TRU Update community newsletter.
Free subscription plus unlimited free postings (reg. $20/month for non-members).
Monthly panels/meetings. Free admission and priority
seating at all monthly panels/meetings (regularly $12 for non-members).
TRU Producer Boot Camp. Discounts on workshops, including "Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producers," "Raising Money for Theater" and "Pitching and Presentation Skills."
TRU Producer Development & Mentorship Program. Eligibility for program in which we pair you in one-to-one mentoring sessions with a top New York producer, artistic director or general manager for a three month period.
Annual TRU Audition Event. Priority privileges at the annual TRU Audition Event. Actors receive a discount off the application fee. Producers, writers and directors are given priority seating for the two-day event, and the chance to see over 200 actors.
Workshops for actors.
FREE monthly workshops, including on-camera technique, business and monolog coachings, and our popular "Actor Resource Night and Speed Dating"
TRU Resource Directory. Discounted listing and/or display ad in the TRU Resource Directory for Actors and Producers.
TRU Voices Reading Series.
Priority consideration and
waived fees in TRU co-operative productions and play reading
series, including the New Plays Reading Series, and the New Musicals
One free legal consultation per year, plus reduced fees from prominent entertainment attorneys.
Writer-Producer Speed Date.
Reduced participation fee for writers who are accepted into the TRU Writer-Producer Speed Date.
TRU postal mailing list.
Members-only access to the
TRU postal mailing list of over 5000 names (we do not share our email list of 3500 names... nor would most of you actually want us to).
TRU member productions.
Reduced admission for TRU
members to productions by other participating TRU theater companies.
Reduced rates for TRU members
for various theater resources (i.e. theater space, promotion and
publicity, printing, advertising, etc.), Broadway and off-Broadway
show tickets, restaurant discounts. INCLUDING: the lowest price anywhere for joing Theatermania's Gold Club, a 40% discount when you post casting notices on Back Stage.
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Theater Resources Unlimited costs $85 a year for all the benefits
listed below. A group or company membership costs $115 a year,
and gives the same benefits for any two members of your organization.
If you would like to become a paid member of TRU, enjoy the benefits
and also support the work we do (like this free on-line website
and our free weekly newsletter), you can sign up and pay online at the TRU Store or click here to download
the application, and send a check or money order made out to "Theater
Resources Unlimited" to:
Theater Resources Unlimited, 309 West 104th Street, 1D,
NYC, NY 10025
Please be sure to include your
name, address, phone number, company affiliation, email address
and what you do (producer, writer, actor, director, publicist,
designer, technician, audience member, etc.) so we can list it
all in our referral database.
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was formed to promote a spirit of cooperation and support within the
general theatre community by providing information and a variety of
entertainment-related services and resources that strengthen the capacity
of producing organizations, individuals producers, self-producing artists and other theater
achieves its mission through 1) maintenance of a member network of
producers and other industry professionals in the New York area; 2)
linking members to valuable resources both within and beyond the theatrical
community, 3) providing public forums for introducing and sharing
information, including specific requests for help and support, 4)
publishing a printed and electronic newsletter for services, discount
offers and other programs of benefit to the membership, 5) providing
educational opportunities (including TRU-sponsored events and competitive
scholarships) on industry-related topics and training, and 6) serving
as producer for selected events that provide practical opportunities
to the membership and other theater professionals.
Resources Unlimited) was organized in
March, 1992 by Bob Ost, the group's current president, Cheryl Davis,
its vice-president, and Gary Hughes, its former treasurer. The initial goals were
to bring together a supportive network of both established and newly
developing producing organizations in the New York area in order to
interface these producing organizations with other potentially valuable
resources both within and beyond the theatrical community. As part of its networking mission, TRU gives
newly formed organizations a forum in which to clarify their goals
and become more effective in communicating and pursuing them. TRU also
provides all participating organizations with the opportunity to learn
and benefit from the knowledge of each other's successes and disappointments,
and to offer everyone a forum in which to make specific requests for
what they need.
From its beginning
meetings in the founders' living room, the organization has grown
to where it now has an active membership of about 450, and a database
of over 7000 theater professionals. TRU holds monthly seminars
on a wide range of subjects important to theatrical producers and
directors, conducted by panels of experts from both the commercial
and not-for-profit segments of Broadway, Off-Broadway and the motion
picture industry. These seminars are open to the general public as
well as members and are frequently attended by 50 or more actors,
directors, producers, technicians and writers. TRU publishes an Email Newsletter Update, provides discounted
tickets to members' productions, frequently serves as a clearinghouse
for theater and rehearsal space, personal services and production
props and materials, as well as offering a referral database for tracking
down designers, performers, directors and any other staff that might
be needed for a production.
Over the years, TRU has developed a structured range of programs to address the needs of its members. TRU
served as the umbrella organization for a co-production by several
of its member companies as a part of the first annual New York Fringe
Festival. From that experience, the organization expanded its
production efforts by creating the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading
Series, the TRU VOICES Annual New Musicals Reading Series in which
TRU underwrites developmental readings of new works for theater, with the primary goal being to offer a developmental environment for new producers as well as new plays. The TRU FACES Cabaret Fundraiser was created to showcase self-producing member writers
and performers, as well as network them with other producers.
TRU began giving annual scholarships to The Commercial Theater Institute,
to encourage the development of aspiring producers. By 2007, TRU had started a Producer Development Program for a select group of aspiring producers, with a special interest in developing producers of color. The program features special monthly panels, plus the opportunity for consultations, mentorships and internships with top commercial producers and general managers.
TRU now offers a series of Boot Camps, workshops created to help theater professionals learn and develop essential skills, including "Raising Money for Theater," "Pitching and Presentation Skills" and "Weekend Intensive for Showcase Producing."
A 2003 program
was initiated to increase networking opportunities between producers
and performers: an annual TRU Audition
Event, a weekend of auditions
in which 40 to 50 producing entities, plus casting professionals, can view the work of over 100
To serve actor members, TRU has also added special Resource Nights in which perforrmers "Speed Date" with casting people, coaches and others, plus free monthly seminars for actor members.
TRU interfaces writers and producers with a unique series of Writer-Producer Speed Date evenings, and further guides writers in the business of theater with a "Practical Playwriting" workshops and a "Director-Writer Communications Lab."