The TheaterMakers Studio Blog

What David Letterman Can Teach You About Pitching Jul 27, 2022

One of David Letterman's go to bits on EVERY episode was his "Top 10 Lists".   He came up with some quirky title like "Top Ten Reasons I'm glad to be named Justin Bieber" and got us howling ever time

But there's more to Top 10 Lists than just Bieber jokes.

I use Top 10 Lists to construct my...

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Are you trying to navigate Equity contracts on your own? Read this. Jul 25, 2022

 As a TheaterMaker, wearing many hats is something you know a lot about. 

But what if you need help understanding one of those hats?

And what if you can’t afford to spend a lot of money to help you understand? 

We’ve got you covered. :-) 

I want you to check out...

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3 Reasons Why The Lehman Trilogy Is Such Great TheaterMaking Jul 20, 2022

If you follow me on instagram, then you know I saw The Lehman Trilogy before it closed.

And I’m still thinking about it.

As a TheaterMaker, it’s hard to NOT analyze a show while you’re watching it. Am I right? You’re constantly analyzing how they pulled off an effect,...

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Why You Should Write A One Person Show Jul 13, 2022

One person shows may not be your Hamilton.

But what they could BECOME could be that and more.

Ever seen the smash hit series, Fleabag?  You know, that show that won its creator and star, Phoebe Waller Bridge, like 147 Emmys? 

It started as a one-woman show. 

Ever see the movie or...

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5 Things I Learned When A Politician Asked Me For $. Jul 06, 2022

 

5.I got a master class in raising money last week when a high ranking politician called me looking for a donation.

The call took 15 minutes.  

And it worked. I donated. MORE than I thought I might.

Why?

Here are three things the Politician did that got me to HIS goal.

1. He...

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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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