He didn’t study playwrighting. And won a Tony Award.

One of my favorite TheaterMaker success stories of the last several . . . well, decades . . . is Matthew Lopez. Matthew Lopez wrote The Inheritance.  Which won him a Tony Award this year. Before that (because there is ALWAYS something before the big one - which is why I encourage TheaterMakers to get their first show up and out as fast as possible - because that's rarely the…

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NEW STRATEGY For Attracting Producers

A typical goal for most writers is to get their scripts in the hands or in the inboxes of Producers. Well, as you know, if something is typical, then that is NOT what I'd recommend you do. What YOU need to do when looking to get produced is do the ATYPICAL.  That's how you stand out from the others.  And that's how you get ahead. So if everyone else is…

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Hustle

"You've been hustlin' a lot lately, Ken!" That's what someone in the business said to me recently.  I've heard it before.  From my basketball coach.  To my first mentor in the biz. And the other day, as I was running . . . literally running . . . from . . . from one rehearsal studio to another . . . while on the phone with an potential investor .…

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TMS ROUNDUP: OUR TOP TEN BLOGS OF 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 embark on new opportunities and make way for a new TheaterMaker to take the reigns of our Tip of the…

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Can 37 be the new 30, please? (A 30 Day Script Challenge UPDATE)

***insert “Santa Claus is Coming to Town'' melody here***  “You better sign up, You better not wait, It took me 37 days but the Summit made me late Santa School is coming to town!” It’s the Hump Day before Christmas and we’ve waited a few weeks for just the right amount of Christmas spirit in the air to share PART 3 of our “30 Day Script Challenge: From Skeptic to…

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From The Founder: The treasure buried in your own backyard.

Written By Ken Davenport One of the greatest challenges of getting shows off the ground is getting "seed capital" to get them started. All businesses, including shows, have expenses at their early stages. And while money doesn't guarantee success, it is a catalyst . . . and can speed up your journey to the stage. So, I'm sure you can agree . . . getting to your goals would be…

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5 PACKETS FOR PRODUCER SUBMISSIONS!

Written By Melvin Tunstall III Q: What are the elements you think every writing team should have to present their show to producers? And what are some of the best approaches you've seen? Happy Friday TheaterMakers! From the looks of this week’s question, someone is preparing to submit a new show and that gets us excited here at TheaterMakers Studios. It is always our goal to get your show to…

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22 Submissions for 2022!

Written By Melvin Tunstall III I just opened an email from the National Alliance for Musical Theater alerting me that submissions for the 2022 Festival are due by December 20th and I had to smile as I archived the message. I was lucky enough to have one of my new musicals in this year’s festival (Senior Class- you can watch the excerpt here!) after appearing in the 2018 Songwriter’s Showcase…

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From The Founder: 10 Tips From Agents on How To Get Produced

Written By Ken Davenport Agents know more about getting Playwrights produced than just about anyone besides Producers. Why?   Because they pitch more scripts and more writers to Producers like me to Non-Profit Theaters, to Directors, and more. That's why when I was looking for tips for how to get a Producer, a Non-Profit, a Director, or more, I asked some of the top Literary Agents for their advice . .…

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10 TIPS FOR DIRECTORS FROM DIRECTORS

Written By Melvin Tunstall III Q: Any directors here? Would love to hear your best directing advice. You asked and the Directors of TheaterMakers Studios did not disappoint!  If you’re not up to date on the happenings in our Facebook Group (it’s free!), you missed out on one of our most popular threads of the year. Our tribe of Directors showed up with so much sage advice, we had to…

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