Take The “Places, Please” Challenge to Jump Start Your TheaterMaking.

One of the most fun and most productive events we had this year was our “Take Charge of Your ’21” Challenge in January. Over 500 TheaterMakers joined us to hear tips and strategies on how to have your best year yet from super successful people in the business.

We learned how to crush writer’s block, how to squeeze a few more hours into each day for your REAL work (not that day job work), how to increase your confidence . . . and more.

We got such great feedback on this free event that we decided to do it again! But better.  🙂

I’m proud to announce our free “Places, Please” Challenge to kick your theatermaking in high gear, will begin on September 20th!

Why now?

Two reasons.

First, I don’t know about you, but even though I’ve been out of school for (mumble, mumble) years, I STILL think the start of the school year is the start of a NEW YEAR for me.

So what better time than RIGHT NOW to re-evaluate where we are, and develop a plan on how to accomplish all that we want to accomplish as we sprint toward the end of the year.

Second, this is a PIVOTAL time for the theater and for theater-making. First, we’re finally opening up again. So not only do we need to be ready to get out of the zoom rooms and into a rehearsal room again, but I believe that a renaissance is around the corner. And that means opportunities. Opportunities for more new voices in the theater than ever before. 

And you want to be ready, right? I mean . . . we just went through a crapper of a year. Well, the sun is coming out tomorrow, so let’s take advantage of it.

That’s why I assembled some of the smartest and most motivational and inspirational theatermakers I know to give you strategies on how to be ready for the renaissance.

And they are all coming to you for free as part of the “Places, Please” challenge!

Here’s who is on the docket so far:

  • T. Oliver Reid (Hadestown, Once On This Island) on How To Prevent Burnout 
  • Ryan Scott Oliver (2009 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient) on Writing On Time: Scheduling Creative Writing and Not Missing a Beat
  • Tony Howell (Tony Howell & Co) on Reconnecting With Your Purpose
  • Stephanie Klemons (Hamilton, In The Heights) on How To Set Yourself Free: Getting in Touch With Your Authentic Movement
  • Alicia Albright (Disney’s Frozen on Broadway) on Mindfulness
  • Joe Rosko (founder of Built For The Stage)- Building Yourself On and Off Stage: How Physical Training Enhances Our Work as TheaterMakers
  • Rodrick Covington (Once On This Island) on How To Fuel Creativity and Health in Mind & Body
  • And ME! I’ll be talking about how to get the attention of Producers who are looking for . . . well, you!

The challenge starts on September 20th, and will be LIVESTREAMED from 12 – 1 pm EDT. (With a replay later that night.)

It’s free, BUT you do have to register in advance so click here right now to sign up now.

And yes, just like last time, we’re going to have prizes each and every day . . . including . . .

  • Final Draft License 12
  • The Ultimate TheaterMakin’ Book Collection including books from our favorite TheaterMakers like Mandy Gonzalez, Ali Stroker, Leslie Odom, Kenny Leon, James Lapine and more!
  • Memberships to TheaterMakersStudio
  • A script review by our Pro Dramaturg, Eric Webb
  • Tickets to shows.
  • Finale Music Notation

And . . .

  • AN IPAD!

Seriously.  An iPad.  Because we all need one of these suckers.

This is an exciting time to do what we all do. And we’re going to celebrate that with this challenge, AND most importantly, make sure we’re ready for the even more exciting times ahead.

So if you’re committed to getting ready for the theatrical renaissance, then sign up now.

Because this IS your Places call!

Take the free Places, Please challenge by signing up here.  

(Space is limited – if you’re not sure you can make each and every day of the challenge, sign up now anyway . . . replays will be available.)

Oh, and here’s what some people said about our LAST challenge and how it helped them:

  • “I’ve implemented a few of the tips into my daily life over the last few weeks and they’ve been so helpful.” – Lauren Avila
  • “This challenge sparked some more drive in me to go for it!” – Nicolette Blount
  • One of the successful people I contacted, the one I was most afraid to contact, got back to me and we had an extraordinary phone conversation this morning. And one of the directors I’d like to work with and who I contacted for the “Do something fearless” challenge responded to my email, and wants to read my script.” – Douglas DeVita

Sign up today.

10 Inspiring Books By TheaterMakers To Read Right Now (And how to win them all!)

So, who doesn’t need a little inspirational pick-up right now?

And who better than to inspire you than some of the most successful TheaterMakers?

Below is a list of 10 Inspiring Books written by your favorite TheaterMakers, that will help inspire, entertain and educate . . . at the same time. 

And get this – we’re going to give away ALL TEN to one lucky person!  Keep reading, and at the end of the list, I’ll explain how.

I hope you’ll support the incredible hard of these TheaterMakers by picking up a copy.  Or two (I like to buy two copies of books – one for myself and one to give to someone who I know would enjoy it.)

  1. Take You Wherever You Go  by Kenny Leon
  2. A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stage by Kristen Chenoweth
  3. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin
  4. Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr.
  5. Fearless by Mandy Gonzalez
  6. The Chance to Fly by Ali Stroker
  7. Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood by Andrew Rannells
  8. They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
  9. Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda
  10. The Backstagers and The Ghostlight by Andy Mientus

 

Ok, to win this basket of books, here’s what to do!

  • Head over to my Instagram post about the books.
  • SHARE this post to your story and TAG me @kendavenportbway.
  • I will BUY all 10 of these books for the winner (to be announced tomorrow on my Instagram).

 

Good luck and happy reading!!!

 

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Anne-Lise Koyabe for winning this collection of books by these incredible theatermakers.

 

[Take This Survey – Win $500] It’s The “When do YOU think Broadway will come back?” Game!

Yesterday, I announced that I will reveal my predictions for when Broadway will come back, how our box office will respond, and what this means for our Artists and our Audience.  I’ll reveal my opinions in a 3-part video series which you can learn more about here.

But today?

Today, let’s try and have some fun with this very tough topic.

You ready . . .

(Insert my “game show” voice here . . . )

“Who wants to win $500???!!???!!!”

Today, we’re announcing The “When Do YOU Think Broadway Will Come Back” Game! 

And the reader of mine who guesses the date that is closest to WHEN Broadway shows start performing again (and all it takes is ONE show) will win a $500 Amazon gift card. 

To enter, click here.

A few rules:

  • Price is Right rules apply.  The person who gets the closest to Broadway’s actual return without going over wins.
  • Only one show needs to open to indicate that Broadway is open.  However, that show must be open-ended, or have a run of more than 8 weeks.  (One nighters, etc. do not apply.)
  • There is a tiebreaker question.  See the survey here.
  • If there is a tie on the tiebreaker question, the winners will split the gift certificate.
  • Other restrictions may apply.

Ok?  You ready???

Here we go!

Enter The “When Do YOU Think Broadway Will Come Back” Game! now!

P.S. Yes, this is about having a little fun, and putting $500 in someone’s pocket.  But I’ll tell you a little secret.  It’s also about research.  You can bet I’m going to interpolate this data into my first video in my predictions of when Broadway will go back.  Click here to make sure you see the results, because I’m only revealing them here.

[REMINDER] 10 Days until Apps Due for the Dr. Kenny Encouragement Fund Scholarships

Yesterday, I wrote a post to the recently graduated seniors who are jumping into the deep end of the biz right now (with less water in the pool).

Today’s post is a quick reminder to the future TheaterMakers who are still in school . . . as well as those TheaterMakers who need assistance to keep creating.

A month ago I announced two scholarships in honor of my Dad called The Dr. Kenny Encouragement Fund, and the deadline for applications is due in 10 days . . . on July 31st!

For more info and to apply, click here.

My dad looks forward to encouraging you to keep creating.

And please share if you know a student that could use some help with their tuition.

 

[Announcement] The Dr. Kenny Encouragement Fund Scholarship For TheaterMakers

[Announcement] The Dr. Kenny Encouragement Fund Scholarship For TheaterMakers

On March 22nd of this year, just a few months after moving into the city to be closer to me and his granddaughter, my Dad, Dr. Kenny Hasija, had a stroke. And as the sun was coming up on Easter morning, he passed.

It has been an interesting time to deal with this loss to say the least, because my Dad was my coach, my cheerleader, my chief strategist, and my friend. Because boy oh boy, could I have used his caring counsel over the past few months.

And as the corona-crisis continues, I am going to miss having him around over the next several months to do what he did so well, and encourage me to keep on keepin’ on.

My dad has been encouraging me since my earliest memory of him. He urged me to learn more, to try more, to speak up more, to fail more, to fight more, to love more . . . and he sacrificed more than he ever let on to make sure I could take every opportunity I had.

Put it this way . . . how many immigrant Indian Doctors do you know who would say, “Go for it,” when their son said he wanted to give up on law school and pursue a life in the theater???

(He didn’t even blink, by the way.)

His encouragement kept me going then . . . and as I vowed to him in his final few days, I will always keep going.

I also vowed to do everything I could to pass on that spirit of encouragement to my daughter, and to anyone else I met who had a passion for the theater.

So, I started a simple scholarship in his name . . . called The “Dr. Kenny” (as he liked to be called) Encouragement Fund.

I was planning on issuing just one $1,000 gift to someone attending school in the fall and pursuing a career in the theater industry. But after I wrote my blog on Wednesday about the number of artists who may already be out of school but struggling to stay in the city to pursue their dreams, I decided to offer two:

  1.  $1,000 to someone enrolled in or going to post-secondary school.
  2.  $1,000 to any TheaterMaker out there pursuing a career in the business.

If you would like to apply for these scholarships or know someone who would, please click here or share this blog.

Because as I’ve learned from being on the juries for other scholarships, it’s actually hard to get the word out to the folks who could use these funds the most. So please, share this sucker around so we can help encourage folks to keep making theater.

Because we’re going to need TheaterMakers more than ever when this is all over.

I’m hoping to continue this scholarship every year, and I’m hoping that it grows, and that my father’s encouragement to me from above can help me add some zeroes to these amounts.  (If you want to help and join some of my family and my father’s friends who are committed to encouraging others, and learn a bit more about my dad, click here.)

To be honest, I even thought about waiting to start this scholarship until I got that big fat hit I will have someday and I could give more.

But then, on Father’s Day this year, I remembered some of the encouraging advice that my Dad gave me years ago.

“Just start, Kenneth. Begin. A seed can’t grow until it is planted.”

I hope that my Dad’s advice and this gift can help encourage some of you.

To apply, click here.

 

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