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Question: What’s the Biggest Topic on Broadway?

Answer: Diversity and Inclusion. Each year, all applicants for our Young Professional Program are asked, “What’s the BEST Broadway can be?” By an overwhelming margin, their answers relate to diversity and inclusion. Over our 8-year history, we’ve explored the topic from many different angles, and from myriad speakers, who’ve shared their remarkable and moving insights. But it was at TEDxBroadway 2019 when Oshoke Pamela Abalu challenged us to question the words we’re using when talking about diversity and inclusion. It’s …

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The New Voice You Need to Hear

We promised you new voices. And, well, we’re certain we delivered when 17-year-old Marshall W. Mabry IV took the stage at TEDxBroadway 2019 for his talk — “The Intersectionality of Black Boys and Shakespeare.” OK. Marshall delivered. Twice. A little background — Marshall was one of hundreds who submitted their idea for a talk to us during our open submission period (we’ll have more news on that soon). When we got together with the alum committee to review submission videos months before the …

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Marketing

Twitter Reveals What Matters Most to Your Patrons

To help live entertainment marketers better understand what matters most to our patrons, Twitter, reports David Cohen for Adweek, “analyzed billions of tweets from Jan. 1, 2016, through June 30, 2019, and boiled them down into 18 emerging trends that highlight fundamental shifts in culture in the U.S.” With this insight into what’s on our patrons’ minds, we can, hopefully, start and participate more effectively in social media conversations. Cohen shares six overarching themes. Read three of them below, and …

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Fresh Idea Friday: Ella Martin

It’s the end of the week — when we share a TEDxBroadway talk from our vaults. This week’s Fresh Idea Friday features Ella Martin and her 2017 talk from TEDxBroadway. TEDxBroadway will be returning to the New World Stages on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. As you know, we sell out every year and quickly, so we encourage you to get your tickets now! Read More: Fresh Idea Friday: Erin Lavik Fresh Idea Friday: Melissa Anelli Fresh Idea Friday: Phoebe Robinson Subscribe to the Selling …

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News & Noteworthy (Week of August 23)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! A Proven Investment in Company Success: Uber and the NFL hired one. Demand is on the rise for diversity officers, according to Julia Carpenter for CNN Money. Carpenter writes, “According to data from Indeed, demand for the roles has increased significantly …

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News & Noteworthy (Week of June 29)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! “Philadelphia’s Tony Awards” Are Changing: The Barrymore Awards, otherwise known as “Philadelphia’s Tony Awards,” are going gender-neutral, according to John Timpane for The Inquirer. Timpane explains, “Instead of a best actor and best actress, there will now be awards for best …

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News & Noteworthy (Week of May 31)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Broadway’s Best Attended Season in History: Ryan McPhee reported for Playbill that “the Great White Way took in $1.7 billion in the past year, making the 2017–2018 season the highest-grossing in Broadway history. … The season was also the best attended, …

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News & Noteworthy (Week of May 18)

A lot goes on in our world each week — some news you may catch, and some may slip by your radar. Below are a few articles that caught our attention, and we didn’t want you to miss ’em! Portia de Rossi’s Plan to Change the Art Market: Taylor Dafoe reports for artnet news that Portia de Rossi is launching her own startup, called General Public, which “produces three-dimensional reproductions of works of art, a mix between original painting and …

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Experience

No Tug of War Between Diversity and Success

Recently, as this article from the Los Angeles Times explains in-depth, leaders in the world of Los Angeles theater got together and talked about a whole range of things. The conversation eventually turned in the direction of diversity. Of course, this is a very worthwhile topic, particularly as the audiences in most theaters of significant size tends not to be a representative cross-section of the cities in which they are situated. On the other hand, these conversations seem to drift …

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