TRU Presents “Redefining Yourself in a Pandemic (And Supporting Theater in a Changing Environment)”

TRU Presents

A trusted haven for isolated artists, Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is now in its second year of uninterrupted weekly community meetings this Friday, having offered over 100 talks and unlimited camaraderie so far since April 17, 2020. TRU hosts its community meetings every Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET via Zoom to explore the creation of arts and theater in the time of COVID-19, and these crucial conversations will continue when theaters reopen. Ask questions, bring answers, be part of a community – it’s an opportunity to network with theater professionals and talk about how we’ve kept theater alive during the closure and what we’re doing now to keep going.

To receive the Zoom invitation for future meetings, email [email protected] with “Zoom Me” in the subject line. These gatherings are free for TRU members, non-members are encouraged to make a tax-deductible donation – or consider joining TRU at – to support the organization during these challenging times.

Friday, June 24th – Redefine yourself in a pandemic (and support theater in a changing environment). In the room: Chad Austin, director, choreographer, artistic director of the Abingdon Theater and director of The Twenty Nine Hour Venture, which provides writers with an artistic space to hear their work; JV Venturi, director, starring in The Twenty Nine Hour Venture; James Rocco, director, choreographer, former Producing Artistic Director of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, founder of Thirty Saints Productions (Come From Away, Magic Mike, creator of the Broadway Songbook Series) and the newly formed Thirty Saints Music Licensing, which facilitates music releases for stage shows. What made these successful theater directors your pivot and how can they support you in your future success? Click here to sign up and get the Zoom link:

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Friday, January 7th – A hybrid new world requires a hydrid thinking platform: meet the IFT network. In the room: Nate Raven, Creative Director of Development, Writing Room Director, Script Doctor; Melanie Magri, Managing Director; and Jay Cruz, CEO, Founder and Executive Producer of the IFT Network, a platform for independent filmmakers and theater producers. Discover a complete creative ecosystem designed to build community and empower creators. Click here to sign up and get the Zoom link:

Friday, August 7th – Has an increase in diverse shows attracted a more diverse audience? (Part 2). In the room: Tony Isreal, Founder and CEO of RealEmN Productions, specializing in the advancement of multicultural film, television and theater projects with a focus on BIPOC voices. Current Credits: For Colored Girls…, Little Girl Blue, Hadestown, MJ, Paradise Square, Pass Over, Jagged Little Pill. Click here to sign up and get the zoom link:

Visit our website for the 2022 schedule:

Videos of past Community Gatherings can be viewed on TRU’s YouTube channel at

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the premier theater professional development network, a 29-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed to help producers produce, budding theater companies thrive and all Theater professionals understand and navigate the business of the arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies. TRU publishes an email community newsletter featuring services, goods, and productions; presents weekly community gatherings; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York City theaters and also offers Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through the TRU Voices Play Reading Series, Writer-Producer Speed ​​Date, a Hands-On Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works, and a Director-Writer Communications Lab. Theater Resources Unlimited programs are supported in part by the Montage Foundation, The Storyline Project, and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation. For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit

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