Theater Resources Unlimited’s 2022-2023 Producer Development and Mentorship Program Announces Virtual Information Session

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Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces a free virtual information session to learn more about the Fall 22 Session of the Producer Development and Mentorship Program (PDMP) on Thursday, August 11, 2022, from 5-6:30 p.m. HE via Zoom. Hear from successful program graduates and meet program faculty, commercial producers Jeanne Dubin and Blair Russell. For more information and to register for this free introductory session, visit truonline.org/events/free-intro-to-pdmp-22.

PDMP is the only theater production program to offer in-depth instruction from accomplished producers at an affordable price. Potential candidates will have the opportunity to learn and network with our commercial grower instructors. The goal is to give members the knowledge and resources to become commercial theater producers, non-profit theater producers and/or self-employed entrepreneurs.Producer Artists. There may come a time in every theater artist’s life when you need to self-produce a show and create your own opportunities, and PDMP aims to provide the tools for that occasion. This program teaches necessary skills such as developing a business plan, fundraising, marketing, and building creative production teams.

For the next term, the two classes will meet virtually via Zoom, two nights a month for five months. There are both student discounts and financial aid.

Fall Foundations Course

For serious growers and self-Producer Artists

Directed by Blair Russell, a Tony-nominated producer, developer, educator and theater and live performance enthusiast whose experience spans from fringe festivals to Broadway shows (Slave Play, Sweeney Todd off-Broadway). This course provides a basic yet in-depth overview of key business aspects of production, taught in the context of team projects that provide practical application of shared information and help build collaborative skills. Tuition: $295

Fall Masterclass

For PDMP Basic Graduates and Other Eligible Applicants

Directed by Broadway producer Jeanne Dubin (Is This a Room, Dana H., The Prom, Tony winner The Norman Conquests, Farinelli and the King, Bandstand, Peter and the Starcatcher and An American in Paris; plus Absolute Brightness by Leonard Pelkey, The 39 Steps, Ann). An in-depth and personalized approach to production focused on your own project, including a private consultation. Tuition: $425, plus a highly competitive submission process

About the Faculty

Jeanne Dubin is a TONY Award-winning producer and the President of Double Play Connections, a theater production and management company committed to supporting emerging artists and playwrights in the creation and development of new work. Jane is a graduate of the Commercial Theater Institute’s 14-Week Production Intensive (NYC) and O’Neill Center Intensive (CT) and co-director of the Theater Resources Unlimited Producer Development Program Master Class. Ms. Dubin is Chair of the Board of Houses on the Moon Theater Company. She is a member and recently a board member of the League of Professional Theater Women. She is a member of the Broadway Women’s Alliance and the Off-Broadway League. For two years, she served as co-curator of the Hudson Valley Writers’ Center’s New Play Reading Series. She co-produced Hudson River Rising, featuring events in Westchester for One Billion Rising (V-Day). She was a strategic consultant for SPACE on Ryder Farm, an artist residency in Brewster, NY and a member of the Grand Jury for the 2015 – 2019 seasons of the New York Musical Festival. She was an evaluator for an NAMT Innovation Grants panel and a juror for the Bethany Arts Community Residency Program. She is a frequent panelist and guest speaker on theater-related issues. Prior to her acting career, Ms. Dubin spent over 20 years in the financial services industry. Productions: Current Season: Is This A Room, Dana H. Previously: The Prom (Drama Desk Award Best Musical, currently on tour), Farinelli and the King (with Marc Rylancenominated for 5 Tony Awards), An American in Paris (4 TONY Awards, plus London and national tour), Absolute Brightness by Leonard Pelkey ​​(Westside Theater and on tour), Ann, with Holland Taylor (Lincoln Center); Bandstand (Broadway), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (2008 GLAAD Media Award for Drama); Groundswell (The new group), Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tour), winner of 5 TONY Awards; The Norman Conquests (TONY Award, Best Play Revival), The 39 Steps (OB, Tour); The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (London). Movie: Radium Girls.

Blair Russell is a Tony-nominated producer, developer, supporter and lover of theater and live performance whose experience spans from fringe festivals to Broadway shows. His most recent theater projects include Slave Play by Jeremy O. HarrisLizard Boy by Justin Huertas, and the concept recording of the new musical For Tonight. As co-founder and COO of Resounding, he produces immersive audio entertainment and as co-founder of Black Heart, his expertise lies in producing VR and XR experiences as part of the Black Imagination series and large-scale live virtual events. Blair has been a guest lecturer/artist at a number of institutions including the University of Maryland, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts, and York School in Monterey, CA. He was also a guest lecturer for the semester-long Atelier program at Princeton University where he collaborated with the composer Georgia Stitt on his oratorio The Circling Universe. He has guest appeared on a number of podcasts (American Theater Artists Online, A Star Is Bored, Backstage Talk, Broadway ReFocused), web series (Actors Unscripted, Awkward Conversations, Be Our Guest! – Live and In Color , Dreamland XR, In The (Home) Office – Goodspeed Musicals) and at global conferences (National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Global XR Conference, Immerse Global Summit Series)

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the premier development network for theater professionals, a twenty-nine-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established to help producers produce, emerging theater companies emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the world of the arts. Membership includes self-Producer Artists as well as career producers and theater companies. TRU publishes a community email newsletter on services, goods and productions; presents weekly community gatherings; offers a producer development and mentorship program taught by prominent New York theater producers and general managers, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through the TRU Voices Play reading series, Writer-Producer Speed ​​Date, a hands-on playwriting workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works, and a Director-Writer Communication Lab. Theater Resources Unlimited programs are supported in part by the Montage Foundation, The Storyline Project and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. For more information on TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org.

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