October 22, 2021: What TheaterMakers Are Talking About This Week

Here’s what TheaterMakers were talking about this week . . .

 

1 – How to be an Antiracist TheaterMaker

As we move into this theatrical renaissance, it’s up to each and every one of us to come back better. Take a look at American Theatre’s guide from theatermakers across the country for what you need to be doing to help move us forward. 

Read more: www.variety.com 

2 – ART/NY Grant Program

NYC theatermakers – make sure you check out this opportunity from A.R.T. In the midst of rebuilding, it’s important to know that support is still available. Not in NYC? Share this post to get the word out. 

Read more: www.broadwayworld.com 

3 – Terrence McNally Celebration

After over a year, a much needed celebration for one of our industry’s greatest. Check out details below for how YOU can attend the celebration of Terrence McNally’s life. 

Read more: www.broadwayworld.com 

4 – LaChanze and Trouble In Mind

If you thought the last 18 months were a long time to wait for live theater. . . take an inspiring look from LaChanze at one of the theater’s most invaluable aspects – timing. Then make sure to get yourself a ticket to Trouble in Mind (there’s even discounted tickets available for every performance!).

Read more: www.bloombergquint.com  

5 – BCEFA Suspends Red Buckets

A sad but real life example of what our new normal looks like right now. The iconic red buckets from BCEFA will not return to Broadway until next spring. Since we won’t be seeing those familiar smiling faces after shows until the spring, consider donating directly to BCEFA here

Read more: www.playbill.com 

 

Fun on a Friday: 

New Broadway musical anyone? Take a first look inside Broadway’s Flying Over Sunset, which is set to premiere next month.

Watch the video here:

 

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“Places, Please” Challenge Podcast Part 2

Thank you, Places!

That’s right, I’m back with the next set of theatermakers for the second episode of my “Places, Please” podcast series.

In this episode you’ll hear from T. Oliver Reid and Bret Shuford and learn how to step into your own spotlight as a theatermaker. 

T. Oliver Reid has spent the past two decades working on Broadway (currently: Hadestown; formerly: Once On This Island, Sunset Boulevard, After Midnight, Sister Act and more). He’s on faculty at NYU Tisch’s Grad Acting Program and Columbia University School of the Arts. He’s also the co-founder of Black Theatre Coalition

Bret Shuford has been on the Broadway stage in Wicked and The Little Mermaid but he has turned the corner to launch The Broadway Life Coach, a space where he helps creatives step into their spotlight. 

So grab your jazz shoes and check your mic tape.

Because this is your next “Places” call!

Listen here on Apple Podcasts.

Listen here on Spotify. 

Listen here on the Broadway Podcast Network app.

Why We Have a Broadway Labor Shortage Right now..

Broadway is a risky business.

For everyone.  

Not just authors and actors who are waiting for their big break or Producers and Investors hoping to find a hit, but for our vendors too.

It costs a lot of money to run an ad agency.  It costs a lot of money to run a GM office or accounting company, law firm, scene shop, etc.

And since there are only 41 Broadway theaters, there is only so much business to spread around.

THAT’s why we have so few vendors on Broadway.  3-4 ad agencies who handle all the Broadway work.  2-3 accounting firms.  Etc.  Etc.

Because there just aren’t enough shows/theaters to keep more of them in business.  (Which also creates a lack of competition issue – but that’s for another blog.)

Somehow, with just a few vendors for each specialty, the industry survives . . . because the work is spread out over the year.  Shows open and close at different times.  Sure, maybe there is an upswing of new shows opening in the fall, but never do all the shows open at once.

Until now.

The lights of Broadway are all being flipped on at the same time.

Sure, there’s a staggering of the shows reopening . . . but for the most part, this business just went from zero to 100 in no seconds flat.

And it’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever seen.

Which is making it one of the busiest times I’ve ever seen . . . and ever will see.

But it’s causing a labor shortage . . . different than the one affecting the rest of the country.  

You see, there were never enough vendors and people to operate all the shows and all the theaters . . . never mind all the National Tours (that use the same creative teams as Broadway by the way) . . . never mind a whole slew of readings, workshops and everything else that everyone has been waiting to do 

What does this mean?

Well, if you’re working on something right now, it might take a bit longer for things to get done, since your vendor is probably working on 12 things rather than the 7 they are used to. 

But more importantly, it also means there are more opportunities for those looking to work for one of those vendors, or even BECOME a vendor. 

If that’s you, get to work today . . . because there is more work to get.

 

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“Places, Please” Challenge Podcast Part 1

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.

So we did it AGAIN in September. And it was even better.

We were joined by some incredible theatermakers who gave their insights to mindfulness, keeping our work on schedule, and tapping into your most creative self.

If you couldn’t make it, I understand. We’re (finally) getting back to our busy theatermakin’ lives!

But this is information I don’t want you to miss. It’s THAT valuable. 

So I’m bringing it all to you on my podcast. That’s right, I told you it wasn’t a goodbye! 

In the first part of our series you’ll hear from yours truly as well as Joe Rosko, founder of Built for the Stage. Joe shows you just how physical training enhances our work at TheaterMakers and how to get started TODAY.

And the best part? This is only part one.

Twice a week for the next 3 weeks, I’ll be bringing you insights from each of our Challenge speakers to help you and your work stay on track through the end of 2021. 

This is such an exciting time to do what we all do. And I want to make sure as many people as possible get to take part in the wisdom our Challenge theatermakers shared. Because we ALL need to be ready for the exciting times ahead.

This is your ‘Places’ call!

Listen here on Apple Podcasts.

Listen here on Spotify. 

Listen here on the Broadway Podcast Network app.

These folks are so boss.

I want to give a shout out to all of the boss’s I’ve had throughout my life who taught me so much.

From my Boss at Domino’s Pizza in the 80s, to my Boss at Cutco in the 90s (Yep, I sold those suckers), to all my Bosses on Broadway when I was Company Managing and General Managing from Nina Lannan to Hal Luftig and so many more.

Here are three great pieces of advice I got from my Boss’s.

1. “People invest in people, not in projects.”

2️. “Take care of the people who work for you. And they will take care of you.”

3️. “Life is NOT work. So make sure you have a life.”

Oh, and one more . . .

And from my greatest Boss, my wife, this one . . .

4. “Just do what I say. You know I’m right.”

So shout out the great bosses in your life by sharing this post with them and saying “thanks!”. And if you are a great boss, keep up the good work!

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