Theater Resources Unlimited Celebrates 25 Years

by Kathy Eddy
Theater Resources Unlimited
Theater Resources Unlimited

NEW YORK, NY - Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is celebrating 25 years of service to the theater community and will be mark this milestone with a TRU April Panel presented by TRU and The Playroom Theatre. The panel of six successful producers will discuss the value that TRU has brought over the last 25 years of offering services and programs to educate producers and strengthen their skills.

Further information from TRU (http://truonline.org/events/25-years-of-tru/)

The TRU April Panel - 25 Years of TRU (and How It's Made Me a Better Producer) on Tuesday, April 25 will begin at 7:30pm  with the doors opening at 7:00pm for networking at The Playroom Theater, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th floor, NYC 10036. the panelists will include Michael Alden, TRU board member and producer (Come from Away, Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr. Ruth. The King's Speech on stage, Disgraced, Sarah Jones' Bridge & Tunnel); Patrick Blake, founding artistic director of Rhymes Over Beats, TRU board member and producer (The 39 Steps, Bedlam Theater's Hamlet/St. Joan, My Life Is a Musical, The Exonerated, Play Dead, In the Continuum); Van Dean, producer (Anastasia, Tony award for Porgy and Bess, Grammy Award for the album of the recent revival of The Color Purple, Velocity of Autumn, Saint Heaven from the TRU reading series); Patricia Klausner, managing director Shotgun . Productions, former program director for TRU's producer program, producer (Pippin, Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful, The Scottsboro Boys); Molly Morris, co-founder of TRU's Young Patron and Artists Circle (YPAC), producer (Come from Away, My Life Is a Musical, TRU Voices readings of Empty Nest and The Hummingbirds); Daryl Sledge, TRU's producer Master Class, producer (Fried Chicken and Latkes, Pound for Pound, documentary film That Daughter's Crazy featuring Rain Pryor, HBO Best Short Film 2nd LiFE); Eileen Weiss, of Tweiss Productions, graduate of TRU's producer program, producer (Forbidden Broadway Comes Out Swinging, Hell's Belles, TRU Voices reading of Appendage, documentary film Same Difference).

A lineup of friends with TRU success stories representing different levels of experience will talk about what they have learned from TRU, and how it has affected their careers. At heart, we hope to address one crucial topic: what does it take to be a good, effective producer? Also, how have TRU's programs and networking been a guiding force for so many in our business? And how can others to get the most out of being part of the TRU Community?

For the roundtable introductions, TRU asks that everyone come prepared with a one-minute summary of who you are, and what you need.This event is free for TRU members; $15 for non-members ($12.50 in advance online at http://truonline.org/events/25-years-of-tru/). You may also reserve by phone at least a day in advance (or much sooner): 212-714-7628, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Playroom Theater, a small theater with a purpose on West Forty Sixth Street. Created by longtime theatrical producer Eric Krebs, The Playroom Theater features a 62-seat boutique theater, appropriate for rehearsals, readings, auditions, producers' presentations and workshop productions. Conceived of as an artists' workspace for writers, directors, composers, actors, producers and others committed to the professional theater arts and its industry. "The idea of The Playroom has grown out of my desire to create a small and financially manageable space in the heart of the theater district," commented Krebs. "I want this to be a place where industry professionals can pop over for a reading, a backer's audition or a small production of a work in progress." 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, was created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the arts. Its Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. TRU also 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.