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THEATRE PRODUCERS OF COLOR ANNOUNCE TUITION-FREE PROGRAM FOR ASPIRING BIPOC PRODUCERS – “COMMERCIAL THEATRE PRODUCING 101”
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 10:03 am EST 01/20/22

THEATRE PRODUCERS OF COLOR
A NEWLY FORMED ORGANIZATION
ANNOUNCES SECOND ANNUAL TUITION-FREE PROGRAM
FOR ASPIRING BIPOC PRODUCERS
"COMMERCIAL THEATRE PRODUCING 101"

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
THROUGH FEBRUARY 1, 2022

New York, NY - Theatre Producers of Color (TPOC), a newly formed organization committed to supporting the next generation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) producers by providing access to education, training, and mentorship, announced today its second-annual educational program - "Commercial Theatre Producing 101." Over ten weeks, participants will learn the fundamentals of commercial producing - development paths, financing, budgeting, and more - with experienced BIPOC and White ally leaders as their guides, tuition free.

Producer Sammy Lopez (A Christmas Carol, Be More Chill) will serve as the overall program mentor, creating a safe space for learning and providing the guidance necessary for participants to become future leaders in the commercial theatre industry.

Guest speakers for "Commercial Theatre Producing 101" include Tony Award winner Rashad V. Chambers, E. Clayton Cornelious, Maria Manuela Goyanes, Ben Holtzman, Fiona Rudin, Toni R. Isreal, Nicole Javanna Johnson, Dale Mott, Dana Li, Dessie Moynihan, Tony Award nominee Doug Nevin, Tony Award winner Joey Parnes, Ilene Rosen, Tony Award nominee Matt Ross, Erica Rotstein, Heather Shields, Tony Award nominee Rachel Sussman, and Tony Award winner Barbara Whitman. To learn more about our guest speakers, please click here.

Founder Miranda Gohh says, "TPOC is thrilled to bring on Sammy Lopez to support and champion the next generation of BIPOC producers. As a dedicated partner that shares our enthusiasm for creating equity and access in our industry, we look forward to building on the success of last year with him and ushering 25 new cohort members into our community."

Lopez commented, "We're at a very critical moment in commercial producing where artistic and financial transparency needs to be a part of our daily practice. I'm beyond excited to join TPOC in dreaming up the industry we want to build - starting with access and offering a true look at what it's like producing theatre in 2022."

Using the new Broadway-bound musical Gun & Powder as a case study throughout the course, participants will gain experience from the team involved in bringing the show to the stage. Additionally, each cohort member will select one of their own projects, or, choose a show currently on Broadway, and practice implementing some of the tools that will be shared over the ten weeks - such as creating project pitch materials for investors and co-producers, navigating the uncertain financial climate of the pandemic, and identifying the most viable development steps for their projects.

The course will meet on Mondays from 6:30-9:00pm EST from March 7, 2022 through May 23, 2022. Classes will be offered online via Zoom, with three optional in-person sessions. In-person sessions will take place at a location in Midtown in New York, TBD. If you are unable to attend the in-person sessions, you may still participate online via Zoom.

If you have any questions about the course or schedule expectations, please email info@theatreproducersofcolor.org.

For more information and to apply, please visit https://www.theatreproducersofcolor.org/producing101. Applications are being accepted beginning TODAY, January 19 through February 1, 2022. Space is limited for the tuition-free course.

TPOC is incubated and supported by Broadway For All (BFA), an organization that provides young artists and stakeholders in entertainment with the programming, community, and vision to build a more inclusive and powerful arts industry.

Sammy Lopez (he/him) is a curious theatre-maker dedicated to uplifting historically excluded voices & stories through the arts. He is a co-founding partner with P3 Productions, an artist-driven production company that's built on three pillars: thought-provoking stories, strong values, and opening doors. They are currently developing the new productions: GUN & POWDER, HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO, MIDSUMMER, CHONBURI INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & BUTTERFLY CLUB, and more. He co-founded and launched the company with his partners, Ben Holtzman and Fiona Howe Rudin. Recent co-producing credits include The Old Vic's A CHRISTMAS CAROL and BE MORE CHILL on and off-Broadway. At Marathon Digital, he is the Special Projects Manager, representing Broadway productions, regional theatres, and other live entertainment clients. In addition, he is the first resident director of NY Children's Theatre developing new theatre experiences for families and young audiences. During the pandemic, Sammy co-founded The Industry Standard Group (TISG) and Second Act Theatrical Capital (2ATC), a decentralized leadership cohort of BIPOC producers strategically formed to promote work reflecting diversity and increase the presence of BIPOC investors and producers in the commercial producing arts and entertainment field. He is the 2022 Program Mentor for Theatre Producers Of Color (TPOC) and teaches with The Business of Broadway. Currently, he is a recipient of The Shubert Organization's Artistic Circle and a Broadway League Fellow. Sammy is a proud graduate of Syracuse University's School of Drama, L.A. County High School for the Arts, and serves on the board of the New 42, TYA/USA, and CO/LAB Theater Group. For more, visit sammy-lopez.com.


THEATRE PRODUCERS OF COLOR

Theatre Producers of Color (TPOC) is a multifaceted collective of theatremakers joined together in support of the next generation of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) producers by providing access to education, training, and mentorship. TPOC was born out of the necessity to diversify the pool of commercial producers on and off Broadway. Having observed many barriers keeping BIPOC out of commercial producing, specifically the lack of education, training and mentorship, TPOC strives to break down these barriers and make producing more accessible for a variety of voices. Learn more at theatreproducersofcolor.org

BROADWAY FOR ALL

Broadway For All (BFA) is a Manhattan-based national organization providing young artists and stakeholders in entertainment with the programming, community, and vision to build a more inclusive and powerful arts industry. Founded in 2012 through Harvard University's Presidential Public Service Fellowship program, BFA initially set out to diversify the stage and screen through a free intensive summer conservatory prioritizing education, access, and exposure. Today, BFA operates its flagship conservatory, including tracks in Digital Content Creation, Dramatic Writing, Musical Theater, and Drama; "BFA 365" to coach students applying to arts education programs; and "Access For All," to connect historically excluded communities to experiences in theater and arts entertainment. Learn more at broadwayforall.org
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