Why You Should Come to TEDxBroadway Next Monday

TEDxBroadway 2014

Speakers scheduled for TEDxBroadway 2014.

If you can make it, I strongly encourage you to get yourself down to New World Stages in New York City next Monday for TEDxBroadway 2014!

If you do, you’ll be participating in a day that’s all about sharing interesting, provocative, possibly crazy, possibly brilliant ideas for the future of the Broadway ecosystem. True to the TED mission, TEDxBroadway is about “Ideas Worth Spreading.” We’ll have about 20 brilliant presenters on the stage and another 500 or so brilliant people in the audience, possibly including you.

If you’d like to know what Robert Lopez (potential EGOT-er and writer of Avenue Q, the music for The Book of Mormon and current Oscar-nominated song “Let It Go”) thinks is the key to being a successful artist, you’ll want to be there. Then you can corner him during the break, and tell him what you thought.

If you’d like to know more about how crowdfunding really works, listen up to David Drake, who’s an expert on the subject, and then get his take on whatever’s on your mind later.

If you want to hear Lea DeLaria (Big Boo on Orange Is the New Black) perform some awesome jazz, be there. Just don’t call her Big Boo.

If you want to learn about the tech incubator right in Broadway’s neighborhood, come to the event.

If you want to learn about how onstage technology is evolving to make more and more things possible on stage, do come by, or if you want to learn about how some live venues are breaking out of the four walls of the venue and reaching an audience online, we’ll be talking about that, too.

And not just that, but every break should be fun. Since it’s a one-track event, everyone will have the same experience, and you’ll have tons to talk about with whoever you bump into. The exciting thing about our audience this year is not only do we have today’s Broadway power players there, we also have tomorrow’s as well. We created a Young Professionals program that enabled the future stars of the Broadway ecosystem to apply for a free ticket (thanks to some generous support from sponsors) and (also thanks to some sponsor help) funded some deeply discounted tickets to students.

But it’s not all about big ideas and serious business. It’s a lot of fun, too. We’ve got some cool and ridiculous surprises waiting for you and a cocktail hour afterward.

So come! If you can’t convince your boss that this is a professional development activity that they should pay for and give you the time off for,  you should take the day off anyway. It could be the best investment of a personal day you’ve ever made.

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