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TRU Virtual Community Gathering
Description

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.

UPCOMING CONVERSATIONS

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 FeldshonJim 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 5/29 - An Overview of Virtual Platforms. In the room: Emileena Pedigo The Show Goes On Productions, and Roger Gonzalez of LocalTheatreNY. We're researching the choices we have for virtual presentations, which platforms offer what, and how much the cost.

PREVIOUS CONVERSATIONS

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 bestpractces 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.

Faculty
  • BOB OST

    While still a senior, his one-act Beast was produced by Bob Moss in the first season of Playwrights Horizons. He went on to write book, music and lyrics for the off-Broadway revue Everybody’s Gettin’ into the Act at the Actor’s Playhouse, and Finale!, Grand Prize winner in the 1990 American Musical Theater Festival Competition (presented at NAMT) and the 1992 New American Musical Writers Competition, and a finalist at the O’Neill Music Conference in 1989. More recently his musical Angel in My Heart won Best Musical in the 2014 Fresh Fruit Festival. He won the 2011 New Works of Merit Playwriting Competition for his play Breeders, previously a finalist at the O'Neill, as well as a selection of the TRU Voices New Plays Reading Series. The Necessary Disposal was a 2010 finalist in the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition at the Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo, has been a finalist in three other national competitions, and was part of the Shotgun Productions New Play Reading Series and the Oberon Theatre Reading Series, both in NYC; his one-act A Glass of Water was part of the Lovecreek Festival, HomoGenius Festival, Downtown Urban Arts Festival; other one-acts have been showcased all over New York. He won a 2004 OOBR Award for the review "Songs Are Like Friends", and is a 3-time MAC nominee. While he was producing his own musical revues at cabarets around Manhattan he discovered he could combine his artistic talent with the business skills he was picking up in the advertising world. The idea of Theater Resources Unlimited was born, with the help of co-founders (and  fellow writers) Gary Hughes and Cheryl Davis in 1992. He has gone on to produce musicals Civil War Voices and Rip in the Midtown International Theater Festival, and last year's classic Chinese musical, Romance of the Western Chamber.

Events
  • (free, or pay what you can to help keep us running)
    October 2, 2020
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Friday, October 2nd, 2020 at 4:30 Community Gathering on Zoom – register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link.   In the room: Sandi Durell, publisher/editor of TheaterPizzazz.com, Adam Feldman, Time Out NY theater editor and critic, Marcina Zaccaria, writer and administrative assistant at TheaterPizzazz.com. How our go-to theater publications are […]

  • (free, or pay what you can to help keep us running)
    September 25, 2020
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Friday, September 25, 2020 at 4:30 Community Gathering on Zoom – register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link.   In the room: Lisa Fane, general manager of The Irish Repertory Theatre, and Aaron Simms, general manager of the York Theatre Company. How to keep a company afloat during a time of economic […]

  • (free, or pay what you can to help keep us running)
    September 18, 2020
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4:30 Community Gathering on Zoom – register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link.   Some of the game-changing initiatives that cabaret is taking to generate intimate performances on isolated platforms. And how performance material needs to meet the current cultural moment.   In the room: […]

  • (pay what you can to help keep us running)
    September 11, 2020
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Friday, September 11, 2020 at 4:30 Community Gathering on Zoom – register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link.   The organizational pivots writers’ guilds have made during the pandemic … what initiatives they are taking to help members get through all this … how their members are surviving this challenging […]

  • (pay what you can to help keep us running)
    September 4, 2020
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Friday, September 4, 2020 at 4:30 Community Gathering on Zoom – register above to receive the Zoom link.   Some forms of theatrical entertainment seem destined for these times of pandemic isolation. Our speakers will tell us about alternative experiences they are working with in order to engage stay-at-home audiences. For Artistic Stamp, this represents […]

  • (pay what you can to help keep us running)
    August 14, 2020
    4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Unpacking the Art of Producing

Friday, August 14, 2020 at 4:30 Community Gathering on Zoom – register above to receive the Zoom link.   A producer goes by many names these days: Creative Producer, Fundraising Producer, Self-Producing Artist, Producing Associate.  Have you thought about what type of producer you are and how that informs your career?  This conversation will revolve […]

  • Theater and New Technology - pay what you can (tax deductible)
    July 31, 2020
    4:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Friday, July 31, 2020 at 4:30 Community Gathering on Zoom – register in the bright red ticketing box and we will send you the Zoom link. In the room this week: Emileena Pedigo of The Show Goes on Productions will moderate. Guests:  include: D.J. Smith is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at The Glimpse […]