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Writer-Producer Speed Date

Writer-Producer Speed Date
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2018 Writer-Producer Speed Date: The Art of the Pitch, One-on-One Networking with Commercial and Indie Producers on October 21, 2018 from 4:30-8:30pm at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street, 11th Floor. Session 1 coaching at 4:30, pitching at 5:30; Session 2 coaching at 5:30, pitching at 6:30.
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 interested in meeting you. Okay, they probably won’t option you on the spot, but they’ll give you valuable feedback about your work and your ability to talk about it. And you’ll have the opportunity to start developing a relationship. And that’s what this business is all about. Relationships.
Confirmed producers include:
  • Chris Burney, artistic producer Second Stage Theater (Pulitzer Prize winners Between Riverside and CrazyWater by the SpoonfulNext to Normal plus Tony winner Dear Evan Hansen);
  • Cate Cammarata, director, producer (My Life Is a Musical), artistic associate Rhymes Over Beats Hip Hop Theatre Collective;
  • Rashad Chambers, producer (It Happened in Key West, Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, the world premiere of The Erlkings);
  • Charlotte Cohn, producer (Church and State, Handle with Care, Rated P for Parenthood);
  • Randy Donaldson – producer (The Scottsboro BoysPee Wee Herman Show, Triassic Parq);
  • John Melo theater and film producer (On the Town);
  • Norberto Troncoso, artistic associate Open Hydrant Theatre;
  • Dauna Williams, producer (Scottsboro Boys);
  • Frank Zuback, producer (Taking Leave, American Soldier, Roof of the World);
  • 2 more tba
Coaches: Samantha Saltzman, Michael Ian Cedar
How does it work? Eleven writers arrive at 4:30pm, and three industry professionals coach the writers on their presentations. At 5:30pm, writers go into a Pitch Room to meet the producers. Each writer has two minutes to pitch. Producers have two minutes to respond, ask questions, or give feedback. Writers bring a packet with a synopsis, bio, cast breakdown, and production requirements to leave with each of the producers. If the project interests the producer, they may request a full script be sent. Meanwhile the second group remains in the Coaching Room ready to start at 5:30 and head into the Pitch Room at 6:30. A wine and cheese reception is held afterwards, so although the pitch sessions come to an end around 7:30pm, the hope is that writers and producers will stay and chat informally.
We will judge your application based on the viability of the project, your experience as a writer, prior development of the project and the specific interests of the participating producers. If accepted into the program, the cost is $75 for TRU members and $85 for non-members (and yes, you can always join as a member to qualify for the discount – we’d like that).
Evening limited to 22 writers. Visit an application. Email application to
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
Last night’s Writer-Producer Speed Date was a terrific experience. Thank you, coach Michael Ian Cedar and all of the producers who gave their time and expertise. ~Doug DeVita
Thanks so much for all your advice and thoughts on my pitch. It was incredibly helpful! … Thanks so much again for putting together an awesome speed date. It was a huge success and I felt so lucky to be a part of it! ~Danielle Trzcinski
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-six 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 taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. 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 TRU Combined Audition.
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, visit


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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