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MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • 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 Reading Series.

  • Legal consultation. 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.

  • Other discounts.
    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.

TO BECOME A MEMBER

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  • An individual membership in Theater Resources Unlimited costs $75 a year for all the benefits listed below. A group or company membership costs $100 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.

  • You can also be a part of the TRU networking community without joining as a paid member — sign up right now for our TRU Weekly Update email newsletter, filled with networking opportunities and requests, plus discounted services, tickets and other special offers.

MISSION

TRU 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 professionals.

 

TRU 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.


HISTORY

     TRU (Theater 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 a bi-monthly newsletter and a Weekly Email Newsletter Update, provides discounted tickets to members' productions, frequently serves as a clearinghouse for theatre 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.

     In 2001, 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 performers. To service 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."

 

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