Thursday, October 8, 2009

Another Look at Indie Theater

Theatre Resources Unlimited (TRU) is presenting a panel on Wednesday, October 21, that should be both interesting and edifying. It's called "Where Do I Belong: Off-Broadway or Indie Theater?" Here's the description, from the good people at TRU:

We'll attempt to define "indie theater," the new designation for showcase and off-off-Broadway productions, and compare it to off-Broadway. Are the differences mainly economic, or are there significant aesthetic distinctions? Does "indie" necessarily encompass fringe and festival production? When planning a production of a new work, what are the reasons for aiming at one medium versus another? What economic impact does "indie theater" have on New York's economy? And how different is producing not-for-profit from producing commercially?
As you may know, the term "indie theater" was coined by Kirk Wood Bromley back in 2005, and has been championed by me here on the nytheatre i and on's community website, I am very excited that TRU has invited me to participate on their panel to talk about what it means for theater to be "indie"--economically, artistically, and in other contexts. I am really looking forward to this event, and hope that lots of you will attend!

The other panelists slated to participate are: Paul Bargetto, Managing Director of Public Affairs, League of Independent Theater; Frances Black, Director of Member Services, ART-New York; Virginia Louloudes, Executive Director, ART-New York; and Stacey Cooper McMath, Associate Arts Program Specialist, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.

Here's the rest of the important info about the event:

Doors open at 7:00pm for networking and refreshments, panel starts promptly at 7:30pm. FREE for TRU members; $12 for non-members. Please call at least a day in advance for reservations: 212/714-7628; or e-mail The panel will be held on Wed, October 21, 2009 at the Players Theatre, 115 Macdougal Street, Mainstage Theatre.


You may also be interested in this TRU event: Pitching & Presentation Skills for Producers, Writers & Everyone! This is a new full-day, two-part program with Jane Petrov and Roy Havrilack of Skytown Entertainment, Saturday October 10, 11am to 5pm, Players Theatre, 115 Macdougal Street, 3rd floor loft. Full details are here.

Readers of the nytheatre i can attend for the special price of $125 (a $50 savings from the regular price of $175). Just tell the folks at TRU you heard about it from Martin.

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