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Promoting Yourself and Your Show in 2016

February 5, 2016

CAP21, 18 W. 18th Street, New York, NY, Room 501

Join Festival Alumni Writers and producers to discuss the writers’ elusive art of presenting themselves and their shows to the industry; from websites to networking and everything in between. We will discuss what role websites now play in promoting a writer and what is useful for producers to see, how new technologies are helping (and hurting) the collaboration and development process, and much more!

Our Roundtables are smaller events focused on discussion and networking.  Many connections and future collaborations have started at our Writers’ Roundtables along with vibrant discussions on the current state of new musical development.

Check-in will begin at 12pm, with the Roundtable starting at 12:30pm with a wine and cheese networking reception starting at 4pm.


Friday, February 5, 2016
12:00 pmCheck-in and Introductions

Check-in will start at 12:00 and we will start the Roundtable promptly at 12:15pm.

12:30 pmWebsites, YouTube, Sound Cloud, Social Media and more

There are so many ways for writers to share their work online and for producers/theatres to find new writers. What sites work? What sites does a producer prefer? When is it worth to pay someone to build a website or manage your online content? What are the pitfalls of putting your work online?

Moderated by Stephanie Cowan (Triptych Studios) and Valerie Vigoda

1:45 pmThe Demo Spectrum

There are so many ways to produce a demo, especially thanks to new technologies on most new phones. But where is the happy medium between a demo recorded on someones phone with just the composer singing and the fully orchestrated, studio demo? What are the realistic abilities of a writer? What do theatres like to hear?

Moderated by Sean Patrick Flahaven and Donna Lynn Hilton

3:00 pmNetworking On (and Off) Line

As the world becomes more electronic, networking between theatres/producers and writers is moving online. How do both sides best interact online and find connections? But how then do we network once we are in person with each other? What do theatres want to hear writers talk about in pitch sessions or at networking events? What questions do writers wish theatres/producers would bring up at these events? When is it appropriate to bring the online, off?

Moderated by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner

4:00 - 5:00 pmWine and Cheese Networking Reception

as of January 12, 2016