Tracy Held Potter

Writer for Stage & Screen

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31 Plays in 31 Days: Year 6!

I’m delighted to report that the 31 Plays in 31 Days Project that I co-founded with Rachel Bublitz and that I’m running this year with Topher Cusumano continues to be a success, helping writers all over the world push themselves to generate 31 new plays in the month of August.

To date, we have received well over 700 scripts for this month alone!

We’re about to wrap up for this year, but we’ll be back in August 2018, so save the month.

Crowdfunding Workshop: Sat, May 27

Do you need to raise money for your theater or film project, but feel intimidated by crowdfunding? Learn the essentials of how to make sure your campaign is fully funded, so you raise what you need the first time.

At this workshop, youll learn the fundamentals of setting up and running a successful crowdfunding campaign with an emphasis on using Kickstarter. Well cover everything from fundraising goals, timelines, rewards, how to reach potential donors most effectively, and how to utilize the all-or-nothing approach to incentivize you and your supporters to reach your goals.

If youre nervous about asking people for money or skeptical that you can make a crowdfunding campaign work, this workshop will help tackle those obstacles. Every campaign takes time, work, and a willingness to push past your comfort zone. If youre ready to take these steps to fund your project, then this workshop will help.

Running a successful crowdfunding campaign is more than just a way to raise money: its a way to build an audience and a community for your work. Well make sure your campaign is true to your process as an artist and to your work.

Participants who have had prior crowdfunding experience in the past will have an opportunity to submit their past projects for critique.

For more information and to sign up, visit the registration page.

Samples of Successful Projects:

Speak Now

Had the privilege of making this short with Tony Cirimele, Norman Gee, and Farah Dinga.

Putting My Faith in the Faithless (Electors)

My new PSA Music Video about the Electoral College electors is now up! Check it out:

“How Touching” Short Play

This short play was originally produced by the San Francisco Playwrights Foundation for the 2016 FlashPlays Festival.

By Tracy Held Potter

Characters: Adult 1, Adult 2, Child

[ADULTS talk while CHILD plays.]

I just don’t get why he thinks it’s okay to touch people that way.

Right? Like it’s an office, keep your hands to yourself, Dude.


[ADULT 1 checks the time.]

ADULT 1 (cont.)
Oh! We’ve got to go. It was great to see you!

Yeah! Let’s do this again—sooner!

Say goodbye.

[ADULT 2 stretches arms to get a hug, but Child goes to Adult 1.]


No hug? Come over here!

[CHILD shakes head “no.”]

Go on.
Then you can have a treat in the car.

[CHILD reluctantly goes to Adult 2, “accepting” ADULT 2’s hug with arms down, then scurries back to Adult 1.]

Was that so bad?


FlashPlays 2016

Honored that my short play “How Touching” about bodily autonomy was included in the SF Playwright Foundation’s FlashPlays festival in San Francisco.

“Election Day – The Musical” is up!

Although I’m posting this here a bit late, I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to collaborate with actor and composer Theresa Stroll to make this nonpartisan voting rights musical.

Science Fair the Musical Cast for Musical Cafe

Introducing our fantastic cast for the Musical Cafe Showcase production of Science Fair the Musical!

Tickets Available for Musical Cafe Showcase

Science Fair the Musical will be featured in the Musical Cafe Showcase this November 12-14 at PianoFight in San Francisco. Please join us for twenty minutes of some of my favorite songs co-written by Philip Surtees from the screenplay, including “First World Problems,” “Sell Out,” and “I’m Always Right (So You Must Be Wrong).”

The screenplay for Science Fair the Musical is currently available for film industry professionals at The Black List.

How to Get Your Work Produced, Oct 16th

On Sunday, October 16th, I will be moderating the first panel for Play Cafe’s How to Get Your Work Produced workshop at The Bakery at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre.

How to Get Your Work Produced

Join us for Play Cafes popular workshop panel How to Get Your Work Produced featuring panel discussions with prominent and successful writers, artistic directors, and composers. Participants are welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as they wish. For $10, we will offer an optional dinner item from a local eatery to be delivered during the meal break.

This event will include three sessions:

Session 1, 1:30-3:00 How to Get Your Play Produced
Panelists: Jon Tracy, Lauren Gunderson, Cleavon Smith,
Jeffrey Lo & Annette Roman
Moderator: Tracy Held Potter

Refreshment break from 3:00 to 3:30 included in price

Session 2, 3:30-5:00 How to Get Your Musical Produced
Panelists: Scott Guy, Patricia Milton, Min Kahng,
Sarah Rose Leonard, Elizabeth McKoy & Gretchen Feyer
Moderator: Jerome Joseph Gentes

Dinner Break 5:00-6:00
Optional dinner provided for an additional $10

Evening Networking Session, 6:00-8:00: Meet Your Colleagues and Potential Collaborators. Bring a quick pitch! Looking for a playwright? A composer? Lyrics? Incidental music for your play? Early registrants will have the opportunity to sign up for time to sing a song, play a tune on the piano, read from a play or lyric, or just introduce yourself and your current project to the community.

Play Cafe members use code cafe1016 for $5 discount. To join Play Cafe, visit

Purchase Tickets Online
Play Cafe is a nonprofit playwrights group dedicated to supporting Bay Area writers with monthly Scene Nights to develop works-in-progress and by hosting special events.

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