Broadway Shines at EPIC International Online Event

Creators, Performers, Designers, and Producers from Broadway speak to International Audience at EPIC Event

By: Nov. 30, 2021
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Broadway Shines at EPIC International Online Event

The Entertainment and Performing Arts Industry Conference (EPIC) features a stellar line up of Broadway luminaries alongside industry leaders from around the world. As the center of the theatrical universe, it's natural and necessary that Broadway is well represented! EPIC presenters have won so many Tony's and other Awards, it's rare to get this many award winners in one place except the Tony's themselves. Tickets are on sale now! EPIC is live on January 10, 2022 or on demand for a month.

Four Pillars: CREATE, PERFORM, DESIGN, PRODUCE organize the conference and many of Broadway's beloved talents are found throughout each of the pillars.

CREATE Pillar features sessions curated specifically for directors, choreographers, and writers

Sergio Trujillo (choreography) won a Tony award for his work on, Ain't Too Proud, and an Olivier award for Memphis. At EPIC hea??examines his process of storytelling through choreography.a??a??

David Henry Hwang (playwright, screenwriter and librettist) has received numerous awards and recognition for his work including a Tony Award (M. Butterfly), three Obies (FOB, Golden Child, Yellow Face), and is a three time finalist for the Pulitzer (M.Butterfly, Yellow Face, Soft Power). At EPIC he explores the Culture Clash reflected in his work, and his vision for the future.

Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty (lyricist/librettist & composer), Tony Award winners for best original score Ragtime, best revival of a musical Once On This Island and Olivier award, Best New Musical Once On This Island. Their work on Anastasia received nominations for Grammy & Academy Awards. has delighted and moved audiences around the world. They discuss their collaborative process of writing and how they've adapted their work to captivate audiences around the world.

Douglas Lyons, is a multi-faceted artist (actor, writer, composer, director), whose play Chicken & Biscuits recently debuted on Broadway. He shares how his passion for telling underrepresented stories drew him to writing and shares his journey into writing and the power of artists to make change.

Liam Steel (choreographer/director) is a multi-award winner from the UK currently represented on Broadway with his choreography on Company. At EPIC, he joins other directors from the US and Canada to discuss diversity in their profession and the actions they can and are taking to make their productions for diverse.

And they join many other creators from around the world. Full listing at

PERFORM Pillar includes sessions designed for actors, singers, dancers, and performers of all types.

Patti Murin (Frozen), Rodney Hicks (Come From Away), Bret Shuford (Wicked) are all seasoned, successful Broadway professionals. However, each has struggled through challenges with their mental health on their path. Their stories will illuminate the real struggles many of us face and the strategies they used to manage work through and it.

Misty Copeland is a household name in the world of dance, a revered icon and principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. She splashed onto Broadway when she joined the revival of On The Town. At EPIC, Misty discusses her career, how she handled her rise to stardom, and the responsibility that comes with it.

Lorenzo Pisoni, has appeared on Broadway in Henry IV and Equus and had been movement coordinator for Noises Off, Frozen, Beetlejuice, but he grew up in the Circus, literally. There is a lot to be learned from his varied career onstage and off, in Broadway, film/tv, and circus.

Tara Rubin is a premiere Broadway casting director who recent shows include: Six, Ain't Too Proud, Dear Evan Hansen, Aladdin, and more... She joins a panel of UK, Circus, and other casting professionals, to demystify the casting process. This panel will dig into casting methods, the influence of casting professionals, as well as the differences and similarities across multiple genres of entertainment.a??

Cha Ramos is intimacy coach for Jagged Little Pill and Company and joins women stunt professionals from around the world to reveal address the great importance of communication, agency, advocacy, and creating safe spaces for high risk storytelling, be that violence, intimacy or leaping from a burning building.

Heidi Green & Taaj Jaharah, physical therapist and movement coach respectively have helped numerous actors, dancers, and top flight sports stars with the care and maintenance of their most important tool, their body. Their advice and techniques are invaluable for any performer.

And many other performers from around the world. Full listing at

DESIGN Pillar sessions are built for designers and technicians of every discipline: lighting, scenic, costume, sound, projections.

Natasha Katz has won six Tony Awards for her lighting designs on Broadway. She will be joined Broadway and Opera LD, Dawn Chiang, and international LD from Singapore, Gabriel Chan to discuss their process of designing and telling stories through light for hundreds of shows from Broadway musicals, plays, dance, and opera.

Jessica Paz, (Tony Winning Sound Designer) Carin Ford, Jon Weston, & Vinnie Macri and all highly regarded sound professionals. As engineers and designers, they are both technicians and designers. This fascinating discussion centers on the artistry of sound engineers and how they design the show in real time at every performance.

Paul Tazewell, Scott Westervelt, & Jessica Dermody. Paul received the Tony Award for best costumes for Hamilton. His design is implemented at every performance by a wardrobe supervisor and a team of dressers. For this session, Paul is joined by original and current wardrobe supervisors to reveal how they work together to bring the beautiful design to life.

Michael Curry won a Tony Award for his puppet creations on The Lion King. His vision has brought to life numerous spectacular effects for the Olympics, EPCOT, Cirque du Soleil. At EPIC, his daughter will interview him about his career, creations, and inspiration.

Jeremy Chernick figures out how to make the strangest things happen onstage. As a theatrical special effects expert, he has worked on numerous Broadway shows including Beetlejuice, Hadestown, King Kong, American Psycho, and many, many more. At EPIC, he reveals the very unique "strange things" he does.

Joe Dulude II, La Sonya Gunter, & Charles LaPointe, often collaborate to create the make-up and hair design on Broadway productions. The value, artistry, and impact their work has on the show and the actors is immense. At EPIC, they explore how they collaborate with other designers and actors to add vital details to story and character.

And many other designers from around the world. Full listing at

PRODUCE: Producers and managers have numerous sessions curated to serve their unique needs and interests.

Ken Davenport won Tony Awards for Kinky Boots and the revival of Once On This Island, but he got his career started by producing his own work off-Broadway. Ken discusses the importance of producing your own work to launching your career.

Sammy Lopez & Ben Holzman (producers,a??Be More Chill, Bandstand, Prince of Broadway)a??represent a new and young group of Broadway producers. At EPIC, they will debate how and why they are changing the face of commercial theatre.

Susan Sampliner, Daniel Hoyos, & Kim Shaw have been company managers on some of Broadway biggest hits (Wicked, Mean Girls, The Lion King) and have served a vital role for their productions. They reveal their techniques and strategies for taking care of 50+ artists, managing everything from housing and travel to payroll and healthcare.

Richard Hester has been supervising productions of Jersey Boys all around the world, on land... and sea. At EPIC, Richard joins highly regarded leaders in the cruise industry to discuss the unique challenges of creating and transferring a show on to a floating city in the middle of the ocean!

Molly Braverman is a stage manager at the Broadway hit Wicked, but also the director of the Broadway Green Alliance, she is joined with colleagues from the UK and Denmark from representing other organizations and their sustainability practices. These organizations will share their initiatives and how we can reinvent the way we work to be more sustainable and economical.

Chris Boneau is a founding partner of Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Inc., and has navigated more than 400 theatrical productions across the globe through the crowded media landscape. The strategic press and marketing campaigns he has developed tell stories that build awareness and develop audiences. At EPIC, Chris discusses how to break through the noise and reach your audience.

Narda E. Alcorn & Lisa Porter are both very successful stage managers on Broadway and around the world, as well as highly regarded educators. Their book and other collaborative writings have been having a huge impact on the profession of stage management. In this session, they reflect on the changes our industry is going through and how stage managers can be a positive force in rehearsal rooms and backstage.

And many other producers and managers from around the world. Full listing at

Broadway creators, performers, designers, and producers make up an important segment of the international industry leaders taking an EPIC journey this January. 50 sessions / 24 hours / Live or On Demand.

Tickets are available now.

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