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Industry Pro Newsletter: Diversity in Stage Management, Industry Pro Survey, and Andrew Lloyd Webber: Activist

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The shift towards the second half of the year brings with it a shift in mindset: how do we reopen the industry better than before?



July 12, 2021 -

The news felt like it made a distinct shift after the Fourth of July weekend, with more show openings, casting announcements, and season announcements being the focus, as opposed to ongoing issues related to the pandemic. That isn't to say there aren't ongoing challenges, not only with the pandemic, but with continued moves by activists, theatres, and organizations to bring lasting change to the industry. This week, we have stories of theatres return, efforts by activists to bring increased diversity into the field, and more. But first, would you take a moment to complete our survey?

The Social Report

Following the holiday last week, the Broadway news cycle was fairly uneventful and the leaderboard remains mostly unchanged from last week.

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What do you want from Industry Pro?

As part of our ongoing efforts to deliver the most useful and relevant content to the Industry, we've put together a brief survey to gather your input on the type of content you're most interested in seeing. Would you mind taking a few minutes to fill it out?

Bringing Diversity to Stage Management

According to AEA, from 2016-2019 over 75% of the employed Stage Managers in the United States were white, and new initiatives from the Union, academia, and other organizations seeks to change that. The New York Times profiled those efforts.

After a Year Away, Edinburgh Fringe Returns

Though the plans for the festival are scaled down and different than in years past, organizers are taking a tone of muted celebration that the festival will not need to be canceled for a second year in a row. Despite rising cases, the festival believes that they've taken the right steps to ensure a safe experience for all.

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Activist

Throughout the pandemic, Andrew Lloyd Webber has continued to advocate for the cultural sector in the UK - sometimes with claims that weren't always based in the science - but mostly speaking out that theatre and the cultural sector were being treated differently than other sectors of the economy.

Walking Tours Provide a Soft Return to Being an Audience

Writing in The New York Times, Alexis Soloski takes a look at four of the audio walking tours taking place in New York City - and how they provide a nice re-entry point to being an audience member ahead of the full reopening of the cultural economy this fall.

Many Companies Feel Left Behind by SVOG Grants

With the many glitches in the rollout - and the slow deployment of payments - many theatre venues and producers are feeling left behind by the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program - a program intended to save these venues has been nothing more than a headache for many.

Have you seen the new Wicked?

If you've been on the theatre side of social media, you've seen the theatre world reacting to the newly staged version of the Broadway smash currently taking the stage in Berlin. If you haven't had a chance to catch it, we've got you covered at the link above.

The Road to Reopening: The Ogunquit Playhouse

Armed with a new outdoor performance space, the Ogunquit Playhouse is back to bringing theatre to Maine's southern coast - currently running Spamalot starring The Nanny's Charles Shauhnessy as King Arthur. BroadwayWorld caught up with Artistic Director Bradford Kenney to learn about Ogunquit's journey back to producing a full season

Add Your Show to our Regional Events Calendar

As audiences get set to return to in-person performances, and as your company works to market your own return to the stage, make sure you've got your upcoming shows in our regional events calendars. Listings are free of charge, with boosting options available. Get your show listed now!

BroadwayWorld Stage Mag - A Fully Interactive Show Program

The digital solution to your show program needs - want to see what's possible? Check out the Stage Mag's for off-Broadway's Blindness and for Next on Stage Season 3! Then start building your own at stagemag.broadwayworld.com.

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