We are a mother and daughter who both love to write. We decided to start this blog so we could spend time together doing something
we both love and share it with you. We specialize in reviewing fun places to go and fun things to do, but we talk a little bit about everything.
We would love to hear your views too.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Theater Thursday - Titanic and One Thousand Nights and One Day

We were given free tickets to Titanic for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Titanic the Musical

Where: Kelsey Theatre
             1200 Old Trenton Rd.
             West Windsor, NJ

Who: Ages 8 and Up

When:  Friday, Saturday, Sunday through April 29, 2018

 

Me - Titanic the musical is not at all related to the movie of the same. It is about the actual people that were on the Titanic. It was a good show. It was interesting. I didn't really know much about the Titanic before the show. It was sad that so many people died.That made the show sad too. Some of the songs were good but I don't really remember any of them. The acting at Kelsey's version of the show was good. The singing was nice. My Dad has the CD from the Broadway show, and I actually liked the voices better when we saw the show at Kelsey Theatre. The dancing was okay. Over all, it was a good show.


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kelseyatmccc.org/Titanic.shtml.
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We were given free tickets to One Thousand Nights And One Day for review purposes, Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: One Thousand Nights and One Day
           
Where: A.R.T. /New York Theatres
             New York, NY

Who: Ages 13 and Up

When: Through April 29, 2018




Mom - If you like a show that combines tales set in different time periods into one show, you may enjoy One Thousand Nights and One Day. The show is a musical that combines the story of 1001 and One Nights with a  post-modern love story.  The modern day story is set in a kind of dark and dystopian world. Accordingly, if you don't like that sort of thing, you won't enjoy this show. The story can be a bit confusing at times, but the acting and singing are good. The songs are just okay, but one or two of them are kind of nice. If you are looking for a happy uplifitng musical, this is definitely not it. However, if you want to see a show that takes risks by presenting something that is completely different, you might enjoy this show.




For more information or to purchase tickets visit, www.prospecttheater.org/one-thousand-nights-and-one-day

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Museum at FIT: Fashion and Physique


What: Fashion and Physique

Where: Museum at FIT
            7th Ave. and W. 27th St.
            New York, NY

Who: All ages

When: Through May 5, 2018
   

Me - The Fashion and Physique exhibit at the Museum  at FIT was nice. However, I didn't really like most of the outfits. They were strange or they had strange padding or the patterns were too busy or they looked uncomfortable or something. Some of the clothes were nice at least they looked nice. There was a coat that reminded me of spies. There were also some sort of nice dresses including an off white sleeveless dress with flowers. I don't really like sleeveless dresses that much so I probably wouldn't wear something like that. There was a short flowery dress that reminded me of something they would wear in The Brady Bunch. There was a really itching looking sweater set. There was a pretty gold dress. I liked the color a lot.  There was an uncomfortable looking old fashioned dress that was a really pretty purplish pink color. Over all, the Fashion and Physique exhibit was interesting to look at but mostly I am glad I don't have to wear those clothes.

  
  

Mom - Fashion and Physique the current exhibit at the Museum at FIT is about changing styles with regard to representation of the body. The exhibit covers the period of time from the 18th century when corsets for narrow waists were all the rage through today when almost anything goes and clothes are made in a variety of styles and sizes to fit anyone's tastes and/or needs. Items in the collection include old fashioned velvet gowns, glittery flapper dresses,  a flowery mini dress and even the dress that Christian Siriano, designed for Leslie Jones to wear to the Ghostbusters premiere. Other items include corsets, the Wonderbra, and Spanx. There are even a few items of men's clothing including a muscles shirt There are also clippings, photographs and videos. The exhibit is not very large in area, but it consists of quite a lot of items. If you just want to go through and get an overview of the collection, it should not take you very long. However, if you want to carefully observe every outfit and other item on display and read all the written material available, it will take much longer.  The exhibit like all Museum at FIT exhibits is free and open to all.

 
  

For more information about Fashion and Physique at the Museum at FIT, visit www.fitnyc.edu/museum/exhibitions.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Theater Thursday.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tips for Tuesday Misc. Lexo Travlr and Chamilia Charm Necklace

We may have been given one or more of the below mentioned products for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


Me - Today I am recommending the Lexo Travlr travel mug. It holds a lot of drink. It is does a good job of keeping drinks at a consist temperature. I like to use it for hot chocolate but you can also use it for cold drinks. Other water bottles and tumblers I have used were not nearly as good at keeping hot drinks hot or cold drinks cold. I also like Lexo because the lid stays on tight and it doesn't spill. Over all, it is a good travel nug and I would recommend it.



Mom - Today I am recommending a great gift for Mother's Day, a Chamilia charm necklace. Chamilia is offering more than 50 charms in its Petite Collection for $30 or less just for Mother's Day. There are a number of different varieties of charms available including hearts, crosses, emoticons, and all 26 letters of the alphabet. You can put them on a charm necklace you (or your Mom) already has or you can purchase a Petitie Millegrain droplet and make any chain into a charm necklace. The Petitie Millegrain droplet is the safe and easy way to make a charm neckalce because there is no clasp to attach or undo which makes it easier to add charms to your necklace and harder for charms to fall off when you are wearing it. Chamilia also has chains starting at $45.00 and up or you can use your own chain. Chamillia is a Swarovoski company and accordingly it follows Swarovoski standards with respect to standards and quality. A Chamilia charm necklace is a great gift for your mother or any woman in your life or even for yourself.

For more information about Chamilia visit chamilia.com.

For more information about the Petite Collection charms available as part of Chamilia's   Mother's Day offer, visit chamilia.com/charms/spoken-petite-charms.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Michael Grandinetti

We were given free tickets to Michael Grandinetti at iPlay America for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Michael Grandinetti

Where: iPlay America
            110 Schank Rd.
            Freehold, NJ

This event occured on April 14, 2018
(For upcoming Michael Grandinetti appearances visit his web-site at www.michaelgrandinetti.com)

 

Me - Michael Grandinetti's show at iPlay America was really cool! My favorite trick was when he levitated his assistant. It was amazing! I don't think I saw anyone ever do that in person before. All of his tricks were really great. I like magic a lot. I see a lot of magic shows. Every time I go to a magic show I always think there isn't going to be anything else that could possible amaze me more than what I've ever seen but there always is. I wish I could do magic that well myself.

 

Mom - We recently had the opportunity to see the magician, Michael Grandinetti at his appearance at iPlay America. Michael has been doing magic for over 20 years and has appeared in many TV shows including Masters of Illusion. He is a very talented magician, and show was a tremendously entertaining family-friendly event. Among other tricks, he levitated a table, he appeared to make solid rings go through each other,  and he made audience members rings disappear and then reappear in the middle of a loaf of bread. The show was just a delight from start to finish.

 

For more information about Michael Grandinetti and to find out about his upcoming shows and appearances, visit www.michaelgrandinetti.com.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Scoop Week of 4/22/18 - What's Happening this Week or Coming Up Soon

Upcoming at iPlay America
110 Schank Rd.
Freehold, NJ 

Todrick Hall American and Drew Baldridge


Tuesday, April 24
Todrick Hall American – iPlay America’s Event Center
Doors: 6:30 PM – Start: 7:30 PM

Todrick Hall is a YouTube Star and dancer who choreographed Beyonce’s “Blow” music video. He served as one of the choreographers for Taylor Swift's music video, “Look What You Made Me Do!”  The Broadway actor and Streamy Award Winner kicks off his new world tour “Todrick Hall American: The Forbidden Tour.” The tour features a brand-new storyline with new songs, costumes and production. Get your tickets NOW!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 


Saturday, April 28                                                              
Drew Baldridge – iPlay America's Event Center          
Door Time: 6:00 PM – Start Time: 7:00 PM

iPlay America presents a FREE concert with Drew BaldridgeSaturday, April 28.  Drew makes his triumphant return to iPlay America to perform his hit singles "Rebound", "Guns & Roses" and MORE! Plus, opening performance by Kendal Conrad & Spinn! The show is FREE and limited VIP Meet & Greet tickets are still available for just $50!

For more information or to purchase Meet & Greet tickets, visit 
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Upcoming at Merkin Concert Hall
129 W. 67th St.
New York, NY

New York Festival of Song, Ecstatic Music Festival, Chinese Music Ensemble NY, and William Bolcolm's Birthday

Tuesday April 24, 8:00 PM
New York Festival of Song
A 30th Anniversary Celebration

A 30th Anniversary Celebration
NYFOS alums join Steven Blier and Michael Barrett for a special evening that recalls NYFOS's long history and looks ahead to the future. Featuring Julia Bullock, Antonina Chehovska, Lauren Worsham, Paul Appleby, John Brancy and more.


Thursday April 26, 7:30 AM
Ecstatic Music Festival
Margaret Leng Tan premieres George Crumb, Suzanne Farrin Kelly Moran

Tan gives the NYC premiere of Crumb's Metamorphoses and premieres two new EMF-commissioned pieces by young composers responding to Cage and Crumb’s influence: Kelly Moran and 2017 Rome Prize winner Suzanne Farrin.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 

Sunday April 29, 3:00 PM
Chinese Music Ensemble NY
2017 Annual Spring Concert

The program includes a wide variety of compositions, from ancient Chinese to modern classical. Traditional Chinese instruments are featured in various settings from solo to full orchestra.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org/mch/event/chinese-music-ensemble-ny

Sunday April 29, 8:00 PM
William Bolcom
80th Birthday Celebration

This program of chamber music by William Bolcom, with the composer in attendance, includes the world premiere of Dark Dreams that Will Not Disappear for viola and piano. With violist Jacob Adams and pianist Angela Drăghicescu.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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Suzi Shelton NYC Show in 

April To Celebrate New Album 

"Hand in Hand"

Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch
Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY


Tuesday April 24, 11:00 AM
Free show: Sing and dance along with two award-winning children's performers, Brooklyn's own Suzi Shelton and Chicago's Little Miss Ann.. Suzi will be singing her hits and new songs from "Hand in Hand,"and Ann will add from her new album , "Keep On."
All ages show
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‘The Karate Kid’ Returns to the Big

 Screen With aSneak Preview 

of YouTube Red’s Original Series

Reboot ‘Cobra Kai,’ 

in Cinemas Nationwide
Jo
April 25 Only

One-Night Theatrical Event Reunites Stars Ralph Macchio

 and William Zabka Onscreen


Moviegoers across the country will be practicing their “wax on, wax off” skills when Fathom Events and YouTube revive the beloved “Karate Kid” saga with an exclusive, one-night cinema experience featuring the original 1984 classic, “The Karate Kid,” coupled with an exclusive advance screening of the first two episodes from the new YouTube Red Original Series, “Cobra Kai,” based on the Karate Kid franchise.

Tickets for “Cobra Kai: Premiere Feat. The Karate Kid” can be purchased beginning Friday, March 23, at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices.

This special event screens in cinemas nationwide for one night on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  local time. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 700 select movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
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Upcoming at Feinsteins/54 Below
254 W.54th St.
Cellar
New York, NY

John Lloyd Young


The Tony Winning Star of Jersey Boys returns 


John Lloyd Young, the multi-award winning Frankie Valli from Broadway's Jersey Boys, as well as the star of Clint Eastwood's movie adaptaton, returns to Feinstein's/54 Below by popular demand. The only American actor to date to have received a Lead Actor in a Musical Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award for a Broadway debut, Young brings back some of the classic songs from his last show at the venue and debuts material new to Feinstein's/54 Below audiences.

For more dates and further information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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Parks on Tap Philadelphia's Traveling Community Beer Garden Returns

The beer garden that gives back created by Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation in partnership with FCM Hospitality will be back for a third season, the longest to date, running for 23 weeks from April 25 through September 30.Kicking off at the Azalea Garden at noon on April 25, each week Parks on Tap will travel to a different Philadelphia park on a Wednesday and stay through Sunday, offering a barbecue-inspired menu with rotating seasonal food and beer specials in a family-friendly setting. All Parks on Tap locations will include seating and tables, games, restrooms, and a menu of hot food, salads, and snacks. parksontap.com

The full schedule of parks for 2018 is as follows:

The full schedule of parks for 2018 is as follows:

April 25 – 29Azalea Garden (Fairmount)
*May 2 – 6Lovett Park (Mt. Airy)
*May 9 – 13Campbell Square (Port Richmond/Kensington)
*May 16 – 20Fernhill Park (Germantown)
May 23 – 28FDR Park (South Philadelphia)
May 30 – June 3Gorgas Park (Roxborough)
June 6 – 10Matthias Baldwin (Spring Garden/Center City)
June 13 – 17, Belmont Plateau (West Fairmount Park)
June 20 – 24Schuylkill Banks (Center City)
June 27 – July 1Columbus Square (South Philadelphia)
July 5 – 8, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden (West Fairmount Park)
*July 11 – 15, Glendinning Rock Garden(East Fairmount Park/ Kelly Drive)
July 18 – 22, Burholme Park (Northeast)
*July 25 – 29, Pastorius Park (Chestnut Hill)
August 1 – 5, Mt. Pleasant (East Fairmount Park)
*August – 12, Dickinson Square (South Philadelphia)
August 15 – 19, Lemon Hill (East Fairmount Park)
August 22 – 26, Penn Treaty Park (Fishtown)
August 29 – Sept. 3, Clark Park (West Philadelphia)
*Sept. 5 – 9, Pleasant Hill (Far Northeast)
Sept. 9 – 16, Waterworks (Fairmount)
Sept. 19 – 23, Pretzel Park, (Manayunk)
Sept. 26 – 30, Strawberry Mansion Bridge
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Upcoming at State Theatre New Jersey
15 Livingston Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Always and Forever: An Evening with Luther Vandross starring Ruben Studdard
and
Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul

Thursday April 26, 8:00 PM
Always and Forever: An Evening with Luther Vandross
starring Ruben Studdard


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/always-and-forever

Sunday April 29, 8:00 PM
Little Steve and the Disciples of Soul


For more information or to order tickets, visit www.stnj.org/event/little-steven
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FREE FAMILY EVENT: MAKER DAY 

at 

The Elisabeth Morrow School
435 Lydecker St.
Englewood, NJ



FREE FAMILY EVENT

Children of All Ages.
Saturday, April 28th
10am-1:00pm

It’s Maker Day at The Elisabeth Morrow School and children of all ages are invited to attend and participate in this creative hands-on event that is part science fair, part county fair, and full on exploration taking place on Saturday, April 28th from 10am-1:00pmat The Elisabeth Morrow School located at 435 Lydecker Street, Englewood, New Jersey

Discover how Making is transforming education! This free event will help you and your kids understand the Maker mindset and the benefits that tinkering offers students –a better way to learn and expand their imaginations.

Maker Day is where students will showcase and celebrate their unique arts, crafts, engineering prototypes, science, and do-it-yourself projects.  Maker Day is open to all levels and interest.
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Upcoming at the Intrepid
Sea, Air and Space Museum
Pier 86 w. 46th St. and 12th Ave.
New York, NY

Early Morning Opening for Indivduals with Austism and Their Families


Saturday April 28, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


The Museum opens early for individuals with autism and their families. Educators lead interactive tours, art activities and structured play in a sensory-friendly environment.

For more information or to register, visit www.intrepidmuseum.org/education/early-morning-openings
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Upcoming at Kelsey Theatre
1200 Old Trenton Rd.
West Windsor, NJ


Junie B. Jones


Saturday April 28, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM

Dear first-grade journal, Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It's got loads of funny songs, and it's based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade. Whew! I'm glad I can write everything down in my Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal! And I hope that you will come and see my musical! 

Love, (but not the mushy kind) -Junie B.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 
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PR Firm Roundup


News from DKC/O & M


THE MCKITTRICK HOTEL, HOME OF SLEEP NO MORE
ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF
GALLOW GREEN
SEASONAL ROOFTOP RETURNS 

The McKittrick Hotel (530 West 27th Street, NYC), home of Sleep No More, re-opened its popular year-round rooftop hideaway Gallow Green with the annual “Herb Festival” on Friday, April 20. Weekend brunch service will begin on Saturday, April 28.

Gallow Green specializes in potent cocktails, signature large format punches and seasonal cuisine for dinner, plus a brunch buffet featuring live music on weekends. The McKittrick’s Executive Chef Pascal Le Seac’h developed the menu with Frenchette team and former Balthazar colleagues Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr.

·         Elevated small plates and salads range from Steak Tartare, Tuna CrudoKale Caesar and Bulgur Wheat Green Salad, to tender Calamari and Fried Cheese Curds with green tomato compote. Sharable plates include a Crudité Bowl that is almost too gorgeous to eatCheese Plate and Charcuterie & Salumi, which can also be combined for a selection of both.

·         Pizzas, made fresh to order in the rooftop’s wood burning oven, include Vegetable, Meatball, Prosciutto and Cherrystone Clams, as well as Classic, Pepperoni andMargheritaLobster Rolls, Grilled Octopus with Romesco, Swordfish with saffron aioli, Steak Skewers and a Sandwich Cubano round out the Mains.

·         Brunch features live music by MK Groove and a well-appointed buffet spread, complete with assorted Pastries & Sweets like croissants, mini cinnamon buns savory breads and candy, as well as Greek Yogurt with Granola and Fresh Fruit; a cold buffet featuring Shrimp, Quinoa, Beet and Tomato & Mozzarella Saladshot buffet items likeFried ChickenMoussaka; an Omelette Station; and Carving Station featuring whole baked Salmon and crispy Suckling Pig. Coffee and tea are included, while Bloody Marysand other brunch cocktails are available to enhance the meal.

·         Seasonal cocktails include the house signature Sleep No More made with Absolut Elyx vodka, elderflower, pea flower and rosé cider; White Widow, a blend of Hornitos tequila, maté soda and almond liqueur with refreshing grapefruit and Kaffir lime; Honey Pot, Hendrick’s gin, cucumber, honeydew, honey and soda; and Spice Monkey, Toki Japanese whisky, chartreuse and a powerful punch of spices including allspice, curry leaf and chili. Extra fizzy and effervescent Suntory Whisky Toki Highballs are prepared using a special contraption that perfectly chills and dispenses the whisky and soda at the bar.

·         Wine selections by the glass or bottle include Rosés from France and Spain, Proud Pour “Oyster” Sauvignon Blanc and Wolffër Estate Rosé Dry Cider by the can. Summery draft beers highlight local breweries like Long Island’s Montauk Driftwood Pale Ale, Brooklyn’s Braven Skyliner IPA and The Bronx’s Gun Hill Cherry Tree Ale.

Outfitted as a Scottish train station hidden amidst lush greenery, Gallow Green is a perfect stop before or after attending a performance at The McKittrick, which is located in close proximity to The High Line, Chelsea, Hudson Yards, Hell's Kitchen and the Meatpacking District.

Gallow Green will be open for dinner and drinks daily from 5pm, and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm. Reservations are recommended for dinner and large groups. Visit www.mckittrickhotel.com/gallow-green for menus and hours.

Gallow Green is located at The McKittrick Hotel at 542 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001.  For additional information, visit www.mckittrickhotel.com or call 212-564-1662.

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BETTE
MIDLER
RETURNS TO HER TONY AWARD-WINNING ROLE
OF DOLLY GALLAGHER LEVI IN
“HELLO,
DOLLY!”
ON TUESDAY, JULY 17

BERNADETTE
PETERS
CONCLUDES HER ACCLAIMED ENGAGEMENT

SUNDAY, JULY 15
MS. MIDLER
WILL BE JOINED BY
TONY AWARD WINNER
DAVID HYDE PIERCE

AND
TONY AWARD WINNER
GAVIN CREEL

“HELLO,
DOLLY!”
WILL CONCLUDE ITS HISTORIC BROADWAY RUN
SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018

**TICKETS FOR MS. MIDLER’S RETURN
ON SALE SATURDAY, APRIL 28 AT 10AM**


 Scott Rudin announced that Bette Midler, who received unanimous raves and every Broadway acting honor, including the 2017 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her “perfect, once-in-a-lifetime Dolly” (New York Magazine), will return to the title role in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of Hello, Dolly! on Tuesday, July 17, for a strictly limited six-week-only engagementTickets for Ms. Midler’s return go on sale Saturday, April 28 at 10:00 AM ET and can be purchased online at HelloDollyOnBroadway.com, via Telecharge.com or at 212 239 6200, or in person at the Shubert Theatre box office (225 West 44th Street).


The production will end its historic Broadway run on Saturday, August 25, 2018.

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News from Karen Greco PR


REPLAY receives US premiere at Brits 

Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters

The 2018 Brits Off Broadway season continues at 59E59 Theaters (Val Day, Artistic Director; Brian Beirne, Managing Director) with the US premiere of REPLAY, written and performed by Nicola Wren and directed by George Chilcott. Produced by DugOut Theatre,REPLAY begins performances on Tuesday, April 24 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 13.Press Opening is Sunday, April 29 at 2:30 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM; Sunday at 2:30 PM. Performances are at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues). 

When a fiercely independent, workaholic police officerreceives an old cassette tape with a message from her big brother on it, she is propelled back to her vibrant childhood and forced to confront a tremendous loss. Called “absorbing and bittersweet” by The StageREPLAY is an intimate, moving, and life-affirming story about learning to celebrate the past, however painful.

The single ticket price is $25 ($20 for 59E59 Members). Tickets are available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or online at www.59e59.org.


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What's on at the Wild Project


April 27 – May 13
JUDAS by Robert Patrick, directed by Craig Smith
With Jeffrey Marc Alkins, Craig Bannister, Ariel Estrada, Josh Moser, Craig Smith, James Sterling, Elise Stone, and Josh Tyson
Produced by Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday at 
8pm; Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm; and Sundays at 3pm
Tickets: $35

In Off Off Broadway pioneer Robert Patrick’s version of ‘the greatest story ever told,’ Mary is the political revolutionary mother of a reluctant pacifist 30-year old prophet; Pilate is the urbane, witty and reasonable Prefect of the Roman Province of Judea; and Judas is a young man who is a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth and the protégé of Pontius Pilate. Judas struggles with what to believe and who to follow in this modern-dress battle of wills. The play concludes with Pilate and the prophet in an explosive ultimate showdown between simple faith and political opportunity.

All performances are at the wild project (195 E. 3rd Street, between Avenues A & B).
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.thewildproject.com.
 
The Box Office opens one hour prior to curtain.
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News from Lincoln Center


Thursday, April 26 – FREE – at 7:30 pm
Atrium 360°
Downtown Comes Uptown
Rockwood Music Hall returns to Lincoln Center to present its sixth chapter of Downtown Comes Uptown. Over two nights, Rockwood Music Hall, Lincoln Center, and WFUV partner to spotlight four talented artists in two distinctly different settings. These artists bring songs and stories of their everyday stomping grounds to Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium, as they perform selections of their work in a showcase hosted by WFUV radio personality Rita Houston. The following night, all four artists return to the Lower East Side with full performances at Rockwood Music Hall.
Presented in collaboration with Rockwood Music Hall and WFUV
David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)
FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.

Friday, April 27 at 7:30 pm
Great Performers
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Pollux (New York premiere)
Varèse: Amériques
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
Pre-concert lecture by Harlow Robinson at 6:45 pm in the David Rubenstein Atrium
David Geffen Hall, Broadway at 65th Street
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LCGreatPerformers.org.

Friday, April 27 on PBS
Check local listings for times
Live From Lincoln Center Presents STARS IN CONCERT
Leslie Odom Jr.
Winner of the 2016 Tony for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his instantly legendary performance as Aaron Burr in Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. shows his remarkable versatility in this hour-long special filmed in the elegant Appel Room. With a handpicked setlist ranging from jazz and pop standards to stage gems, Odom Jr. shapes each line with a jazz sensibility, R&B accents, and an actor’s ear for a lyric. It’s all delivered with the impeccable sophistication that is his trademark.
For more information, visit: LiveFromLincolnCenter.org.

Saturday, April 28 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Big Umbrella Festival
Oddysea
Sensorium Theatre (West Australia, AUS)
Set within a beautiful undersea world, this immersive tale of best friends Crab and Turtle’s oceanic adventures comes alive through touch, smell, taste, live music, and stunning imagery. Nestled on beanbag sand dunes, audiences become part of the “oddysea” unfolding around them. Starting at the shimmering gold satin sands of the beach, they journey with Crab and Turtle through sparkling blue-sequined waves to a kaleidoscopic crocheted coral reef, encountering many memorable oddities along the way.
Samuels Teaching Studio, 165 West 65th St., Samuel B. and David Rose Bldg., 7th Floor
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting BigUmbrellaFestival.org.

Saturday, April 28 at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
Big Umbrella Festival
Up and Away
Trusty Sidekick Theater Company (New York, NY)
Up and Away is at once a story and an interactive experience, inspired loosely by the imagination of Jules Verne and his famous book Around the World in 80 Days. Seated in hot-air balloons, audiences join the Fogg Family Balloon Society on their 1,000th balloon ride. Featuring puppetry, live music, and interactive play, this “flight” travels through extraordinary places such as the Fog Bog, the Arctic Aviary, and Cloud Canyon, all with multisensory experiences. Each child in the audience has a one-on-one guide from the Fogg Family for the trip through the clouds.
Clark Studio Theater, 165 West 65th St., Samuel B. and David Rose Bldg., 7th Floor
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting BigUmbrellaFestival.org.

Sunday, April 29 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Big Umbrella Festival
Oddysea
Sensorium Theatre (West Australia, AUS)
Set within a beautiful undersea world, this immersive tale of best friends Crab and Turtle’s oceanic adventures comes alive through touch, smell, taste, live music, and stunning imagery. Nestled on beanbag sand dunes, audiences become part of the “oddysea” unfolding around them. Starting at the shimmering gold satin sands of the beach, they journey with Crab and Turtle through sparkling blue-sequined waves to a kaleidoscopic crocheted coral reef, encountering many memorable oddities along the way.
Samuels Teaching Studio, 165 West 65th St., Samuel B. and David Rose Bldg., 7th Floor
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting BigUmbrellaFestival.org.

Sunday, April 29 at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm
Big Umbrella Festival
Oddysea
Sensorium Theatre (West Australia, AUS)
Set within a beautiful undersea world, this immersive tale of best friends Crab and Turtle’s oceanic adventures comes alive through touch, smell, taste, live music, and stunning imagery. Nestled on beanbag sand dunes, audiences become part of the “oddysea” unfolding around them. Starting at the shimmering gold satin sands of the beach, they journey with Crab and Turtle through sparkling blue-sequined waves to a kaleidoscopic crocheted coral reef, encountering many memorable oddities along the way.
Samuels Teaching Studio, 165 West 65th St., Samuel B. and David Rose Bldg., 7th Floor
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting BigUmbrellaFestival.org.

Sunday, April 29 at 3:00 pm
Great Performers
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Gustavo Dudamel, conductor
John Holiday, countertenor
Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Michael König, tenor
Davóne Tines, bass
Concert Chorale of New York
James Bagwell, choral director
Bernstein: Chichester Psalms
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
David Geffen Hall, Broadway at 65th Street
TICKETS: Available at the Alice Tully Hall and David Geffen Hall Box Offices, by calling CenterCharge 212.721.6500, or visiting LCGreatPerformers.org.

Monday, April 30 – FREE – at 7:30 pm

A new season of this popular series returns to the David Rubenstein Atrium. Celebrated New Yorker critic and reporter Adam Gopnik leads guests on a multimedia investigation into great artistic triumphs. This evening will be devoted to My Fair Lady with guests André Bishop of Lincoln Center Theater and actors Melissa Errico and Kevin Kline. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

David Rubenstein Atrium, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage (Broadway bet. 62nd & 63rd St.)

FREE Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, including program updates, visit LincolnCenter.org/Atrium.
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News from Michelle Tabnick PR

Theater Resources Unlimited
announces the April Panel

Stream It and They Will Come:

How Digital Capture Builds Audience Awareness

Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:30pm, networking at 7pm

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) offers an important conversation onThursday, April 26, 2018Stream It and They Will Come: How Digital Capture Builds Audience Awareness at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/stream-it/. Free for TRU members;$12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU.  Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/stream-it/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail TRUStaff1@gmail.com.

Panelists to include Broadway producer Michael Alden (Come from Away, Disgraced, Grey Gardens, Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr. Ruth); David Carpenter and John Pinckard of Tilted Windmills Theatricals (Puffs off-Broadway); Themis Gomes, CEO, Cennarium America, Inc.; Broadway producer Stewart F. Lane (Tony Award winner for The Best Man, A Gentleman's Guide..., War Horse La Cage Aux Folles, The Will Rogers Follies, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only), President and Founder of BroadwayHD; Hal Berman, Director of Legal and Business Affairs of BroadwayHD.

Learn the distinctions between livestreaming and digital capture, and how to incorporate them into your development plans, as well as use them for marketing and exposure and to extend the life and value of your creative property. An unfortunate aspect of live events is that many productions - especially those by unknown writers and fledgling theater companies - run for a very limited time. Cennarium is a new company that offers a means of extending the shelf life of new work, essentially Netflix for theater and other performing art forms. BroadwayHD has developed a sophisticated streaming network that archives and offers viewers a tremendous range of live performances that have been digitally captured so major productions are made accessible to an entire market of potential audience members. And both Broadway producer Michael Alden and Tilted Windmills Theatricals have turned their energies to developing new work through a 21st -century model that incorporates livestreaming to bridge the gap between the popular and performing arts. Come learn about the future of live theater in a digital world, with expert guidance on the complicated licensing hurdles that sometimes need to be dealt with.

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New York Theatre Ballet

presents

The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies
at Florence Gould Hall
April 28 & 29, 2018

New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) presents The Alice-in-Wonderland Folliesat Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th Street, NYC, on April 28, 2018 at 1pm, andApril 29 at 11am1pm, and 3:30pm. Tickets are $34 ($24 for kids 12 and under) and may be purchased at http://nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets/view/The-Alice-in-Wonderland-Follies/ or by calling (212) 355-6160.

Follow Alice's adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children's literature. Presented in a vaudeville style, this ballet draws on a range of cultural dance forms - from Irish Step Dancing to African Juba to classical ballet - brought together by the ingenious Keith Michael as an entertaining one hour live performance event for children ages three and up.

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New York Theatre Ballet

Announces Program Change
REP
Scheduled World Premiere by Richard Alston with encore performances continuing the
Jerome Robbins Centennial Celebration
at Florence Gould Hall
April 27 & 28, 2018

The NYTB REP program with a World Premiere by Richard Alston has now added encore performances of three of Jerome Robbins' rarely seen ballets:
Septet, Concertino and Rondo, recently performed in sold-out shows in The Harkness Dance Festival 2018 at 92Y. The program will feature live music for all works.

Richard Alston's premiere The Seasons, described as a serene and limpid meditation on the cycle of a year in Nature. The music has an extraordinary clarity with images of Quiescence (Winter), Creation (Spring), Preservation (Summer) and, intriguingly, Destruction (Fall), which all come from Indian philosophical thought.

2018 is the year the world comes together to celebrate the centennial of Jerome Robbins (1918-1998). The Jerome Robbins Centennial is a global celebration of the 100th birthday of Jerome Robbins, the director and choreographer whose creative genius during the 20th century continues today. Having created film, theater and dance that has resonated for generations, Robbins is rightfully regarded as a towering figure in American cultural history. Jerome Robbins' legacy from the last century is assured and his influence is ongoing. During 2018, the Jerome Robbins Centennial will celebrate the life and career of the cultural giant with performances, screenings, events, exhibitions and discussions around the world.

The Jerome Robbins ballets NYTB will encore at Gould: Septet and Concertino were choreographed in 1982 for New York City Ballet's Stravinsky Centennial celebration and Rondo, with music by Mozart, premiered at New York City Ballet in 1980.
New York Theatre Ballet (NYTB) continues their 39th Season with REP at Florence Gould Hall, 55 E. 59th Street, NYC, on April 27 & 28, 2018 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $29 ($14 for students and seniors) and may be purchased at http://nytb.org/calendar-and-tickets/view/REP/ or by calling (212) 355-6160.
For New York Theatre Ballet: Founder and Artistic Director Diana Byer, Executive Director Alyce Dissette.

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Theater Resources Unlimited
announces the
2018 Bootcamp Weekend Intensive for
Showcase Producing
Saturday, April 28, 2018 & Sunday, Ap

ril 29, 2018, 10am - 6pm
Nola Studios
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2018 Bootcamp Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing on Saturday, April 28, 2018 &Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 10am - 6pm at Nola Studios, 244 W. 54th Street, 5th floor. Registration is $270 for non-members ($225 for TRU members, $290 for Membership/Workshop Package, and $100 for a second attendee). Save $50-$60 with the Early Bird Discount through April 15. Festival Special: registrants accepted into Planet Connections, MITF, Dream Up, NYMF or other festivals take $20 off (email TRUStaff1@gmail.com for code). Limited to 50 participants. Registration may be completed at https://truonline.org/events/weekend-intensive-2018/. You will be asked to download and fill out an application at: http://truonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/BOOT-CAMP_weekend_app.doc.

If planning to produce or self-produce, do it right, do it smart, do it cost-effectively. Learn the ins and outs from experts with this once-a-year weekend workshop that offers basic and not-so-basic training for producers, geared to those producing at the in-the-trenches reading and Equity Showcase level. And with particular application for those planning to produce in the upcoming festivals. It's called a "Boot Camp" but it will help transform what can be an uphill battle into a smooth-running operation!

Participants will meet a phenomenal lineup of experts including Broadway producers Cody Lassen (The Band's Visit, Significant Other, Indecent), Patricia Klausner(Pippin! revival, Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly),Valerie Novakoff of Davenport Theatricals and Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, The Chekhov Dream, F@#king Up Everything, White's Lies); plus entertainment attorneys Lee A.G. Feldshon and Eric Goldman, casting director Robin Carus, Carnegie Hall tech director John Lant, financial consultant Bailie Slevin, marketing consultant Jay Michaels, publicistJonathan Slaff plus others to be confirmedThe intensive will cover everything from Legal Requirements to Production Timeline and Budgeting to Raising Money and Marketing. Every aspect of showcase producing is broken down into easy-to-understand step-by-step modules, including a discussion of the differences between producing in a festival and producing on your own. Which is the best route for each project? Which will make the project the most profit?

Saturday April 28
9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels
10:00 - keynote speaker
10:15-10:45 - "Clarifying Your Goals: Why Are You Producing This?" with producer Patricia Klausner (Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fy, Pippin revival). Should your show be commercial or not-for-profit? In a festival or produced independently? How much should you be spending? How big a theater do you need? So much depends on what you hope to achieve. 
10:45-11:30pm -"What You Need to Know Before Asking for Money" with attorney Lee Feldshon.  Investments, donations and gifts - do you know the difference? We'll look at commercial, not-for-profit and fiscal sponsorship models, and what you need to know about each when asking for money for your production.
11:30-11:45 - BREAK
11:45-12:30 - "Legal Schmegal: Contracts, Options, Underlying Rights and More" with attorney Eric Goldman.  Additional legalities to consider: Do you have the right to produce this show? How do you go about getting the option? How do you do this without encumbering your property unnecessarily? Do you need to set up a legal entity to produce a showcase?
12:30-1:00 - "Producing Published Works: Licensing Made Painless" -  So you think that play you read or saw a while ago would make a great showcase for your actor friends. You still need permission to produce it, even in a low-profile showcase in a borough. Learn the right way to go about seeking those rights, and what the costs may be.
1:00-2:00 - LUNCH
2:00-2:30 - "Watching Your Figures: Putting Together a Smart Budget"   An overview of basic line items in a showcase budget, and a realistic look at what things actually cost.
2:30-3:15 - "Union Codes & Contracts: Equity, SDC, DG, 802"  The gospel according to Actors Equity, and how it sets the rules for readings, showcases and beyond. Plus realistic expectations when dealing with the directors' union, the Dramatists Guild and the musicians' union. 
3:15-3:30 - BREAK
3:30-4:00 - "Box Office and Ticketing Options" This is a business. You need to be careful about money and accurately track your sales. There's no mystery to it: there are tried-and-true systems for handling this. And though you are ultimately responsible for your performance tallies, different ticketing options can be helpful in different ways. Which ticketing service will best serve your show?
4:00-5:00 - "Producing Smart: Fringes and Festivals, or On Your Own?" moderated by Bob Ost, with producer Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, White's Lies, F#%king Up Everything), others tbd. There are advantages to producing in the Fringe or a festival, but there are also trade-offs. We'll discuss what you need to consider before deciding the best (and potentially most profitable) path for your production.
5:00 - Keynote speaker: Broadway producer Cody Lassen (The Band's Visit, Significant Other, Spring Awakening revival)
5:30pm-6:00pm - networking reception
Sunday, April 29
9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels
10:00-10:45 - "Putting Together Your Production Team" with John Lant, technical director of Carnegie Hall, artistic director Write Act Rep. Things to consider when hiring your design team, and what your designers need from you. 
10:45-11:30 - "How to Find (and Book) the Right Space" with John Lant. Black box or proscenium? Wing space, fly space, lighting and tech requirements, location and more. 
11:30-11:45 - BREAK
11:45 -12:30 -"Creative Fundraising (Please Don't Put It on Your Credit Card!)" with financial advisor and producer Bailie Slevin. Crowdsourcing, different kinds of fundraisers and how to just get over it and ask for the money you need. We'll include belief systems and how they affect us, and understanding how money works.
12:30-1:15 - "Project Management: Setting Timelines, Managing Teams, Defining Outcomes" with Bailie Slevin. It pays to get the order right. How far in advance do you book a space? Hire your creative staff? Start the marketing? Raise the money?
1:15-2:15 - Lunch
2:15-2:45 - "How to Run an Efficient Audition, and When, Why and How to Use a Casting Director" with Robin Carus of Robin Carus Casting.
2:45-3:30 - "Finding Your Audience: An Overview of Marketing" Defining the basics: marketing, advertising, PR. And how does social media fit into all this? What are your most important expenses on a limited budget? How do you identify and reach your audience? Should a showcase producer ever do his own marketing?
3:30-4:15 - "The Essentials of Successful PR". What goes into an effective press release? When should releases be sent out? How do you stand out from the crowd?
4:15-4:30 - BREAK
4:30-5:15 - "Next Steps: What Happens After That Showcase (and How to Prepare)?"  with Valerie Novakoff, associate producer Davenport Theatrical Productions, others tbd. The best way for your show to have a future is to plan ahead the moment you decide to produce that first showcase, festival presentation or reading. A panel of producers will talk about the steps they took to grow their brand.
5:15 - Keynote speaker: 
5:30-6:00pm - networking reception
PANELISTS
ROBIN CARUS
ROBIN CARUS CASTING (Casting) Tours: The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions), Miss Nelson Is Missing (Two Beans Productions), The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano AdventureClifford the Big Red DogSpank! The 50 Shades Parody,  Family Life Theatre, TheatreworksUSA (200 national tours). Regional: The State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Sarah, Plain and Tall (O'Neill), FX's Archer Live.  Off-Broadway: The Chekhov Dreams (Beckett Theatre), Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA),  Me The People (The Triad Theatre), Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Planet Connections'  Playwrights For A Cause (5 seasons), SafeI Know What  Boys WantThe Accidental CaregiverCulture Shock 1911-1922Woman at the FuneralsPete the Girl,   Aesop's  Fables,The Last CastratoLike You Like It (also 54 Below/NYMF/NAMT Musical Mondays), The Plant That Ate Dirty SocksSeussicalMax & RubyHenry & MudgeCam JansenWalk Two MoonsJunie B. Jones,  Sarah, Plain and TallRomeo and Juliet  Concerts & Special Events: Session Girls (54 Below),Tonya & Nancy: The Rock OperaSunfish (DIMF), 2009 Marathon Festival (EST), Art (New York Society Library) Recordings:  Session Girls  (Broadway Records), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Broadway Records), "Artists For The Arts: With A Little Help From My Friends,"  Like  You Like It (Broadway Records) Film: MIA aka Then What HappensKilling the FiddlerLove True,WeatheringRunning With SharksThe King's Pawn,  Disgrace,  ElvisROVER: OR Beyond the Venusian Future and the Return of the Next LevelNo VagrancyBreaking the ChainTigerUnderwear. Television: James McNeill Whistler and the Case For Beauty (PBS)
LEE A. G. FELDSHON
has over 22 years of experience in entertainment and corporate law. He recently formed Feldshon Law PLLC to launch his private practice, after having partnered with David Schwartz in Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP for the last 10 years. He represents producers, composers, bookwriters, lyricists, directors, and other creatives in the live theatrical industry. He has represented the New York Musical Theatre Festival since its 2004 founding and a Tony-award winning actor in connection with the Tony-award winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He did legal work forWho's Your Baghdaddy, Desperate Measures, Money Talks, LibertyRooms, and other Off Broadway shows. He negotiates screenplay option/purchase agreements and financing documents for film producers, and has worked as film production counsel for Good Girls GoneFly Away (SXSW Official Selection), and the documentary Darkon: An American Fantasy(2006 SXSW Audience Award). While Director of Legal Affairs and Business Development of the Radio City Entertainment division of Madison Square Garden, L.P., he worked on The Radio City Christmas SpectacularA Christmas Carol, and Rockettes performances. As a Levine Plotkin & Menin associate, he worked on Rent (Broadway, touring), The Wild Party (Broadway), De La Guarda (Off Broadway), and other shows. He started his career as a corporate associate at White & Case. He received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1991 (magna cum laude, Rhodes Scholar State Finalist) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1994 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Bar Admissions: New York.
ERIC GOLDMAN
has more than 20 years of experience as an entertainment attorney. While Eric specializes in theater law matters, including project financing, Eric also practices in the film, television, music, music publishing and new media fields. As an artist's representative, Eric has worked on behalf of numerous award winners, including Tony-award winners Howell Binkley, Jason Robert Brown, Jerry Mitchell, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Academy Award winner Howard Shore. Eric also works as a producer's representative, including serving as production counsel to the Tony Award winning producers of Def Poetry Jam and several Tony Award winning producers. In addition to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Independent projects, Eric has worked for producers and artists in connection with productions seen around the world, including London, Sydney, Tokyo and China. Eric also regularly counsels not-for-profit theaters such as Northlight Theatre in Chicago and Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. In other media, Eric has represented American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd in the negotiation of merchandising and master class seminar agreements, and has negotiated web site development, maintenance and rights acquisition agreements for Broadwayworld.com, the LEGO Bionicle's website and for Dick Morris' VOTE.COM web site.
JEREMY HANDELMAN
is a Tony Award nominated producer whose many credits include the Broadway revival of On the Town, the hit rock musical comedy Brooklyn Crush (formerly F#%king Up Everything: Off-Broadway, Washington, DC and NYMF) and White's Lies (New World Stages). Most recently, he helped raise front money for a very exciting new Broadway-bound musical that he's not at liberty to publicly reveal. Jeremy is the author of The Bronx BalmersTic-Tac-Toe and several short plays. He is the founder of Off The Leash Productions, where he produces promotional videos and commercials and provides videography coverage for live performances and events. In a previous life as a television executive he was Vice President, Programming for CBS Sports. Jeremy is a proud board member of TRU.
PATRICIA R. KLAUSNER
has produced, written and assistant directed theater. She is one of the producers of the Tony Award winning revival of Pippin and The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway. Previously she was a producer of the Broadway shows The Scottsboro Boys and Stick Fly. As the Managing Director of Shotgun Productions, a theatrical non-profit, she has developed & produced theater, dance and operas. Productions include: Clear... A new musical experience (co-production with Dixon Place, Hendel Productions, Wayne Brady, Michele Crowley & Earl Dax), Santa Claus is Coming Out (co-production with Penguin Rep & Diverse City Theater), Marc Deaton in Vienna (classical concert, Schoenberg Center, Austria), The Lost Boy (co-production with QTIP & The Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack), Tristan und Isolde in Sofia (staged concert, Bulgaria), 24-Hour Drama-Thons, Big Kids, The Chaos Theories, Seduction (musical theater dance opera), Undivulged Crimes, Don't Hug Me (co-production with NJ Rep), Mia Michael's R.A.W. (dance concert), and Joined at the Head. Ms. Klausner has a Ph.D. in sociology and has taught women's studies, race relations, and criminology at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College.
JOHN LANT
is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative director, consultant, and/or above the line entity. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory. His work and productions garnered DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA Awards, and Garland, ADA and NAACP nominations, as well as LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week. John worked with Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, and mentored under Howard Storm. Scripts he has developed include Children's TV Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, and cable-themed Anonymous Confessions, and several adapted musicals. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. In NYC, he is current Production Manager at Carnegie Hall, and on down time redesigns, redevelops and refurbishes theatres including the upstairs Davenport Theatre, Elektra Theatre, Times Square Arts Center Theatres, the Richmond Shepard, and a new exciting project Summer 2017, refurbishing an old off-Broadway in the Theatre District to it's old glory. John's 30-week off-Broadway production of FABULOUS! The Queen of Musicals! was recently licensed through Steele Rights. This past year he produced 2 off-Broadway Shows at St. Luke's Theatre: Equity production of 2 By Tennessee Williams and the new musical Pillars of New York.  Current Producing Artistic Director of  Write Act Repertory and Founding Member of newly formed N.M.C.L.O. (New Musical Civic Light Opera), concentrating on the development of second stage musical workshop/productions for off-Broadway productions, and is the Director of Development for Twisted Media NYC, his current musical production Lili Marlene in LA will be moving here off-Broadway in the Summer of 2017.
CODY LASSEN
is a Tony-nominated theatre producer and live entertainment consultant. Broadway productions include the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming, Paula Vogel's Indecent and Joshua Harmon's Significant Other. Upcoming: Untitled #4 off-Broadway and in LA Holding the Man, with The Australian Theatre Company and a revival of Merrily We Roll Along directed by Michael Arden. In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for producers, theaters and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success. Previously, he oversaw marketing efforts for Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and its three theaters: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is an active member of the Broadway League, the National Association of Musical Theatre, and serves on the Board of NY's Vineyard Theatre. More info at codylassen.com
JAY MICHAELSis a producer/director, marketing and public relations executive, entrepreneur & educator. He has been part of the indie theater and film scene since 1985. In 1997, he took the knowledge he acquired as a casting director for New York Daily News commercials and production associate for KSL Media and PBS and founded the boutique PR firm that now bears his name. Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment creates visibility for self-producing stage artists and production companies on the East & West coasts and in multiple film arenas. Stage clients include Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; Downtown Urban Arts Festival; Fresh Fruit Festival; New York New Works Theatre Festival; Richard Skipper Celebrates; the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble; Step1 Theatre Project; Medicine Show Theatre; Opera at Hunter College; Spotlight-On Festivals; Playwrights/Authors Doug DeVita, Gary Morgenstein, Patrick Hickey, Jr., Anthony J. Piccione, Antonia Kasper, and Dorian Palumbo; Cabaret Artists Lane Bradbury, Andrea Bell Wolff, and Rev. Mary and Granny's Blue-Mers. Film clients include award-winning filmmakers, Eliana Ujueta ("Beneath The Rock," "The Airport Run") and Ben Goldstein ("Jack London") and Steve Silver ("The Watchtower,"). JMA&E also produces live promotionalevents. Michaels presented live promo events for the HBO Summer Stage, Spotlight-On Film Festival, and the promo showings of "UVX," a live theater and film hybrid, which was a sponsor of the 2017 New York ComicCon. In 1999, he and Mary Elizabeth Micari formed Genesis Repertory Ensemble, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to giving opportunities to emerging artists in the stage and film (and live event) industries. A professor of communications at Kingsborough College, Michaels continues to appear as a guest speaker and artist throughout the tri-state area at universities and arts organizations.
VALERIE NOVAKOFF
is the Associate Producer at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Ken Davenport's theatrical and media producing company. As Associate Producer, Valerie is engaged in all aspects of developing, producing, and managing major Broadway productions and tours, including the critically acclaimed revival of Once On This Island, and the upcoming original musical Gettin' the Band Back Together, as well as developmental readings and workshops. Valerie was previously the Assistant Producer at Jeffrey Finn Productions, Broadway productions included An Act of God starring Sean Hayes and Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, and oversaw the corporate events division Hot on Broadway. As part of general management office 321 Theatrical Management, select productions include WickedFun Home, If/Then, andSpongeBob SquarePants. Valerie worked for director Des McAnuff (dramaturgy work on Dr. Zhivago and several projects in development) and in the events department of The Drama League. Independently, Valerie is the Associate Producer of the first-ever app-enabled theatrical event Blank! The Musical, a fully improvised Off-Broadway musical currently running at the Broadway Comedy Club. As a creative producer, Valerie champions innovative and insightful storytelling. Valerie studied Dramatic Literature and Producing at New York University.
BAILIE SLEVIN
is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She's worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie's resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe's Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and "Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more.
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 the Montage Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.orgor call 212 714-7628.
Saturday April 28
9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels
10:00 - keynote speaker
10:15-10:45 - "Clarifying Your Goals: Why Are You Producing This?" with producer Patricia Klausner (Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fy, Pippin revival). Should your show be commercial or not-for-profit? In a festival or produced independently? How much should you be spending? How big a theater do you need? So much depends on what you hope to achieve. 
10:45-11:30pm -"What You Need to Know Before Asking for Money" with attorney Lee Feldshon.  Investments, donations and gifts - do you know the difference? We'll look at commercial, not-for-profit and fiscal sponsorship models, and what you need to know about each when asking for money for your production.
11:30-11:45 - BREAK
11:45-12:30 - "Legal Schmegal: Contracts, Options, Underlying Rights and More" with attorney Eric Goldman.  Additional legalities to consider: Do you have the right to produce this show? How do you go about getting the option? How do you do this without encumbering your property unnecessarily? Do you need to set up a legal entity to produce a showcase?
12:30-1:00 - "Producing Published Works: Licensing Made Painless" -  So you think that play you read or saw a while ago would make a great showcase for your actor friends. You still need permission to produce it, even in a low-profile showcase in a borough. Learn the right way to go about seeking those rights, and what the costs may be.
1:00-2:00 - LUNCH
2:00-2:30 - "Watching Your Figures: Putting Together a Smart Budget"   An overview of basic line items in a showcase budget, and a realistic look at what things actually cost.
2:30-3:15 - "Union Codes & Contracts: Equity, SDC, DG, 802"  The gospel according to Actors Equity, and how it sets the rules for readings, showcases and beyond. Plus realistic expectations when dealing with the directors' union, the Dramatists Guild and the musicians' union. 
3:15-3:30 - BREAK
3:30-4:00 - "Box Office and Ticketing Options" This is a business. You need to be careful about money and accurately track your sales. There's no mystery to it: there are tried-and-true systems for handling this. And though you are ultimately responsible for your performance tallies, different ticketing options can be helpful in different ways. Which ticketing service will best serve your show?
4:00-5:00 - "Producing Smart: Fringes and Festivals, or On Your Own?" moderated by Bob Ost, with producer Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, White's Lies, F#%king Up Everything), others tbd. There are advantages to producing in the Fringe or a festival, but there are also trade-offs. We'll discuss what you need to consider before deciding the best (and potentially most profitable) path for your production.
5:00 - Keynote speaker: Broadway producer Cody Lassen (The Band's Visit, Significant Other, Spring Awakening revival)
5:30pm-6:00pm - networking reception
Sunday, April 29
9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels
10:00-10:45 - "Putting Together Your Production Team" with John Lant, technical director of Carnegie Hall, artistic director Write Act Rep. Things to consider when hiring your design team, and what your designers need from you. 
10:45-11:30 - "How to Find (and Book) the Right Space" with John Lant. Black box or proscenium? Wing space, fly space, lighting and tech requirements, location and more. 
11:30-11:45 - BREAK
11:45 -12:30 -"Creative Fundraising (Please Don't Put It on Your Credit Card!)" with financial advisor and producer Bailie Slevin. Crowdsourcing, different kinds of fundraisers and how to just get over it and ask for the money you need. We'll include belief systems and how they affect us, and understanding how money works.
12:30-1:15 - "Project Management: Setting Timelines, Managing Teams, Defining Outcomes" with Bailie Slevin. It pays to get the order right. How far in advance do you book a space? Hire your creative staff? Start the marketing? Raise the money?
1:15-2:15 - Lunch
2:15-2:45 - "How to Run an Efficient Audition, and When, Why and How to Use a Casting Director" with Robin Carus of Robin Carus Casting.
2:45-3:30 - "Finding Your Audience: An Overview of Marketing" Defining the basics: marketing, advertising, PR. And how does social media fit into all this? What are your most important expenses on a limited budget? How do you identify and reach your audience? Should a showcase producer ever do his own marketing?
3:30-4:15 - "The Essentials of Successful PR". What goes into an effective press release? When should releases be sent out? How do you stand out from the crowd?
4:15-4:30 - BREAK
4:30-5:15 - "Next Steps: What Happens After That Showcase (and How to Prepare)?"  with Valerie Novakoff, associate producer Davenport Theatrical Productions, others tbd. The best way for your show to have a future is to plan ahead the moment you decide to produce that first showcase, festival presentation or reading. A panel of producers will talk about the steps they took to grow their brand.
5:15 - Keynote speaker: 
5:30-6:00pm - networking reception
PANELISTS
ROBIN CARUS
ROBIN CARUS CASTING (Casting) Tours: The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions), Miss Nelson Is Missing (Two Beans Productions), The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano AdventureClifford the Big Red DogSpank! The 50 Shades Parody,  Family Life Theatre, TheatreworksUSA (200 national tours). Regional: The State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Sarah, Plain and Tall (O'Neill), FX's Archer Live.  Off-Broadway: The Chekhov Dreams (Beckett Theatre), Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA),  Me The People (The Triad Theatre), Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Planet Connections'  Playwrights For A Cause (5 seasons), SafeI Know What  Boys WantThe Accidental CaregiverCulture Shock 1911-1922Woman at the FuneralsPete the Girl,   Aesop's  Fables,The Last CastratoLike You Like It (also 54 Below/NYMF/NAMT Musical Mondays), The Plant That Ate Dirty SocksSeussicalMax & RubyHenry & MudgeCam JansenWalk Two MoonsJunie B. Jones,  Sarah, Plain and TallRomeo and Juliet  Concerts & Special Events: Session Girls (54 Below),Tonya & Nancy: The Rock OperaSunfish (DIMF), 2009 Marathon Festival (EST), Art (New York Society Library) Recordings:  Session Girls  (Broadway Records), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Broadway Records), "Artists For The Arts: With A Little Help From My Friends,"  Like  You Like It (Broadway Records) Film: MIA aka Then What HappensKilling the FiddlerLove True,WeatheringRunning With SharksThe King's Pawn,  Disgrace,  ElvisROVER: OR Beyond the Venusian Future and the Return of the Next LevelNo VagrancyBreaking the ChainTigerUnderwear. Television: James McNeill Whistler and the Case For Beauty (PBS)
LEE A. G. FELDSHON
has over 22 years of experience in entertainment and corporate law. He recently formed Feldshon Law PLLC to launch his private practice, after having partnered with David Schwartz in Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP for the last 10 years. He represents producers, composers, bookwriters, lyricists, directors, and other creatives in the live theatrical industry. He has represented the New York Musical Theatre Festival since its 2004 founding and a Tony-award winning actor in connection with the Tony-award winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He did legal work forWho's Your Baghdaddy, Desperate Measures, Money Talks, LibertyRooms, and other Off Broadway shows. He negotiates screenplay option/purchase agreements and financing documents for film producers, and has worked as film production counsel for Good Girls GoneFly Away (SXSW Official Selection), and the documentary Darkon: An American Fantasy(2006 SXSW Audience Award). While Director of Legal Affairs and Business Development of the Radio City Entertainment division of Madison Square Garden, L.P., he worked on The Radio City Christmas SpectacularA Christmas Carol, and Rockettes performances. As a Levine Plotkin & Menin associate, he worked on Rent (Broadway, touring), The Wild Party (Broadway), De La Guarda (Off Broadway), and other shows. He started his career as a corporate associate at White & Case. He received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1991 (magna cum laude, Rhodes Scholar State Finalist) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1994 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Bar Admissions: New York.
ERIC GOLDMAN
has more than 20 years of experience as an entertainment attorney. While Eric specializes in theater law matters, including project financing, Eric also practices in the film, television, music, music publishing and new media fields. As an artist's representative, Eric has worked on behalf of numerous award winners, including Tony-award winners Howell Binkley, Jason Robert Brown, Jerry Mitchell, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Academy Award winner Howard Shore. Eric also works as a producer's representative, including serving as production counsel to the Tony Award winning producers of Def Poetry Jam and several Tony Award winning producers. In addition to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Independent projects, Eric has worked for producers and artists in connection with productions seen around the world, including London, Sydney, Tokyo and China. Eric also regularly counsels not-for-profit theaters such as Northlight Theatre in Chicago and Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. In other media, Eric has represented American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd in the negotiation of merchandising and master class seminar agreements, and has negotiated web site development, maintenance and rights acquisition agreements for Broadwayworld.com, the LEGO Bionicle's website and for Dick Morris' VOTE.COM web site.
JEREMY HANDELMAN
is a Tony Award nominated producer whose many credits include the Broadway revival of On the Town, the hit rock musical comedy Brooklyn Crush (formerly F#%king Up Everything: Off-Broadway, Washington, DC and NYMF) and White's Lies (New World Stages). Most recently, he helped raise front money for a very exciting new Broadway-bound musical that he's not at liberty to publicly reveal. Jeremy is the author of The Bronx BalmersTic-Tac-Toe and several short plays. He is the founder of Off The Leash Productions, where he produces promotional videos and commercials and provides videography coverage for live performances and events. In a previous life as a television executive he was Vice President, Programming for CBS Sports. Jeremy is a proud board member of TRU.
PATRICIA R. KLAUSNER
has produced, written and assistant directed theater. She is one of the producers of the Tony Award winning revival of Pippin and The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway. Previously she was a producer of the Broadway shows The Scottsboro Boys and Stick Fly. As the Managing Director of Shotgun Productions, a theatrical non-profit, she has developed & produced theater, dance and operas. Productions include: Clear... A new musical experience (co-production with Dixon Place, Hendel Productions, Wayne Brady, Michele Crowley & Earl Dax), Santa Claus is Coming Out (co-production with Penguin Rep & Diverse City Theater), Marc Deaton in Vienna (classical concert, Schoenberg Center, Austria), The Lost Boy (co-production with QTIP & The Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack), Tristan und Isolde in Sofia (staged concert, Bulgaria), 24-Hour Drama-Thons, Big Kids, The Chaos Theories, Seduction (musical theater dance opera), Undivulged Crimes, Don't Hug Me (co-production with NJ Rep), Mia Michael's R.A.W. (dance concert), and Joined at the Head. Ms. Klausner has a Ph.D. in sociology and has taught women's studies, race relations, and criminology at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College.
JOHN LANT
is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative director, consultant, and/or above the line entity. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory. His work and productions garnered DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA Awards, and Garland, ADA and NAACP nominations, as well as LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week. John worked with Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, and mentored under Howard Storm. Scripts he has developed include Children's TV Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, and cable-themed Anonymous Confessions, and several adapted musicals. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. In NYC, he is current Production Manager at Carnegie Hall, and on down time redesigns, redevelops and refurbishes theatres including the upstairs Davenport Theatre, Elektra Theatre, Times Square Arts Center Theatres, the Richmond Shepard, and a new exciting project Summer 2017, refurbishing an old off-Broadway in the Theatre District to it's old glory. John's 30-week off-Broadway production of FABULOUS! The Queen of Musicals! was recently licensed through Steele Rights. This past year he produced 2 off-Broadway Shows at St. Luke's Theatre: Equity production of 2 By Tennessee Williams and the new musical Pillars of New York.  Current Producing Artistic Director of  Write Act Repertory and Founding Member of newly formed N.M.C.L.O. (New Musical Civic Light Opera), concentrating on the development of second stage musical workshop/productions for off-Broadway productions, and is the Director of Development for Twisted Media NYC, his current musical production Lili Marlene in LA will be moving here off-Broadway in the Summer of 2017.
CODY LASSEN
is a Tony-nominated theatre producer and live entertainment consultant. Broadway productions include the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming, Paula Vogel's Indecent and Joshua Harmon's Significant Other. Upcoming: Untitled #4 off-Broadway and in LA Holding the Man, with The Australian Theatre Company and a revival of Merrily We Roll Along directed by Michael Arden. In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for producers, theaters and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success. Previously, he oversaw marketing efforts for Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and its three theaters: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is an active member of the Broadway League, the National Association of Musical Theatre, and serves on the Board of NY's Vineyard Theatre. More info at codylassen.com
JAY MICHAELSis a producer/director, marketing and public relations executive, entrepreneur & educator. He has been part of the indie theater and film scene since 1985. In 1997, he took the knowledge he acquired as a casting director for New York Daily News commercials and production associate for KSL Media and PBS and founded the boutique PR firm that now bears his name. Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment creates visibility for self-producing stage artists and production companies on the East & West coasts and in multiple film arenas. Stage clients include Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; Downtown Urban Arts Festival; Fresh Fruit Festival; New York New Works Theatre Festival; Richard Skipper Celebrates; the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble; Step1 Theatre Project; Medicine Show Theatre; Opera at Hunter College; Spotlight-On Festivals; Playwrights/Authors Doug DeVita, Gary Morgenstein, Patrick Hickey, Jr., Anthony J. Piccione, Antonia Kasper, and Dorian Palumbo; Cabaret Artists Lane Bradbury, Andrea Bell Wolff, and Rev. Mary and Granny's Blue-Mers. Film clients include award-winning filmmakers, Eliana Ujueta ("Beneath The Rock," "The Airport Run") and Ben Goldstein ("Jack London") and Steve Silver ("The Watchtower,"). JMA&E also produces live promotionalevents. Michaels presented live promo events for the HBO Summer Stage, Spotlight-On Film Festival, and the promo showings of "UVX," a live theater and film hybrid, which was a sponsor of the 2017 New York ComicCon. In 1999, he and Mary Elizabeth Micari formed Genesis Repertory Ensemble, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to giving opportunities to emerging artists in the stage and film (and live event) industries. A professor of communications at Kingsborough College, Michaels continues to appear as a guest speaker and artist throughout the tri-state area at universities and arts organizations.
VALERIE NOVAKOFF
is the Associate Producer at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Ken Davenport's theatrical and media producing company. As Associate Producer, Valerie is engaged in all aspects of developing, producing, and managing major Broadway productions and tours, including the critically acclaimed revival of Once On This Island, and the upcoming original musical Gettin' the Band Back Together, as well as developmental readings and workshops. Valerie was previously the Assistant Producer at Jeffrey Finn Productions, Broadway productions included An Act of God starring Sean Hayes and Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, and oversaw the corporate events division Hot on Broadway. As part of general management office 321 Theatrical Management, select productions include WickedFun Home, If/Then, andSpongeBob SquarePants. Valerie worked for director Des McAnuff (dramaturgy work on Dr. Zhivago and several projects in development) and in the events department of The Drama League. Independently, Valerie is the Associate Producer of the first-ever app-enabled theatrical event Blank! The Musical, a fully improvised Off-Broadway musical currently running at the Broadway Comedy Club. As a creative producer, Valerie champions innovative and insightful storytelling. Valerie studied Dramatic Literature and Producing at New York University.
BAILIE SLEVIN
is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She's worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie's resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe's Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and "Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more.
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 the Montage Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.orgor call 212 714-7628.
Saturday April 28
9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels
10:00 - keynote speaker
10:15-10:45 - "Clarifying Your Goals: Why Are You Producing This?" with producer Patricia Klausner (Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fy, Pippin revival). Should your show be commercial or not-for-profit? In a festival or produced independently? How much should you be spending? How big a theater do you need? So much depends on what you hope to achieve. 
10:45-11:30pm -"What You Need to Know Before Asking for Money" with attorney Lee Feldshon.  Investments, donations and gifts - do you know the difference? We'll look at commercial, not-for-profit and fiscal sponsorship models, and what you need to know about each when asking for money for your production.
11:30-11:45 - BREAK
11:45-12:30 - "Legal Schmegal: Contracts, Options, Underlying Rights and More" with attorney Eric Goldman.  Additional legalities to consider: Do you have the right to produce this show? How do you go about getting the option? How do you do this without encumbering your property unnecessarily? Do you need to set up a legal entity to produce a showcase?
12:30-1:00 - "Producing Published Works: Licensing Made Painless" -  So you think that play you read or saw a while ago would make a great showcase for your actor friends. You still need permission to produce it, even in a low-profile showcase in a borough. Learn the right way to go about seeking those rights, and what the costs may be.
1:00-2:00 - LUNCH
2:00-2:30 - "Watching Your Figures: Putting Together a Smart Budget"   An overview of basic line items in a showcase budget, and a realistic look at what things actually cost.
2:30-3:15 - "Union Codes & Contracts: Equity, SDC, DG, 802"  The gospel according to Actors Equity, and how it sets the rules for readings, showcases and beyond. Plus realistic expectations when dealing with the directors' union, the Dramatists Guild and the musicians' union. 
3:15-3:30 - BREAK
3:30-4:00 - "Box Office and Ticketing Options" This is a business. You need to be careful about money and accurately track your sales. There's no mystery to it: there are tried-and-true systems for handling this. And though you are ultimately responsible for your performance tallies, different ticketing options can be helpful in different ways. Which ticketing service will best serve your show?
4:00-5:00 - "Producing Smart: Fringes and Festivals, or On Your Own?" moderated by Bob Ost, with producer Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, White's Lies, F#%king Up Everything), others tbd. There are advantages to producing in the Fringe or a festival, but there are also trade-offs. We'll discuss what you need to consider before deciding the best (and potentially most profitable) path for your production.
5:00 - Keynote speaker: Broadway producer Cody Lassen (The Band's Visit, Significant Other, Spring Awakening revival)
5:30pm-6:00pm - networking reception
Sunday, April 29
9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels
10:00-10:45 - "Putting Together Your Production Team" with John Lant, technical director of Carnegie Hall, artistic director Write Act Rep. Things to consider when hiring your design team, and what your designers need from you. 
10:45-11:30 - "How to Find (and Book) the Right Space" with John Lant. Black box or proscenium? Wing space, fly space, lighting and tech requirements, location and more. 
11:30-11:45 - BREAK
11:45 -12:30 -"Creative Fundraising (Please Don't Put It on Your Credit Card!)" with financial advisor and producer Bailie Slevin. Crowdsourcing, different kinds of fundraisers and how to just get over it and ask for the money you need. We'll include belief systems and how they affect us, and understanding how money works.
12:30-1:15 - "Project Management: Setting Timelines, Managing Teams, Defining Outcomes" with Bailie Slevin. It pays to get the order right. How far in advance do you book a space? Hire your creative staff? Start the marketing? Raise the money?
1:15-2:15 - Lunch
2:15-2:45 - "How to Run an Efficient Audition, and When, Why and How to Use a Casting Director" with Robin Carus of Robin Carus Casting.
2:45-3:30 - "Finding Your Audience: An Overview of Marketing" Defining the basics: marketing, advertising, PR. And how does social media fit into all this? What are your most important expenses on a limited budget? How do you identify and reach your audience? Should a showcase producer ever do his own marketing?
3:30-4:15 - "The Essentials of Successful PR". What goes into an effective press release? When should releases be sent out? How do you stand out from the crowd?
4:15-4:30 - BREAK
4:30-5:15 - "Next Steps: What Happens After That Showcase (and How to Prepare)?"  with Valerie Novakoff, associate producer Davenport Theatrical Productions, others tbd. The best way for your show to have a future is to plan ahead the moment you decide to produce that first showcase, festival presentation or reading. A panel of producers will talk about the steps they took to grow their brand.
5:15 - Keynote speaker: 
5:30-6:00pm - networking reception
PANELISTS
ROBIN CARUS
ROBIN CARUS CASTING (Casting) Tours: The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions), Miss Nelson Is Missing (Two Beans Productions), The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano AdventureClifford the Big Red DogSpank! The 50 Shades Parody,  Family Life Theatre, TheatreworksUSA (200 national tours). Regional: The State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Sarah, Plain and Tall (O'Neill), FX's Archer Live.  Off-Broadway: The Chekhov Dreams (Beckett Theatre), Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA),  Me The People (The Triad Theatre), Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Planet Connections'  Playwrights For A Cause (5 seasons), SafeI Know What  Boys WantThe Accidental CaregiverCulture Shock 1911-1922Woman at the FuneralsPete the Girl,   Aesop's  Fables,The Last CastratoLike You Like It (also 54 Below/NYMF/NAMT Musical Mondays), The Plant That Ate Dirty SocksSeussicalMax & RubyHenry & MudgeCam JansenWalk Two MoonsJunie B. Jones,  Sarah, Plain and TallRomeo and Juliet  Concerts & Special Events: Session Girls (54 Below),Tonya & Nancy: The Rock OperaSunfish (DIMF), 2009 Marathon Festival (EST), Art (New York Society Library) Recordings:  Session Girls  (Broadway Records), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Broadway Records), "Artists For The Arts: With A Little Help From My Friends,"  Like  You Like It (Broadway Records) Film: MIA aka Then What HappensKilling the FiddlerLove True,WeatheringRunning With SharksThe King's Pawn,  Disgrace,  ElvisROVER: OR Beyond the Venusian Future and the Return of the Next LevelNo VagrancyBreaking the ChainTigerUnderwear. Television: James McNeill Whistler and the Case For Beauty (PBS)
LEE A. G. FELDSHON
has over 22 years of experience in entertainment and corporate law. He recently formed Feldshon Law PLLC to launch his private practice, after having partnered with David Schwartz in Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP for the last 10 years. He represents producers, composers, bookwriters, lyricists, directors, and other creatives in the live theatrical industry. He has represented the New York Musical Theatre Festival since its 2004 founding and a Tony-award winning actor in connection with the Tony-award winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He did legal work forWho's Your Baghdaddy, Desperate Measures, Money Talks, LibertyRooms, and other Off Broadway shows. He negotiates screenplay option/purchase agreements and financing documents for film producers, and has worked as film production counsel for Good Girls GoneFly Away (SXSW Official Selection), and the documentary Darkon: An American Fantasy(2006 SXSW Audience Award). While Director of Legal Affairs and Business Development of the Radio City Entertainment division of Madison Square Garden, L.P., he worked on The Radio City Christmas SpectacularA Christmas Carol, and Rockettes performances. As a Levine Plotkin & Menin associate, he worked on Rent (Broadway, touring), The Wild Party (Broadway), De La Guarda (Off Broadway), and other shows. He started his career as a corporate associate at White & Case. He received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1991 (magna cum laude, Rhodes Scholar State Finalist) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1994 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Bar Admissions: New York.
ERIC GOLDMAN
has more than 20 years of experience as an entertainment attorney. While Eric specializes in theater law matters, including project financing, Eric also practices in the film, television, music, music publishing and new media fields. As an artist's representative, Eric has worked on behalf of numerous award winners, including Tony-award winners Howell Binkley, Jason Robert Brown, Jerry Mitchell, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Academy Award winner Howard Shore. Eric also works as a producer's representative, including serving as production counsel to the Tony Award winning producers of Def Poetry Jam and several Tony Award winning producers. In addition to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Independent projects, Eric has worked for producers and artists in connection with productions seen around the world, including London, Sydney, Tokyo and China. Eric also regularly counsels not-for-profit theaters such as Northlight Theatre in Chicago and Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. In other media, Eric has represented American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd in the negotiation of merchandising and master class seminar agreements, and has negotiated web site development, maintenance and rights acquisition agreements for Broadwayworld.com, the LEGO Bionicle's website and for Dick Morris' VOTE.COM web site.
JEREMY HANDELMAN
is a Tony Award nominated producer whose many credits include the Broadway revival of On the Town, the hit rock musical comedy Brooklyn Crush (formerly F#%king Up Everything: Off-Broadway, Washington, DC and NYMF) and White's Lies (New World Stages). Most recently, he helped raise front money for a very exciting new Broadway-bound musical that he's not at liberty to publicly reveal. Jeremy is the author of The Bronx BalmersTic-Tac-Toe and several short plays. He is the founder of Off The Leash Productions, where he produces promotional videos and commercials and provides videography coverage for live performances and events. In a previous life as a television executive he was Vice President, Programming for CBS Sports. Jeremy is a proud board member of TRU.
PATRICIA R. KLAUSNER
has produced, written and assistant directed theater. She is one of the producers of the Tony Award winning revival of Pippin and The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway. Previously she was a producer of the Broadway shows The Scottsboro Boys and Stick Fly. As the Managing Director of Shotgun Productions, a theatrical non-profit, she has developed & produced theater, dance and operas. Productions include: Clear... A new musical experience (co-production with Dixon Place, Hendel Productions, Wayne Brady, Michele Crowley & Earl Dax), Santa Claus is Coming Out (co-production with Penguin Rep & Diverse City Theater), Marc Deaton in Vienna (classical concert, Schoenberg Center, Austria), The Lost Boy (co-production with QTIP & The Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack), Tristan und Isolde in Sofia (staged concert, Bulgaria), 24-Hour Drama-Thons, Big Kids, The Chaos Theories, Seduction (musical theater dance opera), Undivulged Crimes, Don't Hug Me (co-production with NJ Rep), Mia Michael's R.A.W. (dance concert), and Joined at the Head. Ms. Klausner has a Ph.D. in sociology and has taught women's studies, race relations, and criminology at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College.
JOHN LANT
is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative director, consultant, and/or above the line entity. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory. His work and productions garnered DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA Awards, and Garland, ADA and NAACP nominations, as well as LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week. John worked with Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, and mentored under Howard Storm. Scripts he has developed include Children's TV Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, and cable-themed Anonymous Confessions, and several adapted musicals. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. In NYC, he is current Production Manager at Carnegie Hall, and on down time redesigns, redevelops and refurbishes theatres including the upstairs Davenport Theatre, Elektra Theatre, Times Square Arts Center Theatres, the Richmond Shepard, and a new exciting project Summer 2017, refurbishing an old off-Broadway in the Theatre District to it's old glory. John's 30-week off-Broadway production of FABULOUS! The Queen of Musicals! was recently licensed through Steele Rights. This past year he produced 2 off-Broadway Shows at St. Luke's Theatre: Equity production of 2 By Tennessee Williams and the new musical Pillars of New York.  Current Producing Artistic Director of  Write Act Repertory and Founding Member of newly formed N.M.C.L.O. (New Musical Civic Light Opera), concentrating on the development of second stage musical workshop/productions for off-Broadway productions, and is the Director of Development for Twisted Media NYC, his current musical production Lili Marlene in LA will be moving here off-Broadway in the Summer of 2017.
CODY LASSEN
is a Tony-nominated theatre producer and live entertainment consultant. Broadway productions include the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming, Paula Vogel's Indecent and Joshua Harmon's Significant Other. Upcoming: Untitled #4 off-Broadway and in LA Holding the Man, with The Australian Theatre Company and a revival of Merrily We Roll Along directed by Michael Arden. In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for producers, theaters and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success. Previously, he oversaw marketing efforts for Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and its three theaters: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is an active member of the Broadway League, the National Association of Musical Theatre, and serves on the Board of NY's Vineyard Theatre. More info at codylassen.com
JAY MICHAELSis a producer/director, marketing and public relations executive, entrepreneur & educator. He has been part of the indie theater and film scene since 1985. In 1997, he took the knowledge he acquired as a casting director for New York Daily News commercials and production associate for KSL Media and PBS and founded the boutique PR firm that now bears his name. Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment creates visibility for self-producing stage artists and production companies on the East & West coasts and in multiple film arenas. Stage clients include Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; Downtown Urban Arts Festival; Fresh Fruit Festival; New York New Works Theatre Festival; Richard Skipper Celebrates; the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble; Step1 Theatre Project; Medicine Show Theatre; Opera at Hunter College; Spotlight-On Festivals; Playwrights/Authors Doug DeVita, Gary Morgenstein, Patrick Hickey, Jr., Anthony J. Piccione, Antonia Kasper, and Dorian Palumbo; Cabaret Artists Lane Bradbury, Andrea Bell Wolff, and Rev. Mary and Granny's Blue-Mers. Film clients include award-winning filmmakers, Eliana Ujueta ("Beneath The Rock," "The Airport Run") and Ben Goldstein ("Jack London") and Steve Silver ("The Watchtower,"). JMA&E also produces live promotionalevents. Michaels presented live promo events for the HBO Summer Stage, Spotlight-On Film Festival, and the promo showings of "UVX," a live theater and film hybrid, which was a sponsor of the 2017 New York ComicCon. In 1999, he and Mary Elizabeth Micari formed Genesis Repertory Ensemble, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to giving opportunities to emerging artists in the stage and film (and live event) industries. A professor of communications at Kingsborough College, Michaels continues to appear as a guest speaker and artist throughout the tri-state area at universities and arts organizations.
VALERIE NOVAKOFF
is the Associate Producer at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Ken Davenport's theatrical and media producing company. As Associate Producer, Valerie is engaged in all aspects of developing, producing, and managing major Broadway productions and tours, including the critically acclaimed revival of Once On This Island, and the upcoming original musical Gettin' the Band Back Together, as well as developmental readings and workshops. Valerie was previously the Assistant Producer at Jeffrey Finn Productions, Broadway productions included An Act of God starring Sean Hayes and Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, and oversaw the corporate events division Hot on Broadway. As part of general management office 321 Theatrical Management, select productions include WickedFun Home, If/Then, andSpongeBob SquarePants. Valerie worked for director Des McAnuff (dramaturgy work on Dr. Zhivago and several projects in development) and in the events department of The Drama League. Independently, Valerie is the Associate Producer of the first-ever app-enabled theatrical event Blank! The Musical, a fully improvised Off-Broadway musical currently running at the Broadway Comedy Club. As a creative producer, Valerie champions innovative and insightful storytelling. Valerie studied Dramatic Literature and Producing at New York University.
BAILIE SLEVIN
is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She's worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie's resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe's Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and "Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more.
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 the Montage Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.orgor call 212 714-7628.




Saturday April 28
9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels
10:00 - keynote speaker
10:15-10:45 - "Clarifying Your Goals: Why Are You Producing This?" with producer Patricia Klausner (Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fy, Pippin revival). Should your show be commercial or not-for-profit? In a festival or produced independently? How much should you be spending? How big a theater do you need? So much depends on what you hope to achieve. 
10:45-11:30pm -"What You Need to Know Before Asking for Money" with attorney Lee Feldshon.  Investments, donations and gifts - do you know the difference? We'll look at commercial, not-for-profit and fiscal sponsorship models, and what you need to know about each when asking for money for your production.
11:30-11:45 - BREAK
11:45-12:30 - "Legal Schmegal: Contracts, Options, Underlying Rights and More" with attorney Eric Goldman.  Additional legalities to consider: Do you have the right to produce this show? How do you go about getting the option? How do you do this without encumbering your property unnecessarily? Do you need to set up a legal entity to produce a showcase?
12:30-1:00 - "Producing Published Works: Licensing Made Painless" -  So you think that play you read or saw a while ago would make a great showcase for your actor friends. You still need permission to produce it, even in a low-profile showcase in a borough. Learn the right way to go about seeking those rights, and what the costs may be.
1:00-2:00 - LUNCH
2:00-2:30 - "Watching Your Figures: Putting Together a Smart Budget"   An overview of basic line items in a showcase budget, and a realistic look at what things actually cost.
2:30-3:15 - "Union Codes & Contracts: Equity, SDC, DG, 802"  The gospel according to Actors Equity, and how it sets the rules for readings, showcases and beyond. Plus realistic expectations when dealing with the directors' union, the Dramatists Guild and the musicians' union. 
3:15-3:30 - BREAK
3:30-4:00 - "Box Office and Ticketing Options" This is a business. You need to be careful about money and accurately track your sales. There's no mystery to it: there are tried-and-true systems for handling this. And though you are ultimately responsible for your performance tallies, different ticketing options can be helpful in different ways. Which ticketing service will best serve your show?
4:00-5:00 - "Producing Smart: Fringes and Festivals, or On Your Own?" moderated by Bob Ost, with producer Jeremy Handelman (On the Town, White's Lies, F#%king Up Everything), others tbd. There are advantages to producing in the Fringe or a festival, but there are also trade-offs. We'll discuss what you need to consider before deciding the best (and potentially most profitable) path for your production.
5:00 - Keynote speaker: Broadway producer Cody Lassen (The Band's Visit, Significant Other, Spring Awakening revival)
5:30pm-6:00pm - networking reception
Sunday, April 29
9:30-10am - coffee and cake/bagels
10:00-10:45 - "Putting Together Your Production Team" with John Lant, technical director of Carnegie Hall, artistic director Write Act Rep. Things to consider when hiring your design team, and what your designers need from you. 
10:45-11:30 - "How to Find (and Book) the Right Space" with John Lant. Black box or proscenium? Wing space, fly space, lighting and tech requirements, location and more. 
11:30-11:45 - BREAK
11:45 -12:30 -"Creative Fundraising (Please Don't Put It on Your Credit Card!)" with financial advisor and producer Bailie Slevin. Crowdsourcing, different kinds of fundraisers and how to just get over it and ask for the money you need. We'll include belief systems and how they affect us, and understanding how money works.
12:30-1:15 - "Project Management: Setting Timelines, Managing Teams, Defining Outcomes" with Bailie Slevin. It pays to get the order right. How far in advance do you book a space? Hire your creative staff? Start the marketing? Raise the money?
1:15-2:15 - Lunch
2:15-2:45 - "How to Run an Efficient Audition, and When, Why and How to Use a Casting Director" with Robin Carus of Robin Carus Casting.
2:45-3:30 - "Finding Your Audience: An Overview of Marketing" Defining the basics: marketing, advertising, PR. And how does social media fit into all this? What are your most important expenses on a limited budget? How do you identify and reach your audience? Should a showcase producer ever do his own marketing?
3:30-4:15 - "The Essentials of Successful PR". What goes into an effective press release? When should releases be sent out? How do you stand out from the crowd?
4:15-4:30 - BREAK
4:30-5:15 - "Next Steps: What Happens After That Showcase (and How to Prepare)?"  with Valerie Novakoff, associate producer Davenport Theatrical Productions, others tbd. The best way for your show to have a future is to plan ahead the moment you decide to produce that first showcase, festival presentation or reading. A panel of producers will talk about the steps they took to grow their brand.
5:15 - Keynote speaker: 
5:30-6:00pm - networking reception
PANELISTS
ROBIN CARUS
ROBIN CARUS CASTING (Casting) Tours: The Cat in the Hat (Two Beans Productions), Miss Nelson Is Missing (Two Beans Productions), The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano AdventureClifford the Big Red DogSpank! The 50 Shades Parody,  Family Life Theatre, TheatreworksUSA (200 national tours). Regional: The State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Sarah, Plain and Tall (O'Neill), FX's Archer Live.  Off-Broadway: The Chekhov Dreams (Beckett Theatre), Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA),  Me The People (The Triad Theatre), Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Planet Connections'  Playwrights For A Cause (5 seasons), SafeI Know What  Boys WantThe Accidental CaregiverCulture Shock 1911-1922Woman at the FuneralsPete the Girl,   Aesop's  Fables,The Last CastratoLike You Like It (also 54 Below/NYMF/NAMT Musical Mondays), The Plant That Ate Dirty SocksSeussicalMax & RubyHenry & MudgeCam JansenWalk Two MoonsJunie B. Jones,  Sarah, Plain and TallRomeo and Juliet  Concerts & Special Events: Session Girls (54 Below),Tonya & Nancy: The Rock OperaSunfish (DIMF), 2009 Marathon Festival (EST), Art (New York Society Library) Recordings:  Session Girls  (Broadway Records), Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera (Broadway Records), "Artists For The Arts: With A Little Help From My Friends,"  Like  You Like It (Broadway Records) Film: MIA aka Then What HappensKilling the FiddlerLove True,WeatheringRunning With SharksThe King's Pawn,  Disgrace,  ElvisROVER: OR Beyond the Venusian Future and the Return of the Next LevelNo VagrancyBreaking the ChainTigerUnderwear. Television: James McNeill Whistler and the Case For Beauty (PBS)
LEE A. G. FELDSHON
has over 22 years of experience in entertainment and corporate law. He recently formed Feldshon Law PLLC to launch his private practice, after having partnered with David Schwartz in Feldshon & Schwartz, LLP for the last 10 years. He represents producers, composers, bookwriters, lyricists, directors, and other creatives in the live theatrical industry. He has represented the New York Musical Theatre Festival since its 2004 founding and a Tony-award winning actor in connection with the Tony-award winning Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He did legal work forWho's Your Baghdaddy, Desperate Measures, Money Talks, LibertyRooms, and other Off Broadway shows. He negotiates screenplay option/purchase agreements and financing documents for film producers, and has worked as film production counsel for Good Girls GoneFly Away (SXSW Official Selection), and the documentary Darkon: An American Fantasy(2006 SXSW Audience Award). While Director of Legal Affairs and Business Development of the Radio City Entertainment division of Madison Square Garden, L.P., he worked on The Radio City Christmas SpectacularA Christmas Carol, and Rockettes performances. As a Levine Plotkin & Menin associate, he worked on Rent (Broadway, touring), The Wild Party (Broadway), De La Guarda (Off Broadway), and other shows. He started his career as a corporate associate at White & Case. He received a B.A. from Columbia College in 1991 (magna cum laude, Rhodes Scholar State Finalist) and a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1994 (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar). Bar Admissions: New York.
ERIC GOLDMAN
has more than 20 years of experience as an entertainment attorney. While Eric specializes in theater law matters, including project financing, Eric also practices in the film, television, music, music publishing and new media fields. As an artist's representative, Eric has worked on behalf of numerous award winners, including Tony-award winners Howell Binkley, Jason Robert Brown, Jerry Mitchell, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and Academy Award winner Howard Shore. Eric also works as a producer's representative, including serving as production counsel to the Tony Award winning producers of Def Poetry Jam and several Tony Award winning producers. In addition to Broadway, Off-Broadway and Independent projects, Eric has worked for producers and artists in connection with productions seen around the world, including London, Sydney, Tokyo and China. Eric also regularly counsels not-for-profit theaters such as Northlight Theatre in Chicago and Blank Theatre in Los Angeles. In other media, Eric has represented American Idol vocal coach Debra Byrd in the negotiation of merchandising and master class seminar agreements, and has negotiated web site development, maintenance and rights acquisition agreements for Broadwayworld.com, the LEGO Bionicle's website and for Dick Morris' VOTE.COM web site.
JEREMY HANDELMAN
is a Tony Award nominated producer whose many credits include the Broadway revival of On the Town, the hit rock musical comedy Brooklyn Crush (formerly F#%king Up Everything: Off-Broadway, Washington, DC and NYMF) and White's Lies (New World Stages). Most recently, he helped raise front money for a very exciting new Broadway-bound musical that he's not at liberty to publicly reveal. Jeremy is the author of The Bronx BalmersTic-Tac-Toe and several short plays. He is the founder of Off The Leash Productions, where he produces promotional videos and commercials and provides videography coverage for live performances and events. In a previous life as a television executive he was Vice President, Programming for CBS Sports. Jeremy is a proud board member of TRU.
PATRICIA R. KLAUSNER
has produced, written and assistant directed theater. She is one of the producers of the Tony Award winning revival of Pippin and The Trip to Bountiful on Broadway. Previously she was a producer of the Broadway shows The Scottsboro Boys and Stick Fly. As the Managing Director of Shotgun Productions, a theatrical non-profit, she has developed & produced theater, dance and operas. Productions include: Clear... A new musical experience (co-production with Dixon Place, Hendel Productions, Wayne Brady, Michele Crowley & Earl Dax), Santa Claus is Coming Out (co-production with Penguin Rep & Diverse City Theater), Marc Deaton in Vienna (classical concert, Schoenberg Center, Austria), The Lost Boy (co-production with QTIP & The Helen Hayes Theater in Nyack), Tristan und Isolde in Sofia (staged concert, Bulgaria), 24-Hour Drama-Thons, Big Kids, The Chaos Theories, Seduction (musical theater dance opera), Undivulged Crimes, Don't Hug Me (co-production with NJ Rep), Mia Michael's R.A.W. (dance concert), and Joined at the Head. Ms. Klausner has a Ph.D. in sociology and has taught women's studies, race relations, and criminology at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College.
JOHN LANT
is a 35-year veteran in the entertainment industry and has been involved in over 600 television, film, music tours, and theatrical productions as a creative director, consultant, and/or above the line entity. An award-winning producer, director, writer, lighting and set designer, John has mounted productions at Cal Arts, Ricardo Montalban, Powerhouse, Glendale Center, Hollywood Playhouse, Long Beach Playhouse, the Jewel Box Theatres and Write Act Repertory. His work and productions garnered DramaLogue, Diamond, ADA Awards, and Garland, ADA and NAACP nominations, as well as LA Weekly and Backstage Picks of the Week. John worked with Jonathan Sanger at Chanticleer Films, on two shorts that won an Emmy and an Oscar, and mentored under Howard Storm. Scripts he has developed include Children's TV Pilots Symphology, Carrot Talk, and cable-themed Anonymous Confessions, and several adapted musicals. John received the California Service Award from the State Legislature for his Community Outreach and Service to the Arts in 2000, 2001, 2008 and 2009. In NYC, he is current Production Manager at Carnegie Hall, and on down time redesigns, redevelops and refurbishes theatres including the upstairs Davenport Theatre, Elektra Theatre, Times Square Arts Center Theatres, the Richmond Shepard, and a new exciting project Summer 2017, refurbishing an old off-Broadway in the Theatre District to it's old glory. John's 30-week off-Broadway production of FABULOUS! The Queen of Musicals! was recently licensed through Steele Rights. This past year he produced 2 off-Broadway Shows at St. Luke's Theatre: Equity production of 2 By Tennessee Williams and the new musical Pillars of New York.  Current Producing Artistic Director of  Write Act Repertory and Founding Member of newly formed N.M.C.L.O. (New Musical Civic Light Opera), concentrating on the development of second stage musical workshop/productions for off-Broadway productions, and is the Director of Development for Twisted Media NYC, his current musical production Lili Marlene in LA will be moving here off-Broadway in the Summer of 2017.
CODY LASSEN
is a Tony-nominated theatre producer and live entertainment consultant. Broadway productions include the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening, and Macbeth, starring Alan Cumming, Paula Vogel's Indecent and Joshua Harmon's Significant Other. Upcoming: Untitled #4 off-Broadway and in LA Holding the Man, with The Australian Theatre Company and a revival of Merrily We Roll Along directed by Michael Arden. In addition to producing his own projects, Cody consults for producers, theaters and agencies to help them discover how they should market their shows for the best chance of financial and critical success. Previously, he oversaw marketing efforts for Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group and its three theaters: the Ahmanson Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre. He is an active member of the Broadway League, the National Association of Musical Theatre, and serves on the Board of NY's Vineyard Theatre. More info at codylassen.com
JAY MICHAELSis a producer/director, marketing and public relations executive, entrepreneur & educator. He has been part of the indie theater and film scene since 1985. In 1997, he took the knowledge he acquired as a casting director for New York Daily News commercials and production associate for KSL Media and PBS and founded the boutique PR firm that now bears his name. Jay Michaels Arts & Entertainment creates visibility for self-producing stage artists and production companies on the East & West coasts and in multiple film arenas. Stage clients include Planet Connections Theatre Festivity; Downtown Urban Arts Festival; Fresh Fruit Festival; New York New Works Theatre Festival; Richard Skipper Celebrates; the Improvisational Repertory Theatre Ensemble; Step1 Theatre Project; Medicine Show Theatre; Opera at Hunter College; Spotlight-On Festivals; Playwrights/Authors Doug DeVita, Gary Morgenstein, Patrick Hickey, Jr., Anthony J. Piccione, Antonia Kasper, and Dorian Palumbo; Cabaret Artists Lane Bradbury, Andrea Bell Wolff, and Rev. Mary and Granny's Blue-Mers. Film clients include award-winning filmmakers, Eliana Ujueta ("Beneath The Rock," "The Airport Run") and Ben Goldstein ("Jack London") and Steve Silver ("The Watchtower,"). JMA&E also produces live promotionalevents. Michaels presented live promo events for the HBO Summer Stage, Spotlight-On Film Festival, and the promo showings of "UVX," a live theater and film hybrid, which was a sponsor of the 2017 New York ComicCon. In 1999, he and Mary Elizabeth Micari formed Genesis Repertory Ensemble, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to giving opportunities to emerging artists in the stage and film (and live event) industries. A professor of communications at Kingsborough College, Michaels continues to appear as a guest speaker and artist throughout the tri-state area at universities and arts organizations.
VALERIE NOVAKOFF
is the Associate Producer at Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, Ken Davenport's theatrical and media producing company. As Associate Producer, Valerie is engaged in all aspects of developing, producing, and managing major Broadway productions and tours, including the critically acclaimed revival of Once On This Island, and the upcoming original musical Gettin' the Band Back Together, as well as developmental readings and workshops. Valerie was previously the Assistant Producer at Jeffrey Finn Productions, Broadway productions included An Act of God starring Sean Hayes and Sunday in the Park with George starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford, and oversaw the corporate events division Hot on Broadway. As part of general management office 321 Theatrical Management, select productions include WickedFun Home, If/Then, andSpongeBob SquarePants. Valerie worked for director Des McAnuff (dramaturgy work on Dr. Zhivago and several projects in development) and in the events department of The Drama League. Independently, Valerie is the Associate Producer of the first-ever app-enabled theatrical event Blank! The Musical, a fully improvised Off-Broadway musical currently running at the Broadway Comedy Club. As a creative producer, Valerie champions innovative and insightful storytelling. Valerie studied Dramatic Literature and Producing at New York University.
BAILIE SLEVIN
is the founder of Entertaining Finance, a financial consulting and consulting firm geared specifically towards freelancers, specifically those in arts and entertainment. With 13 years of experience as a financial adviser and a hefty resume in theater, she is redefining planning for artists and entrepreneurs. She's worked with Certified Financial Services and Forest Hills Financial Group in finance and teaches Financial Literacy and Well-being workshops and speaks throughout the region on the specifics of Financial Management for Artists. As a stage manager, general manager, and producer on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, Tony Awards, Drama Desk, OBIE Awards, and IT Awards pepper Bailie's resume. Some of her favorite projects include The Norman ConquestsAltar BoyzNaked Boys Singing!Pursuit of PersephoneA Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant, and Popesical in Concert at Joe's Pub. She currently serves as a board member for The PATH Fund and "Rockers on Broadway, a non-profit Arts organization committed to bringing arts education to all. Visit www.EntertainingFinance.com to learn more.
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 the Montage Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visitwww.truonline.orgor call 212 714-7628.

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim
presents
American Ballet Theatre: AFTERITE

A Conversation with Wayne McGregor

Sunday and Monday, April 29 and 30, 2018 at 


7:30pm


Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presentsAmerican Ballet Theatre: AFTERITE on Sunday and Monday, April 29 and 30, 2018 at 7:30pm

Utilizing Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring as inspiration, renowned British dance maker Wayne McGregor presents a sneak peek into the creation of a new piece that reconceptualizes the seminal work. McGregor and American Ballet Theatre dancers invite audiences into the creative process of AFTERITE prior to its World Premiere at the Metropolitan Opera.


TICKETS & VENUE
$45, $40 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process
Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
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News from Polk and Co.


BROADWAY RECORDS ANNOUNCES

HELLO AGAIN 

(ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK)


Hello Again (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released digitally and in stores on Friday, April 27, 2018. The album is currently available for pre-order at www.BroadwayRecords.com and Amazon.com.
SPEAKproductions introduces HELLO AGAIN, a musical film of the celebrated Off-Broadway musical by Michael John LaChiusa, which was inspired by Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial 1896 play, La Ronde (Der Reigen).

HELLO AGAIN chases 10 lost souls across 10 periods in New York City history in a daisy-chained musical exploration of love’s bittersweet embrace. The pursued becomes pursuer as they slip in and out of one another’s arms, spinning through 10 music-fueled vignettes, which come together in 1 soulful circle. HELLO AGAIN, directed by Tom Gustafson with a screenplay by Cory Krueckeberg, features Audra McDonaldMartha PlimptonT.R. KnightRumer WillisCheyenne JacksonJenna UshkowitzTyler BlackburnSam UnderwoodNolan Gerard Funk and Al Calderon.

Track List:
1. Now: I've Been Looking For Someone
2. 1901: Hello Again
3. 1944: I Gotta Little Time / We Kiss
4. 1967: In Some Other Life
5. 1929: Story of My Life
6. 1956: The Greatest of Adventures / Tom
7. 1912: Ship of Dreams / Listen to the Music
8. 1976: Opening Montage / The One I Love / Safe
9. 2002: Performance of a Lifetime / Beyond the Moon
10. 1989: A Lie / Mistress of the Senator
11. Now: The Bed Was Not My Own / Hello Again - Reprise
12. Bonus Track: Beyond the Moon (Single)
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News from Richard Hillman PR



FINAL PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED

 “THE STONE WITCH”
A NEW PLAY BY SHEM BITTERMAN
DIRECTED BY STEVE ZUCKERMAN
AT THE WESTSIDE THEATRE

STARRING
DAN LAURIA
WITH RUPAK GINN AND CAROLYN McCORMICK

FINAL PERFORMANCE IS SUNDAY, APRIL 29


The Stone Witch, a play by Shem Bitterman (A Death in Colombia, Influence) will end its run at The Westside Theatre - Upstairs (407 West 43rd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues) after the matinee performance on Sunday, April 29, 2018.  When it closes, it will have played 15 preview performances and 41 regular performances. Performances began Monday, March 12, 2018 for an open-ended engagement. Opening Night was Sunday evening, March 25, 2018.

Extraordinary art must be tamed. Simon Grindberg is the world’s most illustrious children’s book writer and illustrator —but his next masterpiece is a decade overdue. Peter Chandler is a starving artist with unparalleled potential—but he doesn’t yet know his own value. The two men are thrown together by Clair Forlorni, an ambitious editor who hopes Peter’s youthful exuberance can unleash Simon’s aging genius for one final story. But creativity comes at a cost.  The Stone Witch is a wondrous, hopeful and heartbreaking new play where imagination runs wild. The world premiere production of The Stone Witch was produced at The Berkshire Theatre Group in association with Darlene Kaplan Entertainment and Brierpatch Productions in 2016.

The Stone Witch will play the following performance schedule for the final weekTuesday at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., Thursday at 8:00 p.m., Friday at8:00 pm.Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m., and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.  Please note: There is no performance on Sunday, April 22.

Single tickets for The Stone Witch are priced at $39 (Fan Seats) $89 and $110 (Premium Seats), and may be purchased by calling Telecharge: 212-239-6200, or by visitingTelecharge.com. Student Rush Tickets are priced at $30 with valid Student I.D

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THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
PRESENTS THE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF
UNEXPECTED JOY
A NEW MUSICAL

PERFORMANCES BEGIN APRIL 24, 2018
LIMITED ENGAGEMENT THROUGH MAY 20, 2018
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S

OPENING NIGHT IS THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 AT 7:00PM

The York Theatre Company begins performances of the New York Premiere of the new musical, Unexpected Joy Tuesday, April 24, 2018 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, May 20, 2018 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s(entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is Thursday evening, May 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. 

Unexpected Joy is the story of three generations of female singers, long-held family tensions, and a week together where change is in the air. In modern day Cape Cod, Joy, a baby boomer and proud hippie, is holding a memorial concert for the other half of her popular musical duo, Jump & Joy.  When her tightly-wound conservative daughter and her sweet rebellious granddaughter arrive from Oklahoma, the sparks fly as one family seeks to find the common ground in their different values, dreams and goals. Unexpected Joy is a heartfelt and hilarious story that weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in uniting a family that hasn’t experienced true joy together for decades.

Unexpected Joy will play the following performance schedule:  Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., Thursdays at 2:30 p.m.*, Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.* &8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. (*Audience discussion follow the matinee performance.)  Opening night is set for Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

For additional information, please visit www.yorktheatre.org
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