Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

Broadway Producers Launch The Theatre Leadership Project

The program will train, mentor and place the next generation of Black producers, general managers, company managers and stage managers.

Broadway Producers Launch The Theatre Leadership Project

A group of theatre producers have joined forces to launch The Theatre Leadership Project, an ambitious nonprofit aimed at providing resources to programs that seek to diversify commercial theatre leadership. The new organization has partnered with leading theatrical organizations Black Theatre Coalition and Columbia University's Prince Fellowship and an advisory council that includes key entertainment figures including Whoopi Goldberg, John Gore, Kamilah Forbes, Whitney White, Aaliytha Stevens, Brian Moreland, Robert Fried, Stefan Schick and Oliver Sultan to establish a three-year fellowship program. The program will train, mentor and place the next generation of Black producers, general managers, company managers and stage managers in an industry where Black professionals are dramatically underrepresented. Set to begin in fall 2021, the fellowship programs will be open to candidates across the U.S. who desire careers in commercial theatre management or production.

Founding members are producers Barbara Broccoli (Once, The Band's Visit), Lia Vollack (MJ the Musical, Almost Famous), Alecia Parker (Waitress, Chicago), Patrick Daly (The Mountaintop; August: Osage County) and Travis Lemont Ballenger (MJ the Musical, Almost Famous). TTLP, together with its Advisory Council, will advise on TTLP programming and act as mentors to the fellows. Leah Harris, formally of Dallas Theater Center and Milwaukee Rep, will serve as program manager.

"It is our belief at TTLP that long-term financial support alongside training/mentorship and networking opportunities will provide successful outcomes for the program's participants. We are thrilled to be in partnership with existing organizations such as Black Theatre Coalition, supporting the leadership work they are already doing at the forefront of change," said Broccoli and Vollack.

For General and Company Management Fellowships, TTLP will partner with Black Theatre Coalition (BTC), which has created year-long fellowship programs aimed at bringing Black artists and managers to all areas of the theatrical field. In collaboration with TTLP, Black Theatre Coalition will create six two-year General and Company Management Fellowships with six leading Broadway general management offices. After the first two years in Black Theatre Coalition program, TTLP will work to assist fellows with job placement.

BTC Co-Founder and Artistic Director T. Oliver Reid said, "We realized that there was a necessary element that no one has talked about: long-term, sustained, paid apprenticeships and fellowships. Through Black Theatre Coalition's Management Fellowships, in partnership with TTLP, we can make certain that when these general and company management fellows are given opportunities, they are ready for it. Being in these rooms and building relationships, alongside the knowledge gained during the fellowship will help us move the needle towards equity in the American theatre."

Each year, the distinguished Prince Fellowship (formerly the T. Fellowship, in association with the Columbia University School of the Arts) provides one early career producer with the network, financial resources and mentorship necessary for a career as a creative producer. Beginning in 2021 for three successive years, TTLP will partner with the program to fund an additional fellow. TTLP Creative Producing Fellows will each spend the second year of their fellowship working in a Production Office. In the third year, TTLP will use its financial resources and networks to help the fellows find job placement opportunities.

TTLP has also contributed to the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program for stage management; an additional announcement will be forthcoming on TTLP stage management fellowships.

All TTLP Fellows will receive a compensation package that includes healthcare. Please see the TTLP website, www.theatreleadershipproject.org, for more information on the package.

Regional Awards

Related Stories

More Hot Stories For You


Photos: First Look at New Line Theatre's SOMETHING ROTTENPhotos: First Look at New Line Theatre's SOMETHING ROTTEN
September 25, 2022

New Line Theater will present SOMETHING ROTTEN Sept. 22-Oct. 15, 2022, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, all at 8:00 p.m., at the Marcelle Theater. Check out photos of the production here.

Pearlman Music Program Suncoast Announces 22/23 SeasonPearlman Music Program Suncoast Announces 22/23 Season
September 25, 2022

Lisa Berger, executive director of The Perlman Music Program Suncoast (Perlman Suncoast), announced that the PMP Winter Residency will be returning to Sarasota from December 28 through January 7—after a two-year hiatus.

Tony Danza, Chita Rivera, and More to Play 54 Below Next WeekTony Danza, Chita Rivera, and More to Play 54 Below Next Week
September 25, 2022

Next week, 54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. A recipient of the 2022 Tony Awards® Honor for Excellence in the Theatre, 54 Below celebrates Broadway musicals and writers of the past and present, promoting an ongoing engagement with their work.

THEN SHE RAN to Play Scranton Fringe Festival Starting This MonthTHEN SHE RAN to Play Scranton Fringe Festival Starting This Month
September 25, 2022

The creators of Then She Ran, a new 90-minute musical, have announced that Catie Davis will be directing three performances of the show during the weekend of September 30th through October 2nd, 2022 as part of the Scranton Fringe Festival.  Ms. Davis is an accomplished New York City director, and an Associate Director of Beetlejuice and Moulin Rouge, both of which are currently on Broadway.

LEGENDS OF SWING By Moonriver Duo Will Play Agrovino Wine Bar LofouLEGENDS OF SWING By Moonriver Duo Will Play Agrovino Wine Bar Lofou
September 25, 2022

LEGENDS OF SWING by MOONRIVER DUO will play Agrovino Wine Bar Lofou on Thursday 27 October 8pm. Tickets: €15. Doors open at 7pm.