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What People Say About TRU
TRU LOVE BENEFIT 2019 - Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams

The luncheon yesterday was an amazing event and showed the vast amount of work and attention to detail you and your colleagues put into this. Thank you so much for educating - at the podium - about captioning of live theater.  I had some wonderful conversations with those around me about this endeavor. Sadly, most had never thought about the unique needs of those with hearing loss - so the crusade continues.... I value you and all the work you do enormously. ~Arlene Romoff, 2010 TRU Humanitarian Award recipient

You did a splendid job putting this event together today. I can tell it was no easy task. Everything about it was terrific and there certainly was never a dull moment. It went so smoothly. So congratulations for producing a successful event. In the words of Pierre Cossette “you did it again”!!!! I hope you raised a ton of money as the room was completely sold out! ~Mary Cossette, producer

This was one of the best yet. Enjoyed the evening, the talent and know all the time and energy you gave to make it happen.  ~Sandi Durell
You and Gary have done such a wonderful job in growing the theatre community, and it is especially needed for newcomers.  Your support to them is enormous.  Today's event was very successful and I had a great time seeing so much great talent! ~Yuet-Fung Ho 

Warm, loving and top quality gala - and such a very moving sense of personal connections of people with each other and with TRU. ~Titas Anntares

What a great benefit!!! ~Laurie Eliscu

Let me add my thanks to you for a memorable event. I had an outstanding experience. Everyone was elegant and my table was captivating.... Thank you for your gift of a wonderful organization and delightful event. ~Karen Selby

Congrats on an absolutely amazing event! ~Lori Manette
 
HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL THAT WORKS (The World and the Want)

I just wanted to write you a quick thank you for the seminar. WOW! I can't begin to tell you how enlightening, thought-provoking, and helpful it was for me to: a) hear my piece being sung in front of an audience, and b) get the crucial feedback from professionals. I so much appreciate the opportunity you gave me. I've already re-written 1/2 of the song (the rest to be completed this week).... I've taken most of the criticisms to heart and to be honest ... I LIKE IT BETTER!!! ~Richie Abanes

THEATER IN A CHANGING WORLD (October panel)

It was an honor [being on the panel]. I love the work you're doing and applaud your passion and committment to the arts. The attendees were great and Kat and Teresa have developed a great relationship. ~Irene Gandy

Intimate setting, outstanding panel comprised of top people in the live theater industry. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: every time I attend a TRU Theater Resources Unlimited educational panel or workshop, you have to practically drag me out of there! I love my supportive theater community and family! ~Joanne Phillips


WRITER PRODUCER SPEED DATE (October '19)
 
Thanks for the awesome speed date experience. ~David Stamps, writer (The Arrangement)
 
Thank you for tonight. It was such an amazing learning experience for me. ~Erik Saul, trailing producer
 
That was brilliant yesterday - I can't find the words to describe it and what I learned as trailing producer.... I never experienced speed dating but I loved your approach and empathy and advice -  it got my attention.... all of the producers were amazingly empathetic and compassionate. ~Geo Geller, trailing producer
 
Thank you for the Speed Date. Met wonderful producers and prospective projects. My notebook grows.~Karen Selby, trailing producer
 
Thanks for having me at your event last night. It was enlightening in many ways. I chatted with several of the presenters from last night and made promises to read their scripts. ~Robert Driemeyer, producer
 

WEEKEND INTENSIVE FOR SHOWCASE PRODUCING

 
What a great weekend, chock full of useful info. Can’t wait to put it into practice. See you soon. ~George Pfirrman

Thank you for all your efforts in putting together this past weekend's Showcase Producing Bootcamp. I've been going over my notes to mine all the nuggets of wisdom and it is overwhelming - in a good way. I found all the presenters to certainly be very knowledgeable in their subject matter, and though some were better than others at delivering their information, I gained something from everyone.... This is the second TRU program I've taken part in and I've really enjoyed them. I hope to do more. ~Donald Tongue
 

I really appreciate all the excellent information and insight we got through the workshop. I also greatly appreciate the care that you put into creating the workshop. The panelists and presenters were also terrific. I am certain that I will use what I learned for my future adventures in theater.  ~Eugene Grygo

Thank you so much for pulling together such a diverse, knowledgeable and captivating group of theatre industry professionals to share their experience and wisdom with us. I learned oodles of stuff! I will have to join TRU now, and look forward to the next pertinent industry gathering that I can take in. ~Keith Herrman 

Thanking you profusely for the Producers Boot Camp Weekend. The common thread throughout the weekend was, to me, "What Are The Goals of your show" and 'What Do You Want to do with (and for) your show". The presenters you chose were on point and clearly had their stuff together. I REALLY gained an enormous amount of knowledge from Patricia Klausner - she's a Star. I'm sure I'm not alone in my sentiment. I would love to maintain communication with her and John Lant was a riot (in a good way). He reminded me of a comrade here in Charlotte who does almost the same thing theatrically - including having a truck. I'd like to stay in touch with him also. Great weekend once again, Bob, and thanks for the inclusion. Please keep me in the loop for Everything TRU does in the future. ~Bryan Daye

WRITER-PRODUCER SPEED DATE (07-14-19)

That was an amazing experience today. Thanks for great prep and coaching.  Long about my 8th producer, I think I was able to make it very clear that my main character goes through a major transformation, and described why/how that happens.  I’d definitely be better at pitching in a future next speed dating event. One producer said he’d like to come to my reading tomorrow.  The best closing question I got from a producer was: “How do you want your audience to feel at the end of your play?” I said: “I want them to want to hug the person next to them.” ... So challenging and fun. ~Jane Wills (Steadfast)

Thank you for including me in yesterday’s session… it was illuminating and productive… I believe there were at least few interested in my piece (4 asked me to send them my script). ~Lon Blais (The Boy on the Bureau)

Just wanted to thank you and Gary (and Bailie and Emileena, etc.) for the opporTRUnity yesterday. Even if nothing comes of it for 

(I did get three email addresses), it was exciting to get my head back in the game with hopes for the show's next steps. Really grateful this kind of event, which I'm sure is really hectic and stressful on your end. Overall, a terrific idea well done. Really a gift to hopeful writers. ~David Lefkowitz (Shalom, Dammit!)

Thank you and your TRU team for the Writer/Producer speed date event yesterday.  It was a daunting, fascinating and very informative.  The timing of this event was perfect for our show given the new reading that has been scheduled at the York Theatre on Thursday, September 5th.  The panel of producers was  amazing and their interest and insight was most valuable.  Very grateful also to you and Bailie for your notes and guidance.  ~Jim Semmelman (Choices)

Thanks so much for including me in the speed date yesterday. I got a lot of good advice, positive feedback, and one script request!  But the exercise also helped me clarify what my play is really all about and how to express it succinctly. Plus I know now I have to write another song!  All good stuff. ~David Kurkowski (Curie the musical)

Thank you for having me tonight in the speed date tonight; it was super fun. ~Seth Bisen-Hersh (The Diamond As Big As the Ritz)
Thank you for inviting me to attend my first ever Speed Date as a Producer. It was truly a blast and  I enjoyed meeting all of the writers and other producers and hearing all of the various pitches. I heard a few great pitches and some great ideas that I hope will find a production someday. It's an excellent exercise for them but it is also greawt for me to learn how to improve my own pitches and see what works well and what doesn't. ~Nolan Doran, producer (Head Over Heels, The Secret Life of Bees)
 
TONY PARTY/FUNDRAISER
Thank you very much for such a fun night!  I had a great time! ~Yuet Ho

Thank you so very much for a wonderful time. I loved everything. You are a terrific host. ~Polly VanRaalte
 
Excellent time last night. Very enjoyable group of people. Everything was good. Service, food, interactions. Desserts were scrumptious. ~Fran Sisco
 
Thank you for a delightful party - great spirit and food and fun and a fantasy of delicious desserts!!! ~Tita Anntares
 
Great party! Thank Gary and Cheryl for cake and Jay for free-flowing wine! ~Sue Horowitz
We had a very nice time.  The ladies at our table were very accommodating to our invasion and we had a great conversation learning about each other and commenting on the awards.  Glad we could be part of this.  And specially the deserts were wonderful! ~Kevin Barnes
 
HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL THAT WORKS (part3)

Today was an amazing experience. I definitely will apply for parts 1 and 2. ~David Kurkowski (Curie the musical)
 
As much as I'm a wordsmith/credentialed Journalist and Rock Chick, I attended yesterday's extraordinary, full day event at NYC's Shetler Studios & Theatres in the capacity of Associate Producer of Dangerous, the Musical! Thank You to Bob Ost and Cate Cammarata for the absolute BEST organization in Manhattan, supporting musical theater and it's education! ~Joanne Phillips

A FANTASTIC RESOURCE. If anyone is in the process of writing a musical and would like constructive but gentle feedback on your work, I highly recommend the TRU workshop series “How To Write A Musical That Works” lead by Bob Ost and Cate Cammarata. They explain in detail the requirements of each section of a new musical. After this mini-lecture, each writing team is allowed half an hour to present a scene and song(s) from their new show for feedback. Yesterday’s seminar was on “Reckoning and Resolution.” The panel of auditors is truly stellar with representatives ranging from BMI to Disney.... These workshops are a great way to hear how others see your show, with a fresh eye and extremely intelligent suggestions on what could be clarified and how to move forward. ~Larry Daggett

I want to thank you for todays workshop. I found the experience very helpful and encouraging.  Keep up the good work. ~Stephen Randoy (Capture This)

 
TRU AUDITION
Just a brief note to express my heartfelt appreciation for the fabulous TRU Audition Weekend! Not only was the acting and singing talent on display overwhelmingly wonderful, I also met many new theatre agents, writers, directors, and producers with whom I am now in contact. It was a feast for the eyes and ears, and being such generous hosts, you even fed us well!! One of the great good blessings of New York City is the glut of acting talent, and as a playwright I've always felt it miserly to write plays for less than seven actors (though given the murderous economy of the theatre, this is not always wise, ha!). Now I have your amazing booklets to remind me whom I might contact for future readings and productions and possibly for Passing Parades [note: this is one of the plays in our upcoming TRU Voices Series] Thanks for a great experience! ~Fengar Gael
 
Wanted to let you know we called in Justin Clark (Saturday morning audition) and he will be doing a staged reading of a new play, Echoes in the Garden  by Ross G. Hewitt on June 10th as part of our Corner Stone Reading Series. ~Cheri Wicks, American Bard Theater Company
 
I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the repeated success of TRU's audition weekend.  ~Catherine Lamm, Players Theatre Short Play Festival
Thank you everyone for allowing me to participate in this awesome showcase. It's the most organized event hands down. You guys are so friendly, professional and accommodating! ~Michelle Hartley
 
I had such a great audition experience and can’t wait to do it again next year! ~Julia Ennen
 
I can’t tell you how much FUN the auditions were!  You all compelled, supported, and guided us to as relaxed a performance as we could have hoped.  It was a great pleasure to have had that much professional exposure at our fingertips and I greatly appreciate all the efforts made on our behalf. ~Nancy Sinacori
 
Today’s session proved to be everything you said and promised – and then some! Everything was smooth from check-in through ‘check-out’. Everyone was cordial, concerned, confident and competent. I’ve never participated in any event like this before which was so well run and well organized. ~David Lamberton (AEA)
 
I'm so glad I made it even though it was a bit harrowing. I've been contacted by 3 different organizations already to read for plays and audition. And they ALL sound WONDERFUL!  I'm so glad I just did this despite fears, doubts and all the other things we throw in our way.  I feel like I've been given a door to walk through, and now it's up to me. ~Beth Barry (AEA)
 
The response has been a bit overwhelming, which I find shocking after going to (literally) thousands of EPAs where the person sitting behind the table never even bothers to look at you while you're auditioning. By the end of the day I had booked two readings for two new plays. Not bad for two minutes of work!! ~Larry Daggett (AEA)
 
I really had fun on Saturday as it was my first time performing for a live audition.~Yvette Dingwall
 
I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for holding a fun and safe space for actors to audition and all the work you do to set us up for success! Everyone was so encouraging and kind. Everything was organized and thoughtful. I can't wait to do it again next year! ~Tyler Rambali

I had a great time auditioning. It was one of the calmest audition experiences I’ve had. Chrissy was very nice and made me laugh which was nice before an audition. I got a huge sense of accomplishment getting to audition for so many companies and casting people at once. ~Emily Newhouse
 
MEET THE COACHES 04/19
Thank you so much for an excellent afternoon yesterday. I learned so much and spoke with so many wonderful and talented professionals. I am so glad to be a part of this! ~Gloria Bangiola, actor
 
DIRECTOR-WRITER COMMUNICATIONS LAB 04/19 
Thank you Bob for putting this workshop together, I love doing them and learning from them.  Making new connections is what it is all about and that in such an invaluable gift we get from participating.  Thank you all again for the great day! ~Katherine Ray, director
 
The Writer-Director Lab was an amazing experience!  From the insightful critiques of Jennifer, Rick and Eric on the writer-director relationship, to Rick’s breakout session on navigating different communication styles, this lab was invaluable to me.  It taught me basic decorum and protocol in beginning these relationships for a more successful, professional approach toward other theatre professionals in the future.  Thank you Bob and TRU for such a fantastic workshop! ~Suzanne Willet, writer (2:49)
 
Ditto…what she said. I appreciated the insight and loved observing everyone’s style — a rare opportunity. ~James Rocco, director
 
I've been around (and around) and I never experienced that kind of convocation before. My experience of the business end of the business has been like Alien Vs. Predator, just with more smiles (at the beginning). And as a self-producing writer, I've been a lone wolf. So it was nice to be around talented people who just want to learn and share. It took me a while to adjust. The day was solid and informative. I'll be back for more. ~Manny Igrejas, writer (NSA)
 
Thank you again for bringing together such great people yesterday! Lots of great connections. ~Dennis Corsi, director
 
That was such an engaging and lively event; it was great to spend the day with people who are so passionate and knowledgable about theater. The earlier TRU workshop I attended about PITCHING [Speed Date] really helped me hone what I needed to say when it was my turn to “meet” my director. Thanks for these great workshops. It was interesting to learn about the 4 behavioral styles; I think that was a useful way to preface the one-on-one meetings and I found it useful to think about communication styles as the day progressed. ~Katherine Burger, writer (The Curse of Batvia)
 
Thanks so much for an awesome day and I really enjoyed the day as a whole.  I got to see my strengths and weaknesses and how I can best serve myself as well as the playwright I am working with. I am thankful for all of the feedback and found it to be be insightful. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who is just starting out or is looking to take their craft up a notch. ~Laurie Rae Waugh, director
 
A wonderful afternoon. It proves to me once again that theatre is an ensemble effort and it takes many ideas and incredible collaboration to make things happen. I am so happy with TRU and look forward to other enlightening meetings that solidify the word "ensemble" in my mind. (and heart) ~Jack Rushen, writer (Petey)
 
Thank you for your insights and encouraging words! ~Clé, writer (Parallel Lines)
 
What a fantastic day today was at [TRU's] Writer/Director Communications Lab! It was a day of exercises in behavior types, what needs to be discussed between writers and directors, and putting into practice communicating with one another in a first meeting about the piece. We were lucky enough to meet with some wonderful Playwrights and fellow directors, learn a bit from each other, and form some new friendships and collaborations. I am super grateful for Bob Ost and the TRU team for curating workshops like this to help theatre professionals of different levels, styles, and backgrounds get steps closer to making their “thing” happen! ~Christopher Michaels, director
 
Yesterday’s writer-director program was great and I derived a great deal of knowledge and positive energy from it even though I had to leave early. Dale [the director] and I were the first pair to interact and I really feel we connected in a meaningful way that may very possibly lead to future collaboration. Since joining TRU last year I have attend your monthly panels and a number of your workshops and have found them all to be excellent. ~Ellen Rittberg, writer (Sabbath Elevator)
 
WRITER-PRODUCER SPEED DATE 03/19

Just wanted to say thank you to you and your awesome team (Gary, etc as well as our coach Sami) for not only offering events such as the PITCH Speed Date event but also for facilitating it so tremendously well. We felt very much taken care of, felt we were in good hands and in a safe environment to learn from the experience, as well as so appreciative to have the opportunity to share our show and story with 11+ producers and hone our pitching craft. So worth every penny of our membership and second of the event! ~Peter Davenport (Storming Heaven the musical)
 
I want to say thank you for inviting me to the Speed dating event. It was a terrific evening and I learned some invaluable things! I also made some very good contacts and will be able to follow up with a few people. I so appreciate that you do this ~Hilary Chaplain (The Last Rat)
 
A pleasure meeting and working with you all yesterday. I really learned so much about how to Pitch successfully. ~Jerome Brooks, Jr. (Committed the musical)
 

Thanks to Diana, Bob, Gary, and all TRU staff for hosting last nights Speed Date. It was a terrific experience, exhausting in the moment, but after a good nights sleep I am full of positive energy and direction. ~Paul Fallon (How Will We Live Tomorrow)

Thank you so much for the wonderful evening of learning and sharpening up! I thought the guests were great and I made a couple of good pitches ... and there were a few where I missed the mark. One person said they were interested and gave me her card. I plan to take advantage of other workshops. ~Jack Rushen (Means to an End)

Thanks very much for such an extraordinary event. Meeting the producers was an awesome experience, as was the preparatory work and coaching by you and Sami. TRU-ly wonderful! ~Fran Sisco (Once a Boy)
 
Thank you so much again for including me last night. The experience was invaluable and there was some interest from a few of the producers and I got great feedback from a lot of them as well. Bailie was a wonderful coach and my pitch improved so much over the night. Even if nothing else comes of it, that alone was worth the cost of entry. ~Nicholas Kaminski (Transgender Starborn)
Followup from Nicholas: I was playing a rehearsal today when a guy I didn't know came in and sat down to hear me play. He introduced himself afterwards as a Broadway producer (he was there listening looking for a new accompanist) and I gave him my best pitch thanks to the practice I got at TRU. He was interested in reading my script and listening to my demos and gave me his contact information. Glad I had that nice pitch in my back pocket, as well as the appropriate documents to have on hand ready to email. ~Nick Kaminski 

What an incredible night last night was! Amazing how it all came together like a jigsaw puzzle. Bravo. ~Sue Gilad (producer The Other Josh Cohen)

PANEL: SOLO SUCCESS
Thank you so much for hosting the much needed and appreciated [panel] regarding solo shows!  You and the panel were so insightful and everyone seemed to LOVE it! I hope you have another solo panel informational event soon.  IMO: You could easily charge $20 a person for non-members.  It's totally worth it and you deserve it and more! Perhaps having this twice a year or part of your regular lineup of workshops etc.? Whatever you decide, I just wanted you to know it seemed truly needed and successful! Congrats on giving us a panel and resources as solo artists! ~Antonia Kasper
 
I shared my experience as a solo show artist these past 4 1/2 years (YAY!) and heard how other solo artists are doing their thing! Feeling energized and validated!☀️ Thank you, Bob for inviting me on the panel! ~Ingrid Griffith

Great panel, as always. And I always learn something useful. Almost makes me want to write a solo piece . . . For another person. ~Ellen Rittberg

HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL THAT WORKS: Conflict and Obstacles (2019)
Thank you for the informative and very interesting and entertaining day yesterday. Roland and I are honored to have been part of it. ~Katherine Burger
 
TRU VOICES SERIES: SEEING RED
I just wanted to thank you for offering a particularly wonderful reading. I always enjoy the TRU musicals, but this one was very special, and so well performed! Good job to TRU for continuing to put good work out there. ~Julie McNamara
 
Thank you again for including Seeing Red in the TRU voices reading series! It’s such a wonderful gift for writers to hear their work out loud. Seeing Red took a step forward in its journey in the last month as part of the series.  It was also very interesting to learn a bit more about the producers perspective from panelists afterwards. We really appreciate that you saw potential in Seeing Red and that you decided to have us. ~Joey Mazzarino and Aron Accurso

RAISING MONEY FOR THEATER
Thank you so much for the rich experience yesterday. I was overwhelmed with information, ideas and love for theater. ~Gina DiDonato

Thanks very much for a fantastic day! ~Fran Sisco
Good program yesterday. A lot of information to cram into that short of a timeframe. But it was good, and the speakers were informative. ~Barbara Bellman

Yesterday’s workshop was extremely enlightening for many of the participants I spoke to, not the least [my friend] Joanna! ~Neil Rubinstein

Thank you for  yesterday's seminar, which I found extremely useful and enlightening. I thought the speakers were fantastic and the information very helpful. ~Larry Daggett

PANEL: GETTING PAST THE GATEKEEPERS
The panel on Diversity in Theater  was fantastic. THANK YOU for casting such amazing players (Tonya Pinkins is a kick-ass !) and for leading what could be a controversial heated discussion in a clear and organized way. I learned a lot. I agree with both Tonya and Bob and feel we need to tackle this problem from all sides: personal and  political. Of course we need to challenge a system that places profits before anything else. But in the meantime we have to keep going.... Look at the history of the off broadway movement that started in the sixties: writers and actors gathering in coffee shops (Caffe Cino) and storefronts (La Mama) to read and perform their work since it wasn't being given a voice in the big Broadway theaters. It wasn't easy then and it's still hard now but somehow we have to find a way. ~Nina Howes

PANEL: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PRODUCER
So much fun last night. Thanks for the great panel! ~Valerie David
 
Thank you so much for having me last night at Theater Resources Unlimited. The group was absolutely lovely! As you could tell, I enjoyed the stories from my fellow producers. ~Brian Moreland, speaker
 
Thank you for last night!  It was very interesting, valuable and enjoyable.  I will check your website for more. ~Napua Davoy
 
HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL THAT WORKS: The World and the Want (2018)
Paul & I have been doing a massive amount of organizational work, getting ready for NYMF.  We're thrilled to move Black Hole Wedding to the next level & appreciate TRU's very useful feedback.   ~Katherine Brand (Black Hole Wedding)
 
I just wanted to say that I thought the workshop was fantastic yesterday. Everybody was so supportive of one another, and all the writers were eager to get feedback. Everyone seemed to get a lot out of it, and, as always, there was such a nice feeling of community! ~Jessie Shinberg
 
Today was great, I learned a lot and always do at your panels and programs! ~Ellen Rittberg
 
Thank you for inviting Black Hole Wedding to participate in TRU's workshop.  It was a pleasure meeting you & getting your very useful feedback & suggestions.  ~Katherine Brann Fredricks
 
GENERAL
 
I wanted to let you know about The Bohemians, a comedy I wrote, opening at Theater for the New City. I met Hamza Zaman at a TRU event - and he's directing. So in a way, TRU made this production possible. Thanks for holding events in which people can meet and, as in this case, collaborate. ~Claude Solnik
 
In the short time I've been a member, TRU has contributed to me in several ways. Thank you for supporting writers who need a leg up in the wild world of show production. ~Ruth Fennessey Moss

I really want to thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart. You and TRU have been so instrumental to my growth as a person and a theater professional. I've learned so much about producing and I've met so many helpful people in the welcoming community that is TRU. Thank you for inviting me to panels and events since I was 17 years old and for offering me significant learning opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise been able to afford, thank you for offering me this internship, and thank you for being so supportive and encouraging of me and my endeavors over the past nearly 3 years. TRU will always hold a very special place in my heart as the organization that gave me tools and a true (pun intended) theater community, and that taught me I wanted to be a producer. I want to make sure you know that I will always be there to try to give back to you and TRU when I can. I plan to be involved in TRU for a long long time, and I definitely want to participate in the Basic and then Master PDMP classes as soon as I'm in NYC year-round. ~Natalie Lifson

TRU PANEL: General Manager and Attorney
 
The panel was phenomenal,  so much information. And they really know their stuff! ~Ellen Rittberg
 
I was absolutely humbled by the panel, your obvious expertise and unbelievable generosity.... Thanks for the inspiration and encouragement. I eagerly look forward to participating in more panel discussions and the privilege of networking with such wonderful Industry professionals.  ~Franklin West

Good panel last night. ~Yvette Heyliger

Great panel. Great audience. One of my favorites. It was primo. Thanks again for all you do. It’s invaluable~ Wendy Leopold
 
TRU LOVE 2018 BENEFIT: The Power of Community
 
Great gala! So glad you said what you said at the top of the show about voting. It must be said whenever we have the attention of so many people. It's our lives we are talking about. Loved all the entertainment. You and [director] Jonathan Cerullo put on a great show! ~Joan Ross Sorkin
 
Your event was spectacular.  Couldn’t believe how good the food was!  Could believe how good the talent was!! ~Granville Burgess
 
As always, the TRU tribute was a beautiful event. ~Michael Colby

I very much enjoyed your TRU Love Benefit.  The talent and the presentations were great, and TRU indeed has been doing important work in nurturing the theater community. ~Yuet Hung Fo

I thought everything went very well. I hope the benefit was beneficial for TRU. It was very nice to reconnect with you.  And to honor John and see Baayork again... and Jana...  and Priscilla... etc... I chatted with Baayork after and I was shocked that she remembered exactly what I played in A Chorus Line. We're going back to 1976 here.....amazing! ~Bill Nabel
 
What a lovely gathering.  [My guest from Switzerland] appreciated the top level talent in the performances - and was really moved by the sense of family, community in the room. Not just the words of the theme but the warmth in the room. ~Tita Anntares

Thank you for a lovely event on Sunday, Bob. It was really well done, and you had a terrific crowd. Congrats! ~Isa Goldberg

What a wonderful function and it was so well-attended! Great job. Great performers, performances. And the food was gourmet yummy. You must be exhausted! ~Ellen Pober Rittberg

Well done! Enjoyed the day and the networking. ~R.K. Greene
 
WRITER-PRODUCER SPEED DATE (October 2018)
 
Thank you for having me at the Producer Speed Date. Samantha was an excellent coach and prepared us extremely well, which greatly improved my effectiveness once I got into the room. I found the producers to be genuinely interested in me and my project, and I learned a ton from their input. I left feeling really hopeful—a stark contrast to the bundle of nerves I felt going in! ~November Christine (Legacy the musical)
 
I just wanted to say thank you for all of your generous energy devoted to TRU Speed Dating. It is such a useful process for a writer, regardless of the outcome. ~Martha Pichey (The Last Dumpster)
 
Thank you for letting me attend as a Trailing Producer yesterday. It was incredibly instructional for me, and I learned a lot! ~Denise Peterson Huza, producer
 
Thank you so much for organizing this event and for the opportunity to participate as a producer. I enjoyed it so much, and left feeling inspired and encourage as well. You’re doing something really special, and may all that good energy come back to you in spades. ~Julia O’Brien, producer

Great night and wonderful range of projects - very exciting. ~Charlotte Cohn, producer

What a great pitch session event and it was organized really well so thank you for that. ~Ellen Rittberg (Sci Fi)

Anne & I really enjoyed our first Producer Speed Date and learned so much - about the process and about my piece. Well worth the expense. And thank you for your service to the community. I know it must be terribly draining. ~Keith Herron & Anne Pasquale (No Fault)


GENERAL
Thank you Bob for being an advocate for artists and for doing the work you do to bridge the gap for young writers and directors who are coming up! ~Tyrone Robinson

I've been running into different people involved in theater in many ways. One way or other, they seem to know about your group - have been involved, are involved or at a minimum are aware of it. I think in theater, everyone tends to get very involved and focused on their projects - often passionately. And that's a good thing. But the result can be a kind of fragmentation, if not isolation. I think it's great that you're connecting people with so many backgrounds who work on so many levels from Broadway to Off Off. I hope other people tell you that they appreciate what you do. I wanted to at least let you know. Someone on your email list with whom I went to high school, who's now involved in theater as a director and actor, saw the recent Grace is Good listing. We got in touch. I'm sure there are lots of cases of people connecting through your group. ~Claude Solnik

I must express my gratitude to you and your wonderful organization. I have been the happy beneficiary of your incredibly informative programs, seminars, speed dates, and pitch fests over the years. There’s a reason I keep coming back for more; the proof is in this pudding! Through your programs I’ve gained clarity, confidence, and the practical knowledge needed to inch my way forward in this wonderful, fun, exciting industry. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Please feel free to quote this!  I mean it, and I mean it! - Diane Uniman

Because of your help and the countless you aid, I have been able to find my roots as a producer.... As I gear up for my coming production in February, I'd like to take a moment to thank you for the work you do with TRU. I would not be in this place in my career without your work. ~Yaakov Bressler

Thank you for your personal support and for all the wonderful connections/opportunities I have had with TRU in the short time I have known you. You are a good soul with a great organization. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication. ~Michelle Ackerman

Volunteering at TRU is fantastic! I’m learning so many cool things I had never even realized went on behind the stage. ~Meredith Hornick

Including me in your efforts within the theatrical community in The City gave me yet another ‘in’ to the community I consider my home away from home. Thank you. ~Jeff Riebe

I have met and worked with many 'kids' that have gone through at least one, if not more of your workshops. They ALL speak so highly of them and what they learned about the business and themselves. I believe what you are doing is valuable and needed for the next generation moving to the city and entering this business we call 'Show.' Keep up the good work and know that what you are doing is paying off with quality people, that are excited and embracing whatever life has to bring them. ~ Sam Viverito

Now that I have completed my first year at TRU, I wanted to thank you for all that you have done to make this a great year for me! The panels and the networking equal new relationships and new knowledge and all and all a powerful year. I thank you for each and every time I had a question or a request that was answered graciously and thoroughly – I know you must get a number of inquiries each day, but you made it seem like mine was the only one and no trouble at all. And most recently, thank you for [talking] a somewhat "wobbly" producer through her first moments of making the producing dream a reality through the Dream Up Festival.  That afternoon was invaluable; all the information generously shared!  You didn't know it, but I walked out of your apartment zinging.  Thank you again for a bountiful experience. ~Denise Gray

My daughter Ava and I just wanted to reach out and thank you for your page truonline.org/links/  Ava's going into the 5th grade, and her new teacher gave her an assignment to write an in-depth reflection paper on something she learned over the summer.... Ava decided to write her paper on the theatre. We started researching over the weekend and found your page - your theater resources have been so helpful to her I wanted to reach out and personally thank you. I haven't seen her this invested in her school work in a long time! ~Sara (and Ava) Barnes
 
I was so impressed with the audition experience, both the prep meeting before and the day of. It was such a good drill to get organized. I'm hoping to attend the speed date producer meeting in July .... As a newcomer to the biz I have a lot to learn and TRU is going to help me! So I might as well support you all too! ~David Hancock
 
DIRECTOR-WRITER COMMUNICATIONS LAB 2018
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for orchestrating the Director/Writer Communication workshop (which is clearly quite a feat!) and your wonderfully wise thoughts on every interaction.  I was very impressed with the caliber and generosity of the panel and I thought they brought excellent points to each discussion.  I appreciated how clear eyed you were on each interaction.  I am tempted to ask if you have a methodology for how you listen to these discussions, but I suspect that years of experience is the primary method. It was an excellent workshop - it is just great to be around people who love theater as much as I do and are working super hard.  Bliss! ~Noel MacDuffie, director-choreographer
 
I want to thank you for the director/writer workshop last week. I am now directing a 25 minute excerpt of Look For Me in the upcoming New York New Work Theater Festival! Thanks!  ~Miriam Eusebio, director

Great workshop! Wonderful people participating, both deeply knowledgeable panelists, and generous directors. I will continue to talk up your programs as well as attend as many as I can. My best to you and your true passion, the arts and theater. ~Ina Chadwick

I was very grateful for the information provided by Jessie Shinberg concerning my script submittal, Hitched.  We are in rehearsal now for a September opening in Maryland and I will be keeping all comments in mind as we work toward that goal. ~Earl Lewin, writer
 
HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL THAT WORKS: Reckoning and Resolution (2018)
Thanks again for a great workshop. Thought you'd like to know the Brooke Astor musical was accepted into the Chicago Musical Theater Festival as a full production, so we're doing 5 perfs in February. Also, the Kennedy Center's Stage to Page Festival is doing one of the songs in a concert! ~Rachael Migler (Brooke Astor's Last Affair)
 

You conducted a beautiful and fascinating session yesterday, abetted of course by the knowledgeable panelists. What a variety of creative work! Which should hearten us about the prospects for musical theater in 2018 and forward. It's such a brilliant form, musical theater, in which you can tackle all manner of themes and build them with what can be the irresistible enticements of song. So, again and sincerely, thank you! ~Duncan Christy (Magazine)

I had a spectacularly great workshop. It's true, along the way, I had a couple moments of uncertainty, but now I'm clear that I learned a ton and I got what I came for. I'm putting it to use already. [Music director] David Wolfson also did a great job. Great skill, talent and professionalism. I was privileged to have lunch with Peter Filichia. What a fascinating man. Oh the people you meet at a TRU workshop! ~Jack Phillips (Taking Care of Mom)

Many times I thought “this is crazy, don’t do this” but something made me just keep taking one more step forward each time and I’m so glad I did. I was blown away by my team. (Music director] Nevada [Lozano] was exactly the right person to connect me with – thank you so much!!! And I really loved meeting Skip [Kennon]. I think we’re kindred souls. And of course Cate – loved the discussion of the Poetics, and getting to see all the presentations. ~Deborah Henson-Conant (The Golden Cage)

WRITER-PRODUCER SPEED DATE (July & October 2018)
 
Thanks for putting together the Writer-Producer SpeedDate and for making it a teaching and learning experience. The Speed Date is the only event I know of that gives writers the chance to meet high level producers one-on-one in a room. To me, that's what makes the Speed-Dates so valuable. And you do it with kindness, which I value in life. ~Vincent Amelio (How Alfo Learned to Love)

Thank you for me having me as part of the Speed Date this past Sunday! It was definitely nerve-wracking (never pitched anything before), but I had a great time doing it. ~Zev Burrows (The Pledge)

Quite an amazing event. Thanks for organizing it. ~Granville Burgess (Common Ground)

Great event yesterday – glorious chaos! Just as when I pitched as a writer, I found the whole experience of getting "thrown into the foxhole" to be exciting, invigorating and very beneficial. I think writers need to hone these sort of "survival skills" to navigate the battlefield. ~Mark Butler, trailing producer

Thanks for an amazing Speed Date yesterday, well done! ~Markus Potter, producer

I thoroughly enjoyed the Speed Date. Learned a lot about pitching. The producers were very incisive and knowledgeable. One thing that encourages me is that many of the writers were my age or older. Whenever I go to film-related events, I’m 20-30 years older than most other people.~Philip Reissman
 
TRU VOICES PLAY SERIES

What a night! We were all thrilled with the outcome of the reading, and there was some interest from some of the panelists to continue discussion about the play's next steps, so we're very excited about that opportunity. Thanks very much, and congratulations on your great series! ~Frank Avellino, producer (Jasper)

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you, Gary, and the selection committee for your time, patience, and care with Jasper. It went incredibly well, was a wonderful turn out, an excellent and informative panel, and gave me immense insight into the play as a play and also as a commercial entity. I hope to keep you in the loop as things begin to progress. ~Grant Macdermott, writer (Jasper)
 
Thank you so much for including Ego Actus in your TRU Voices Reading Series. It was a wonderful and informative experience for us. The panel discussion was very insightful and things we learned there will inform a lot of our decisions going forward, both on Adele's Way and future projects. ~Bruce A! Kramer, producer (Adele's Way)

TONY PARTY/Fundraiser

Thank you for the most amazing TONY party! I had the best time. Food was delish and the cakes were out of this world! ~Valerie David

It was great! ~Janie Steele

Thank you for a fabulous Tony Awards Party and Fundraiser! ~Ed Medina

It was a GREAT event and I had an absolute blast! Congratulations to you, Gary and the entire TRU team. Thank you again for the tickets I won to Gettin' the Band Back Together. I'm excited to see it. ~Lee Adhemar Feldshon

Enjoyed the party last night! ~Ann Harson

I had a terrific time at the party! ~Andrey Wax
 
It was a fun evening, well planned and delicious food and drink. Thank you for planning and executing a great night with friends. ~Chris Sherman
 
2018 TRU AUDITION EVENT
Auditors~
 
Thank you so much for such a well-managed and splendidly run audition event this past week-end. It is a great help for us all to have so many actors brought together for us! Talent was good, and organization was excellent. Your hospitality was wonderful. ~Alexa & Brian, Pulse Ensemble Theatre
 
Thank you to everyone who made TRU Audition Event such a pleasant and productive experience. You all did a terrific job. It was enormously helpful to have actors write their scene titles on their resumes! This has long been a complaint of mine, and such a simple fix. GREAT thinking! ~Gia Forakis, GF&CO
 
Congratulations on another wonderful TRU Audition Event! Thanks to Bob Ost and his incredible team! Special mention to Gail Frankel Reiser who keeps it all in shape and running smoothly! Enjoyed watching the talent and re-connecting with my fellow industry peeps!! ~Helene Galek, HeleneGalekCasting
 
Thank you TRU. We saw some terrific performers! ~Looking Glass Theater
 
I didn't have a chance to thank you enough for the event. I was very impressed with some of the talent and will definitely call them in for our upcoming auditions. ~Maera Hagage, The Israeli Theatre Company
 
Thanks! I saw some very promising prospects. ~Valerie Adami, SW Artists
 
I loved being there.  Thanks for making it all hassle free. ~Sonia Gluckman, Theatre in a Trunk
 
Actors~
 
This was a wonderful experience. The efficiency and thoughtfulness of the staff was a rare treat and you created an amazingly actor-friendly environment that allowed actors to stay focused on their work and preparation, and feel well cared for. Spread the word - this is how to treat actors and industry folk - I saw those trays for the auditors' lunch. ~Lynda Rodolitz
 
There were tons of volunteers to help support you in the process. The process was incredibly organized which really puts you at ease as an actor. Thank you for an incredible experience! ~Jackie Schiffer
 
Thank you for the delightful time with TRU this weekend!  I met such lovely auditors as well as fellow actors and volunteers over Saturday and Sunday.  It was a real pleasure and I look forward to seeing more of TRU. ~Emma Miller
 
Your commitment to providing value is what made this a winner for me. Thanks again for your and everyone else’s hard work. ~Alexander D. Carney
 
I am happy to say that I've already been contacted - NOT by someone asking me to pay them money to take their classes but by one bona-fide theatre organization and by one manager. So thank you for your kindness and generosity. I'm sure that running such an organization must take an enormous chunk of your time, but rest assured you do the theatre community a huge service and we are all indebted to you for your willingness to take on such a massive responsibility. ~Larry Daggett
 
Thank you so much for your professionalism leading up to and including Sunday's audition. As an inexperienced actor, it was a terrific drill to get organized and perform. I'm still on a high from the experience. Thanks so much for your encouragement and hard work. ~David Hancock
 
Yesterday was so much fun!! I really had a great time! ~Roberto Forero
 
This was a welcome and positive audition experience. ~Lori Anne Sword
 
This was an amazing opportunity and I am so grateful to have been able to audition! ~Benjamin Hitchcock
 
I liked how organized the event was. I don't think you can do anything better! Its already perfect. ~Anthony Velez
 
I just wanted to say  thank you for a well organized event. ~Denise Flemming
 
I had a great time at the audition. It was fun and the people working there were so helpful. ~Maggie Davern
 
I really enjoyed the auditions and am so happy I got the chance to join! ~Dana Stern
 
Thank you again for Chase, and the showcase. He really was happy to be part of it. ~Stacey Bolnick, mother of Chase
 
I just wanted to say thank you for a great weekend! Everyone was so lovely and warm in my audition day and I had a blast meeting everyone and helping out today. I hope the afternoon went well and I look forward to participating in future events! ~Cait Kelly
 
Throughout the process, I was very impressed and grateful for the way actors were welcomed, directed and treated.  The efficiency of your staff was impressive and so very appreciated. ~Lynda Rodolitz
 
I really enjoyed the auditions and am so happy I got the chance to join. ~Dana Stern
 
So I was contacted by Talent Express as I mentioned, and am going for a meet and greet next week. I did a play reading this week for Pulse Ensemble Theater Company and also was asked to submit an audition to Nylon Fusion Theater (though it turns out I couldn't do the dates of the run of the play as I'll be working in LA  - but still made contact and expressed interest in the future) ~Diana Kazakova

MEET THE COACHES
 
Thanks again for including Ryan and myself (MCS) on the panel of meet the coaches. We met great people and it was good to hear what the other coaches had to say. Thanks for all that you do. ~Matthew Corozine
 
This was a wonderful event today - so well organized and run, and the caliber of the coaches was terrific - thanks for including me! ~Gillien Goll

It was nice to meet you too.  I had a good time. Everyone was so nice.  I really enjoyed meeting the coaches.  I feel like I got a lot from yesterday.   I am going to work with Valerie and Bob on my monologues.  I cannot wait.  I am so excited. ~Maggie Davern


WRITER-PRODUCER SPEED DATE
I have great regard for you and your work at TRU. Carmel Owen and I had such an interesting experience there pitching our Monet musical. I remember the excellent pitch materials you circulated and the professional way the evening was organized. Hats off to all that you do! ~Joan Ross Sorkin
 
I really appreciate the work you guys do and it has reaped good things for me and my partner thus far – at least connections and good conversations. ~Joe Hoover (The Chalice)
 

Thanks for hosting the Writer Producer Speed Date. We learned a lot and made some valuable contacts in just a few hours. It was well worth the time and logistical investments. We know this takes a lot of your energy and we appreciate your efforts. ~Kevin Bleau and David Schrag (Roswitha)

I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed the speed dating experience. It was very instructive with great ideas on how to proceed in my quest to get my play produced.  ~Jeff Schneider (Indictment at Bedford Station)
Huge thanks to you for yesterday’s Speed Date. It was a terrific experience for me (and hopefully Pooch). I very much appreciate the time and planning you put into the event. ~Scott Eyerly (Pooch), March '18

Thank you deeply and truly from the bottom of my heart for all the work and love that went into yesterday's speed date. I would have never been able to step into that room without the emails, and templates, and coaching that you all offered. It was brilliant. And now, thanks to the great preparation I got ... I have three requests to read my script!!! ~Kayhan Irani (There Is a Portal), March '18

 
Thank you so much for a terrific event yesterday. You were right, it was fun!! Not only did I learn a lot, it was very encouraging. I very much appreciated to have a way “in” to the theater community. I have sent materials to three producers this morning! ~Kimerer LaMothe (Happy If - Happy When), March '18
The whole event was such a whirlwind, and so much fun. ~Kit Goldstein Grant (The Wrong Box), March '18

I just wanted to thank you for last night's event. WOW!!! It was an exciting, encouraging, and educational experience. The information I gleaned from the evening will help me for years to come. Whether or not I get my play optioned, I already see it all as a success. And, FYI, Cate was AMAZING!!!!! She is a gem. Her pre-event coaching hour was AWESOME. Based on her critique, I was able to change my pitch in the fly and I could tell from the reactions I received, that her changes did indeed make my pitch stronger!!!! She's a keeper. I love TRU!!!! You are all a blessing to the artist community! ~Richie Abanes (Five Women), March '18

Very helpful - from Bob and Gary and your structural guidance to Sami [Saltzman] and your essence excavating (fascinating to watch how you got us to dig underneath our descriptions of "what" to our gut feelings of "why"). And then the speed date where we were forced to figure out how to turn our solitary scribbling minds into human conversations, responsive to each new producer's spoken and unspoken interest, and the challenge of quickly dredging up the essence. I've gone through one speed date for each of my three plays and yesterday a fourth for the revised first play. Each one has helped me become more professional and dynamic in conversations, query letters, and those 100 word limit descriptions of a play on an application. ~Tita Anntares (Veils of Justice), March '18

PANEL: Implications of the New Tax Laws
 
Very informative panel with clear, articulate explanations. ~Jeremy Handelman

Thanks so much, even if we can't understand all its implications.  My coughing fit started as I realized [Dave Spaulding] had just said the Trump tax cut affects every area of the code, was done in secret without hearings very quickly, that Reagan's cut affected two areas and took 9 months of hearings and revisions, and that every item of this one will probably be settled with lawsuits in over a year or more... yikes. ~Tita Anntares

BOOT CAMP: Raising Money for Theater

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your producer boot camp last weekend – I really learned a lot! And it was so nice to be introduced to some very well-versed producers who really explained what their business is like. (And I love the pen on the string you gave us - a nice touch - I've been using it everyday since I got it). ~Stephen Sherman
 

I want to say how much I enjoyed the producer boot camp in raising money last weekend. I took a lot away from all the speakers. ~Justin Baldridge

It was a wonderful time!  Thanks for including me.  A great bunch of people 🙂 ~Jim Kierstead, producer

 
Thanks again for putting together such an amazing program for yesterday.  I learned so much and feel so much better prepared. ~Lora Danley
 
I found Sunday’s workshop very helpful. ~Kate Gill
 
 
PANEL - Breaking the Silence: Voices of Theater Around the World

Thank you ever so much for including me on the panel Tuesday night. It was great to meet you and the gathering was dynamic and fun. My pleasure to contribute some of my thoughts on the issues of Internationalism in our profession. ~Philip Himberg, AD of Sundance Theater programs

 
What an engaging panel, and sensitively moderated too. ~Jenny Lyn Bader
 
Very good panelists. Was surprised to hear the degree of oppression around the globe – re playwrights and theater. Interesting to hear about "self-censorship" in the U.S. I think the "how to" events and networking are still probably the core of how people benefit – and the networking part's important. But I think it's also good to hear what's going on in other parts of the world. ~Claude Skolnik
 

Thank you so much for for last night – it was an incredible, incredible, incredible event. ~Valerie David

 
The guests you had on the panel were wonderful ... so glad I was there. ~Marlene Taber Thorn
 
TRU VOICES MUSICALS
Congratulations on putting together the whole series.  It's a really big job, and a unique and wonderful thing that you and TRU do for the community.  Thank you again so much for that!~ Julie Miller, writer (Viva Max!)
 

Great job last night....  You never cease to make me proud to know TRU, as with each event of yours I become even more impressed. ~Gene Fisch

A big thank you for giving us the opportunity to do all of us proud last night.... Thank you for a warm and demonstrative audience. Thank you for giving Jim Lehrer a question, too! He loved last evening... And again, thank you so much for choosing us. ~Skip Kennon, writer (Viva Max!)

I wanted to let you know that I very much enjoyed the reading and the panel afterwards.  I found the reading very enjoyable and the panel very informative for someone in my position [note: he's a budding musicals writer].  I especially liked the information on alternative ways to get a show up and running that won't cost more than I could ever afford. ~Todd Fifield

Five years ago, I pitched in as an associate producer on a TRU Voices Musical Series staged reading, and, after several entries, I finally was selected as a winning writer, not producer. TRU was such a benefit to our production. We had to really up our game from our prior reading of Act 1. Glad we were able to rise to the challenge. The panel was terrific. They suggested avenues such as Branson and Vegas that had never crossed my mind. ~R.C. Staab, writer (Dumb Luck)

I am a friend of Chris Reza [writer of Question 1] and I really just came to support his reading but I was very happy I stayed for the talk after.  It was very informative, and I think you do a great job of getting your panel to stay on target with the point of the talk, as well as reiterating what others are saying to make sure the point is heard. ~Ryan Michael Hartman

Thank you so much for all of your hard work that went into making Question 1's presentation last night a huge success!  From the bottom of my heart, thank you for making this dream become a reality.  This is just the beginning of Question 1 and I really can't wait to see where it goes! ~Jesse B. Langston, producer

I attended the reading a couple nights ago of Question 1. Thank you for your dedication to nurturing new producers and writers! I love your mission behind TRU. ~Dennis Corsi

HOW TO WRITE A MUSICAL THAT WORKS

Useful, fun and inspiring from start to finish. ~Jack Phillips, Taking Care of Mom, '18

A really good time, really professionally done, and I learned a lot! What a great panel (yourselves included). Thanks for everything and I was delighted that the panel thought so highly of my Xmas song. ~Thomas Dudzick, Christmas Over the Tavern

I just wanted to take a moment to say how grateful we are for the opportunity to perform an excerpt from Oswald for you. The feedback we received was truly invaluable and we are so very thankful to everyone on the panel who took the time to offer their expertise and insights. Our experience with TRU continues to be amazing and we thank you all so much. ~Tony LePage and Josh Sassanella, Oswald

Great workshop session with you and Cate and the panelists.  LOVED Cheryl's suggestion....  Got some good ideas from other writers afterwards as well.  Good incentives to rewrite some more. And the cast was very enthused about the process.  They all want to do a concert show. ~Roy O'Neil, Eddie and the Palaceades

Thanks again for the wonderful time we had at TRU the other weekend at the workshop. ~Brenda Giordano, A Time to Live

Yesterday's program at NOLA Studios was exactly what I needed and didn't know it.  Just listening to what was being said/the information garnered was priceless. ~Wraggs Wall

I LOVED working with TRU. Numbers Nerds was accepted into NYMF. Thanks to you and all the other panelists for your very helpful feedback in the fall,  our show is in much better shape.  ~Larry Little, writer

 
Just wanted to thank you all once again for convening the [Reckoning and] Resolutions workshop on Saturday. It's a huge amount of work to coordinate something like that and it was much appreciated. I met a few folks I hope to stay in touch with, and most important, the experience was VERY useful to me on a creative level. ~Liz Schiller, writer
 
Thank you for hosting such a helpful event.  Between you, Cate and the panel there was a lot of wisdom , valuable input and considered judgment.  I believe suggestions I received can be incorporated in straightforward fashion to strengthen the finale so thanks once again. ~Don Nolan, writer