More TEDxBroadway 2014 Speakers Announced

tedx-eventimage-100213-b1On behalf of Ken, Damian and the rest of the TEDxBroadway team, I’m delighted to announce another batch of speakers for TEDxBroadway 2014!

Robert Lopez is a creative genius and has the Tonys to prove it. The composer of both Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon, Robert’s made his bones in this world big time. In our discussions of his presentation, Robert talked about a whole range of interesting things about being a creator of something that you expect people to come and see. I knew I was talking to a kindred spirit when he said that it’s very important for any artist to evolve past the point where he or she is writing for himself or herself and actually writing for an audience. Hooray for being audience-oriented!

Mark Fisher and Michael Keeler are the super smart and energetic guys behind Mark Fisher Fitness. I dropped in at the studio a couple of months ago, and I’ve never seen a room full of people so happy to be getting tortured! A de facto fitness destination for Broadway actors and actresses (among others), Mark Fisher Fitness isn’t just popular. Mark and Michael bring a tremendous amount of heart to the experience, and it’s obvious that their love for their customers powers their success. I’ll leave it to you to drop in on Mark and ask him which of his programs is what he calls “the fastest path to three-way on Fire Island.”

Jonathan Mann is known as the “song-a-day” guy, and he’ll be there to provide preview and recap entertainment for the event. You won’t want to miss that.

Gabe Zichermann is an expert on gamification, and he’s got some thoughts that you might not expect on how theaters and other live entertainment venues should think about gamification. Here’s a hint: He feels that most of what’s being done now is well-intentioned but pretty far off base.

Don’t forget! We already announced Diane Paulus, Sree Srinivasan, Dan Gurney, David Drake and Lea DeLaria. Googling each one of them is guaranteed to burn 10 minutes of your day looking through their work.

Finally, I strongly suggest you get your tickets while you can. We’re well ahead of where we were last year sales-wise at this time, and we expect to sell out earlier than we did last year. So, why wait? The event’s on February 24th, and you can buy your tickets here.

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