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Stop! Collaborate and Listen!

Written By Melvin Tunstall III and Caroline Tattersfield The fun for me in collaboration is, one, working with other people just makes you smarter; that's proven. -Lin-Manuel Miranda   It may seem odd to begin a blog about collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda, he who famously wears all three hats when creating new musicals, but collaboration doesn’t just stop with the written page. It takes a village to raise a new…

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TheaterMaker Spotlight: Jenne Wason + Winesday Musical

Jenne Wason is a musical theatre bookwriter and lyricist who is fortunate enough to work with incredibly talented composers. Her work spans topics that interest and inspire her - everything from an uplifting resistance movement in Nazi Germany to a hilarious group of wine-drinking women.   Not too long ago, Jenne completed the Production Mastery Course with The TheaterMakers Studio and we sat down to ask about her journey.  …

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#WHYIWRITE: Happy National Day on Writing

Written By Melvin Tunstall III It’s our day. You can thank the National Council of Teachers of English for all of the celebratory love coming your way today. The National Day on Writing is an initiative built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration.  For the past 11 years, the group has seen thousands of people share their responses and engage in…

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From The Founder: Why did the Dinner Theater die?

Written By Ken Davenport Ring the bells, for the Dinner Theater is no more. Ok, I’m being slightly dramatic.  There are a few dinner theaters still around serving up so-so steaks, and the National Dinner Theatre Association is still up and running (even though it only has 20 members), but the golden era of eating Chicken Marsala while seeing a performance of Hello Dolly seems to have come to an…

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Raising a TheaterMaker

Written By Melvin Tunstall III Q: I have no idea what I am doing. I've never been that mom that pushes their child on people. It all has come together so organically. But again I have no idea what I'm doing LOL. How do I support my son in his goals and dreams of working in theatre? What role is it that I need to play? Do I need to…

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SUMMIT 2021: Pitch-A-Little, Talk-A-Little!

Written By Melvin Tunstall III Greetings TheaterMakers! I send you hump day greetings from my big return trip to Midland, MI to begin research for the new musical I accidentally pitched over the summer. I’m still in awe of how quickly life can change when someone knocks your pitch out of the park! Today marked the beginning of the journey that will end with a full production of a new…

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From The Founder: 5 Tips to Getting a Job on Broadway

Written By Ken Davenport I get a lot of emails, tweets, and DMs from folks telling me that it’s their dream to work on Broadway.  Some want to be General Managers.  Some want to be Casting Directors.  Some don’t have a clue as to what they want to do, but they know they want . . . well . . . to be a part of it, New York, New…

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FOLLOWING THE FOUNDER’S ADVICE ON FOLLOWING UP

Q: One of my plays - a completed first draft that has been passed around and has had positive feedback - was given to a well known actor/director who has an interest in the subject matter through a mutual friend. This friend said he'd be happy to read it. That was before Covid. Now that things are starting up and I'm ready to get my possibilities fired up, I'd like…

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SUMMIT 2021: 15 PANELS WE CAN’T WAIT FOR!

Written By Melvin Tunstall III This is your one month call, TheaterMakers. ONE MONTH until The 2021 TheaterMakers Summit! My first TheaterMakers Summit experience was as a panelist. Because I was in a Broadway show at the time I was only able to be a part of day one, but the few hours I spent with the TheaterMakers family had a lasting effect on my career- eventually leading to the…

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Podcast Episode 20: How to Increase your Show’s Social Media

ESTIMATED LISTENING TIME OF THIS EPISODE: 14 minutes LISTEN WHEREVER YOU LISTEN TO PODCASTS: Podbean: Click Here Spotify: Click Here Apple Podcasts: Click Here Google Podcasts: Click Here iHeart Radio: Click Here ABOUT THIS EPISODE: In our Season 1 finale, we're talking about how social media can help your brand, promote your show, and SELL TICKETS. AFTER YOU LISTEN:  FOLLOW The TheaterMakers Podcast on Apple Podcasts (it’s FREE) REVIEW the…

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