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Hey actors: we're more than the Annual Audition Event!

Our actor friends have more reasons than ever to become members of Theater Resources Unlimited: FREE monthly events geared specifically to your needs: Actor Resource Nights (Speed Dates) and seminars! To be eligible for these FREE monthly workshops, you must be a paid member of TRU, so join now for just $75 a year at the TRU Store. And be sure to reserve early for each workshop since space is limited!

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Rescheduled for Sunday May 18th

Master Class with Joanna Gleason: Acting for Singers
2pm to 5:30pm (check in at 1:45)
Weist Barron Studios, 35 W. 45th Street, 6th floor, NYC

"Come prepared with a ballad. This is an acting class. We use a ballad, nothing rock and roll - show songs or old standards. And we construct a context for it, apart from the song's original one. Then, usually with scene partners,
we sing the song as monologue or dialogue." This workshop is for actors who sing, as well as singers.

You don't have to be the strongest singer, but have to sing well enough get through a song. Just a good ballad that has a story in it. Priority acceptance given to current paid TRU members and actors who have applied for the TRU Audition.

Although Gleason has had an active film and TV career, she is probably best known for her stage work. Gleason made her Broadway debut in 1977 in I Love My Wife, for which she was honored with a Theatre World Award. Additional Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Nick & Nora, Into the Woods (for which she won several awards including a Tony Award in the lead role of the Baker's Wife, which she played in the PBS Great Performances production of the musical), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and The Cartells. Her film and television career began in 1977 with her first appearance on Let's Make A Deal, then in Hello, Larry. She had film roles in Hannah and Her Sisters and Heartburn (both 1986). Gleason would work again with Woody Allen in Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), this time playing the wife of Allen's character.

COST: $65 ($35 for TRU members and actors who have applied for the TRU Audition)
Limited to 15 participants only, but additional people may attend as observers.
AUDITOR FEE: $25 ($20 for TRU members and actors who have applied for the TRU Audition)

RSVP by first emailing; if there is space available we will send you to the TRU Store to register and pay.

Previous Workshops

(Let us know if you'd like us to bring one of these back!)

accompanist Tracy Stark will be on hand to play for our singers.

Come prepared with a two minute audition piece, and receive feedback from a panel of casting professionals.
You use your two minutes as you choose: one monolog or two, a monolog and song, or just a song.

This will be a classroom situation - everyone is expected to arrive at 7pm and view the entire clinic,
which will run until 9:30. You will be assigned a number for your own audition. It's a chance to learn
from your fellow actors as well as
receive input about your own work. Feedback will focus on material choice,
character, stage presence as well as offer suggestions for recognizing your most castable type and marketing yourself. Don't worry - any sensitive feedback will be given privately.

Cost: $40 for non-members ($50 at the door); $25 for TRU members ($30 at the door) - click here to pay online.
Even if you pay at the door, you must register. This class is limited to 20 participants.

35 W. 45th Street, 6th Floor

Auditions That Get You Noticed
How to approach auditions
with a greater sense of self-control

with Rhonda Musak

Friday, September 21st
7pm to 9pm

Weist Barron Studios
35 W. 45th Street

FREE for TRU members, $25 for non-members
($15 if paid in advance)

"As an actor, I have sat through so many auditioning seminars and heard it 1000 times over that an actor needs to have confidence when they walk into a room. By the end of this workshop, you will have the actual tools to do exactly that (or appear more confident even if you are quaking in your boots!).

• As participants arrive, you receive a brief questionnaire allowing you to write about your experiences with auditioning including what you would create in that situation rather than what you are currently creating.

• I will take you through a fantastic warm-up that will both set the stage for your participation as well as bring you into the present moment… grounded, connected and expressive.

• I next you through a perspective shifting exercise re: the audition process. The exercise leads you to a great Aha! so you can ultimately shift how you approach an audition room and your experience in it.

• We will look at monologue selection and how finding the right kind of pieces does half the actor's work. Examples of powerful pieces versus weak pieces will be read out loud.

• I then teach you a step-by-step method to have more control and power in an audition room by teaching you how to lead the audition rather than allowing the auditioners to lead it. This, again, is an exercise that all students will experience and participate in.

• We then move into cold readings, and a 4-step process that covers the major bases of what a good cold reading audition should focus on.

• I then teach you how actors can take more control of the audition experience while doing cold readings.

Limited to 20 participants.
Non-members must pay in advance to hold their reservation at the TRU Store.
Advance reservations are $15, cost at the door is $25.

Due to ongoing actor no-shows, our new policy is that anyone who is a no-show without emailing us in advance will not be permitted to attend any TRU seminar or workshop for 6 months. Reserving and not showing is inconsiderate, and means that you have wasted a slot that someone else might have used. Thank you for your understanding.


The Audition
with Bobby Holder (artistic director of TAPNYC Theatre Company, author of OUT OF THE BLUE!)
Sue Winik (talent agent with Sheplin-Winik Artists Agency).

A free, fun, fast-paced seminar on landing representation through quality industry showcases and quality original plays! Includes an audition for TAPNYC Theatre Company & Sheplin-Winik Artists Agency
(prepare 1-minute comedic monologues only).


FREE FOR TRU MEMBERS, $25 for non members.
RSVP to Jaye Maynard at and cc

Special Financial Seminar for TRU members!

Bailie Slevin

Improve Your Financial Health:
A Workshop for Artists and Producers
with financial advisor Bailie Slevin

Thursday evening, May 31st,

Prospering artists produce better art than starving ones. Why? Because they can.

In this seminar we will take the fear out of finances. As a freelancer/artist/business owner or producer you have a very different relationship to money then a salaried employee. And because of that you have different opportunities available to you that can help you to grow your business and pursue your craft.

We will begin by examining emotions about money and how it relates to art and our goal of success. Once we have a comfortable language in which to discuss money we can move on to the fundamentals of traditional business planning and explore how, with just a little tweak, they can be applied to the arts. Starting with goal planning and the language of finance and moving through budgeting, balance sheets and financial products, participants will walk away with a more organized method of creating, tracking and growing their artistic ventures.

You will walk out of this session with a personal financial website, a freelancers budgeting tool, and a list of financial resources and glossary of essential terms to help you understand money management.

RSVP is essential: (use "Financial Health" in your subject header) or phone 212/714-7628. The price for non-members is $30 at the door, $25 if you pay in advance at Workshop is free for members of Theater Resources Unlimited.

Taught by Bailie Slevin: Member of AEA, League of Professional Theatre Women and The New York Coalition of Women in Arts and Media. Bailie has stage managed, general managed and produced shows and events off-off Broadway, Off Broadway and Broadway that have won IT Awards, OBIE Awards, Drama Desk and Tony Awards. She is currently a financial advisor with Forest Hills Financial Group on a mission to bring fiscal health and responsibility to the entertainment community.

Theater Resources Unlimited is a not-for-profit service organization providing education, networking and support to producers, theater companies and self-producing artists through the New York area and beyond. Visit

Ripley Grier Studios, 520 Eighth Avenue, Studio 16D

Branding Workshop for Actors
with Doug Shapiro of SavvyActor, Amy Russ of ActorWebs
and Jeremy Handelman of Wag That Reel
Friday 04/21, 7:30 to 9:30pm

Free for TRU members. $25 for non-members.
Weist-Barron Studios, 35 W. 45th Street, 6th floor

RSVP to, cc to Bob Ost.
Check in early anytime after 7pm, We will start promptly at 7:30.
FREE for TRU member actors, 25.00 for guests.

Branding your acting business experts from SavvyActor, ActorWebs, Wag That Reel will discuss and explore the popular concept of branding yourself and your work in a comprehensive way that helps casting directors and agents understand the essence of your product and you!

The Savvy Actor mission is to empower actors to think like small business owners by creating and implementing an effective business plan, branding their unique product, and developing marketing strategies that get them noticed and in the door! The Savvy Actor is on faculty at New York Film Academy and Pace University and they regularly lead workshops for New York University, Baldwin Wallace, UC Irvine, The York Theatre, Weist Barron and The PIT to name a few. To learn more about The Savvy Actor go to or call 212-502-0908.

ActorWebs is a website design firm dedicated to providing actors with resources to promote their careers by offering creative and cost-effective website design, do-it-yourself website builders and other web-based products, with friendly service, fair prices and unsurpassed value.

Amy Russ and Suzie Hollander, the owners of ActorWebs, have been successfully helping performers market their careers online since 2003. Amy is an actor and singer consistently working in TV, film and theatre. Suzie is an audio engineer specializing in sound for TV and film. Together, they bring an artistic eye, technical expertise and show business know-how that is a winning combination for their many clients.

Jeremy Handelman, the founder of Wag That Reel, has tremendous respect for the craft of acting and the talented people who put themselves on stage and in front of the camera. Wag That Reel is uniquely qualified to provide actors with the skill and expertise needed to create focused and compelling professional demo reels. We’re professionals who treat you as a professional while making this an enjoyable customized process. Samples and testimonials at Jeremy also is a theater and video producer through his parent company, Off The Leash Productions, which offers a full range of video production services, including high-definition video coverage of performances and special events, marketing videos, promos, commercials and trailers. Among his many theater productions are the award-winning rock musical comedy F#@king Up Everything and White's Lies with Betty Buckley and Tuc Watkins, He also is a member of the producing team of the stage version of The King's Speech, currently playing in London.

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