Theater Resources Unlimited
announces the April Panel
Stream It and They Will Come:
How Digital Capture Builds Audience Awareness
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:30 pm,
networking at 7:00 pm
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) offers an important conversation on Thursday, April 26, 2018: Stream It and They Will Come: How Digital Capture Builds Audience Awareness at 7:30pm (doors open for networking at 7pm) at The Playroom Theatre, 151 W. 46th Street, 8th fl., NYC. For more details, visit https://truonline.org/events/stream-it/. Free for TRU members;$12.50 for non-members in advance ($15 at door), free for TRU. Please use the bright red reservation box at https://truonline.org/events/stream-it/, or call at least a day in advance (or much sooner) for reservations: 212-714-7628; or e-mail [email protected].
Panelists to include Broadway producer Michael Alden (Come from Away, Disgraced, Grey Gardens, Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr. Ruth); David Carpenter and John Pinckard of Tilted Windmills Theatricals (Puffs off-Broadway); Themis Gomes, CEO, Cennarium America, Inc.; Broadway producer Stewart F. Lane (Tony Award winner for The Best Man, A Gentleman’s Guide…, War Horse La Cage Aux Folles, The Will Rogers Follies, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Jay Johnson: The Two and Only), President and Founder of BroadwayHD; Hal Berman, Director of Legal and Business Affairs of BroadwayHD.
Learn the distinctions between livestreaming and digital capture, and how to incorporate them into your development plans, as well as use them for marketing and exposure and to extend the life and value of your creative property. An unfortunate aspect of live events is that many productions – especially those by unknown writers and fledgling theater companies – run for a very limited time. Cennarium is a new company that offers a means of extending the shelf life of new work, essentially Netflix for theater and other performing art forms. BroadwayHD has developed a sophisticated streaming network that archives and offers viewers a tremendous range of live performances that have been digitally captured so major productions are made accessible to an entire market of potential audience members. And both Broadway producer Michael Alden and Tilted Windmills Theatricals have turned their energies to developing new work through a 21st -century model that incorporates livestreaming to bridge the gap between the popular and performing arts. Come learn about the future of live theater in a digital world, with expert guidance on the complicated licensing hurdles that sometimes need to be dealt with.
MICHAEL ALDEN On Broadway: Come From Away, Disgraced (Pulitzer Prize) Grey Gardens and Bridge & Tunnel (Special Tony Award.) On the West End: David Seidler’s original play, The King’s Speech and Bat Boy The Musical. Off Broadway: Not That Jewish, Becoming Dr, Ruth, Bat Boy The Musical, Save It For The Stage written by and starring Charles Nelson Reilly, and The Last Session. Film works include: Just Cause with Sean Connery, the fashion forward documentary UnZipped for Mirimax, Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, Kissing Jessica Stein, The Zookeeper starring Sam Neill, Lesser Prophets and Mother, Mother. Current projects include the feature length documentaries, My Beautiful Stutter and When Reagan Killed Roosevelt the never before told story of the childhood years of the rap group Public Enemy; the features UnHinged starring Mickey Rourke and the recently completed Death Metal. From 1987- 89, Vice President Post Production Cannon Films; 1989 – 90, Vice President Pathe Films; 1991 -92 Vice President MGM Post Production.
DAVID CARPENTER is a fifteen year Broadway veteran, with prominent involvements as producer and/or financier in Tony Award winning shows Clybourne Park, Matilda, War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Billy Elliot, One Man Two Guvnors, All the Way, and American Idiot. David most recently served as associate producer at Dede Harris Productions, supervising over $1 million in annual investments across multiple productions and spearheading the office’s intellectual property acquisitions. Prior, David was Head of Sales at DreamWorks Theatricals, overseeing single and group ticket sales to Shrek, the Musical, and reporting directly to Jeffrey Katzenberg. He has also served as Director of Sales & Marketing for Group Sales Box Office, Manager of Ticket Center Operations for the Broadway League, Sales and Marketing Associate for the national tours of 42nd Street, Urinetown, Blast!, and Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby. His independent productions include Have A Nice Life, winner of 6 NYMF Awards, and the sold out world premiere of But I’m A Cheerleader: the Musical, winner of the NYMF Audience Award.
THEMIS GOMES is CEO of Cennarium, a producer, licensor and online platform for theatrical content, offering subscribers a wide selection of performances from around the world in high-definition encompassing a variety of genres including drama, dance, comedy, music and opera. Since establishing a U.S. presence for the Brazil-based company in 2016, Gomes has been responsible for all day-to-day operations, including licensing, marketing, distribution, business development, finance and revenue generation. Before joining Cennarium, Gomes was involved in the launch of several digital businesses in Latin America, including Chile, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Brazil. Gomes founded Zuga.cl, a successful online diaper subscription service, after which she was a consultant for companies including L’Orèal, OLX and Verisure. Before founding Zuga, Gomes was CFO of Happyshop, a Chilean mobile startup with a shopping app focused on the omni-channel consumer and whose main customers were Santander, Cencosud and Falabella.
STEWART LANE is the founder of BroadwayHD (broadwayhd.com), a stage to screen production and distribution company expanding the reach of Broadway shows by making them available in cinemas, PPV and streaming on-line. BroadwayHD is in the Guinness book of World Records for the first ever live stream of the Broadway show She Loves Me. Mr. Lane is a six-time Tony award winning producer for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, War Horse, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Will Rogers Follies and La Cage Aux Folles, as well as an additional eight-time nominee. He received four Drama Desks, a Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Actors Fund Award, Paul Newman Award, and Drama-League awards. In 2013 he won his first Olivier Award for Irving Berlin’s Top Hat in the West End. Currently, he is producing the Gloria and Emilio Estefan musical biography On Your Feet and Sunset Boulevard starring Glenn Close. He is co-owner and operator of the legendary Palace Theatre on Broadway. In addition, he has written the critically acclaimed “Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way” (Square One Publishers), “Jews on Broadway” (McFarland Publishers), “Let’s Put on a Show,”(Working Arts Library) which is also on DVD, and the plays In The Wings (published in the spring 2008 by Hal Leonard), If It Was Easy (published by Performing Books and nominated for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association), and Back Home Again formally A Moment In Time (with music and lyrics by John Denver) which he was awarded The 2011 John Denver Spirit Award for his work.
JOHN ARTHUR PINCKARD is a two time Tony Award winning producer, most recently represented on Broadway and on tour by the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Award winning best musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which he helped develop. John’s other Broadway credits include Clybourne Park (Tony Award and Olivier Award for Best New Play, Pulitzer Prize for Drama), HAIR, Green Day’s American Idiot (Tony nomination) and Slava’s Snowshow on Broadway (Tony nomination). Off-Broadway credits include Silence! the Musical (Lortel nomination), 5 Lesbians Eating A Quiche and Never Swim Alone. As an inaugural recipient of the T. Edward Hambleton Fellowship for creative producers, he was trained in the development of new musicals by Harold Prince, the most successful producer and director in Broadway history. John’s notable collaborators include Tony winners Greg Kotis & Mark Hollman (Urinetown), Drama Desk winner Ed Sylvanus Iskandar, international music sensations the Scissor Sisters, and renowned author Armistead Maupin, among others.
Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is the leading network for developing theater professionals, a twenty-five year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to 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 of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition, Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as actor workshops.
Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature the Montage Foundation.
For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212 714-7628.