How To Get Your Show Off The Ground – The Seminar!

I get a lot of emails from people with a lot of the same questions about shows that they are writing, shows that they are producing, shows that they are planning, and so on.  Everyone wants to know what it takes to get their show off the ground!

I can totally relate to where you’re all coming from.  Several of my shows were originally just thoughts in my head.  I had to figure out how to get these thoughts out of my head, onto paper and then onto the stage (you wouldn’t even believe how hard it was to breathe life into the Altar Boyz).

Unfortunately, I can’t answer all of the emails as extensively as I’d like.  And when I do, I usually end up thinking, “Boy, I bet there are a whole bunch of other people that would be interested in this answer as well.”

So, for all of these reasons, I’ve decided to go off-line and hold a seminar, entitled:

GET YOUR SHOW OFF THE GROUND!

On January 23rd, from 10a – 6p, I’m inviting only 20 people to join me at Theatre Row for an intensive and individualized seminar designed to help you get to the next level with your project.

Topics that I’m sure we’ll discuss:

– How to find funding and investors
– How to market with no money
– How to pick a performance space
– How to find a director, composer, etc.
– How to create a budget

Here’s the cool part.  This is not going to be one of those lame-ass boring seminars where I just talk all day.  I’ve limited it to only twenty people to insure that everyone gets personal attention.  Here’s how it will work:

Each attendee will get a minimum of 15-20 minutes of time to ask questions and discuss their project with me.  You can ask whatever you want, about whatever stage your project is in.  Together we’ll come up with ways to get you to the next step.

Everyone else gets to listen to this discussion, giving us all an opportunity to learn from everyone else’s issues.

It’ll be an exclusive think tank of creative producers, writers, etc. who are dedicated to their show and the process of what we do.

And without a doubt, I guarantee that all attendees will be in a better place with your projects after the seminar.

Here are the details:

GET YOUR SHOW OFF THE GROUND
Saturday, January 23rd.
10 AM – 6 PM (1 hour break for lunch)
Theatre Row
410 West 42nd St., NYC.
Cost $350/person.

To reserve your spot, click the Pay Pal button below.




Oh, and I mean it when I used the word “guarantee.”  Not happy?  I’ll give you your money back with no questions asked.

FYI, I’m announcing this on my blog before I announce it anywhere else, because I want all of my readers to get this opportunity first.  In order to make sure that everyone gets the individual attention that makes this seminar special, I had to limit it to only 20 people.  The spots will go fast.  A press release goes out 24 hours after this blog gets posted, so reserve today!

See you at the seminar!  It’s going to be fun.

UPDATE:

The January 23 Seminar is sold out.

If you’d like to be put on our waiting list, please email my
assistant, Melissa, at melissa@davenporttheatrical.com.
The wait list is on a first-come-first-served basis, so make sure you email
ASAP.

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10 Things this Producer is thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I love holidays.  Family, food, and big box office numbers.  Mmm, mmm, good.

In addition to being thankful for the flock of tourists coming to town from now through New Year’s, here is a list of my ten other theatrical thankfuls this year.

1.  The Producers of Avenue Q had the courage to try an unprecedented downsize with their move Off-Broadway.  By doing so they kept over 50 people employed and just may have opened up a whole new ‘avenue’ of distribution for Broadway shows of a certain size.

2.  I got the rights to a book called Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage.  It’ll be the female version of Defending The Caveman.  Give me 12 months max, and it’ll be up.

3. I moved into a new office, and already it feels like we’re ready for something bigger.  Offices are like aquariums . . . always get the bigger one, because when you get it home, you’re going to want it.

4. The Independent Theater Bloggers Association (The ITBA) was formed and now has 40+ members!  The bod chose a group of award winners for the 2008-2009 season, and at the same time just may have unofficially declared the start of the new media revolution in the theatrical industry.

5.  My Dad had a subdural hematoma, had emergency brain surgery, and is now better than ever (ok, that’s not theatrical, but if anything deserved a standing ovation on this list, it would be this one).

6.  Thanks in part to new management and in part to NPH, the Tony Awards ratings were up 20% in key demos!

7.  My investors, as well as a whole slew of theatrical investors, stayed in the theatrical waters this past year, despite the choppy economy.  They understand that investing in the theater is like investing in the market.   Diversify, stay in the game, and the one that we’re all waiting for will come.

8.  Michael Riedel at the NY Post mentioned the BroadwaySpace.com “50 Most Powerful People on Broadway” article in his column not once, but twice.  I’m thankful that I only commissioned the article and didn’t write it, because I heard there were some really happy people and some really peeved people.

9.  Leslie Arden signed on to write music and lyrics for Somewhere In Time.  After several years of searching for the right person, I found her.  I felt like Richard Collier himself.  The first reading will take place in the summer of 2010, if not sooner.

10.  Finally, I’m thankful for my readers.  Not only have you multipled over the last 12 months, but the comments and discussions that are emerging on the blog are exactly why I started writing in the first place.  We’re increasing the volume of the conversation about making Broadway, Off-Broadway and theater in general work, both artistically and financially.  And when we do that, we all benefit.

And now I’ll sign off this entry with the same Kenism I used last year:

Enjoy your T-day. Just remember . . .

Eat a turkey.  Don’t produce one.

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