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TRU Beginnings | Writer-Producer Speed Date
Description

Click here to download application.

ABOUT SPEED DATING. How does it work? 11 writers will arrive at 5:30, and we have three coaches coming who will coach the writers on their presentations. Then at 6:30, they go into the Pitch Room to meet the producers - one at each of the stations. We ring a bell, writers have two minutes to pitch. We ring a second bell, producers have two minutes to respond and ask questions, or give feedback. Writers bring a packet with a synopsis, bio, cast breakdown and production requirements to leave with each of the producers. If the project interests the producer, he may request that you send a full script.

Meanwhile, group two is in the Coaching Room getting coached for an hour starting at 6:30. Second group goes into the Pitch Room at 7:30. We estimate that pitches and turnaround should take about 50 minutes total for all eleven. We will have wine and cheese afterwards, so although the pitch sessions will end at around 8:20, we hope writers and producers will stay and chat informally until 9pm or so.

Yikes! Eleven writers pitching to eleven producers at one time? Think of it as the "cocktail party" pitch where you have to hold someone's interest with dozens of conversations going on around you. A little chaotic perhaps, but true to life.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING: A one-page (maximum) synopsis, a one-page writer/theater resume or bio, production history (including reviews), set and cast breakdown. You will need 22 sets, one for each of the producers. Make them nice - it's part of that all-important first impression.

ABOUT THE COACHES: we are bringing in two or three professional coaches to work with each writer on vocal technique, presentation skills and content. Scroll down for coaches, including Michael Ian Cedar, Gillien Goll, Grace Kiley, Debra Russell, Bailie Slevin and Joanne Zippel.

NOT EVERYONE WILL BE ACCEPTED. We will judge your application based on the viability of the project, your experience as a writer, prior development of the project and the specific interests of the participating producers. If accepted into the program, the cost is $65 for TRU members and $75 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount - we'd like that).

Evening limited to 22 writers. Click here for the application in Word format. 

Email application to TRUnltd@aol.com

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Last night's Writer-Producer Speed Date was a terrific experience. Thank you, coach Michael Ian Cedar and all of the producers who gave their time and expertise. -Doug DeVita (March '16)

Thanks so much for all your advice and thoughts on my pitch. It was incredibly helpful!... Thanks so much again for all your help and for putting together an awesome speed date. It was a huge success and I felt so lucky to be a part of it! -Danielle Trzcinski (March '16)

I wanted to reach out and thank you for including me on the Producer Speed Date. Since I was a participant, I've been contacted by two producers who have expressed interest in my pitch. Both have read my script and one is definitely looking for further development! One is Broadway and the other TV/Film so that's exciting that it reached such wide appeal with industry leaders. I've had so many peers ask me about the event so I'll be passing along the next Producer Speed Date information when the next one comes up so they can apply. I really am so thankful for such a grand opportunity to meet and have my work reviewed by top notch professionals. ~Jen Lyon (October '16)
 
I brought my play Adam Then to a TRU writer/director speed date with uncertain expectations. The play was hard to pitch, with a large cast and demanding production values. Before the speed date even happened, the TRU team helped me craft a logline and pitch document that crystallized the play's plot and theme and, at the speed date, caught the attention of a producer. With his advocacy and support, my director and I organized a developmental staged reaching at The Drama League, for which TRU served as fiscal sponsor. I doubt we ever would have gotten this far without TRU!
~Terry Milner (March '16)

Great event last night. It was so very helpful.... I am finally able to do an elevator pitch that I'm proud of. And for that, it was worth twice as much....  As a new member of TRU, I for one appreciate what it is you're doing for the greater theatre community here in the city.
-Lenore Skomal
 
Amazing experience. Bailie great at pulling the essence out of the story and guiding us to speak it as humans not read like  robots. The producers asked very incisive questions or gave helpful suggestions.... Thanks for giving us all a chance to meet people whose assistants might not even forward our queries and a challenging workout to help scribblers, mutterers and meanderers become professionals who talk.
-Tita Anntares (March '16)

 

Faculty
  • SHARON ALBERT

    has spent her career as a strategic marketing professional assisting global organizations in promoting their brands/services/products through the development of targeted messages to reach the right person, at the right time, using the right tactics. One of her main passions is all aspects of theatre - from a supporter of playwrights to a maniacal theatre-goer, attending over 100 performances a year. She  is delighted to be part of the TRU team, and celebrates the creativity and hard work of all of its staff and members.

  • MICHAEL IAN CEDAR

    As a Sales, Career, and Executive Coach Michael Cedar brings a combination of energy, enthusiasm, and depth rarely found in facilitation and coaching. His unique blend of colorful creativity and high-focus discipline unlocks the best of both worlds during his training and facilitation. Over 15 years ago, Michael got his start as a company manager for Troika Entertainment where he managed over 50 team members on multiple 130+ city truck and bus tour. This discipline to bring together large teams from widely different backgrounds in an environment with little opportunity for error set the tone for how he fosters excellent leaders. Michael produced the nationally recognized dance competition, StarQuest, where he spearheaded the company to a multi-million dollar generating operation, quadrupling their business to a 65-city tour that annually hosts over 40,000 performers. More critically, he designed and facilitated training for 60+ yearly team members to ensure all operations, expectations, and product quality are consistent. Michael’s current and most recent coaching clients include team members of Fortnite/Epic Games, The World Economic Forum,  Sesame Workshop, Discovery Network, Area 23, Reuters, Turn it Up Dance Challenge, Headliners Dance Championships, & Fortitude Dance Project. Always bringing a “human-to-human” first approach, Michael often awakens the most powerful aspects of leaders that other coaches fail to tap. He is a Graduate of AMDA College & Conservatory.

  • GILLIEN GOLL

    is both an acting teacher & acting coach.  As a teacher, she can help you connect emotionally & truthfully to your role. As a coach, she can guide you to an audition that is truly exceptional and unique to showcasing your strengths and talents. With an additional background in coaching presentation techniques, she can help you overcome stage fright and nerves. As a produced playwright and TV & Film Story Editor (for Emmy winning producer Linda Yellen), she is adept at cutting & pasting dialogue together to create original monologues. She has taught courses in monologues, acting technique, scene study, voiceover, & on-camera acting, and has taught and/or lectured  at Fordham University, AMDA (where she has been teaching since 2001), The Centaur Stage (at which she is Artistic Director), Barnard College, Wellesley College, and for ACTRA (the Canadian Actors Union), among others. She has also been an on set coach and cast a PBS movie. Having worked as a Casting Assistant for TV pilots and as a director (M.A. in Directing), she has been on the other side of the audition process and has a clear idea of what does and doesn’t work.  (She has watched literally thousands of hours of acting presentations at AMDA over the years!) Her clients appear in every medium: Broadway, films, TV shows, soap operas, commercials, first national tours, etc. An actor herself, she has appeared in film, television, and on stage; check out her website at www.gilliengoll.com 

  • DEBRA RUSSELL

    Coach for the Professionally Creative and the Creative Professional - with a decade of personal experience in theater, film and television, Debra Russell is the founder of Artist’s EDGE, http://Artists-EDGE.com, a Certified Business Coach since 2001 and a Master NLP and Hypnosis Practitioner. She uses her broad business knowledge plus her ability to facilitate change and growth with professionals in the Performing Arts (including the music business, theater, film & TV, dance, and writers), helping professionals shape their success in their chosen field. In addition to working with private clients, Debra has designed and delivered several innovative programs in the US, Europe and Australia for entertainment industry organizations and trade conferences such as SXSW Interactive and Western Arts Alliance, as well as Universities and private organizations.

  • SAMANTHA SALTZMAN

    Current Directing Projects: Drama League Gala Honoring Steve Martin, and Bryant Park Christmas Skatetacular. Resident Director: Matilda the Musical (1st National Tour).  Assistant Resident Director: Matilda the Musical (Broadway).   Additional Associate/Assistant Directing credits: Southern Comfort (The Public), Sarah Brightman’s Dreamchaser World TourOn the Town (Barrington Stage), An Iliad (National Tour), Academia Nuts, and multiple shows at NYMF and FringeNYC. Select Directing credits include: The Arkadina Project, Urinetown, 210 Amlent Ave, and Madam Fury’s Traveling Show. Drama League Directing Fellow. www.samanthasaltzman.com

  • BAILIE SLEVIN

    is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She’s worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie’s resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe’s Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and “Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit  www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more

  • JOANNE ZIPPEL

    is a collaborator and communicator who has an extensive network of relationships in both the creative and corporate worlds. She has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, working in theatre and live event production, promotion, sponsorship, B2B and B2C sales and marketing, creative development, literary management and creative coaching in the entertainment business. Joanne ‘s creative coaching business evolved out of her work as a manager of playwrights and screenwriters – guiding their careers and helping them to pursue their passions in what is well known as an often difficult, changeable and sometimes arbitrary business. Through her company Zip Creative, she works with clients helping them to open themselves up to their creative capacity, build a solid foundation from which to make authentic work and life decisions and take practical action on them. For more information go to www.zipcreative.net. Joanne graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and did graduate work at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She is a graduate of the Hoffman Institute.

Events
  • October Speed Date
    October 21, 2018
    4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St., 11th fl. Sunday October 21st Session 1: coaching at 4:30, pitching at 5:30 Session 2: coaching at 5:30, pitching at 6:30 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 […]

  • Producer Writer Speed Date
    July 15, 2018
    4:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Studios 353, 353 W. 48th St., 2nd floor Sunday July 15th Session 1: coaching at 4:30, pitching at 5:30 Session 2: coaching at 5:30, pitching at 6:30 (Note: we are starting one hour earlier than usual!) Deadline to apply: extended to July 5th at 6pm. Click here for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com (PLEASE – […]

  • Speed Date (you must be accepted prior to purchase)
    March 4, 2018
    4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

NOLA Rehearsal Studio 244 W. 54th St., 11th fl. Note: we are starting one hour earlier than usual so you can get home in time for the Oscars! 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 […]

  • Speed Date (you must be accepted prior to purchase)
    October 22, 2017
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

NOLA Rehearsal Studio 244 W. 54th St., 11th fl. 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? Click here for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com (PLEASE – put “Speed Date” in the file name) – we […]

  • Speed Date (you must be accepted prior to purchase)
    June 25, 2017
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

NOLA Rehearsal Studio 244 W. 54th St., 11th fl. 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? Click here for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com – we already have our full lineup of producers, so check […]

  • Speed Date (you must be accepted prior to purchase)
    March 5, 2017
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

NOLA Rehearsal Studio 244 W. 54th St., 11th fl. 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? Click here for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com Submission deadline extended to Saturday 2/25. We will let you know if you […]

  • Speed Date (you must be accepted prior to purchase)
    October 30, 2016
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

NOLA Rehearsal Studio 244 W. 54th St., 11th fl. 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? Click here for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com. And do not purchase a spot through our ticketing app […]

  • Speed Date (you must be accepted prior to purchase)
    June 26, 2016
    5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

NOLA Rehearsal Studio 250 W. 54th St., 11th fl. 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? Click here for application. Please fill out and email to TRUStaff1@gmail.com. And do not purchase a spot through our ticketing app […]

  • March 20, 2016
    5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

SUNDAY MARCH 20thDeadline to submit: Friday March 11th at 10pm! NOLA Rehearsal Studio 250 W. 54th St., 11th fl. 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 […]

  • October 18, 2015
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • October 18, 2015
    2:30 pm - 4:20 pm
Nola Studios, 250 W. 54th Street, NY NY 10001
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TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date 
(The Art of the Pitch)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 […]