Get to Know TEDxBroadway 2015 Speaker … Osh Ghanimah


Before we once again ask, “What Is the Best Broadway Can Be?” on Monday, February 23, 2015 at New World Stages, we’re asking our TEDxBroadway 2015 speakers to tell us a little more about themselves.

Osh Ghanimah is an actor and the founder and CEO of Broadway For All — a NYC-based nonprofit born out of his fellowship through the Office of the President at Harvard University. Broadway For All is a summer conservatory led entirely by Broadway and TV/film professionals; it trains talented students from varying socio-economic statuses and ethnic backgrounds to become the next generation of diverse performers and writers for the American stage and screen.

386f24e2-0a43-41d3-80bb-43698508cf4bWhere are you originally from?
Born outside of Detroit, and raised in Chicago. No matter where I end up, I will always swear by Chicago for the best hot dogs, pizza and Italian beef. I’m willing to fight someone on this, but only verbally.

What’s No. 1 on your bucket list?
To travel to Japan to dine at the restaurant of the famous Jiro before I miss my chance. Every person who wants to be inspired about whatever craft or job he/she practices should watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi (it’s on Netflix).

Do you have a favorite Broadway show?
That’s a tough one. In The Heights was the most exhilarating for me because it was not only well done, but it truly was a game-changer for the American musical and for our country. I wish one could have witnessed my students who I brought to the show (from Washington Heights) standing up and cheering during musical numbers and feeling extremely “valid.”

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
Top Chef! Helps put me to sleep. Not because it’s bad. It’s actually really good. There’s just little thinking involved. It’s my placebo, if you will — sure beats Tylenol PM. Also, it helps with inspiration. See secret talent response below. 😉

Have you got a skill or talent that not many people know about?
I’m a mean cook. I don’t want to appear like a self-congratulatory mofo or anything, but I can braise short ribs that fall off the bone on their own. Just sayin’. I also like to mix international flavor profiles together. I mean, it’s the way the world is supposed to work, right?

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