communications / LocalTheatreNY.com and Monica Hammond, Director of Marketing for Davenport Theatrical. How do we hold on to our audiences during COVID? Monica and Roger will talk about how marketing strategies may have changed in our new Virtual society, and what still works. And how to reach out to a virtual audience.


Friday 5/8 - Making Music Virtually. In the room: Ted Arthur, conductor for the virtual Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration, talking about coordinating the parts of a musical presentation for virtual isolated performance.

Friday 5/1 - An overview of best practices for virtual performance. In the room: attorney Lee Feldshon and attorney/theater journalist Matt Windman addressing some of the legalities connected with the new virtual isolated performance model. 

Friday 4/24 - Adapting to a New Medium. In the room: directors James A. Rocco and Dennis Corso, discussing how to adapt your theatrical bision to assommodate virtual presentation, including new ways of directing for maximizing the "theater experience" of a virtual performance.