What a Producer’s #1 Job Really Is.

Producers do a lot of things . . . market shows, raise money, give notes, etc.  But I’ve distilled a Producer’s job down to a simple thing in 2017.

You know what I do?

I get people in a room.

The theater is a collaborative art form.

Scratch that.  That’s not true.

It’s a massively collaborative art form.

It’s actually impossible to create on your own.  Because even if you wrote, directed, starred in, marketed and paid for your own production, it wouldn’t be theater unless it had an audience.

So in order to create theater, you gotta get people in a room.

A director, writer, designers, producers, actors, etc.  Because when you get a bunch of passionate people in a room, great things happen.

And that’s why we’re having a conference this year.  Because as much as I love me some bloggin’ and podcastin’, it never inspires as much change and as much action as a couple hundred theater people talking about theater and how to make it better for themselves and for others.

Our first ever Super Conference takes place in just about a month, on Saturday, November 11th and 12th.  And just look at the speakers we have . . .

  • Lynn Ahrens (Once On This Island, Anastasia)
  • John Rando (Gettin’ The Band Back Together, Urinetown)
  • Leigh Silverman (Violet, Chinglish)
  • Patrick Cook, Director of Musical Theatre and Jazz at BMI
  • Randy Weiner (Sleep No More, Queen of the Night)
  • Beatriz Westby, Event Producer at Launchpad
  • Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Creative and Programming Director at Feinstein’s/54 Below
  • Jill Rafson, Director of New Play Development for Roundabout Theatre Company
  • Steve Cuden (Jekyll & Hyde)
  • Beth Blickers, APA
  • Jonathan Lomma, WME
  • Sean Patrick Flahaven, CEO of The Musical Company
  • Tom Kirdahy (Anastasia, Bandstand)
  • Daniel Wasser, Entertainment lawyer
  • Eric Goldman, Entertainment lawyer
  • Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes)
  • Sara Fitzpatrick, Founder and President of ARTHOUSE
  • Ryan Conway, General Manager of DTE Management
  • Amanda Bohan, Founder and President of ABM
  • and of course . . . me!

We’ll be talking about raising money, marketing shows at all budget levels, working with Directors, and more.  And like any conference, the coffee breaks will be killer.  Connections will be made.  And I’m predicting that we’ll have at least three productions emerge from networking at this conference.  I just know you guys, and that’s what you do!

When you register for the conference before October 31st, you save $100.  You can do that by clicking here.

I look forward to seeing you there!



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