So You Wanna Be a Producer? CTI Offers Three-Day Course May 4-6

News   So You Wanna Be a Producer? CTI Offers Three-Day Course May 4-6 No, it's not all chorus girls and glamour. That's the first thing you might learn in the annual three-day intensive training program, "Producing for the Commercial Theater," offered by the Commercial Theater Institute (CTI).

The program designed to help foster the next generation of commercial theatre producers runs May 4-6 at New World Stages in Manhattan, and is open to anyone interested in producing or co-producing on or Off-Broadway, on the road or investing in commercial productions.

Participants are invited to spend their weekend with such theatre professionals as Rocco Landesman (The Producers), Kevin McCollum (Avenue Q) and David Stone (Wicked).

"For 26 years, the Commercial Theater Institute has been the preeminent apprentice program for anyone interested in learning about commercial theatre," according to the League of American Theatres & Producers and Theatre Development Fund. "Past seminars have attracted over 2,900 registrants from five different countries. More than 50 graduates of the program have gone on to produce successfully on and Off-Broadway."

The 24-hour workshop, spread over three days, "provides attendees with the hard, factual information required to get a show on stage."

Workshop leaders are drawn from a pool of commercial theatre's most respected producers, general managers, theatre operators, press and literary agents, theatrical attorneys and others. These industry professionals cover the business essentials of such topics as creative development, marketing, management, non-profits, legal issues and the challenges of producing on and off Broadway.

The fee for the three-day workshop is $400. New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues. For more information or to register for the CTI seminar, visit www.commercialtheaterinstitute.com or contact the CTI office at (212) 586-1109.

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CTI is a program of The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc. and Theatre Development Fund. It was founded by the late Frederic B. Vogel in 1982, and is now led by Jed Bernstein, president of Above the Title Entertainment and former president of the League.

The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc., founded in 1930 as the League of New York Theatres and operating under the "Live Broadway" trademark, is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. The League's 600-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in 240 North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to nearly 30 million people in New York and across the U.S. and Canada. www.livebroadway.com.

Theatre Development Fund, the largest not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts in the United States, was established in 1968 to foster works of artistic merit by supporting new productions and to broaden the audience for all the performing arts. Since then, TDF has played a unique role in strengthening New York City performing arts. TDF combined programs have filled over 70 million theatre seats; provided subsidy support to over 800 plays, including 28 Pulitzer Prize honorees; and returned over $1.5 billion dollars in revenue to theatre, dance and music organizations. In partnership with the Times Square Alliance and the Coalition for Father Duffy, TDF is currently constructing a new TKTS ticket booth as part of the revitalization of Father Duffy Square. More about TDF and its programs may be found at www.tdf.org.

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