But nothing has been more rewarding for me than when we held a contest to find an Associate Producer for Macbeth.
As you can read about on that original announcement blog, I’ve always been concerned about the number of opportunities for young, up-and-coming producers to . . . well . . . produce. See, unlike television, film or the recording industry, to produce on or Off Broadway you need money, or need to raise money. And for a lot of younger folks, who haven’t had a chance to network as long, whose college roommates haven’t become tech titans yet, it’s just harder.
But since we all know that the best education comes from doing, how do they learn? And how do they build a resume that gets them in the door on bigger projects?
And if they can’t get their hands dirty and can’t get on shows that will excite them so they’ll put their heads down and dedicate a life to this challenging business . . . then my fear is that we’ll lose them . . . to television, film or the recording industry.
And without new, young, fresh talent, where will Broadway be in 20 years?
That’s one of the reasons we started the Associate Producer Scholarship. And it was such a success on Macbeth that I vowed to do it again.
And what better show to start it back up again than my upcoming production of Deaf West’s Spring Awakening?
Yep, one young person out there, between the ages of 18 and 30, is going to earn a chance to be an Associate Producer on Spring Awakening and get their name on the title page of the program, on the house board, get a bio in the program, etc. But more importantly this winner will work closely with me and my other Producers and Associate Producers on all aspects of the show. You’ll dig into everything from marketing, planning opening night, Tony voter invitations, and a whole lot more. And yes, you can bet your bippy you’ll be blogging. (For a great example of what the Associate Producer will, check out our last winner’s blog about Macbeth on TheAssociateProducersPerspective.com – and by the way, that guy is now assisting Jujamcyn President Jordan Roth.)
It’s going to be a ton of work, but it’s going to be the kind of work you’re going to love. And if not, then being a Producer isn’t what you were meant to do.
Here’s how it’s going to work.
This isn’t no Sunday Giveaway, where the winner is chosen at random. Oh no, you’re going to have to show us your stuff.
It starts with this application, which is due next Friday, July 31st! I know, I know, it’s quick, but hey – I just decided I wanted to produce this on Broadway like 30 days ago.
We’ll pick out ten finalists by Tuesday, August 4th. There will be a group interview later that week and some one-on-ones with me. And your first day will be at our first rehearsal on the 10th of August.
Good. Sign up below to be sent the application.
And I look forward to having one of you on our producing team.