We give THIS away for free every year.

No BS.

This year’s TheaterMakers Summit is our biggest and best yet.

More speakers, more content, more everything.

We doubled down on it.  Because, well, our conference has always been about education, motivation and inspiration.

And we need those things now more than ever.

That’s why we secured over 100 speakers . . . everyone from Chris Jackson to Charlotte St. Martin to Alan Menken to Jessie Mueller to Michael Arden to Sonya Tayeh to David Henry Hwang to Justin Guarini to Asmeret Ghebremichael and even (ready for this?) . . . Ben Brantley.

There are panels on streaming, equality, safety in a post-pandemic world, what emerging producers want, and over 40 more.  All designed to help get you to your theatrical goals (or just learn more about what makes our business tick).

It’s going to be the biggest open-to-all gathering of TheaterMakers that we know of.  Like ever.  (One of the blessings of a virtual conference is that people can come from all over the world – without having to spend money on a plane ticket!)

There will be breakout rooms, networking opps, chat-as-we-conference, and more.

So if you care about making theater in the new world, then you gotta come.

And today, we’re announcing a FREE VIP ticket giveaway.

Click here, answer an easy trivia question about the conference, and you’re entered.  (And there are even ways to earn more entries.

And win or not, I hope to see you there.

Because my mission is to help inspire people like you to make more theater.  And I know, for a fact, that our conference is the one thing that inspires more people than anything else we do.

And that has nothing to do with me.

It has to do with the incredible speakers we get.  And the incredible people like you we get to show up.

Enter to win your free ticket here BEFORE 10/28 when the giveaway expires.  And the winner will be announced 48 hours after.

Learn more about the conference here.

 

And The 2020 Nominees for the Streaming Theater Awards Are . . .

The Tony Award nominations were last week . . . so don’t you think it’s time for The Streaming Theater Awards?

It is!

Except they don’t exist.  Yet.

Streaming Theater is a thing.  It’s not a fad.  It’s not a phase.  And it’s not a lesser art form.

It’s a thing.

It’s a new form of entertainment that is going to stick around post-pandemic (and let that be soon).

And there has been so much of it already, that these productions deserve their own recognition and their own awards (Which will, of course, market the form, and make it an even bigger thing.  Awards do that – so seek them out for your niche – or create them yourself!)

So if you got excited about the subject of this blog, and opened it hoping to see your name in the list of the first annual Streaming Theater Award Nominations . . . then maybe you’re the one to start ’em.

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Want to get into a serious conversation about streaming theater?  Hear from the experts here.

P.S.  The TheaterMakers Summit with Christopher Jackson, Thomas Schumacher, Sonya Tayeh, Stephen C. Byrd, Ben Brantley and so many more is in just 24 days!  Get your ticket here. 

 

Tonight on the Livestream: Tony-winner and 3-Time Academy Award-Nominee, John Logan

What does the movie the massive Hollywood action movie, Gladiator, have in common with the two-hander play Red, about artist Mark Rothko?

And what does Red have in common with the ultimate Broadway extravaganza Moulin Rouge! The Musical?  And what does Moulin Rouge! The Musical have in common with the Bond film, Skyfall?

John Logan.

I mean, that’s crazy, right?  Who could be so talented that they could write all those different genres . . . for different mediums?

John Logan.

And who is on my livestream tonight?

JOHN LOGAN!

Tune in to hear how this three-time Academy Award-nominee and Tony Award-winner went from writing plays to writing screenplays back to plays and now writes everything in between.

And hear what he thinks about his latest Tony nomination for Moulin RougeThe Musical!

I’m LIVE with John tonight at 8 PM EDT!  Set a reminder here!

(Oh, and I’ll also be announcing some BIG news about the livestream, so don’t miss tonight’s episode!)

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You can catch me every TUESDAY at 8pm EDT (7pm CDT/ 6pm MDT/ 5pm PDT).

Next week:  Cheyenne Jackson (Altar Boyz, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Aida)

To learn more about our guests and to support The Actors Fund, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com/LIVE.

P.S. The TheaterMakers Summit with Christopher Jackson, Charlotte St. Martin, Dominique Morisseau, Ben Brantley and so many more is in just 25 days! Get your ticket here.

You know what is really cool about streaming theater?

You can decide you want to go at the last possible second and still make the curtain!

So if you haven’t gotten your ticket yet to wine taste wtih funny mean girl Kate Rockwell TONIGHT at 7 PM there’s still time.

In fact, even if it’s past 7 PM you can still buy a ticket!  (And because it’s a streamer, that ticket is only $15.)

(And while it ends around 8, if you want to buy a ticket after that, I’m sure Kate would be fine with that too.)

Learn more about the event and learn more about wine here.  And get your ticket to Wine Tasting 101 with Kate Rockwell, TONIGHT, Saturday, October 17th at 7 PM here!

It’s live.  And it’s Kate.  So you never know what the @#$% is going to happen.

See you there!

Here’s what I think the Screen Actors Guild and Actors Equity should do.

When Bernardo and Riff see each other at the “Dance at the Gym” in West Side Story, it’s obvious that at some point soon . . . there’s going to be a rumble.
 
This past summer, when TheaterMakers were struggling to figure out . . .
 
1) How to keep developing shows
2) How to earn to a living
 
. . . a question kept coming up that should have made me realize that we had our own rumble in the works.
 
That question?
 
“If the reading or production is on Zoom, how do we deal with the union?”
 
No one knew the answer. (I’m not even sure the unions did either.)
 
And that’s what has started the rumble between Actors Equity and SAG that made the NY Times this week.
 
I don’t blame the unions for not knowing what “the deal” is with streaming theater. It’s not like any one of us ever thought this would be a thing . . . that we’d have to solve . . . in the middle of a pandemic.
 
Not to mention that Actors Equity and SAG are like every other company in our industry. Producers, Agents, Regional Theaters and more. We’re all struggling to figure out how to keep our lights on . . . with less staff than we had since we started our business.
 
So, Actors Equity is claiming jurisdiction. SAG is claiming jurisdiction. And the actors? Well, they want to work.
 
And here’s the thing . . . Producers want to hire them.
 
My advice?
 
I’m advocating for The “Moonlighting” solution.
 
Remember that show? Bruce Willis. Cybil Shepard. She was his straight-laced boss; he was her wild-and-crazy detective. And they couldn’t have fought more. They fought so much . . . that you knew at one point . . . they’d make out.
 
Yep, I’m proposing that SAG and Actors Equity should make out merge.
 
This is an opportunity to not only solve THIS streaming issue, but a host of other issues that are going to come out of this crisis. Not to mention the issues that existed BEFORE all this. (Whenever our theater actors appear on TV (Morning shows, The Tonys, etc) there is so much extra paperwork that after over 25 years in the biz, I still don’t understand it!)
 
Wouldn’t it be easier to have the actors under one union roof?
 
You’d reduce friction for the hiring of these actors, which means more actors would get hired.
 
Or the unions could keep fighting.
 
But here’s what happens . . . when two people fight, everyone else avoids it so they don’t get caught in the melee.
 
That means, fewer people will get hired. Or they’ll get hired outside of the unions.
 
And no one wants that.
 
Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

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