Shape up! Get the training you need to be the best producer you can be with these TRU opportunities to hone your basic (and not-so-basic) business and organizational skills. This ongoing series of workshops addresses specific areas of need for anyone trying to make theater, film or any performance art happen. From the half-day "Essentials of Self-Producing" and "Mediation Techniques for Producers and Everyone" to the full day "Raising Money for Theater" and "Pitching and Presentation Skills" to the in-depth "Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing," you will get the information, inspiration and support you need to make everything seem possible. 

Email if you are interested in any of these workshops, and to receive details of future workshops. Click below to read general information about each workshop:

Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask

"I researched almost all of the presenters before arriving so I was impressed.  I have to say that Lisaroxanne and Bailie blew me away with their enthusiasm and their knowledge, as well as the open, honest way they shared.  Bruce was forthright and honest, which I greatly appreciated.  Jack was, for me, the absolute best not only in imparting wisdom but in his approachability and warmth.  One might think that someone of his caliber would want to present and run, but Jack was generous with his time even beyond his presentation.  All of the presenters were generous with their time beyond their actual presentations and that, for me, was a wonderful surprise and most appreciated.  I think this speaks volumes about TRU's collaborative nature - bravo!" ~Charlene Donaghy/Raising Money for Theater 2017

"The TRU Money Bootcamp was an amazing non-stop exposure to fascinating, accomplished theater creators! Kudos for finding, recruiting, scheduling, organizing so many amazing panelists and speakers and designing an 8 hour continuous show with one intermission!!" ~Tita Anntares/Raising Money for Theater 2017

Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing

Thank you again for an incredible event this weekend.  I learned so many things, both deep and practical. The content, structure and community you’ve already created is so incredibly rich, there should be a waiting-list for your events -- and even paid live streaming. ~Deborah Henson-Conant

I found the Boot Camp to be a fantastic experience. I did learn a tremendous amount about what I need to know at the level on which I'm currently operating, and I got a great preview of what might be in store for me in the future if I can move up a level. ~Ed Levy

"I hope I've adequately conveyed to you how much the Producer's [Weekend] Intensive was helpful in my getting ready for [my show].... While I'm extremely proud of the show for myself, it's also a testament to what I gathered from the Producing sessions at TRU. As a TRU alum, I was able to put this on in a way I wouldn't have been able to had I not taken the course." ~Michael Doshier, Johnny Darlin: In the Closet (FringeNYC 2016)

"Thanks for organizing the event his weekend. We were very impressed by the number of theatre pros who turned out to speak and take questions from the likes of us. I found it very informative -- helpful to get a grasp of things and a sense of what the financial outlay might be for such ventures." ~D.W. Gregory

"I just wanted to say again how wonderful TRU is. I just took the 2nd boot camp after joining 3 months ago. I was out of the business for nearly 10 years and felt so lost coming back to my roots of theatre. I missed the theatre arts and artists and tried different groups but nothing resonated for me....TRU is "tru"ly spectacular! Not only am I amazed how much I've learned but how organized you are and most importantly how genuinely NICE you, the board, the guests and the other "students" are. I wish I would have found you and TRU twenty years ago. You've made me believe in myself again in others again and in theater again!" ~Antonia Kasper

Recognizing Commercial Potential: Is This Show Worth Investing In?

"Thanks so much for opportunity to attend the TRU Investor Lab! I learned so much (and took many notes)! Your panel was generous with their information and insights. As you know, I’m mainly a writer (musicals and plays) , but art, especially a collaborative art like theater, does not exist in a vacuum. It’s important understand the perspective of successful producers, investors, and our attorney and panel chair Eric Goldman." ~Sue Horowitz

Essentials of Self-Producing: So Many Hats, Only One Head

Mediation Techniques for Producers and Everyone


  • Boot Camp: Raising Money for Theater
    February 4, 2018
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, February 4th, 10am to 6pm Playroom Theater 151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor, NYC Click here for curriculum and speakers It’s more important now than ever for the voice of theater to be heard, so get ready to move ahead with passion and a plan. For producers, one important step is finding the money and resources to […]

  • April 29, 2017
    9:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • April 29, 2017 - April 30, 2017
    9:30 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday April 29th and 30th, 9:30am to 6pmNola Studios, 244 W. 54th Street, 11th floor Studio C If you’re planning to produce or self-produce, do it right, do it smart, do it cost-effectively. Learn the ins and outs from experts with this once-a-year weekend workshop that offers basic and not-so-basic training for producers, geared to […]

  • February 4, 2017
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Saturday February 4th, 10am to 6pmPlayroom Theater 151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor, NYC It’s more important now than ever for the voice of theater to be heard, so get ready to move ahead with passion and a plan. For producers, one important step is finding the money and resources to bring your projects into production. We […]

  • Essentials of Self-Producing
    September 24, 2016
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Saturday September 24th, noon to 4:30 pm.Desotelle NuBox Theatre, 300 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor Writers, actors, directors and all artists need producers if their work is ever to be seen by an audience. So what can you do for your career while you’re waiting to be produced? Sometimes you’ve just got to jump in […]

  • Investor Lab
    July 29, 2017
    2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Saturday, July 29th, 2017, 2-6PM The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street For anyone thinking about investing in theater. (And anyone who hopes to attract investors.) An essential workshop for producers and investors, facilitated by attorney Eric S. Goldman, with a panel of commercial producers and investors offering their experience and observations. Panel will include William Franzblau, […]

  • April 30, 2016
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • May 1, 2016
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Desotelle Nu•Box Theater, 300 W. 43rd St., 3rd Floor Basic and not-so-basic training for producers, geared to those of you producing at the in-the-trenches reading and Equity Showcase level, with particular application for those planning to produce in the upcoming summer festivals. Featuring a phenomenal lineup of experts covering everything from Legal Requirements to Production […]

  • January 30, 2016
    12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
New York Times Building, 620 Eighth Ave., 34th Floor NYC, NY

Theater Resources Unlimited in association with JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) presents Mediation Techniques for Producers (and Everyone): Dealing with the Off-Stage Dramas JAMS Conference Room, New York Times Building 620 Eighth Avenue (btwn 40th & 41st), 34th Fl. Facilitated by attorney/mediator Eric S. Goldman, with a panel of commercial Broadway and indie producers […]

  • February 6, 2016
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Playroom Theater 151 W. 46th St., 8th Floor, NYC It’s a new year filled with new opportunities! It’s time to take those projects off the back burner and move ahead. For producers, that means finding the money and resources to bring your projects into production. We invite you to acquire some basic tools and crucial […]

  • September 27, 2015
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Desotelle NuBox Theatre 311 W. 43rd Street, 3rd floor

  Sometimes you’ve just got to jump in and be more than an artist to make theater happen. In this groundbreaking new half-day workshop we will look at how artists can successfully take on the challenging role of producer to generate their own opportunities. The ones who are most successful have to master a range […]