Photo Flash: Inside BDF's Women in the Performing Arts Symposium

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On Friday, August 9, 2013 The Broadway Dreams Foundation presented the first annual Women in the Performing Arts Symposium, a celebration of the vibrant, creative women who share their passion through artistic expression. Sponsored by Bernstein Global Wealth Management, this first symposium focused on women who make a difference through their efforts to create, sustain, and grow performing arts education and featuring an expert panel of women taking a closer look at the current financial state of the educational and professional arts environment. Moderated by acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck, the panel included Anne Bucciarelli (Bernstein Global Wealth Management), Victoria Bussert (Baldwin-Wallace University), Mariann Cook (Rider University), Kaitlin Hopkins (Texas State), Barbara Mackenzie-Wood (Carnegie Mellon), Catherine McNeela (Elon University) and Amy Rogers(Pace).

Each year The Broadway Dreams Foundation will honor two women who make significant contributions in the performing arts in conjunction with the symposium. The first recipients of the Women in the Performing Arts Awards were Heather A. Hitchens, Executive Director of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, Executive Director of the Broadway League for their tireless efforts to promote theatre as a vibrant, national entertainment medium.

The evening was hosted by Broadway Dreams Executive Director, Annette Tanner, Mary Anna Dennard, acclaimed college audition coach and author of "I Got It In" and Adam Sansiveri of Bernstein Global Wealth Management.

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Charlotte St. Martin, Mary Anna Dennard, Heather Hitchens

Andrew Lippa, Barbara Mackenzie-Wood and Kaitlin Hopkins

Anne Bucciarelli and Adam Sansiveri

Barbara Mackenzie-Wood, Amy Rogers

Victoria McNeil Le Vine

Annette Tanner, Theresa Rebeck and panelists

Charlotte St. Martin

Charlotte St. Martin

Heather Hitchens

Mary Anna Dennard

Shirley Knight

Theresa Rebeck

Victoria Busssert, Catherine McNeela

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