|Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now accepting submissions for the 2016 TRU VOICES New Play Reading Series through January 13, 2016 (extended to January 20, 2016 for TRU members and plays with producers attached). For full submission guidelines and application, visit http://www.truonline.org/PRS16guidelines.htm.
The TRU Voices New Play Reading Series encourages submissions from emerging and established producers who are interested in testing the waters with a new work, and offers an opportunity for them to forge relationships with writers. TRU also accepts submissions from writers and tries to match them with a sponsoring producer for the series. “We encourage writers to use the series to leverage a relationship with producers they may have met,” adds TRU executive director Bob Ost. “Since we pay all costs for the reading, it’s an easy way for a producer to take a chance on someone new.”
TRU will produce a New Plays Reading Series in June 2016 that will consist of 3-5 new works presented on consecutive Monday evenings at Baruch Performing Arts Center, or another comparable off-Broadway venue with 120 seats or more. The purpose is to: (a) help develop new plays, and (b) help producers develop the skills needed to produce new works. Each reading will be followed by a “Dollars and Sense” panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the work.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-three 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 theater. 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; TRU 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 and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition and quarterly
Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly 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) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens; and with support from the Montage Foundation and the Friars National Association Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.