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TRU Love Benefit: Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams

Sunday, Dec 08, 2019 at 12:00PM

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TRU Love Benefit: Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams

Sunday, Dec 08, 2019 at 12:00PM

New York, NY , United States of America




Theater
Resources Unlimited

TRU
Love Benefit: 

Follow
Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams

Honoring
James Morgan and Haley Swindal

Sunday, December
8, 2019

 

Theater
Resources Unlimited (TRU)
 presents
the 2019 
TRU
Love Benefit: Follow Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams
, on
Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 12 noon at Caroline's on Broadway, 1626
Broadway (between 49th & 50th Streets). Tickets start at $85
(show only, and two drinks). For additional information and ticket
tier pricing, please
visit https://truonline.org/events/2019-tru-love-benefit/.

Follow
Your Art, Fulfill Your Dreams
 will
honor 
James
Morgan, Producing Artistic Director of The
 York
Theatre Company, and recipient of the TRU Spirit of Theater Award;
and performer and producer 
Haley
Swindal
,
recipient of the TRU Entrepreneur Award. The benefit starts with
cocktails, followed by luncheon, a live auction and
performances celebrating these honorees who have enriched the
theater community as artists who help artists. A live
auction will include Yankee Legends Suite baseball tickets, and
a seven night, eight day Uniworld European River Cruise for two
including transfers and shore excursions. Performances and award
ceremony will be directed by 
Will
Nunziata
 with
music direction by
Tracy
Stark.

 

What
is 'TRU Love'? In 2001, TRU created the Spirit of Theater
Award to recognize members of the theater producing community who
have shown exceptional generosity of spirit, helping TRU itself and
also giving opportunities to up-and-coming members of the theater
community, with a special focus on aspiring producers. The TRU
Entrepreneur Award was created in 2010 to acknowledge and encourage
self-producing artists; the intention has broadened to recognize
the initiative of a range of successful producing artist members of
the community.

 

In
the words of Bob Ost, president of TRU, "We are giving our 2019
"TRU Spirit of Theater Award" to passionate musical
theater enthusiast James Morgan, Producing Artistic
Director of the York Theatre Company for 22 selfless years,
and a guiding force of the company for 45 years. He led The York
into its unique dual mission of producing and developing
new musicals as well as rediscovering significant works from our
musical theater history, and has helped assure the future of musical
theater by nurturing new writers through York's Developmental
Reading Series, NEO (new/ emerging/ outstanding) concerts, and other
programs. We salute his positive spirit and genuine love of
this singular art form, as well as his own great artistic
gifts as a scenic and graphic designer
and occasional director." 


Ost
continues, "Our 2019 TRU Entrepreneur Award goes to artist
and producer Haley Swindal, for successfully balancing
her career as a theater, film and concert performer with a passion
for producing. Haley has spent the last year starring as
Mama Morton in Chicago on Broadway and giving
concerts while simultaneously producing two shows in London. She
is upbeat, generous and business savvy, with a creative flair and
warmth that infuses everything she does, a multi-faceted Renaissance
woman and an inspiration. And she has generously given her time and
insights to members of TRU's producer development program."

 

Will
Nunziata 
(director)is a New York City based theatre and
concert director. The concert director for Platinum recording artist
Jackie Evancho, Tony Award winner Lillias White, Broadway's Haley
Swindal, and Soul Train Award winner Nicole Henry, Will is also
developing a slew of new plays and musicals with writers and
composers in New York City, London, and Los Angeles. He recently
conceived and directed the critically-acclaimed off-Broadway theatre
revue Our Guy, Cy: The Songs of Cy Coleman starring
four Tony Award winners who all worked with the late-great composer
Cy Coleman - Lillias White, Cady Huffman, Randy Graff, and Judy Kaye.
A few years ago, Will directed a revised version of the Kander &
Ebb musical The Act starring Julia Murney, Randy
Graff, Cady Huffman, Anna Chlumsky, Mamie Parris, Karen Mason, Stacie
Bono, and more. This past year Will collaborated with Tony Award
winner Cady Huffman and wrote and directed a one-woman musical about
Peggy Lee. A graduate of Boston College with a B.A. in Theatre, he is
also a professional singer and entertainer who recently headlined
Carnegie Hall with the NY POPS alongside his twin brother, Anthony.
Will is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers
Society (SDC). He is repped by Paradigm.

 

Pianist/Arranger/Conductor/Singer
Songwriter, Tracy Stark is an 11-Time MAC Award
winner (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), in the
categories of Music Director, Piano Bar Entertainer, and Song of the
Year.  She is also a Bistro Award winner for Musical Direction
and has won Cabaret Hotline's Songwriter of the Year Award. Tracy
has worked with Sarah Dash (Labelle), Randy Jones (Village People),
Lesley Gore, Phoebe Snow, Karen Black, Barb Jungr, Brenda Braxton,
Eric Millegan (Bones), Tonya Pinkins, Nathan Lee Graham, and hundreds
of other rock, jazz, and broadway vocalists.   She stays busy
creating and music directing 75-100 different shows per year and has
3 CD's of original music in her catalogue. She has conducted, played,
and sung at all the finest and the sleaziest venues all over the
world. She has played/conducted on numerous television shows,
including The Today Show. Her songs are included on at least 20
different compilations and have been winning accolades in songwriting
competitions for the past 2 decades. Her 3rd CD of original music,
"Shades of Beautiful," was released on the Miranda Music
label, exquisitely produced by Richard Barone, with world class
vocalists, including Lillias White, Nona Hendryx, Ann Hampton
Callaway, Lesley Gore, Jane Monheit, Janis Siegel, Karen Black, Barb
Jungr, and other great artists.

 

The
Benefit Producing Committee includes chair Cheryl Davis,
producers Merrie L. Davis and Sandford
Silver, 
York associate producing director Amber
Wallace,
 and TRU board members Bob Ost,
producer Cody Lassenand Courtney Sweeting.

The
illustrious committee assembled to support these beloved honorees
includes Pat Flicker Addiss, producer (Tony winner
for Vanya & Sonia & Masha & SpikeDesperate
Measures, A Christmas Story
Promises Promises,
Spring Awakening); Catherine Adler, producer
(Tootsie, Tony winner for Vanya & Sonia &
Masha & Spike, A Gentleman's Guide..., Skylight
revival, Angels
in America
 revival, The Ferryman); Nancy Anderson,
actress (Broadway: A Class Act, revival of Wonderful
Town
; York Theatre: Fanny Hill, Jolson & Co.,
Yank!
); Mary Cossette, producer
(Broadway: Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, Bonnie
& Clyde
; off-Broadway: Desperate Measures,
Nevermore
); Jamie deRoy, cabaret legend,
producer (Tony winner for The Norman Conquests, Vanya
& Sonia & Masha & Spike, A Gentleman's Guide...,  Angels
in America
Once on This Island, The Band's
Visit
The Ferryman; currently: The
Inheritance, Slave Play, Tina, The Great Society, Beetlejuice,
Tootsie, Ain't Too Proud, To Kill a Mockingbird
); William
Franzblau
, producer (Rocktopia, Tony Nominated Best
Play Say Goodnight Gracie, American
Buffalo
 and Wonderland on Broadway;
off-Broadway This One's for the GirlsSistas,
Jewtopia, Evil Dead the Musical
); Evans Haile, music
director-conductor, producer, Executive Director of the York Theatre
Company; Pamela Hunt, director (Musical of Musicals at
the York, Outer Critics Circle winner Carnival at
the York); Riki Kane Larimer, lead producer
(Cagney the musical in New York, LA and Salt Lake
City), co-producer (On the TownGigi on
Broadway; Bright Colors, Bold PatternsGeorgie off-
Broadway; Enter Laughing at The York), York
Board Member; Jim Kierstead, producer (Hadestown, The
Inheritance, Ain't Too Proud
, Tony awards for Kinky
Boots 
and Pippin revival, Yank!, Thrill
Me - the Leopold and Loeb Story)
Richard Maltby Jr.,Tony
winning director (Ain't Misbehavin', Fosse),
lyricist (Starting Here, Starting Now, Closer Than Ever, Baby,
Big, Miss Saigon
); Gerry McIntyre, actor (Once on
This Island, The Audience,  Anything Goes, Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
), director-choreographer
(Hallelujah Baby at the York, Spamilton); W.
David McCoy
, Chairman of the Board of The York Theatre
Company; Charlotte Moore, artistic director/co-founder
Irish Repertory Theater; Jana Robbins, actress (Tale
of the Allergist's Wife, Gypsy
), producer (Yiddish Fiddler
on the Roof, Company 
in London and
Broadway, Ragtime revival, Little
Women
); Dominique Sharpton, producer, actor and
activist; Joan Ross Sorkin, playwright, librettist,
lyricist, President of the Board of the York Theatre; Elisa
Loti Stein
, actress, York Board Member; Jack
Tantleff
, Head of Theatre Literary and Content Department,
Paradigm Talent Agency; Cheryl Wiesenfeld, producer (The
Great Society, Ain't Too Proud
, Tony winner for Elaine
Stritch: At Liberty,
 The Gershwin's Porgy and
Bess
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & SpikeAll
the Way
); Stuart Wilk, producer (Yank! at
the York, Meet Me in St. Louis at Irish Rep);
and Charles Wright, writer & editor, Co-President of
The Drama Desk. 


Theater
Resources Unlimited
 (TRU) is the leading network for
developing theater professionals,
 a twenty-seven year
old 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to help producers
produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all
theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of the
arts. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career
producers and theater companies.

 

TRU
publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and
productions; offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program
taught by prominent producers and general managers in New York
theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help
aspirants develop business skills. TRU serves writers through a
Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop, How to
Write a Musical That Works and a Director-Writer Communications Lab;
programs for actors include the Annual Combined Audition.

 

Programs
of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by the Montage
Foundation and the Leibowitz Greenway Foundation.

 

For
more information about TRU membership and programs,
visit www.truonline.org.

 

 

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