"Originally the [intensive] program [at CTI] was very much targeted to professionals from other industries — doctors, lawyers, accountants — who might be inclined to invest in theatre if they knew a little more about how it worked," explained former Broadway League president Jed Bernstein, who took over as CTI's executive director in 2006. (Vogel administered CTI from its inception until his death in 2005.)
"The next group to join in were theatre professionals for whom there was no continuing theatre education," continued Bernstein. "Then came people from the non-profit world who started to embrace the idea that the skill sets [acquired at CTI] are very much transferrable… Finally — in the latest phase — we've seen a lot of directors, writers and actors who are motivated by the notion that knowledge is power, and the more they know about the industry in which they work, the better they can manage their own careers… They want to take matters into their own hands."
For those who are looking to get their feet wet in the production end, Bernstein suggests the annual three-day weekend intensive program — "a terrific overview" of producing, he said — which will be held next spring from April 19-21, 2013.
For someone more experienced with producing, CTI offers a 16-week intensive program — which has been expanded from its former 14-week schedule — that is limited to 25 participants who must be nominated by a working management member of the professional theatre community.
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