THIS WEEK ON THE LIVESTREAM: Michael Arden, Kerry Butler, David Korins, and more!

We had another terrific week of ‘streamin this past week!  Some highlights (click the links to watch the replays)!

  • Kenny Leon, the Tony Award-winning Director shared how he is staying active and creative during this period of quarantine.
  • Ryan Scott Oliver told us that he doesn’t actually play piano . . .  and that does NOT stop him from composing music! He even just recently optioned the rights from Shirley Jackson’s estate for his new project!
  • Jenn Colella shared some positivity and light with us and even gave her hot tips for cutting hair!
  • Joe Iconis told us some of his favorite places to write and the reason WHY he enjoys those places.
  • Ali Stroker purchased recording equipment so she could finish self-recording the audio book she was working on.

And we continued to raise money for the Actors Fund while having all this fun!

And guess what? MORE Artrepreneurs are lined up for this week!  Tune in because you never know what’s going to happen!


Monday, April 27th – Zalmen Mlotek (Artistic Director – National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene)

Tuesday, April 28th – Michael Arden (Director – Once On This Island, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening) and Andy Mientus (Actor – Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, Les Miserables, “SMASH”)

Wednesday, April 29th – David Korins (Scenic Designer – Beetlejuice, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton)

Thursday, April 30th – Kerry Butler (Actor – Beetlejuice, Mean Girls, Hairspray

Friday, May 1st – Krysta Rodriguez (Actor – Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, “Daybreak”, “SMASH”)


We are going LIVE every night at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT). Follow me on Facebook to get notified as soon as we hit the “GO LIVE” button.

Don’t have Facebook? You can also watch the livestream on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube channel.

To see who’s coming up next, visit

I’m going to do something I don’t like to do.

I don’t like to repeat myself.

Whether that’s in the types of shows I produce, or the marketing initiatives I come up with, or the types of blogs I write.

But eff it.  It’s a pandemic.  All bets are off.

That’s why I’m going to pretend I’m a TV show and give you a repeat.  But it’s only because you asked for it.

If you missed it:

Last week, I held a virtual (duh) workshop called “How TheaterMakers Can Make The Most Of Their Quaran-time,”  where I revealed all the strategies, tips and tricks that I’ve learned from the countless business gurus, marketing mavens, entrepreneurs and art-repreneurs I’ve been talking to since I’ve been trapped inside.

And it was by far the most popular webinar I’ve ever, EVER, done.  There were hundreds of us TheaterMakers in this e-room . . . all figuring out how we make the most of this time.

And then the emails started coming, not only saying that the advice I was passing on was working, but I started to get a bunch of emails asking to teach the workshop again . . . because so many had missed it.

So that’s what we’re doing.

For a limited time, If you missed my webinar, “How TheaterMakers Can Make The Most Of Their Quaran-time”, you can now see it again on replay here.

And if you are a TheaterMaker and are looking for a step-by-step plan for how to come out of this isolation better off than when you started, I strongly suggest you watch.

See, while I’m pretty good at self-motivating and keeping my eyes on my goals, even I felt myself looking for direction during this unprecedented era.  That’s why I reached out to my business network and my artistic network to find out what other people were doing to get through this.

And oh did they help me.  Big time.  After about the 20th Zoom call, I turned a corner – staying positive and staying focused  . . . and I started getting serious @#$% done in a time where it’s just really hard to get anything done.

That’s when I knew I had to share it.  So I took all their nuggets of inspiration and practical advice, threw in some of my own, and put it up online for all you TheaterMakers out there.

And all of it . . . and then some . . . is in this webinar.

So, yeah, I’m repeating myself.  Sue me.  Or just watch it and I think you’ll forgive me.

Because I know it’ll help.

Have a fantastic TheaterMaking weekend!

P.S. I’ll be going LIVE tonight on my Facebook page with Tony Award-winner Ali Stroker (Oklahoma!, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening). Join us here at 8pm EDT.


THIS WEEK ON THE LIVESTREAM: Kenny Leon, Ryan Scott Oliver, Jenn Colella, and more!

We had another terrific week of ‘streamin this past week!  Some highlights (click the links to watch the replays)!

  • David “DJ” Kurs, the Artistic Director of Deaf West talking about how challenging it is for his community to get access not only to theater, but also to information . . . especially during this pandemic.
  • Jason Alexander gave fantastic advice on what all artists should do RIGHT NOW.
  • Kathleen Marshall told us a story about how she saved her daughter’s local school’s production of Annie that was faced with cancellation.
  • We learned about Broadway Feeds Bellevue from Gideon Glick, and how “not knowing what he was doing” was what helped him feed hundreds of health care workers and raise buckets of money.
  • Laughing with Kate Rockwell about her new normal and why she “stared at a wall” to get into character.
  • Marilu Henner told us what she was doing August 23, 1993 . . . oh that memory!
  • Justin Guarini gave away his phone number!

And we raised some more money for the Actors Fund while having all this fun!

More Artrepreneurs  are lined up for this week!  Tune in because you never know what’s going to happen!  It’s live after all!



Monday, April 20th – Kenny Leon (Producer – A Soldier’s Play, American Son) 

Tuesday, April 21st – Ryan Scott Oliver (Composer – HUGO, Three Points of Contact, Darling)

Wednesday, April 22nd – Jenn Colella (Actor – Come From Away, If/Then)

Thursday, April 23rd – Joe Iconis (Composer – Be More Chill, Broadway Bounty Hunter

Friday, April 24th – Ali Stroker (Actor – Oklahoma!, Deaf West’s Spring Awakening) with Special Guest Joseph Benincasa from The Actor’s Fund


We are going LIVE every night at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT). Follow me on Facebook to get notified as soon as we hit the “GO LIVE” button.

Don’t have Facebook? You can also watch the livestream on Broadway Podcast Network’s Youtube channel.

To see who’s coming up next, visit

[VIDEOS] Our 2018 TheaterMakers Super Conference.

Since I know most you finished watching Tiger King already, last week I shared all the videos from our 2019 Super Conference.

We got such positive feedback from releasing all those videos that I broke down the door to our e-vault and pulled out the videos from our 2018 Super Conference!

And since Governor Cuomo just announced that those of us here in NYC are going to be stuck in our homes until at least May 15th, I thought you could use something new to watch.

So here they are!

Enjoy and let these Broadway superstars education you on how to make more theater and how to make it even better . . . so that you’re ready when our lights go on again.


1. “Welcome” with Ken Davenport
2. “Playwrights on Avoiding Writer’s Block, Standing Out & Sharing Your Story” with Lisa Kron, Itamar Moses, and Diana Son

Getting work out there is harder than ever, but I am committed to helping you get your show produced. #5000by2025

Learn about these writers’ personal strategies for dealing with challenges when it comes to writer’s block, including how failure is a strategy to become successful, and advice for people who are just starting to become writers.

Click here to watch “Welcome & Playwrights on Avoiding Writer’s Block, Standing Out & Sharing Your Story”


3. “Ask A Producer: Your Questions Answered by Broadway Co-Producers” with Janet Kagan, Jim Kierstead, Jana Robbins, and Larry Rogowsky

These producers talked about what it was like to win a Tony award on Broadway, then move to producing smaller-scale shows, what it’s like to develop new shows, how to choose between performing in a show or producing it, and the differences between producing a show on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

Click here to watch “Ask A Producer: Your Questions Answered by Broadway Co-Producers”


4. “Theatre Law Crash Course: Business Structure & Rights Acquisition” with M. Kilburg Reedy

In this presentation, M. Kilburg Reedy talked about what a contract is, what the deal terms are for one, the types of theater contracts, and who gets ownership of the copyright.

Click here to watch “Theatre Law Crash Course: Business Structure & Rights Acquisition”!


5. “The Agent Approach: Literary Agents Talk Submissions & Negotiation” with Vern Co, Mark Orsini, and Kate Pines

They discussed what literary agents DON’T do, what the best way to approach an agent is, the “dos and don’ts” of negotiating with a literary agent from the artists’ perspective, how to prepare for a negotiation, and the process of taking a work from stage to screen. 

Click here to watch “The Agent Approach: Literary Agents Talk Submissions & Negotiation”!


6. “The Perfect Partnership: Powerhouse Collaborators on Working as a Team” with Stephen C. Byrd, Alia Jones Harvey, Des McAnuff, Sergio Trujillo, Steven Sater, and Duncan Sheik

In this panel, they talked about how they started collaborating and why they continue to work together, what factors are involved when picking new collaborators for a piece, and how to balance the time spent giving feedback to living writers.

Click here to watch “The Perfect Partnership: Powerhouse Collaborators on Working as a Team”!


7. “The Art of Raising Money” with Neal Shenoy

In this presentation, Neal talks about how he got into storytelling as well as the importance of storytelling, the elements of a good story, how to write a good story, how to tell your story, and what a high concept pitch is.

Click here to watch “The Art of Raising Money”!


8. “Commercial Producers & Non Profit Leaders on Making Theatre in 2018” with Diane Borger, Kristin Caskey, and Neil Pepe

Learn about how the relationship between commercial producers and non-profit leaders is evolving, why non-profit leaders want to enter into a partnership with a commercial producer and how they chose the producer for a show, and examples of this type of partnership going over well.

Click here to watch “Commercial Producers & Non Profit Leaders on Making Theatre in 2018”!


9. “Welcome Back” with Mark Brymer, Amy Drake, and Jeff Foy
10. “Media Blitz: How to Get Press That Sells Tickets” with Emily McGill, Susan L. Schulman, and Keith Sherman

Hear from some Inner Circle members on how they got involved with the Inner Circle and how it has helped them to get their shows produced.

In this panel about the media, they talk about how everything they do is working towards selling tickets for a show, what they have done in the past that was successful, and if press stunts are still relevant with today’s technology.

Click here to watch “Welcome Back & Media Blitz: How to Get Press That Sells Tickets”!


11. “Developing an Audience” with Tom Melcher

In this presentation about how to develop your audience, Tom Melcher explains what his website, Show-Score, is as well as how useful it is for the theater community, and how you can find your audience.

Click here to watch “Developing an Audience”!


12. “License to Sell: How to Make $$$ Beyond Broadway” with Jason Cocovinis, Michael Q. Fellmeth, and Jim Hoare

Learn about how your show can make money outside of New York City by licensing it, as well as the general time frame for licensing, some “dos and don’ts” of licensing, the different types of licensing deals, and why it’s important to have an open relationship with your licensing house or agent.

Click here to watch “License to Sell: How to Make $$$ Beyond Broadway”!


13. “Keynote Presentation” with John Cariani
14. “Closing Remarks” with Ken Davenport

In his Keynote speech, John Cariani talks about what makes live theatre so special, his hopes for people in the theater industry, and his advice for playwrights, including how diversity and representation are important. 

The 2018 Super Conference came to a close with the giving away of money, and how all of you can work towards success by utilizing the tips given in each of the panels and presentations.

Click here to watch “Keynote Presentation & Closing Remarks”!


I am going LIVE tonight (and every night) with special guest and Broadway’s Mean Girl, Kate Rockwell. Tune in tonight at 8pm EDT over on my Facebook.

Now that you’ve finished binge-watching Tiger King . . . do this. [UPDATED 4/24/2020)

We’re 5 weeks into our stay-at-home now, which means the binge-watching and binge-baking have probably lost their charm.

If you’re a TheaterMaker and you’re looking for something else to do, I’ve got some ideas not only on what to do, but how to do it.

And on Thursday at 6 PM EDT (TOMORROW!), I’m going to share them in a free webinar aptly entitled, “How TheaterMakers Can Make The Most Of Their Quaran-time.”

See, the irony is, just because the world is inactive, doesn’t mean we can afford to be.  If we want to write theater, produce theater, act in theater, direct in theater, etc, we’re going to figure out how to do more, in less time.  Because the world is going to look different when this is all over.

And I believe the people who are examining what they have to do during their quaran-time are the ones who will succeed after it.

So I’ve been doing a ton of research on what the smartest minds in the arts, in entrepreneurship and in personal development are not only suggesting people do, but are also doing themselves.  And it’s working for them, for me . . . and now I want to share it with you.

Because if any of it can help you make more theater, then it will help me get to my #5000By2025 mission.

So join me for this free online (of course) talk tomorrow night at 6 PM EDT.

FYI, we already have a few hundred folks signed up, so make sure you RSVP now to reserve your spot (as you probably already know, these streaming services have limits to the number of folks who can join one room).

I hope to see you there, because if you want to make theater, I know this can help you make more of it.

And what do you have to lose if it doesn’t?  You can always start Tiger King over again when I’m done.

Join me and a few hundred other TheaterMakers just like you tomorrow at 6 PM by signing up here.

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UPDATE!  This webinar was one of the most popular we’ve ever done, so by popular demand, we’ve now made it available on replay!
Click here to find out when you can see what you missed.  You have nothing to lose by watching . . . except some advice that could get your show off the ground.  So watch!
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Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

I'm on a mission to help 5000 shows get produced by 2025.

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