Wanna go to London as a Producer Exchange Student? Here’s how!

Last year I was honored to have been asked to speak to a group of young Producers from the UK who were here in NYC studying our theater, in the hopes of learning some tips and tricks they could take home.

What I didn’t know until about halfway through the conversation was that there was a group of young Producers from the US doing the same thing in London at the same time.

“What is this,” I asked.

“It’s the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange,” a student answered.

And now you’re asking “What the heck is that?”

The TS Eliot US/UK Exchange is probably one of the coolest opportunities out there, and not many people know about it.  100 actors, directors, producers, and writers are accepted into the program, and then, for a week, they simply swap cities.

And learn.

Cool, right?

The Exchange is seeking this year’s applicants now.  Click here to learn more and apply.

And when you get in, you better promise to send me a postcard.

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5 MORE Takeaways from the Get Your Show Off The Ground Seminar.

Last Saturday, another great group of super passionate producers, writers, artists and more woke up early and spent the day with me and the other entrepreneurial artists who signed up for my Get Your Show Off The Ground Seminar.

We had a blast.

We heard about all sorts of projects at various stages of development.  We talked about finding and signing collaborators, how to wear multiple hats on multiple projects, and yes, you guessed it, we talked about how to raise all those important funds.  And everyone walked away with a to-do list that they were psyched to check off.

While it’s impossible to recreate the energy of the room in a blog, I thought I’d do what I did after the last seminar, and post five simple takeaways that resonated with the group, that will hopefully resonate with you.

  • Creating experiential entertainment has never been more important than it is today.
  • The nicer the theater you put your show in, the higher the expectations from your audience and the press, will be.
  • Your agents and your lawyers work for you.  You do not work for them.
  • Developing scripts can be like sick children.  And if your kid isn’t getting better, don’t stick with your one doctor.  Take him/her to the best doctor you can afford.
  • Just because your show doesn’t belong on Broadway, doesn’t mean it doesn’t belong.

There was a ton of other great stuff that came out of the seminar, and so much of it came from the participants themselves!  These seminars have turned into great collaborative think tanks of some of the most exciting and emerging theatrical minds I’ve seen.  Thanks for being so awesome, guys.

If you’d like to participate in one of my seminars, sign up today by clicking here. The next seminar will be on Saturday, November 13th. (The timing is ideal for all of you post-festival peeps curious about what to do AFTER the festival.)  FYI, I’ve modified the structure a bit to make the seminar more efficient, but that also means that there are only 12 spots available.  These spots will go fast, so register today.

Click here for more info and we’ll see you there!

Get Your Show Off The Ground Seminar – It’s baaaaaack!

It seems like just last week it was a freezing cold Saturday in January, when a group of 20 uberly-passionate producers, writers, directors, and more joined me for the first Get Your Show Off The Ground seminar.

We had a blast discussing everything from music rights to how to raise money to how to market with no money.

And most importantly, everyone walked away with specifically personalized action items to help launch their great ideas.

Since it went so well, we’ve decided to do it again!

The next Get Your Show Off The Ground seminar will take place on Saturday, June 19th, from 10a-6p in New York City.

I’ve timed this seminar so that all of you with shows in the Fringe, NYMF, Midtown International, etc. can meet with me (and many of your peers) to troubleshoot some of your specific festival-related issues before you get too deep into production.

And remember, I guarantee you’ll be in a better position with your show after the seminar than before.

To learn more about the seminar and its structure, and see what past participants had to say, click here.

To reserve your spot, click here.

Important note:  In order to ensure that everyone gets a solid amount of individual attention at the seminar, I have to limit attendance to only 20 people.  Many of the slots for this seminar went to folks on the waiting list for the last seminar, so I encourage you to reserve quickly, as the seminar will sell out.

See you at the seminar!

Get your show off the ground today!  Click here to reserve your spot now.

What should a Producer study? A Producer’s curriculum in detail.

I got an email from a college student this week who knows she wants to be a Producer.  There’s no question about it. She’d declare it as a major . . . if she could.

Her school has a theater major and a business major but it doesn’t have a “producer’s track” . . . and not many do.  Even my alma mater only has a minor (and until we can turn Producing theater into a more stable and viable career choice, I’m not sure many will).

Since her school hasn’t spec’d out a plan for producers-to-be, she asked me what I thought she should study on her way through school.

As I’m sure you can imagine, I’m a big pusher for producers to take standard business courses as they’re coming up, from accounting to marketing to contract law (and there are still times I wish I had taken a few more myself).

But mostly I advised this focused young woman to take theater classes.  I told her to take a directing class, with people that want to be directors.  Take an acting class with actors.  Take a writing class with writers.  Take a design class with you-know-who and so on.

These are the people that are going to be on your team in the future.  Learn their language.  Learn what makes them tick.  Learn what they want out of a show.  And by doing so, you’ll learn how to help solve their problems.

Theater is one of the most collaborative art forms there is, and part of a Producer’s job is to make sure those collaborators are working at their absolute best with each other throughout the long process of developing and putting on a show.  By making an effort to learn their craft, and by understanding more of what they go through on a day-by-day basis, you’ll be able to earn more of their respect . . . and you’ll be able to help them do their best work.

Oh, and another part of a Producer’s job is to be able to spot talent.  By sitting in these classes, you’ll have the inside scoop on tomorrow’s superstars.

That’s right . . . the next Tony Kushner, Joe Mantello and Al Pacino are sitting in a class somewhere this very second.

By sitting among them, you’ll be able to spot that talent, and snatch them up for yourself . . . before I do.

(And for those of you out of school?  All of this still applies.  There are umpteen classes for theater artists all over the country, and even online.  And great business classes, too.  There’s no excuse to not know anything anymore. It’s all in front of the screen you are staring at right now.)

If you are looking for a Master’s Degree level of information about producing, I encourage you to join The Producer’s Perspective PRO right now! When you become a member of PRO, you’ll not only be a part of an exclusive community of 200+ Producers, Writers and PROfessionals, but you’ll get access to my complete Training Course Library with over 16+ Producing courses available right now, and 4 new courses released each month!

To join The Producer’s Perspective PRO now for just $27 your first month, click here. And at $27 it’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper than a Masters Program!

Oh What A Night! Photos from the 2nd Annual Producer’s Perspective Social!

Wow!

Over 150 of you came to Hurley’s last Thursday night to meet, mingle and talk shop.  There were playwrights and directors and web designers and, yes, a whole gaggle of Producers.  Wings were eaten, cards were traded, and yes, a Kindle was won.

It means a lot that so many of you turned out for this event.  It’s so exciting to me to see so many people in one room that all love the theater and who all want to…well, for lack of a more eloquent phrase…do stuff.

Hopefully you all met people that can help you do, whatever it is you want to do, faster and better.

Because together, we can help make things easier for all of us today . . . and tomorrow.

For those of you who didn’t make it this year, make sure you put Thursday, December 9, 2010 in your calendar now.  🙂

Enjoy the photos!

And I heard some great stories about connections made, kindles loaned, and more.  Comment below if you’ve got a fun social story to share!
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BTW, there are just a couple of spots left for my “GET YOUR SHOW OFF THE GROUND” seminar. Makes a great gift.

If you want in for yourself, or for someone you know, book your spot now.

Here’s how.

Ken Davenport
Ken Davenport

Tony Award-Winning Broadway Producer

I'm on a mission to help 5000 shows get produced by 2025.

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