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Pitch Your Work to a Roomful of Producers … Theater Resources Unlimited Announces the Next Writer-Producer Speed Date

Pitch Your Work to a Roomful of Producers … Theater Resources Unlimited Announces the Next Writer-Producer Speed Date
TRU announces a one-on-one networking event with commercial and indie producers, Writer-Producer Speed Date on July 15, 2018 with coaching sessions at 4:30pm and 5:30pm at Studios 353, 353 W 48th St, NYC. For more information, visit Application extended to July 5, 2018. Application must be accepted before purchasing tickets. Tickets are available for purchase for accepted applicants on July 7, 2018. Tickets are $75 for TRU Members; $85 for non-members, $25 per additional collaborator. Tickets may be purchased at
You meet a producer at a party and have two minutes to interest him in your work. Do you have the skill to sell yourself? Here’s a chance to practice your pitching with real producers who are open to and looking for new work. Okay, they probably won’t option you on the spot, but you’ll meet them and have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that’s what this business is all about. Relationships.
I participated in TRU’s Writer’s Speed Date Pitch session last year, and got a LOT out of it! I found it so motivating to have a deadline to create production assets and prepare myself for meeting producers. My partner and I worked tirelessly for days before the event to make sure we were in top form before presenting (as writers) to the “producers” on hand. My experience was one of the rare occasions where several producers expressed real interest in my work. Later, one attended my reading, and followed up with a coffee meeting to talk financing. We’re still in touch. Again, this is never promised, but it does happen for some of us. In my opinion, the price of $85 for all that value is a BARGAIN! ~Ed Zareh
The speed date was essential to my production, helped me learn how to communicate about my work. ~Yaakov Bressler
I’ve had follow-up meetings with two people I met from the event. and provided scripts to three others. I also met some fellow playwrights, and through a chain of introductions coming out of that, I’m now working on a possible film deal in Los Angeles.  If you have a project where you’d like to practice and receive feedback on your pitch; potentially make some connections that would be useful for script development or early production; and meet some other playwrights – this is an ideal opportunity. ~William Roetzheim
There will be eleven producers lined up, from both the commercial and not-for-profit worlds, all with an interest in new projects; there also may be eleven aspiring producers, including some from our Producer Development program. So you’ll be pitching to as many as 22 producers in total! Come with a willingness to learn, because the real value is the chance to practice your pitching. And you’ll be getting invaluable coaching from experts, as well. And did we mention the wine and snacks afterwards?
Confirmed producers include:
  • Margot Astrachan, producer (A Gentleman’s Guide…, Ghost the musical, Around the World in 80 Days, Nice Work If You Can Get It, On a Clear Day…);
  • Patrick Blake, producer (The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theatre’s Hamlet/St. Joan, My Life Is a Musical, Play Dead, The Exonerated);
  • William Franzblau, producer (Rocktopia, TONY Nominated Best Play Say Goodnight GracieAmerican Buffalo and Wonderland on Broadway, the tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical; off-Broadway This One’s for the GirlsSistas, Jewtopia, Evil Dead the Musical, Illuminate);
  • RK Greene, producer (Peter & the Starcatcher, Cougar, Room Service);
  • Cooper Jordan, Producer of Live Entertainment for New York, Atlantic City and Northeast Touring Productions (The Rat Pack UndeadDex! a killer musical);
  • Cody Lassen, producer (Indecent, Significant Other, The Band’s Visit);
  • Lawrence D. Poster/Asparagus Entertainment, producer (RagsForbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, Fingers and Toes);
  • Markus Potter – producing artistic director NewYorkRep, producer (The Velocity of AutumnStalking the Bogeyman);
  • Shela Xoregos, artistic director of Xoregos Performing Company;
  • Ken Waissman, producer (original GreaseTorch Song TrilogyOver Here!,Agnes of God);
  • Frank Zuback, producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World)
Coaches: Sharon Albert, Bailie Slevin and Gillien Goll. Trailing producers will include Mark Butler*, artistic director of The Wild Whatever; Mike Griffiths, producer and managing director of marketing at Dixon Place; Jeffery Lyle Segal*, writer/producer.
* member or graduate of TRU’s Producer Development & Mentorship Program (PDMP)
Sunday July 15th
Session 1: coaching at 4:30, pitching at 5:30
Session 2: coaching at 5:30, pitching at 6:30
Deadline to apply extended to July 5th at 6pm. Visit for application. Please fill out and email to (put “Speed Date” in the file name). Late applications will be considered subject to availability. Store will open for purchase on July 7th, after the 22 writers have been selected. If you are coming in from out of town, you may request early acceptance.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.
TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as actor workshops.
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as the Montage Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs,


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email:

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