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Want to change the course of your future?  Voter fraud in your way?
Take control of your acting career
and join our Pre-Election Actors' Resource Night and Speed Date!


Well, Sandy had her wicked way with us all,
so this will now be a post-Election Speed Date, next Friday, 11/9.

We've got some cool people lined up up for our Pre Post-Election Speed Date.
And no, it's not really a date. Just a way to meet some helpful resources for your career, including casting directors Barry Moss and Barbara Barna Abel, and agents Albert Bramante, Casey Ross, Terry Neil and Joel Romeo!

Produced by Theater Resources Unlimited
in association with Weist Barron Studios

NEW DATE: Friday evening November 9nd at 7pm
Weist Barron Studios,
35 W. 45th Street, 6th floor

Reservations required: email Jaye@JayeMaynard.com
(and cc TRUnltd@aol.com if you think of it)
CLICK HERE to pre-pay (non-members)

So what's this about "Speed Dating"? Is this a fix-up? Nah, it's nothing romantic. Is it an audition? Nah - no monolog slam, or need to be "on." You don't even have to sign up for "Speed Dating" to party with us. But it's a chance to introduce yourself to eleven dates (including agents Albert Bramante, Casey Ross, Terry Neil and Joel Romeo and casting directors Barry Moss and Barbara Barna Abel) as well as our sponsoring host Valerie Adami of Weist Barron, a varied assortment of coaches and photographer Jeff Hornstein. Click here for the lineup of who's on your dating card!

Oh, we have to charge. But it's only $15 (FREE for TRU members, though), and you've gotten your money's worth with two glasses of wine and a plate of cheese, right? CLICK HERE to pre-pay ($15 non-members, $18 at the door)

ABOUT SPEED DATING. How does it work? Okay. There are eleven stations each manned by a sponsor who offers you a service. We put you in a group of seven, each of you starts at a different station. You spend three minutes finding out about your "date." Or telling them about yourself. Or asking for advice. Or kvetching. It's your three minutes. We let you know when 30 seconds remain, and then we let you know when three minutes are up and you have to move to the next station. As a thank you, your "date" will give you a coupon for a discount or special offer (these offers are given only to people who go through Speed Dating.) At the end of a thirty minute (approx) circuit, we bring in the next group of eleven. While you're waiting, you can drink and socialize. Join the Discussion Group. Or primp for your dates:

Barbara Barna Abel - ABEL Intermedia
Ann Bonner -
The Actor's Project NYC
Penelope Brackett - The Creative Seed
Albert Bramante - Emerging Talent Agency
Richard Butler - Acting Coach
Makenzie Caine - website design, marketing
Jeff Hornstein - Hornstein Studios LLC
Barry Moss - Moss Kale Anatasi Casting
Terry Neil and Joel Romeo - Lisa Lax Agency
Casey Ross - Ross Talent

We will also be offering headshot evaluations and consultations, as well as audition protocol discussions, with TRU Valerie Adami of Weist Barron

Yes, bring lots of headshots to give out.

We can fit only 22 actors at this event. Please reserve right away by emailing Jaye@JayeMaynard.com (and cc: TRUnltd@aol.com) with the header "I wanna Speed Date!"


• VALERIE ADAMI - Owner/Director Weist-Barron Acting for Film & Television Casting Director WB Casting. A Musical Theatre background changed into Voice-Over and Soap Opera work after she studied at Weist-Barron in the 1980’s. Valerie was asked to join the WB staff because of her excellent people skills and a genuine desire to help actors fulfill their goals. In 1985 Weist-Barron created WB Casting to expand the schools services and Valerie became the on-site casting dir. Although her principal job is running the school, she casts for corporate videos, commercial print, and the occasional student film. In 2006, Valerie was given ownership of Weist-Barron by Bob Barron’s widow. She considers it a scared trust to continue what Bob and his partner, famed announcer Dwight Weist were the first to create. Valerie also developed “Getting the Biz’ness” one of the first patented seminars dealing with the logistics of pursuing a career in Acting. In addition she teaches “Cold Reading for Film & TV” and directs the much- admired Weist-Barron Film & Television Showcases.

Weist-Barron has been training, guiding and show-casing actors specifically for work in Film and Television since 1956. Our goal is to make sure actors feel confident of their on-camera performance and understand how to direct their career path. Our courses are informative, rewarding and affordable (no membership fees) and are always free to visit. A short film about the school can be accessed on our very comprehensive website www.weistbarron.com

BARBARA BARNA ABEL has a reputation for recognizing new and emerging talent and has cast over 100 unscripted/alternative projects since launching her company in 2001 finding Adam Richman, Bert Kreisher, Carson Kressley, Clinton Kelly, Ted Allen, Thom Felicia and many others along the way.

Barbara started in the business during the last century as music director of her college radio station (KSPC, Claremont, CA) and making tea for powerhouse 80s musical acts like Culture Club and Human League as the first college intern for Virgin Records UK. After stints in music management, Barbara gained her comedy chops at APA in Los Angeles working the phones for the legendary and visionary Marty Klein before merging her backgrounds in music and talent at VH1 where she ran the Talent Development department in New York.

PENELOPE BRACKETT (The Creative Seed) is a nationally recognized veteran in the field of career and life coaching. An excellent speaker, trainer, program designer and author, Ms. Brackett coaches individuals and companies to create powerful businesses, vibrant communities and satisfying personal lives. In working with her diverse clientele including professionals in the arts, education, business, technology and finance, she brings her passion for creativity, communication and balance. PMs Brackett has been featured in The New York Times, The Today Show, CNN's Glen Beck, Child Magazine, Matters Magazine and the internet radio show, The Coaching Hour with Lester Thomas Shane. Penelope received the highest designation of Master Certified Coach from the International Federation of Coaching. She is the coauthor of "Seven Keys for Unlocking Success without Struggle" with Lester Thomas Shane. Her online newsletter, "The Fertile Ground" features articles and exercises to grow your life and career. Articles include: "Ask and You Shall Receive", "Emergency Distractions" and "My Gift's Better than Your Gift".  For more information, contact Penelope Brackett at 201-693-1586 or pb@thecreativeseed.com or visit her website, www.thecreativeseed.com.

• RICHARD BUTLER is an Associate Producer for Stage 17 Productions in New York City and is the creator/teacher of A Simple Path To a Vivid Performance™, a systematic coaching process for monologue preparation. Richard has over thirty years experience in the theater as both director and actor. His most recent directing credits include In the Wilderness at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, and Bad Christmas Sweater and Heaven is a Beer Commercial, both at The Players Theatre Short Play and Musical Festival. His other directing credits include productions of Season’s Greetings, Blithe Spirit, Cat Gets Credit Card!, Where’s Charley?, and Murder By the Book in the New York and San Francisco areas. As an actor, Richard will be appearing in the upcoming RadioTheatre production of The Haunting of 94 St. Marks Place at the Under St. Marks Theatre. Other roles include appearances in Assassins, Lone Star, The Nerd, Christmas Interruptus, Beyond Therapy, Cheezy Beach, and Blood Brothers on both the east and west coasts. Richard has studied with William Esper (acting), Martin Waldron (voice and speech), Loyd Williamson (movement for the actor), Pierre Lefèvre (mask technique), and is a graduate of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Richard also has over 15 years experience in adult learning facilitation in the corporate world, and is a member of the American Society for Training & Development.

Makenzie Caine, web designer
MAKENZIE CAINE is the owner and creative director of Great Young Minds, a digital, design and marketing company. Makenzie currently designs and manages actress, Jennifer Esposito's, JennifersWay.org brand, website and social media. Other clients include actress/director, Carrie Preston's, production company, Daisy3Pictures.com, world-renowned baritone, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, acting schools including TSchreiber.org, several working actors, small businesses and major brands including CoverGirl, MaxFactor, and the NY Comedy festival. Her print design has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the NY Post, TimeOut NY and displayed at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and Lincoln Center as well as other great publications and event centers. An artist herself, Makenzie is keenly aware of the branding and marketing needs of actors at every stage in their career. GreatYoungMinds.com

• ANNIE CHADWICK is an actor/singer/songwriting (AEA, SAG-AFTRA, ASCAP), owner of Up-To-Date Theatricals, actor career coach and author of Showbiz Bookkeeper. For over 24 years, her company, Up-To-Date Theatricals, has been one of the most comprehensive theatrical services in the country for professionals working in the performing arts. Most recently UTD launched 3 new industry publications - NYC Agent Directory, NYC Personal Manager Directory and NYC Casting Directors - which have quickly become the best career enhancing, theatrical guides for the New York and Tri-State area markets. Up-To-Date Theatricals provides one-on-one career consultations tailored to an actors specific career needs; innovative, self-promotional marketing tools; computer music preparation and theatrical mailing label lists that make the business of show business easier and more efficient. In addition to these career advancing services, Annie offers an ongoing workshop series, “How to Build an Acting Career in NYC” at the Drama Book Shop. Coming from a unique perspective of having the most comprehensive up-to-date database of industry contacts, personal working experience and client feedback, Annie can create an innovative, individualized step-by-step plan to achieve your career goals. Her current clients range from experienced professionals working to those new to the business. www.UTDTheatriclaservices.com www.AnnieChadwick.com www.NYCitySlickers.com

Ann Bonner
• ANN BONNER is the Assistant Artistic Director and Industry Coordinator of The Actor's Project NYC. She has assistant directed two seasons of TAPNYC's Scene & Sketch-Comedy Troupe as well the 2nd Annual Advanced Actor Bootcamp sketch-comedy show at The Triad. As Industry Coordinator, Ann serves as a liaison between the actors and industry who are invited and attend all TAPNYC shows.

Ann is also an accomplished singer and actress in NYC. She has written and performed two sold-out, one-woman cabarets and is still writing more! She has performed in NYC at La Mama ETC, The Duplex, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, HERE Arts Center and The Abingdon Main Stage Theatre. Ann is the lead singer of The Barksdales, her home-grown, rock-infused folk band. She has a BA in Theatre from Bucknell University and an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.

• JEFF HORNSTEIN -Shooting top quality actor headshots at his photo studio in New York City is a passion of his. Whether it is a celebrity or someone just getting started his headshots of actors reflect a unique sense of confidence and charisma. For years actors have been reffed to Jeff by top agents, publicists, managers and word of mouth. Many notable actors have gotten their start at the studio from Jeff's headshots.
He has shot headshots for Jennifer Esposito, Matthew Fox, Cheyenne Jackson, Kelly Ripa, Sam Harris, and The RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Jeff is currently working a coffee table book project featuring legendary celebrities in the worlds of the arts and culture. These include photographs of Carol Channing, Tony Randall, Paul Sorvino, Marilyn Horne, Eli Wallach, Helen Gurley Brown, Geoffrey Holder, Zoe Caldwell, Soupy Sales and Hume Cronyn.

• BARRY MOSS initially worked in LA at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science in a job created for him by the legendary Marget Herrick, and then was publicist for director/producer Stanbley Kramer, He came to New York where he started a career as a director, talent agent and ultimately casting director. He was part of Theater Now, and joined forces with Julie Hughes to become legendary Hughes Moss Casting. After Ms. Hughes retired, he continued the company under the name Barry Moss Casting. He is now partners with Bob Kale and John Anastasi in Moss Kale Anastasi Casting, Inc. Shows he has cast include A Tale of Two Cities musical, Crazy for You, Grand Hotel, Jelly's Last Jam, How to Succeed... revival, Nine, The Will Rogers Follies, The Scarlet Pimpernel and many more.
• TERRY NEIL & JOEL ROMEO - Terry’s performing career spanned two decades during which time he performed as a principal dancer in a broad range of choreographic styles from the classics to dance theater. His performing career took him throughout Western Europe, the Far East, Middle East, South America, Australia and the United States in numerous galas and festivals.
He has been a member of many of the world’s leading dance companies, i.e. Basel Ballet, The Scottish Ballet, The Australian Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Frankfurt Ballet.
Terry was also formally trained as an actor, and has worked in a variety of independent films, theater productions, and national commercials.  A highlight of his musical theater experience was when he co-starred On-Broadway, in the production of Rodgers & Hart’s “On Your Toes” at the Virginia Theater in New York City. 

Throughout his performing and teaching career Terry has maintained a balance between dance and acting/theater experience, believing that the disciplines support each other.  He now brings his over thirty years of experience and knowledge to the Lisa Lax Agency as an agent, and literary agent.
• CASEY ROSS - Casey Ross from Ross Talent Agency. Busy boutique commercial print and non-union TV office for over 4 years. Some recent bookings include; Microsoft, Comcast, Chase Bank, Time Magazine, ESPN, Pfizer, Merck, Samsung, Lincoln, Sony, Met Life, Starbucks, Apple, and many more! Interested in meeting all types of adults.

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