The TheaterMakers Studio Blog

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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How to Find More Time In Your Day For Your TheaterMaking. Apr 20, 2022

"If I only had more time . . . "

Let me ask you . . . how many times have you said the above?  If you only had more time in the day you would finish that draft, work on your social media marketing, or get to the gym.

Well, you're not alone.  A lot of people say it.

Including me.

And I...

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Don’t forget to invite THESE peeps to your reading. Apr 19, 2022

One of the most common questions I get asked is how you can get Producers, Investors, Agents, Artistic Directors, etc. to see your show. And there are lots of ways to increase your turnout among this Demographic. And it’s worth putting a system in place to do just that.  Because just...

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How she got an investor to ask HER if she needed money. Apr 18, 2022

It's the story we all dream about.

In it, we don't have to ask anyone for money. No emails.  No texts. No phone calls "selling" our art or our dreams.

In this story, people just ask us if they can invest.  

Wouldn't that be nice? Not having to do the "raise money" part?  ...

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The 20-Minute Reading Apr 14, 2022

“Selling” a show to Producers and Investors with a “reading” is one of the most difficult things to do in our business. 

They’re in the middle of the day when the audience’s iPhones are vibrating a hole in their pocket.  They are often in rehearsal...

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3 Things My Dad Taught Me About TheaterMaking. Vol 3: THEATER ISN'T THE ONLY ART FORM Apr 13, 2022

Welcome to part 3 of this series of advice my Dad gave me about TheaterMaking . . . even though he wasn’t giving me advice about TheaterMaking.  :-)

As a recap . . .

Volume 1 was about my Dad’s persistent effort to get me to show face.  

Volume 2 was about my...

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3 Things My Dad Taught Me About TheaterMaking. Vol 2: STUDY LIKE YOU’RE IN SCHOOL. Apr 12, 2022

 

Yesterday, I sent you Volume 1 of this 3-part series of advice I got from my Dad about TheaterMaking . . . that had nothing to do with the theater.

If you missed it, reply to this email and we’ll send it to you.

Volume 1 was about networking and the importance of it. And boy, do I...

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3 Things My Dad Taught Me About TheaterMaking. Vol 1: SHOW FACE. Apr 11, 2022

 My dad was born in the semi-slums of India in 1929. And like so many of his generation, his parents told him to go to medical school.  And then move to America to start a new life (and send some much need money back home).

Which he did.  

So what could an Indian immigrant...

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TMS ROUNDUP: OUR TOP TEN BLOGS OF 2021! Dec 29, 2021
 Written By Melvin Tunstall III

We made it, TheaterMakers! 

It’s hard to believe we have come to the end of another year. Looking back through a year’s worth of content from our founder and the TMS team in anticipation of this post was a bittersweet journey, as I will soon...

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