The TheaterMakers Studio Blog

From a monologue to a movie in 12 months. Jun 29, 2022

 

Meet Jim Kierstead.

Or maybe you have already. Jim is a Broadway Producer in town (Kinky Boots, The Inheritance) who has spoken at our Summits. He is a frequent guest at our Producer Pitch Nights at The TheaterMakers Studio.  

He is also a playwright. 

Yep, like so many...

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Can't find a collaborator? Look here. Jun 22, 2022

We recently got a frantic email from one of YOU asking for some advice on how to find a composer and fast.

See, this TheaterMaker had a Composer drop out of their project unexpectedly.  

I've been there.

At least THREE times.

Finding collaborators is never easy.  And since...

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[Case Study] "I had no idea how to move forward." And now? Jun 15, 2022

 

At some point in everyone’s journey to their goal they find themselves saying . . .”I don’t know what to do next.”

THIS is the moment that separates those who achieve their goals and those who don’t.

Most reach that point, and don’t do anything. ...

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Need an idea? That you don't need the rights for? Check this out. Jun 09, 2022

 Need an idea?  

Want to get started faster? And don’t want to wait for someone to give you permission? Or have control over your treatment of the story?  

Take a cue from Andrew Lloyd Webber . . . 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first few shows: Joseph,...

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"I don't belong here" . . . Yes, you do! Jun 08, 2022
Written by Melvin Tunstall III

“I don’t belong here. I’m not as far as you guys.”

Dear TheaterMaker,

Thank you for your honesty and openness about feeling the way so many of us do on a daily basis. Whether it’s scrolling through social media and seeing an endless...

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3 Things TheaterMakers Can Learn From Tick, Tick...BOOM! Jun 01, 2022

If you haven't seen Tick, Tick...BOOM! yet, get thee to your Netflix account.

The film is terrific. But the story . . . the story is . . . everything.

If you're a TheaterMaker, watching this movie will feel like a video game at times, where YOU are at the center of the action.

You'll so relate to...

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Why I commissioned this writer to write a musical. May 25, 2022

 

In addition to the Producing and Writing I do, I also consult for some larger companies, like Primary Wave.  PW is a behemoth music publishing, management and marketing company.  And they brought me on to help get musicals made for the artists on their roster.

One of the greatest...

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Topic of the Month: Front Money May 25, 2022

What is Front Money? 

Front Money is the initial amount of capital raised for the development of a theatrical production.

In most cases, Front Money investors receive a 1:1 term on their investment, which means for every dollar of profit the investor receives from the investor share of...

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My top takeaway from recording 200+ podcasts with Tony winners. May 18, 2022

My podcast began as a research project.

I asked myself, "What do the most successful people in the theater do to achieve success?"

200+ podcasts later, there was one thing they had in common.  

Pasek & Paul, Dominique Morisseau, Andrew Lippa, and so many more told me ONE THING...

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7 Productions (and counting) later . . . Apr 27, 2022

When I first met Elizabeth Searle, her show, Tonya & Nancy:  The Rock Opera, had just completed their first workshop production . . . and she was wondering exactly what to do next.

I knew that the buzzy subject of the show itself, plus the comic contrast of a “Rock...

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The truth about your first show. Apr 26, 2022

 I don’t BS.

There isn’t time for it.  Life is too short.  And we’ve got shows to do. 

Right?

So . . . if you have been following me for any amount of time, then you know I believe 1001% that TheaterMakers must take their shows into their own hands and get...

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Auditions do more than you think they do Apr 21, 2022

I got this question from a reader over the weekend:

“Should I have auditions for my upcoming production or should I cast it from people I know?”

The answer?

You should always audition.  

Three reasons:

1 - You never know who is going to walk in the room.  

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