What People Say About TRU
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I am enjoying the weekly gatherings and meeting all the attendees so much that I just enrolled as a TRU member. Thank you so much for these weekly sessions. ~Edward Osredkar

I just wanted to reach out because Brian Richardson of Pulse Theatre Company invited me to audition for a play called Nelly at the Strawberry One Act Festival per your recommendation of me. We just finished up our run and won best play, so I wanted to thank you so much for referring me, as I had a great experience and met some amazing artists!  ~Moira McAuliffe


Thank you so very much for [your editorial]. I needed to read that. What you've done with TRU has been wonderful. I can rarely take part because of my schedule, but I tell all my students about it and I'm proud to do so. What I tell everyone is that it's run by the nicest people I've ever met. You get fantastic information at an inexpensive price and they have the best workshops ever. I tell them about the speed-dating workshop with the writers and producers and all the auditions that happened there for agents and playwrights etc. What you created has worked. It has been a source of creativity for countless actors that needed exactly what you had to offer. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Wonderfully insightful as to the Post War Jewish populations in urban areas. I have a radio broadcast on Saturday and was just putting my own layers of racism in my Liberal NYC upbringing: your essay helped me with some phrasing. ~Ina Chadwick

The first 2 paragraphs of your [essay] could be [my life] if you substitute The Bronx. The remainder has many similarities, different details. I’m glad TRU is leading us forward; the mountain we’re climbing seems a little less steep. See you on ZOOM. ~Stephanie Schwartz

Thank you for sharing your journey to being more aware of the implicit bias we all carry with us. I've concluded that no matter how progressive I think I am, there is always more work to be done. ~Donald Tongue

This is a lovely essay. I hope you don’t mind that I forwarded it on to some of my friends. Beautifully written. And I totally agree. ~David Kurkowski

Thank you for this insightful editorial. It is great. But this should be out there for everyone to read, especially those concerned, but I doubt if they will be dented. Anyway, we need to make our voices heard loud and clear. ~Nora Armani

Very well spoken. If it was a diatribe it's only because they wish our tribe would die. Keep it comin'. ~David Stamps

Your editorial is so thoughtful and you expressed it so eloquently. Thank you.~Stephanie Schwartz


Huge thanks to you and everyone at TRU for this experience, it was awesome! We really felt supported the whole way through, and we feel so much better prepared to market our show after getting the chance to practice pitching. If there's anywhere we can write a review or something for this experience, please let us know. And thank you and the rest of the team for all the tech effort behind this. ~Daniel Rosen/Alara Magritte

I really am impressed with the info and support from TRU. I've done several of these with [another] group. I quit last year. With you guys it's like you're setting us up for success, what a concept. ~Kurt Johns

Thank you for all of your hard work today. I have been in your shoes, watching as technology decides to remind the humans who is master, and just know that all of us are eternally grateful for everything you did. Group B was in the cocktail hour having the best time and in great spirits. I had a ton of fun connecting with people!  The pitch coaching was BRILLIANT! (Emileena is a national treasure.) ~Kate Danley

It is obvious you and Mike and Tamra worked hard to get it running. It was actually a good experience; if we were mildly frustrated, you must have been really frustrated. To get it running smoothly will be a boon. When it worked it was really superb. ~Carole di Tosti

I enjoyed the entire event. Yes, chaos was the star of the show, but you all worked so hard and the writers and producers were all such friendly, helpful people. I did learn a lot about my show. Sami was a great coach. What's not to like? ~Elizabeth Appell

I found this virtual pitching much more exciting and engaging than being in a rental studio room where it is either too hot or too cold and the ability to look people in the face is less than elevator pitch personal. The tech will resolve. ~Ina Chadwick

Some of the pitches and the coaches were amazing.... I learned alot and appreciated the entire day. ~Loreen Sprechler

I APPLAUD you for exploring the virtual speed date. Wow what an undertaking!! ... Even under difficult conditions yesterday — all things considered, I think the exploration was important and a limited success. ~Cheryl Wiesenfeld

Thank you for and your crew for your diligence and persistence yesterday. Everyone was in good humor, and I think we all appreciated the tireless efforts. Value received! ~Tony Scialli

Katherine and I thank you for allowing us to be apart of this marvelous event. I know it was very challenging but it was great to meet so many producers with positive and valuable feedback for me and my show. ~Gregor Gibson

Speed Date was a success!  Many technical difficulties for sure, but you brought the TRU community together and strengthened our ties through all the technical glitches. Good job. ~Roy O'Neil

Sami [my coach] was super helpful and I had such a good time at the event. Thank you for doing this. ~Joe Nelms
I wanted to thank you so much for the opportunity this past Sunday to pitch my script. I know for you, it might have been chaotic, but for me, it was an incredibly positive experience and I am very grateful to you. Thanks again for such a wonderful opportunity in such strange times. ~Amy Marcs

The pitches were very good and the coaching they received for the pitch was very well thought out and the information. they brought regarding their work was very good. Kudos to them and to their coaches! ~John Lant

That went so smoothly!! Congrats! I'm sure it was still a lot of work and stress on your end but we didn't see any of that.  ~Cody Lassen, producer

Just wanted to say “thanks” for your Herculean efforts in making the event so worthwhile. Despite the tech false-starts, last Sunday went without a hitch or glitch. The producers were all so welcoming and approachable and that made the pitching experience less stressful and, actually, enjoyable. Honestly, I much preferred pitching via Zoom than in person with everyone else within earshot. I’m sure the producers felt the same way. ... The idea of having a separate coaching session a week before the pitching experience is, in my opinion, a smart move. It gives us writers the opportunity to digest the coaching feedback and revise and implement our pitches. ~Sam Affoumado

You guys did a fantastic job today in putting this together; today was definitely value added for the writers. I’m taking a look as several scripts, myself. GREAT JOB. ~Gene Fisch, producer


I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to participate in the producer speed date. It was exciting, fun, and very enlightening. I truly learned a lot. ~Patrick Emile (As We Lie Still)

Thank you for putting that event together last night! I had a blast and I learned a lot. You guys are great and I look forward to participating in more TRU events in the future. ~ Kaitlin Colombo (Nanotainment)

A very special treat! You did an amazing job and have set up a template for speed dates that is far more value packed than any other offering. ~Ina Chadwick, producer

I just wanted to write a quick thank you for putting together last night's event. I had an excellent time and learned far more than I had even thought I would! I thought Bailie was absolutely excellent in our session. She was direct, succinct, and clear without rewriting the pitch for you - she was more of a guide. Her manner was disarming and kind, and she made me feel as though I was in the right room with the right person to help me elevate my pitch in a short period of time. I'm grateful for her work and expertise! ~Michael Radi (The King's Legacy)

I wanted to thank you for letting me squeeze in at the last moment for last night’s Speed Date. I also wanted to thank you for the huge amount of effort and time you and Gary spend on all TRU events. I know you do them as an act of love; I can’t imagine you make much (if any) money from them.... I found last night’s event extremely helpful. I’ve already typed up my notes on what information to include (and what to trim) if I ever get to the point when I finish the first draft of my show and am looking for future development. ~Larry Daggett, producer-writer

What a great event last night! Thank you so much for having me. I had such a good time. Looking forward to more TRU events! ~Joe Nelms (Burning House)

Thanks very much, for you and TRU for making the opportunity possible. The event was terrific for tuning up the process of making an introduction. And all I wanted was to get my play in good hands, so thanks again. ~James O’Connor (Rosemary)


Just wanted to extend my thanks to you and your team for the awesome teaching I received through your Writer-Director Communications Lab yesterday! I left the Lab extremely encouraged, with a clearer understanding of how to navigate relationships with Directors as a writer (and vice versa!), as well as a greater confidence in my ability to discern what to look for in early partnership meetings. I now recognize the importance of understanding my own behavior style, and being able to clearly communicate this with prospective partners on artistic projects for the sake of healthy collaboration. I'm especially excited about the connection I made with Noel MacDuffie, and am planning to continue talking with him from here. ~Jonathan Hogue, writer

Thank you for the excellent workshop yesterday. It is always an illuminating process and you handled it all with grace and wisdom, which is always appreciated! Thank you for assembling your panel, it was a great group and I thought they all brought interesting perspectives to the conversations. I thought Zoom worked well for this – allowing a closeness to the conversations that was not possible even in a comfortably small room. I am not suggesting it was better than in person, where social cues are more fulfilling, but it was a good consolation prize from the perspective of the viewers. That said, I found the viewing to be extremely fatiguing, and I often opted to simply listen. Too much Zoom makes me nauseous. ~Noel MacDuffie, director

You did an extraordinary job Saturday and I’m so glad I was there. I said I wanted to attend so I could see first hand, the dynamics of the Writer/Director relationship and benefit from what would be presented. Well I did and I’m ready to run with the knowledge. ~Merrie L. Davis, producer

Saturday was wonderful. Chris and I plan on continuing to work together. ~Mike Canstraro, director


I want to thank you again for yesterday’s program! I learned a lot from you, Patrick and Cate!! The budget analysis of characters and sets, the info on regional theaters, and how to approach producers, etc., was all very valuable info that I’ll incorporate into my scripts and pitches going forward. I took six pages of notes!! ~Maureen Condon


Life On Hold... with Jim Morgan, Jim Kierstead, Markus Potter

This panel was wonderful. You and TRU are a gift to the theater world. In the past, my TRU membership has lapsed from time to time, but I will be sure to keep it up to date! ~Tony Scialli

That was a great and incredibly timely meeting. Thank you! I look forward to more in the future as well as being part of your TRU organization as a member. ~Lloyd Khaner

Festivals: Working Hard to Give Your Show a Chance
TRU is amazing – what a great panel. ~Carol DeGiere
Just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed the TRU Festival Panel last Tuesday evening. Great discussion! So much wonderful information! Thanks again for making such a helpful event available to us! ~Pat Lin
New Year, New Rules
It is always a breath of fresh air to be in a room with other creatives and remembering that no matter what area of specialty we are in, we are all working extremely hard to meet the same goal; making incredible theatre! ~Samantha Connolly



Congratulations to Molly [Morris] and the team who all gave brilliant performances. It's lovely to see creative fires are still burning brightly, until the time we can all work together again. ~ Helen Milne



Pardon me for getting squishy but first I must say how lucky I am to have TRU in my life. TRU has been such a huge help in these troubling times. The service you've provided through your weekly Friday Zooms has been incalculable. ~Larry Daggett

I am enjoying the weekly gatherings and meeting all the attendees so much that I enrolled as a TRU member right after last Friday's gathering! Thank you so much for these weekly sessions. ~Ed Osredkar

Thanks again for your encouragement and support. My new TRU friends have turned into a real lifeline during this pandemic isolation. ~Alan Becker

I want to commend you for providing this wonderful lifeline during our challenging times. ~Eric Marciano 

Regional Perspective

I think you are providing, on many levels, an incredible service to those of us who live for the arts. I plan to join soon as a member. ~Grant Robbin

A Conversation with Mara Isaacs

I was extremely impressed with Mara. What an interesting dynamo!... What you've done for writers in this time of covid is truly amazing.~Elizabeth Appell

Read All About It

Thank you so much for inviting me to participate on the panel tonight. As I mentioned at the end of the meeting, I believe what you have been doing to provide a forum for theater artists is terrific. ~Marcina Zaccaria

The COVID Effect

I have to thank you for doing the Breakout Rooms. I wasn’t so keen on the idea when you suggested it but it was like a chance to actually be with other people. It was great. I am alone twenty four seven every week and have been since this COVID thing hit. Suddenly I wasn’t. Thanks. ~Earl Lewin

I like the breakout rooms. Nice to meet the people I see in the Zoom grid every week. ~Joe Nelms

Alternative Theater

with Shelley Butler/West of Artistic Stamp and

Molly Rice/Rusty Thelin of RealTime Interventions

It was a real pleasure attending the zoom panel and talking a bit about our new endeavor. I'm incredibly appreciative that you amplified our process and hope that some of your attendees will keep in touch with us in the future as we look for writers for our upcoming seasons. ~West Hyler

Are Producers Artists? with Maria Aponte, Patricia Klausner, Tonya Pinkins, Tom Polum

Thanks to you and Emileena for a really nice program yesterday.  It got me thinking about budgets. As a writer, I have no idea what a budget is like for a show. But the panel’s comments suggest that we playwrights should know something. That way, we can rein in our wildest impulses and think in realistic terms about how we can tell our story.... Finally, I’m grateful for all you do for us writers, and I’ve sent my contribution to TRU this morning. ~David Kurkowski

I made a donation. Great meetings and very informative. I invited 4 people who attended yesterday's meeting. They loved it!. ~Van Dirk Fisher, Riant Theatre

Life on Hold - The Conversation Continues 
with Margot Astrachan, Martin Platt, R.K. Greene

Thanks for doing these, Bob. I didn’t realize how much zooming with colleagues would help my spirits, being quarantined so far from NY out here on the coast (actually on an island off Seattle right now). ... It was also a little daunting how much some people seem to be accomplishing with putting shows online and all.... The can-do bunch on the zoom call who rattled off all their latest online efforts made me think I shouldn’t be quite so pessimistic. ~Alan Becker

Kind of mind blowing to hear producers talking about breakthroughs in producing. Without oversight. In person. Live. Very dramatic. And isn’t it interesting how drama helps you to remember the specifics of a complicated topic? ... I just joined Tru. I decided that the money I saved mowing my own lawn this summer entitles me to a membership.... Loving the experience of the community. It is totally new for me as I’ve been in playwriting and writing classes for years but this Is ... The Bomb! ~Elizabeth Laytin  

Essentials of Self Producing 2020
I just had to say what a great Zoom that was yesterday. I loved the varied subject matter and the wide range of areas discussed.  Bravo. I'm going to send a thank you card to Lisa Dozier King and once the copyright for Bullet Points is registered (I'm working on that now) I'll ask if she has time to read it. She sounds amazing and exactly the kind of GM I'd love to work with, if she's interested (and affordable). Without TRU I never would have known about her. Thank you for all the good you do for so many people, myself included. ~Larry Daggett, actor
What a great workshop yesterday. That was definitely one of the most organized, well thought-out, and enjoyable online seminar experiences that I have had. Thank you and Emileena for organizing it! (I couldn't find Emileena's email but I'd appreciate if you could forward this along to her). To be a bit more specific, I thought that your introductions established a really helpful framework for processing the rest of the day's talks. Blair, Mathew, and Cate provided a lot of information that felt immediately usable. Lee, Lisa, and Dorothy's talks had me writing down a lot of notes that I'll revisit in the future as they become more relevant to my work. And Maria was an excellent cap on the day. It was inspiring to see the concepts we talked about throughout the day embodied in her life and story. All in all, I feel like I have a much better understanding of the scope of self-producing, and lots of entry points for more inquiry. I'm definitely on-board for any future offerings from TRU to learn more about this subject, and the broader world of producing. Thanks again! ~Carley Santori, producer
Raising Money for Theater
Thoroughly enjoyed the seminar. Honestly, it was more helpful than the BroadwayCon Industry Day, and they didn’t allow questions from the audience. Looking at the TRU sessions - our WalkingPath Entertainment situation is a bit different, since we already have our operating and subscription agreements in place for our play Exit Strategy, but it was still interesting to hear the lawyers. Regardless of my financial background as retired vice president, Morgan Stanley, I found the presentation about the psychology of raising money and the panel of New York producers useful and informative. ~Chris Spencer, Walking Path Entertainment
Just wanted to say thank you for a brilliant Producer Boot Camp workshop on Saturday (and the brownies weren’t bad either). It was extremely informative, the presenters were highly motivational, the tips were practical and I especially appreciated the fact that every level of production was addressed including the table read, staged reading, showcase code, Off and On Broadway. Bravo! ~Sam Affoumado

I just wanted to thank you for a terrific workshop this past Saturday!  The tone you set for the room, and the panelists you combined, created a day that was so informative, easy to follow, and genuine. It was welcoming and I learned so much!! ~Susan Tenney

A fabulous day with an incredible lineup. My brain was definitely overflowing with new information... it started to enter into freeze/coma mode by the time we were going through business plans ha ha. I loved how enthusiastic Lee was, how many new web tools Cody introduced us to, how practical and real the financial advisor was. Please keep me posted for other upcoming workshops. ~Kaeshi Chai

Thank you for a wonderful panel discussions on Saturday. So much great information, so many wonderful contacts! I have already made a successful contact with [a lawyer and a producer].... Thank you again for all the opportunities you provide and the education and help so that I don't fall into traps or issues. TRU has been TRU-ly a Godsend. You will be remembered in my TONY speech. ~Michelle Ackerman

Another extraordinary opportunity for theater industry professionals to interact with top notch Tony Award winning/nominated producers and consultants! ~Joanne Phillips

Many thanks for a terrific learning-filled afternoon! ~Milla Ilieva