News: TRU Announces Not-for-Profit Theater Panel May 21 and Weekly Virtual Community Gatherings

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU), a network for developing theater profesisonals, will present its May panel, "Not-for-Profit Theater in a Challenging World: How to Survive and Thrive," on Thursday, May 21, 2020 via Zoom. Networking begins at 7 pm, and the panel starts at 7:30 pm. Those interested in attending can reserve a spot on the event page (use the bright red reservation box) or by emailing, and they will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

Bob Ost, executive director of TRU, explains, "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TRU live events are being rescheduled while we wait for the all-clear. To help bridge the gap of social distancing, this panel will be held virtually via Zoom. Email to be added to the invitation list and join our community. Stay positive, test negative, be safe!"

The panel will feature guest speakers Anne Dunning, principal consultant at ARTS Action Research; Jill Garland, nonprofit management consultant; and David Mallette, partner at Management Consultants for the Arts, Inc. With the current crisis, it will frame this discussion in the context of recovering from COVID. Other basics it will cover include nurturing and strengthening not-for-profit theater companies, the importance of understanding the shifting environment for the not-for-profit arts, clearly defining and focusing on your unique vision and purpose, flexibility and adaptability as critical components of success, building partnerships and collaboration around shared resources as a strategy for recovery, broad-based resource building, and more. Participants are invited to come with questions for these extremely learned panelists, some of the top advisors in the not-for-profit arts world.

The Zoom room will open at 7:00 pm for networking and roundtable introductions of attendees, who should come prepared with their best 20-second summary of who they are and what they need. The panel itself starts at 7:30. It is free for TRU members and pay what you can, everyone else in order to keep TRU up and running (and yes, you may click the button for a free ticket). Note: Zoom space is limited so RSVP early.

In addition, TRU has announced Community Gatherings every Friday at 4:30 pm via Zoom. This is an opportunity to network with theater professionals and talk about keeping theater alive in the age of COVID-19. Participants are invited to ask questions, bring answers, and be part of a community. To reserve a spot and receive the Zoom invitation, email with "Zoom Me" in the subject line.


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