Heidi Schreck, Dominique Morisseau, Mandy Gonzalez and More Participate in WOMEN'S DAY ON BROADWAY
In celebration of International Women's Day, Disney on Broadway announces the lineup for the 2nd annual "Women's Day on Broadway." Following its launch in 2018, the event aims to engage attendees of all genders and backgrounds in a day of open and honest dialogue about gender equality in the theatre industry and beyond. This year's theme, Inspiring Changemakers, focuses the event on people and organizations driving progress within the theatre and entertainment industry, highlighting ways each attendee can become an agent of change.
The event will feature participants including (in alphabetical order): Leslie Barrett, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Kristin Caskey, Rosdely Ciprian, Graciela Daniele, Lear deBessonet, Jill Furman, Mandy Gonzalez, Maria Manuela Goyanes, Susan Haskins, Christine Jones, Julia Jordan, Young Jean Lee, Anaïs Mitchell, Dominique Morisseau, Dessie Moynihan, Eva Price, Anne Quart, Theresa Rebeck, Ryann Redmond, Lauren Reid, Tara Rubin, Heidi Schreck, Leigh Silverman, Michele Steckler, Paula Wagner, Thursday Williams, and Syndee Winters.
Additionally, this year's event will highlight some of the organizations that are leading the way for gender equality in the arts. Participating organizations include The Actors Fund, BOLD, Girl Be Heard, The League of Professional Theatre Women, Maestra, Open Stages, PAAL, She NYC Arts, The Kilroys, and The WP Theatre.
After a welcome from Heidi Schreck and her What the Constitution Means to Me costars Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams, the Executive Director and cofounder of The Lillys, Julia Jordan, will set the stage and present findings from the most recent studies of women in theatre.
Moderated by Maria Manuela Goyanes (Woolly Mammoth), the first panel, "Spotlighting Marquee Women," will gather the creative forces behind some of this season's shows to discuss how Broadway can learn from theatre off-Broadway, regionally and beyond. Panelists include Christine Jones (Cher), Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men), Dominique Morisseau (Ain't Too Proud), and Leigh Silverman (Lifespan of a Fact).
The next conversation, "Stage, Screens and Studios," will feature perspectives from women in film, TV, music and theatre, and how we can apply new ideas to our industry. Susan Haskins ("Theatre Talk") moderates and the panelists include Anaïs Mitchell (Hadestown), Theresa Rebeck (Bernhardt/Hamlet), and Paula Wagner (Pretty Woman).
Michele Steckler (Fly Loft Group) facilitates an conversation with Leslie Barrett (Serino Coyne), Adrienne Campbell-Holt (Hatef**k) and Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), designed to reflect the collected community responses to questions about what it takes to be a changemaker. Attendees are encouraged to join the discussion by completing a short questionnaire at WomenOfBroadway.com/question.
Lauren Reid (The John Gore Organization) will moderate the final panel, "Employing Change," featuring Kristin Caskey (Ambassador Theatre Group), Lear deBessonet (Hercules), Dessie Moynihan (The Shubert Organization), and Tara Rubin (Tara Rubin Casting). The discussion will invite influential leaders to address how we create greater opportunity and visibility for women in theatre.
"Women's Day on Broadway" will be held on Tuesday, March 12th, at the St. James Theatre, home of Broadway's new musical Frozen. Disney on Broadway invites professionals of all genders and backgrounds working in entertainment and those interested in the topic to attend the event free of charge while tickets remain.
For more information and to learn about day-of tickets, visit the home for Women's Day on Broadway, WomenOfBroadway.com.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski
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