Wednesday, October 7, 2009

At the Creation

Sometimes, things are so daunting you just don't know where to start.

Say, for instance, that you want to create theater for young people?

In that case, I'd maybe take the The Field's upcoming workshop:

Pitching to Presenters
Laura Colby, Tuesday, November 10, 6:30-9pm
$40/$25-Field Members

Learn how to pitch your show to theaters, venues, and producers. What are the important elements that should be squeezed into this critical 30-second or 1-minute communication? What are the best practices for creating this opportunity and for following up? Participants will create and practice their own pitch in the workshop.

Individual artists might find money to seed a project from their local arts council:

Brooklyn Arts Council
Bronx Council on the Arts
Queens Council on the Arts
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

The New York State Council on the Arts has a Presenting Program that encourages the presentation of innovative work for young audiences. They are interested to know what the critical issues are from the artists who are creating work in New York State. If they hear from you, perhaps your input can help them set their funding priorities? Who can say?

In related news, the deadline for The New York Foundation for the Arts 2009-2010 Artists' Fellowships in Playwriting/Screenwriting is November 2, 2009. Click here to apply.

If you are producing theater in New York, you should also know about Actors Equity Association, because we are theater professionals, and professionals have contracts.

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