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Sammi Cannold, Laura Heywood & More Complete the TEDxBroadway 2019 Speaker Lineup

The stage is set for TEDxBroadway 2019. Organizers have announced the complete list of speakers for the popular one-day event dedicated to asking “What’s the BEST Broadway can be?” at New World Stages on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. “We’re incredibly excited about the breadth and depth the speakers are bringing to the stage for the Broadway community this year,” says Jim McCarthy, TEDxBroadway Co-Founder and CEO of Goldstar. “They’re experts in things like human-centered design solutions, large-scale shared immersive experiences, …

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More Speakers Added to TEDxBroadway

TEDxBroadway has announced five additional speakers who will take the stage when TEDxBroadway returns to New World Stages on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 to explore “What’s the BEST Broadway can be?” “What you’ll see on our stage is a wide variety of people — all with unique perspectives and narratives in vastly different stages in their careers. For example, Marshall Mabry is just 17 years old. But his story will inspire all of us — at any age — to really …

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Know Someone Who Should Be in Our Young Professional Program?

Every year, we invite 40 young professionals to attend TEDxBroadway for free. But even better than a comp ticket, this group gets to join in special activities before, during and after the conference, and network with industry leaders and TEDxBroadway speakers. It’s hugely important to us that young professionals be a part of the conversation and help shape the future of Broadway. That’s why every year we’re so excited to welcome this group and hear their ideas. If you, or someone …

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On the Street Where You Live

We were very sorry to read that Avenue Q will be closing in April 2019. Of course, we love the show outright, but it’s also extra meaningful to us because once a year we get to take up residence on the Avenue Q stage at New World Stages for the annual TEDxBroadway conference. When we first moved into the space back in 2011, it wasn’t lost on us that the backdrop for the event was literally a neighborhood. After all, TEDxBroadway …

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TEDxBroadway News and Noteworthy

It seems like every day we spot TEDxBroadway alum in the news. It’s like playing Where’s Waldo, except our speakers are featured very prominently in black and white and on television in living color. Here’s just a small sample of what we’ve found in the news recently … TEDxBroadway 2014 alum Diane Paulus, the artistic director of Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater, will co-direct a live TV production of Hair on NBC next spring. Here’s TEDxBroadway 2018 alum Shaina Taub profiled in …

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Innovation

Here’s What Art Centers Do for Communities (Beyond Art)

Jim has discussed the idea of ecosystem on this blog. In his words, it’s the idea that theaters, restaurants, homes, academic institutions, hotels, tourist destinations, stores, public spaces, social services and everything else that people need and want exist together and affect each other. He brought it up when he was writing about TEDxBroadway, specifically, and more generally about Broadway. He wrote: “TEDxBroadway is a conference about a neighborhood, where theater happens to be quite important. This neighborhood, in turn, …

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Marketing

A TEDxBroadway Topic That Keeps on Ticking

As TEDxBroadway approaches (February 22), and we begin to think about the best that Broadway can be, there are a few things we can expect — and one is that Jim will speak about the Broadway Ecosystem. In his post TEDxBroadway Is Not a Theater Conference, he wrote: “TEDxBroadway is a conference about a neighborhood, where theater happens to be quite important. This neighborhood, in turn, has a really big impact on the city it’s in, and by impacting the …

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Experience

Can You Tell Me How to Get to … a Nice Downtown?

James Fallows’ article “Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?” in The Atlantic brings to mind Jim’s posts about ecosystem, specifically NYC’s Broadway and L.A.’s Theatre Row ecosystems. Fallows writes: “It’s tempting, if you haven’t seen the varied stages of this process, to imagine that some cities just ‘naturally’ have attractive and successful downtowns, and others just don’t happen to. … But in every city we’ve visited with a good downtown, we’ve heard accounts of the long, deliberate process …

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Bright Ideas

The Importance of Small Theater Companies

In his post The Importance of Ecosystem, Jim pointed out how the success of a theater community depends on more than just the success of the theaters in it. He wrote: “I say this all the time and every year on stage at TEDxBroadway, but every year people think it’s a new idea. It’s not a new idea, but it is a VERY important one. Theaters, restaurants, homes, academic institutions, hotels, tourist destinations, stores, public spaces, social services and everything …

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Innovation

Build a Venue … and Throw in an Ecosystem, Too

The government of Qatar and its developers are building an 86,000-seat soccer stadium to host the final game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to a CNN Tech article. And that’s not all. They’re building an entire city, called Lusail, on a 28-square-mile strip along the Persian Gulf. If the World Cup actually lands in Qatar, despite activists pressuring FIFA to find another location, it’ll be the first Arab country to host the World Cup. If not, well, Qatar …

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