Who do you want to see what we call “Places, please!”

Get this.

We’re only six months away from our FIFTH (!) ANNUAL THEATERMAKERS SUMMIIT!

And this year’s theme?

“Places, Please!” 🙂

My team is already hard at work making this the best summit yet.  And task #1?  Assembling a list of the best speakers in the biz, from all over the world, to help inspire and educate all of us, on how to make more theater and better theater in 2021 and beyond.

So . . . let me ask YOU . . . whether you’re a TheaterMaker or a TheaterFan, who do YOU want to see speak at this year’s Summit?

Tell us who you’d love to hear from at The Summit and we’ll put ’em on our list!

And thanks!

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Tickets for The Summit are already on sale here, and you only have 41 more days to get the early bird price, so snatch ’em up.  Because you know you’ll want to come later!

Introducing a new place where the “cool” people (aka theater people) hang out.

Quick story from my early awkward days . . . 

When I was in college at Tisch, I , like every other student at NYU, tried to get into nightclubs on the weekend.

And for some reason, the fancy door people, with their super chic outfits, always turned me away. In hindsight, it might have something to do with my khaki pants from The Gap, white shirt from The Gap and blue blazer . . . from JC Penney.

I did get into one. Once. One of the ladies from my acting class at Strasberg took pity on me, and escorted me past the velvet rope on her arm. (You know who you are, and I’m still thankful.)

When I got inside, well, things got worse. All that I wanted to do was talk about theater! And apparently, that’s not what most people do at nightclubs.  

Ever since, I have longed for a place where I could mingle with other people who loved theater as much as I did.  A place with no dress code. No cover charge. Just passionate theater people who wanted to make theater . . . and took steps to do that.  

So we made one!

It’s online (duh), so you can even go to this “club” in your PJs. In fact, it’s on Facebook, so you already know the address.

That’s right, we created the ultimate TheaterMakers Facebook Group! And we seeded it with a ton of our friends! There are already 700 other producers, writers, directors, actors and more mingling right now!  (When you join, it’ll be like going to a nightclub that’s already “hoppin'”!)

So if you’re looking for a place where YOU belong and you want to meet other people just like you, click here.

Enjoy it. I happen to think it’s the coolest club on the planet. And who knows? You might meet someone who wants to go on your theatermaking journey with you. 

Join the free TheTheaterMakers Facebook Group here!

The shortcut to mastering theatermaking is . . .

Well, the truth is there IS no shortcut to mastering theatermaking or anything.

Sorry for the blog and switch, but there is no microwave-like answer to success in this industry (or any industry).

Jonathan Larson’s sister said it best when she accepted his Rent Tony Award on his behalf . . .

“It took Johnnie 15 years of really hard work to become an overnight sensation.”

Here’s the good news.  There are ways to speed up that success.

So, I should have said . . . the short-EST cut to mastering theater is . . .

Well?

Did you guess yet?  🙂

The shortest cut to mastering theater is learning from other people who have mastered it.

Listen and learn from those who have come before.  They have experimented and succeed (and probably failed too – which offers more lessons than success sometimes).

Devour biographies, interviews, classes, and more to learn from the theatermakers careers you want, or just from the artists you admire.

Why do you think I started my podcast?

And why do you think one of the core components of The TheaterMakers Studio is Master Classes.

(Speaking of, we just added a slate of new masterclasses including:

  • Actor/Author Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton, In The Heights),
  • Actor/Writer Telly Leung (Allegiance, Godspell, Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway),
  • Director/Choreographer Susan Stroman: (The Producers, Crazy for You), 
  • Producer Mara Isaacs (Hadestown, The Inheritance), and more!
Click here to check out the full slate of Master Classes the studio offers, and use the code TMSFREE30.)

Wherever you get your access, make sure learning and listening to the masters of what you want is part of your daily routine.  In 2011, it wasn’t possible to get these people to teach you while you’re in the comfort of your own home.  Now, thanks to the good ol’ interwebs, they can.

And just promise me one thing . . . when you do achieve the success you want, you’ll help the next set get to where YOU are.

Click here and use the code TMSFREE30 to learn more about the Master Classes on TheaterMakers Studio, including the classes coming up!

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