Everything They Didn’t Teach You in Theater School

Join us the weekend of April 29-May 1 for a virtual convention, with classes and speakers on all those topics you wish you knew more about.

  • When you purchase a ticket to any individual class or an All-Access Pass, you automatically get invited to our Closing Artist Gathering at 2:30pm EST on Sunday, May 1 with special guest speaker Ari Afsar!

    The courses will be over Zoom Webinars, with live captioning available. Each session will conclude with a Q+A where the attendees will be encouraged to ask questions in the chat. T

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If you bought tickets:

You’ll get an email the night before each class, as well as around 30 minutes before class time, with the Zoom webinar link. The email will come from ticketing@shenycarts.org (check our spam if you don’t see it!)

About The Courses 


4:30-5:30pm EST: Entertainment Law: What Creatives Need to Know

With Scott Wilcox of Loeb & Loeb

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Scott Wilcox, Senior Counsel at Loeb & Loeb LLP specializing in Entertainment Law, teaches copyright, contracts, and the other aspects of Entertainment Law that artists need to know about. It’s highly recommended for writers, producers, and directors to learn the basics on how to navigate the legal & business side of working in entertainment. He will cover: 

  • Copyright basics applicable to theater & film
  • Key issues in underlying rights deals
  • Key issues in theatre author deals
  • Key issues in collaboration agreements


11:00am-12:30pm EST: Equal Rights & Equitable Workplaces

How to contribute to an inclusive workplace, and what your legal rights are if you face discrimination

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Kristy Thomas, Diversity & Inclusion Professional (Certification from Cornell University) and founder of Thomas DEI Consulting, discusses what an equitable arts workplace looks like, how to be a part of building it, and how to advocate for yourself and others. Then, John Crain, attorney at Wigdor LLP who specializes in discrimination & retaliation, tells you what your legal rights and options are when you have been discriminated against in the workplace.

1:00-2:00pm EST: Getting Started With Grants

With Eh-den Perlove, SheNYC Director of Development, and a panel of panelists from common arts grants

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Eh-den Perlove, SheNYC’s Director of Development, teaches you where to start with grants: how to find them, how to write a competitive application, and what you need to know about tracking & reporting funds when you receive grant funding. She’ll then be joined by a group of Grant Panelists of some of NYC’s biggest arts grants, so you can hear straight from them how to make your application stand out.


  • Randi Berry, Executive Director, IndieSpace
  • Corinne Woods, Director of Programs, A.R.T./NY
  • Lina Alfonso, Program Manager, Grants & Services, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

2:30-3:45pm EST: Disability Inclusivity in Theater for Playwrights, Directors, & Producers

With Angela Johnson of Invest in Access

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How can writers write better representation into their characters, and what are some ways directors can make the staging more accessible? And for producers, how do you budget for and implement accessibility services for your audience members? Angela Johnson, founder of Invest in Access and Biden-Harris Administration White House Advance Associate, teaches this course in making your art more accessible, from page to stage.



10:30am-12:00pm EST: Producing 101 with Rachel Sussman of The Business of Broadway

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As a writer or director, you’re often tasked with producing your own work. Learn how to do it with TONY-Nominated Producer Rachel Sussman, of The Business of Broadway! This class is also great for new & aspiring producers.

1:00-2:15pm EST: Starting Your Arts Business

With Danielle DeMatteo, founder of SheNYC Arts, and a panel of women who have founded and run arts businesses

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Danielle DeMatteo, founder of SheNYC Arts, talks you through the logistics of starting your arts business. Whether you’re an independent artist, or looking to start a company, here’s what to consider: should your company be for-profit or non-profit? What steps do you need to take to get started? How do you create a sustainable business model?

She’s then joined by a panel of women who lead arts businesses to talk about how to market your business and operate it long-term.


  • Camille Schenkkan, Deputy Managing Director, Center Theatre Group
  • Olivia Jones, Executive Director, Black Theatre Coalition
  • Molly Barnett, Founder, Grapevine PR

2:30pm – Closing Artist Gathering/Keynote Conversation on Arts Activism with Actor Ari Afsar

Join us on a group Zoom with fellow attendees, and a Keynote Conversation on Arts Activism with Ari Afsar! If you purchase an All-Access pass or a ticket to any individual class, you automatically get an invite to our Closing Artist Gathering on Sunday afternoon. 

Ari Afsar is an actor who originated Chicago’s Hamilton as Eliza, placed top 36 on American Idol season 8, was Miss Cali ’10, and most importantly is currently composing WE WON’T SLEEP, a new pop rock musical: wewontsleepmusical.com

Get the All-Access Pass

This ticket gets you access to our full weekend of all 6 courses, as well as our Closing Artist Gathering with a special guest speaker. 

If you are experiencing financial hardship, email info@shenycarts.org for information about free tickets.