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TRU Beginnings | Writer-Producer Speed Date
Description

Click here: WriterSpeedDateApp-85-75 for 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.

  • GILLIEN GOLL

    is an Acting Teacher & Coach, Director, and Artistic Director with a background in Casting, having worked in casting for TV pilots, indie film, and web series. As she has been on the other side of the table, she knows what does and doesn’t work. Her clients appear in every medium: Broadway, films, TV, webisodes. As a teacher and coach, she can help you connect emotionally & truthfully to your role. and guide you to an audition that is truly exceptional and unique in showcasing your strengths and talents. With an additional background in coaching presentation techniques, she can help you overcome stage fright and nerves. Gillien is also a produced playwright and is adept at cutting & pasting dialogue together to create original monologues. She has taught courses in monologues, acting technique, scene study & on-camera acting, and has taught and/or lectured at Fordham University, Barnard College, Wellesley College, and for ACTRA (the Canadian Actors Union), among others. She has been teaching at AMDA since 2001, and there has seen thousands of hours of actors’ presentations. An actor herself, she is best recognized for crying in the Self-Help Aisle in “Sex & the City.”  You can check out her other credits at her website, 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

  • ALLISON SHEFF

    is a stage director with a background in performing and marketing. She previously worked in the Marketing Department for the Huntington Theater Company as well as working as a marketing consultant for actors and regional theater companies. She has taught her business and marketing workshop at universities across the country and for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. As a director, Allison has worked in numerous regional theaters and has helped develop productions in New York City. She recently served at the Assistant Director on the revival of Smokey Joe’s Café. Allison has also served as an Artistic Liaison on 11 Broadway productions. Allison believes in telling stories with heart, humor and authenticity. She strives to challenge perspectives and affect change while encouraging tolerance and empathy. She has a strong commitment to diversity in casting and telling the stories of the underrepresented.

  • BAILIE SLEVIN

    is the founder of Financial Wellness Companion and Entertaining Finance. With 15 years of experience in the personal financial planning industry, Bailie developed a niche in the arts and freelance communities, specializing in working with people with an uneven income. She has also made a study of language and how people communicate about their art, be it screenwriting, playwriting, sculpting, performing, or painting. Bailie helps to translate the creator’s passion about their work and contributions to the world to others in a business setting. Bailie has also spent significant time in the theatre industry as a stage manager, general manager, and producer. She is a Life Purpose Life Coach and a New York Mental Health Peer Specialist. She lives in New York City with her rescue pup, Lorelai.

  • 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
  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    October 16, 2022
    2:00 pm - 7:15 pm

We’re Zooming ahead into the Virtual World – Speed Date has been reformatted for Zoom! More tech, less noise – each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11+ producers.  Sunday 10/16, 2022 – submission deadline 10/06 Session 1: coaching at 2:00, pitching at 4:00 ET (there will be an […]

  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    June 5, 2022 - June 6, 2022
    2:00 pm - 7:15 pm

We’re Zooming ahead into the Virtual World – Speed Date has been reformatted for Zoom! More tech, less noise – each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11+ producers.  Sunday 06/05, 2022 – submission deadline 05/25 Session 1: coaching at 2:00, pitching at 4:00 ET (there will be an […]

  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    March 6, 2022
    2:00 pm - 7:15 pm

We’re Zooming ahead into the Virtual World – Speed Date has been reformatted for Zoom! More tech, less noise – each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11+ producers.  Sunday 03/06, 2022 – submission deadline 02/23 Session 1: coaching at 2:00, pitching at 4:00 ET (there will be an […]

  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    October 24, 2021
    2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

We’re Zooming ahead into the Virtual World – Speed Date has been reformatted for Zoom! More tech, less noise – each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11+ producers.  Sunday 10/24, 2021 – submission deadline past Session 1: coaching at 2:00, pitching at 4:00 ET (there will be an […]

  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    July 18, 2021
    2:30 pm - 7:15 pm

We’re Zooming ahead into the Virtual World – Speed Date has been reformatted for Zoom! More tech, less noise – each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11+ producers.  Sunday July 18, 2021 – submission deadline 07/08 Session 1: coaching at 2:30, pitching at 4:30 (there will be an […]

  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    April 25, 2021
    2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

We’re Zooming ahead into the Virtual World – Speed Date has been reformatted for Zoom! More tech, less noise – each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11+ producers. And since we have no venue costs, we’ve lowered the application fee by $10. Sunday April 25th, 2021 – submission […]

  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    November 8, 2020
    2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

We’re Zooming ahead into the Virtual World – Speed Date has been reformatted for Zoom! More tech, less noise – each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11 producers. And since we have no venue costs, we’ve lowered the application fee by $10. Sunday November 8, 2020 – submission […]

  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    July 19, 2020
    2:30 pm - 6:30 pm

We’re Zooming ahead into the Virtual World – Speed Date has been reformatted for Zoom! More tech, less noise – each writer will be in an individual breakout room with each of our 11 producers. And since we have no venue costs, we’ve lowered the application fee by $10. Sunday July 19, 2020 – submission […]

  • Writer-Producer Speed Date (do not purchase until accepted)
    March 1, 2020
    4:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th Street, Penthouse Sunday March 1, 2020 – submission deadline 02/19 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 […]

  • Speed Date (you must be accepted prior to purchase)
    October 14, 2019
    4:30 pm - 11:30 pm

797 Studios, 797 Eighth Avenue, 3rd floor Sunday October 13, 2019 – submission deadline 10/4 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 […]