Loading…
BroadwayCon has ended
Below is the archived schedule from BroadwayCon 2016. Please note that it may not accurately reflect everything that took place, as we made on-the-fly changes due to the blizzard.

****
For most programming, you do not need to sign up in advance! For the most part, admission is first-come, first-served. Exceptions to this include workshops and autograph/photobooth sessions - more information about these can be found on our website. Adding a panel to your schedule does not guarantee admission to the panel.

Log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Panel [clear filter]
Friday, January 22
 

12:00pm

Producing 101
We all know that a show’s producer is ultimately the one calling the shots, but with so many names above the title of every Broadway show these days, what do producers actually do? And how can aspiring producers get started? Join our panel of talented producers for an inside look at what it takes to get a show up on stage. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Ken Davenport

Ken Davenport

Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, It’s Only a Play, The Visit, Mothers and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna, Blithe Spirit, You’re Welcome America, Speed-the-Plow, 13. Off-Broadway: Daddy Long Legs, That... Read More →
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

Broadway credits include: A View From The Bridge, Skylight (Tony Award), Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance, This Is Our Youth, A Raisin in the Sun (Tony), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Tony), Betrayal, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony), End of the Rainbow, HAIR... Read More →
avatar for Alia Jones-Harvey

Alia Jones-Harvey

Alia Jones-Harvey is an Olivier Award Winning and Tony-nominated producer, and partner at Front Row Productions, a production company devoted to bringing classic works performed by actors of color to the Broadway stage. Along with her partner and the founder of Front Row, Stephen... Read More →
avatar for Hal Luftig

Hal Luftig

HAL LUFTIG (Producer). Winner of four Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, Hal Luftig has worked on and off Broadway for the past 25 years. Broadway: Kinky Boots, The Elephant Man, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, West Side Story, All My Sons, Legally Blonde, The Times... Read More →
avatar for Daryl Roth

Daryl Roth

Daryl Roth holds the singular distinction of producing seven Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics, August: Osage County (2008 Tony), Clybourne Park (2012 Tony), How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony), Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, and Wit. The proud recipient... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Whitman

Barbara Whitman

Current productions: Fun Home (Tony Award nomination), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Tony Award). Other credits: Murder for Two, Little Miss Sunshine, If/Then starring Idina Menzel, Hands on a Hardbody, Red (Tony Award), Next to Normal (Pulitzer), Hamlet starring Jude... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Beekman

1:00pm

A Brand New Day: Diversity on Broadway
In the year of Hamilton, Allegiance, The Wiz Live!, Shuffle Along and more, the current Broadway climate is the most diverse most enthusiasts can remember. How far has the theatrical world actually come in terms of race and representation on stage?

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Shade

Andrew Shade

Andrew Shade has a burning passion that lies in the arts. Originally from Fort Wayne, IN, he resides in the heart of Harlem, helping to lead the way to building a more diverse and knowledgeable audience in the theater world. He is the Founder & Editorial Director of Broadway Black... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Quiara Alegria Hudes

Quiara Alegria Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes’ first New York production came in 2006. The play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue was named a Pulitzer Finalist. Her follow-up play, Water By the Spoonful, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2012. In the meantime her musical, In the Heights, co-authored with... Read More →
avatar for Alia Jones-Harvey

Alia Jones-Harvey

Alia Jones-Harvey is an Olivier Award Winning and Tony-nominated producer, and partner at Front Row Productions, a production company devoted to bringing classic works performed by actors of color to the Broadway stage. Along with her partner and the founder of Front Row, Stephen... Read More →
avatar for Tamika Lawrence

Tamika Lawrence

Tamika Sonja Lawrence is a Grammy-nominated Actor/Singer/Songwriter. Tamika’s band, “Tamika and The Slay” performs all over the NYC area at some of New York’s best and well-known downtown music venue institutions, including: “The Bitter End” and “Rockwood Music Hall... Read More →
avatar for Telly Leung

Telly Leung

Broadway and national touring credits include Flower Drum Song, Pacific Overtures, Wicked (Boq, original Chicago company), Rent (final Broadway company) and Godspell. Off-Broadway, he was featured in Manhattan Theatre Club’s The World of Extreme Happiness. Regionally, some... Read More →
avatar for Roberta Pereira

Roberta Pereira

Roberta Pereira is an Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-nominated theater producer. She is currently the Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, a nonprofit theater company dedicated to emerging playwrights. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Dress Circle Publishing... Read More →
avatar for Erin Quill

Erin Quill

Erin Quill holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Performance. An original Broadway cast member of Avenue Q, she's also been seen as Madame Liang in the 50th anniversary production of Flower Drum Song, and as Lady Thiang opposite Debby Boone in The King and I, among... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Regent

1:00pm

Deaf West, East
Deaf West’s production of Spring Awakening is set to close on January 24 after an odds-defying, boundary-pushing, electrifying 20 weeks on Broadway. Join members of the cast and creative team as they discuss the process, challenges, and joys of bringing Spring Awakening back to town. 

Please Note: This program will be interpreted in American Sign Language. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Gioia

Michael Gioia

Michael Gioia is a NYC-based writer and performer. He most recently appeared in Friends in Theater’s benefit staging of The Secret Garden, starring Rebecca Luker, in January. He has performed with NYC’s 5th Floor Productions and the Manhattan Children’s Theatre as well as at... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Katie Boeck

Katie Boeck

Katie Boeck is honored to be making her Broadway debut with Deaf West. Her acoustic rendition of “Ave Maria” was featured in the final season of the HBO series “The Newsroom”. BA: UCLA. Original music available on iTunes. Love and thanks to family and teachers! 
avatar for Alex Boniello

Alex Boniello

Alex Boniello is making his Broadway debut as Voice of Moritz/Guitar in Spring Awakening. Selected Credits: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening (Wallis Annenberg Center), Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), Here’ s Hoover! (Abrons Art Center), I Am Harvey Milk (Lincoln Center), Lin-Manuel... Read More →
avatar for Daniel N. Durant

Daniel N. Durant

Daniel N. Durant is honored to be making his Broadway debut as Moritz in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. Previous theatre: Spring Awakening; Flowers for Algernon; Cyrano (Deaf West); and Police:Deaf:Near:Far. Television: “Switched at Birth.” Through his work, Daniel strives to... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Mae Frank

Sandra Mae Frank

Sandra Mae Frank is making her Broadway debut as Wendla in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. Richard III (NextStop Theatre), A Commedia Christmas Carol (Faction of Fools), Apples & Oranges (MO2 Productions). TV: ABC Family’s “Switched at Birth.” 
avatar for Spencer Liff

Spencer Liff

Broadway choreography: Spring Awakening (2015), Hedwig and the Angry Inch. TV: 7 Seasons of FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance” (earning him 2 Emmy Nominations for Best Choreography), “DWTS,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Mike and Molly,” “2... Read More →
avatar for Austin P. McKenzie

Austin P. McKenzie

Austin P. McKenzie is making his Broadway and theatrical debut as Melchior in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. Austin recently finished his first feature-film lead in Dan Harris’ “Speech & Debate.” Austin attended Columbia College Chicago, studying special needs teaching and... Read More →
avatar for Andy Mientus

Andy Mientus

Theater: Les Misérables (Broadway, Broadway.com Audience Choice Award, Breakthrough Performance), Spring Awakening (First National Tour, dir. Michael Mayer), Carrie (MCC Theater, recording). Television: Series regular on “Smash” (NBC), Recurring roles on “The Flash” (CW... Read More →
avatar for Krysta Rodriguez

Krysta Rodriguez

Krysta Rodriguez can currently be seen on Broadway in the role of Ilse in Deaf West's Spring Awakening. Krysta previously starred opposite Zachary Levi in the Broadway production of First Date. Other Broadway credits include: The Addams Family, In the Heights, Spring Awakening... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Sutton

1:00pm

Look, They Made a Hat and They're Wearing it Too
It’s one of theatre’s biggest juggling acts: doing double duty as a show’s writer and
its star. How do you balance trying to keep up with lines that need fine-tuning while remembering what to say next? These panelists will tell you all about what it’s like to do this intricate dance. 

Moderators
avatar for Laura Heywood

Laura Heywood

@BroadwayGirlNYC
When it comes to Broadway, Forbes calls Laura Heywood "the most vocal and visible supporter in the business.” Her formerly anonymous alter-ego, @BroadwayGirlNYC, is widely regarded as a leading advocate, ambassador, and best friend to Broadway. With experience as a national talk... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Hunter Bell

Hunter Bell

Hunter has received an Obie Award, Drama League nomination, and Tony nomination for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for Found: A New Musical (Atlantic Theater Company), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Silence! The Musical, Bellobration... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Bowen

Jeff Bowen

Jeff Bowen wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in the Broadway musical [title of show] (OBIE Award) and Now. Here. This.  Additionally, he has written music and lyrics for Villains Tonight! (Walt Disney Company) and the theme songs for the web series "the [title of show] show... Read More →
avatar for Lonny Price

Lonny Price

Lonny Price most recently directed the stage and film versions of the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Company. He earned Emmys for his work directing Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, Sweeney Todd (with Patti LuPone and George Hearn), and... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Murray Hill

1:00pm

Making Your Own Work
The rise of the Internet has given Broadway’s talented performers and writers the opportunity to get their work out into the world without relying on producers and casting directors. Learn more about your favorite Broadway people’s side projects, and how they’ve been able to remain fulfilled even as they wait for the next gig.

Moderators
avatar for Frank DiLella

Frank DiLella

NY1
Frank DiLella joined NY1 in 2004 and now produces and reports for "On Stage," the news channel's weekly half-hour theater program. In addition to filing reports on the Broadway and off-Broadway scenes, DiLella has traveled internationally to cover theater in Japan, Hong Kong, England... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger is an actor, director, author and filmmaker. He is appearing as Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting on Broadway beginning March 2016. He created the role of Crutchie in the original Broadway cast of Newsies (Outer Critics Circle nominee). Other Broadway: Mary Poppins... Read More →
avatar for Kait Kerrigan

Kait Kerrigan

Kait Kerrigan is an award-winning bookwriter, playwright, and lyricist. She made her off-Broadway debut with the musical HENRY AND MUDGE, written with composer Brian Lowdermilk. Their other musicals include THE BAD YEARS, REPUBLIC and UNBOUND. Her plays include IMAGINARY LOVE, TRANSIT... Read More →
avatar for Brian Lowdermilk

Brian Lowdermilk

Brian Lowdermilk made his off-Broadway debut with an adaptation of HENRY AND MUDGE, written with Kait Kerrigan. Other Kerrigan-Lowdermilk collaborations include THE BAD YEARS, REPUBLIC, and UNBOUND. They have released two albums, and they’ve received the Larson Award and Dramatists... Read More →
avatar for Alice Ripley

Alice Ripley

Alice Ripley will be seen this spring as Patrick’s Mother/Mrs. Wolfe in American Psycho. She received the 2009 Best Actress in a Musical Tony and Helen Hayes Awards for her work in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal. Ms. Ripley made her Broadway debut in the original cast... Read More →
avatar for Kate Wetherhead

Kate Wetherhead

Kate Wetherhead is currently appearing Off-Broadway in "Clever Little Lies" at the Westside Theatre. She is the co-creator, director, writer and star of "Submissions Only," an online sitcom (www.submissionsonly.com).  Broadway: "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "Legally Blonde."  Off-Broadway: "The Other Josh Cohen" (Drama Desk Nomination), "Ordinary Days," "Tatjana In Color," "Sarah, Plain And Tall."  Regional: "The Heidi Chronicles" (Guthrie Theater), "Clever Little Lies" (George Street Playhouse, Guild H... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Nassau

1:00pm

Redefining Success on Broadway
“The Ensemblist,” the only podcast to show you Broadway from the inside out, is stoked to bring you interviews with some of our favorite performers. In this live podcast, we’re taking the idea of what it means to be a successful Broadway artist and turning it on
its head – through the ensemblist experience! How do working actors define success? How is storytelling a catalyst for changing minds and lives? How are the life and career experiences of ensemblists another side of what it means to be successful on Broadway, even if their names aren’t above the title? 

Moderators
avatar for Christopher Gurr

Christopher Gurr

Broadway: All The Way (Strom Thurmond), Kinky Boots (Twice! George, then Mr. Price), Amazing Grace (Monsieur Clow, u/s Tom Hewitt as Capt. Newton) National Tours: Spamalot (Mrs. Gallahad/Sir Bedevere, u/s King Arthur), Memphis (Mr. Sims/Gordon Grant) Regional Acting Credits... Read More →
avatar for Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Nikka believes in telling stories from another angle. Finding out what the other side thinks, and making everyone feel heard and important. She believes in kindness, compassion, and humor above all. But when people ask for a bio, this is what she says: Nikka Graff Lanzarone first... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Gaelen Gilliland

Gaelen Gilliland

Gaelen Gilliland, currently swinging in the hit show Kinky Boots, hails from Pittsburgh. This marks her fifth Broadway show after Wicked (Mdm. Morrible u/s), Legally Blonde (Elle's mom, u/s Paulette/Vivian, OBC), 9 to 5 (1st cover Judy and Doralee, OBC), and Honeymoon In Vegas (Ticket... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Sanchez

Jennifer Sanchez

Jennifer Sanchez has been seen on Broadway in On Your Feet!, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Ghost (Mrs. Santiago), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Cristina) and West Side Story (Rosalia). Off-Broadway: Little Miss Sunshine (Miss California) and Getting My Act Together (Cheryl... Read More →
avatar for Megan Sikora

Megan Sikora

NY/Broadway: Under My Skin (Nanette); The Nance (standby); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Gloria); How to Succeed... (Miss Krumholz); Promises, Promises (Turkey Lurkey); Show Boat at Carnegie Hall (Ellie); Curtains (Bambi), Wicked (Glinda/Nessa u/s), Dracula (Mina/Lucy u/s), Wonderful... Read More →
avatar for Phillip Spaeth

Phillip Spaeth

Phillip Spaeth is currently playing Rudolpho in the Broadway company of Matilda. He has appeared on Broadway in Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, West Side Story, and Wicked. Phillip played Dennis in season one of the NBC series "Smash." Other credits include "Gossip Girl... Read More →
avatar for Marisha Wallace

Marisha Wallace

Marisha is currently performing in the ensemble of Something Rotten! and understudying the role of Bea. She previously originated the role of the Fortune Teller in Disney’s Aladdin. Marisha got her big break starring in the break out role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, where she received... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Beekman

2:00pm

Festival Medley
Before we know it, it’ll be festival season again. Countless shows are produced each year at theatre festivals around the city. But how does doing a festival production fit into a workshop process? How do festivals select which shows they’re going to give slots to? And if you thought working on one show was hard, how do their staffs keep straight the seemingly infinite number of shows and performance schedules every year? 

Speakers
avatar for Matt Britten

Matt Britten

Matt Britten is proud to have studied at Syracuse University, Shakespeare’s Globe in London, the Aaron Sorkin Entertainment Practicum in Los Angeles, and the Tepper Semester in New York City. Matt currently serves as the Creative Director of the New York Musical Theatre Festival... Read More →
avatar for Elena K. Holy

Elena K. Holy

Producing Artistic Director, New York International Fringe Festival
Elena K. Holy is the Producing Artistic Director of The Present Theatre Company, Inc. – creators and producers of The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), now celebrating its 20th anniversary. She was awarded the New York Magazine Award for her “creativity, vision... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Bishop Seely

Stephen Bishop Seely

Stephen Bishop Seely attended both the University of Texas in Austin and Michigan State University completing his MFA in Acting.  He has performed, produced, written, directed and served as a dramaturg for numerous Regional, Touring, Off-Broadway, and Broadway productions.  Notably... Read More →
avatar for Eric Shethar

Eric Shethar

Eric Shethar is a dramaturg, creative producer, and curator who currently serves as Ars Nova's Artistic Programs Associate where he coordinates the developmental activities of their Resident Artist community. Eric has produced for companies like New Saloon and GRANDMA, collaborated... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Nassau

2:00pm

Something Wonderful: A Look Behind The King and I
From lighting designers to choreographers, all members of a creative team have their own visions for a show. How do they collaborate while holding onto their original ideas and the ideas of the director? And how does that process change when you’re working on a revival of a beloved classic? The creative team from Lincoln Center Theater’s The King and I will discuss the “puzzlement” of combining their individual pieces to create this breathtaking revival. 

Moderators
avatar for Ted Chapin

Ted Chapin

President, Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization
As president of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Ted Chapin has spearheaded many award-winning productions, including The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and The Sound of Music. His career began as an assistant for the Broadway productions of Follies... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Gattelli

Christopher Gattelli

Christopher Gattelli was awarded the 2012 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his choreography in Newsies. (As choreographer) Broadway: Amazing Grace, The King and I, South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Casa Valentina, Sunday in the Park With... Read More →
avatar for Donald Holder

Donald Holder

Broadway credits include: The Lion King and South Pacific (Tony Awards), The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, On the Twentieth Century, The Bridges of Madison County, Golden Boy, Ragtime, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, A Streetcar Named Desire, Movin’ Out, Gem of the Ocean, Juan Darien... Read More →
avatar for Scott Lehrer

Scott Lehrer

Scott Lehrer received the first Tony awarded to sound for the Lincoln Center Theater revival of South Pacific. Recent B’way work: Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Living on Love, Honeymoon in Vegas, A Delicate Balance, Love Letters, A Raisin in the Sun, Betrayal, Lucky Guy... Read More →
avatar for Bartlett Sher

Bartlett Sher

Bartlett Sher is currently represented on Broadway by Fiddler on the Roof and The King and I (Tony Award nomination). He is the Resident Director of Lincoln Center Theater, where he has directed Golden Boy by Clifford Odets (Tony Nomination), Blood and Gifts by J.T. Rogers, Women... Read More →
avatar for Michael Yeargan

Michael Yeargan

Theatre credits include designs for regional theatres in America, London’s West End and Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including The King and I (Tony Award nomination), Fiddler on the Roof, The Bridges of Madison County, The Light in the Piazza, South Pacific (Tony and Drama... Read More →
avatar for Catherine Zuber

Catherine Zuber

Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, Golden Boy, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Born Yesterday, Edward Albee’s Seascape, Dinner at Eight, Twelfth Night (Tony nominations), The Royal Family, South Pacific, The Coast of Utopia, The Light in the Piazza... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Beekman

5:00pm

History is Happening In Manhattan: The Hamilton Panel
It’s breaking records. It’s changing perceptions. It’s topping rap charts. It’s causing traffic jams. Hamilton is doing all the things, and Playbill is talking with writer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, and Jonathan Groff about the history that is happening on 46th Street.

Moderators
avatar for Blake Ross

Blake Ross

Editor in Chief, Playbill
Blake Ross is the Editor in Chief of Playbill, the premiere destination for all things theater and the internationally known symbol of the arts since 1884. She is content coordinator across all mediums for Playbill, online, print and mobile. At Playbill, she is responsible for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs

Daveed Diggs can currently be seen as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson in Broadway’s Hamilton. National tour: Word Becomes Flesh. Regional: In the Red and Brown Water, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, The Tempest, Troilus and Cressida, Mirrors in Every Corner. Albums... Read More →
avatar for Reneé Elise Goldsberry

Reneé Elise Goldsberry

Renée Elise Goldsberry can currently be seen as Angelica Schuyler in Broadway’s Hamilton. Broadway: Good People,The Color Purple, Rent, The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Hamilton (Lortel and Drama Desk Award), As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Two Gentlemen of Verona... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff can currently be seen as King George in the smash hit Broadway production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. He also recently starred in the second season of the hit HBO television series, “Looking.” Created by Michael Lannan and directed by Andrew Haigh, the... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson can currently be seen as George Washington in Broadway's Hamilton. Broadway: Holler If Ya Hear Me, Bronx Bombers, After Midnight, In the Heights,Memphis, The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Hamilton, Bronx Bombers, The Jammer,Lonely I'm Not and In the Heights... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Odom, Jr.

Leslie Odom, Jr.

Leslie Odom, Jr. can currently be seen as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton. Select other theater: Hamilton (Public Theater), tick, tick…BOOM! (City Center Encores!), Leap of Faith (Broadway), Rent (Broadway). Select TV/film: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Gotham,” “Person... Read More →
avatar for Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Broadway: Composer/Lyricist/Usnavi of In the Heights (four Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Score, Grammy Award, Pulitzer Prize finalist), Bring It On: The Musical (co-composer/co-lyricist, Tony nomination for Best Musical), West Side Story (2009 revival, Spanish... Read More →
avatar for Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo can currently be seen as Eliza Hamilton in Broadway’s Hamilton. Off-Broadway: Hamilton at the Public Theater (Drama Desk Award for Best Musical); Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, Kazino, world premiere). Regional: A Little Night Music (Berkshire... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
MainStage

7:30pm

10,514,880 Minutes: How Do You Measure 20 Years of Rent?
It’s the musical responsible for student rush, cleaning up 41st Street, revitalizing the Nederlander Theatre, providing opportunities for countless Broadway debuts, inspiring the next generation of musical theatre creators, and making sure none of us will ever forget how many minutes are in a year. And it’s ultimately the reason we’re all here together for BroadwayCon. Join members of the original Rent family — cast, creatives, and friends — as they discuss where they were 20 years ago this week and how life has changed since then. 

Speakers
avatar for Rodney Hicks

Rodney Hicks

Rodney makes his home in the Pacific Northwest with his husband, Chris, and dogs Trevor and Logan. He currently co-stars as Bob in the new musical Come from Away which is playing to sold out audiences at Seattle Repertory Theatre, prior to that he originated the same role at La Jolla... Read More →
avatar for James C. Nicola

James C. Nicola

Artistic Director, New York Theatre Workshop
James C. Nicola has been the Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) since 1988. Under his guidance, NYTW has remained steadfast to its founding commitment of nurturing both established and emerging theatre artists, promoting collaboration and bold experimentation with... Read More →
CO

Cynthia O'Neal

Born in Los Angeles, Cynthia modeled and appeared in films, including “Carnal Knowledge” and “Primary Colors.” In 1991 she founded Friends in Deed—The Crisis Center for Life-Threatening Illness—which has helped transform many thousands of lives by providing emotional and... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp

Broadway: If/Then; Rent; ; Six Degrees of Separation; Precious Sons (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Raised in Captivity, Sophistry, The Destiny of Me, Some Americans Abroad, among others. Film: Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed... Read More →
avatar for Daphne Rubin-Vega

Daphne Rubin-Vega

Daphne Rubin-Vega debuted on Broadway as Mimi in the original cast of “Rent”, earning her a Theater World Award as well as Tony and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress in a Musical.  She was nominated again for her role as Conchita in the Pulitzer Prize winning “Anna In... Read More →
avatar for Bernie Telsey

Bernie Telsey

Film: Four Ten Four, Ricki and the Flash, The Intern, Ithaca, Focus, Into the Woods, The Last Five Years, Song One, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Friends with Kids, Margin Call, Sex and the City 1 & 2, I Love You Phillip Morris, Rachel Getting Married, Dan in Real... Read More →
avatar for Fredi Walker-Browne

Fredi Walker-Browne

Fredi created the role of Joanne Jefferson in the smash hit musical Rent and went on to play Rafiki in The Lion King.  Most recently, she's in Rebecca Miller's new film “Maggie’s Plan” and was delighted to play Shay on Showtime’s Emmy Award Winning series “The Big C... Read More →
avatar for Tim Weil

Tim Weil

Broadway: Jonathan Larson’s Rent, Shrek, Jumpers, Sally Marr… and her escorts (directed by Lonny Price), Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Off-Broadway: Patti Griffin’s 10 Million Miles (2008 Drama Desk nomination, Best Orchestrations), Suzan-Lori Parks’ F****** A. Film... Read More →
avatar for Marlies Yearby

Marlies Yearby

Marlies Yearby is the Tony Award-nominated and Drama League Award-winning choreographer of Rent. Her work was licensed for the film adaptation and also seen in “Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway.” Ms. Yearby received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her choreography for Oedipus... Read More →


Friday January 22, 2016 7:30pm - 8:50pm
MainStage
 
Saturday, January 23
 

10:00am

The Art of Stage Management – Brought to you by Actors’ Equity Association
Phenomenal cosmic power! Itty bitty working space. Join our panel of awesome stage managers as they discuss what it’s like to be responsible for making a Broadway show happen night after night, the challenge of calling a show, and some of their craziest stories. This panel is brought to you by Actors’ Equity Association. 

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Slattery

Jennifer Slattery

Broadway stage management credits include Bullets Over Broadway, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Guys & Dolls (2009), Grease, Oleanna, and Cry-Baby. Other New York credits include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, SoHo Rep, Guggenheim W&P, Asia Society, and numerous corporate... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Wheeler Kahn

Jennifer Wheeler Kahn

Jennifer Wheeler Kahn has a BFA in Stage Management from USC. Career highlights include: Broadway: Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. National TOurs: In The Heights. Off-Broadway: Hold Onto Me Darling (Atlantic). Regional: Kinship (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The New Sincerity (Bay... Read More →
avatar for Justin Scribner

Justin Scribner

Justin Scribner (Stage Manager) – Broadway: Rock of Ages, God of Carnage, The American Plan, A Chorus Line, RENT, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Lennon, Pacific Overtures, Jumpers, Little Shop of Horrors, Nine. National Tour: Love Letters. Off -Broadway: The Laramie Project... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Aaron Stern

Matthew Aaron Stern

Broadway (selected): Finding Neverland, On The Town, Doctor Zhivago, Side Show, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, Hands On A Hardbody, Death Of A Salesmen, Baby It's You, The Little Mermaid, Wicked, Fiddler on the Roof, The Phantom Of The Opera, Enchanted April, The Full Monty, Grease... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Beekman

11:00am

To Us and Our Good Fortune: The Fiddler on the Roof Panel
One of Broadway’s most beloved shows is back. Join cast members of Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof and lyricist Sheldon Harnick as they discuss what it means to bring this 50-year-old “tradition” to life again. 

Speakers
avatar for Michael C. Bernardi

Michael C. Bernardi

Michael C. Bernardi is deeply honored to be making his Broadway debut this season as Mordcha, Tevye u/s in the musical nearest his heart, Fiddler on the Roof. This has special meaning for Michael as his late father, Herschel Bernardi, portrayed the role of Tevye on Broadway and on... Read More →
avatar for Sheldon Harnick

Sheldon Harnick

Sheldon Harnick created a number of memorable musicals with Jerry Bock, including Fiorello! (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award), She Loves Me (Grammy Award), and Fiddler on the Roof (Tony Award, New York Drama Critics Circle Award). Other collaborations include Rex with Richard Rodgers... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht is currently starring as Golde in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. Other Broadway: Assembled Parties (Lilly Award), Harvey, A View from the Bridge (Tony, Drama League noms), Brighton Beach Memoirs, Julius Caesar, After The Fall, The Last Night of Ballyhoo. Off-Broadway... Read More →
avatar for Adam Kantor

Adam Kantor

Adam Kantor can currently be seen as Motel in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof. Other Broadway: Rent (Mark, as seen in “Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway”), Next to Normal (Henry). Off-Broadway: Jamie in The Last Five Years (Second Stage), Princeton/Rod in Avenue Q. Regional: Diner... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Massell

Samantha Massell

is currently appearing as Hodel in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof. She made her Broadway debut at age 12 in Baz Luhrmann’s production of Puccini’s La Boheme. Originated the role of Florika (Esmeralda u/s) in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Paper Mill/La Jolla). City... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Schecter

Jeffrey Schecter

Jeffrey Schecter is currently appearing in Fiddler on the Roof, his ninth Broadway show. He is an actor, teacher, husband, and father to two beautiful children (Lena and Mattias). Blessed is an understatement. 
avatar for Alexandra Silber

Alexandra Silber

Alexandra Silber is currently appearing as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof. Broadway/ NYC: Master Class, Arlington (OCC nomination), Hello Again (DL nomination), She Loves Me. West End: Kiss Me, Kate; Carousel (TMA Award); Fiddler on the Roof; The Woman in White. San Francisco Symphony... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:40am
MainStage

11:00am

Do You Hear the People Sing?: Broadway Sound Design
If you can hear the people sing, it’s only because of the sound designers working tirelessly to give every audience member the same auditory experience. How do the experiences of working in different Broadway theatres compare? How does the placement of the band affect the sound design of musicals? And how do you even amplify sound in a hundred-year-old theatre?

Moderators
avatar for Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas is an author, editor, journalist, librettist, and project manager with more than thirty years of experience working on Broadway, most of it with Playbill Inc. and the Tony Awards. Viagas was founding editor (1994) of Playbill.com. He has published 19 books on performing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kai Harada

Kai Harada

Sound Designer
Sound designs include Allegiance, Gigi, Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), Little Dancer (Kennedy Center), On the Town, Follies (Drama Desk Award and Tony Award nomination), Fun Home (Drama Desk Award nomination), First Date, Million Dollar Quartet, Zorro (Moscow, Atlanta), Hinterm Horizont... Read More →
avatar for Leon Rothenberg

Leon Rothenberg

Leon is a Tony award-winning Sound Designer based in New York City who has designed for a number of environments including theater, film, dance, installation and the circus. Recent credits include musicals and plays across the country at venues such as the Old Globe, Arena Stage... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Murray Hill

11:00am

How to Market A Show
You’ve seen all the banner ads and billboards, now find out what happens behind the scenes. Our panelists will explain how a show’s campaign goes from idea to advertisement and how it establishes the look and feel of a show, while allowing it to evolve over time. 

Speakers
avatar for Angelo Desimini

Angelo Desimini

Chief Executive Officer, Serino/Coyne
Angelo Desimini has played a leading role in live entertainment advertising for the past 20 years. As CEO of the marketing firm SERINO/COYNE, the firm handles some of Broadway’s biggest brands including: The Lion King, Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Aladdin, Jersey Boys... Read More →
avatar for Tom Greenwald

Tom Greenwald

Co-Founder, Chief Strategy Officer, SpotCo
Tom is a co-founder of SpotCo. In addition, he is the lyricist and co-book writer of the musical John and Jen, which was revived off-Broadway in 2015. Tom is also a children’s book author.
avatar for Michele Groner

Michele Groner

VP, Strategic Planning, Serino/Coyne
Michele is the Vice President of Strategic Planning at Serino Coyne.  Prior to that she served as VP of Sales & Marketing Stage Entertainment USA. Michele came to Stage Entertainment from Disney Theatrical Productions in New York where she was Director of Marketing & Brand Strategy... Read More →
avatar for Scott Moore

Scott Moore

Managing Partner, AKA NYC
Scott brings over 20 years of Broadway, national and international marketing, sales and campaign management experience to AKA. Previously, Scott was the Director of Marketing for Kevin McCollum and Jeffrey Seller at The Producing Office where he directed and supervised the advertising... Read More →
avatar for Ilene Rosen

Ilene Rosen

President, SpotCo
Prior to her current position as President of SpotCo, Ilene served as the Marketing Director at the Public Theater / Shakespeare in the Park.  Before that, she worked as an Account Supervisor at SpotCo, marketing over 40 Broadway shows.  She started her career as the Head of Production... Read More →
avatar for Janette Roush

Janette Roush

VP, Insights and Marketing, AKA NYC
Janette has 18 years of experience creating theatrical sales strategy, including eight years at Broadway.com where she served as Director of Marketing, attending dozens of domestic and international tradeshows to promote group and FIT ticket sales for Broadway musicals, and four years... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Beekman

11:00am

Stage On Screen
In the theatre, the audience’s eyes are allowed to wander to all areas of the stage at any given moment. But that changes once productions are preserved on film. Our panelists will discuss what has to be taken into account when theatre is shown on screen, and how directing a production differs from directing its broadcast. 

Moderators
avatar for Frank DiLella

Frank DiLella

NY1
Frank DiLella joined NY1 in 2004 and now produces and reports for "On Stage," the news channel's weekly half-hour theater program. In addition to filing reports on the Broadway and off-Broadway scenes, DiLella has traveled internationally to cover theater in Japan, Hong Kong, England... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Dori Berinstein

Dori Berinstein

Dori is a four-time Tony-winning Broadway producer and an Emmy-award-winning director, producer and writer of film and television. Broadway credits include: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Legally Blonde: The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Flower... Read More →
avatar for Bonnie Comley

Bonnie Comley

Bonnie Comley is the founder of BroadwayHD.com, a stage to screen production and distribution company expanding the reach of Broadway shows by making them available in cinemas, PPV and streaming on-line. BroadwayHD.com’s recent productions include: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar... Read More →
avatar for Stewart Lane

Stewart Lane

Stewart F. Lane is the founder of BroadwayHD.com, a stage to screen production and distribution company expanding the reach of Broadway shows by making them available in cinemas, PPV and streaming on-line. BroadwayHD.com’s recent productions include: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar... Read More →
avatar for Lonny Price

Lonny Price

Lonny Price most recently directed the stage and film versions of the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Company. He earned Emmys for his work directing Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, Sweeney Todd (with Patti LuPone and George Hearn), and... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Safran

Joshua Safran

Josh Safran's hit series “Quantico” has been breaking ratings records since it premiered in September on ABC. Previously, Josh was the Executive Producer and Showrunner on NBC’s “Smash” and was also an Executive Producer on “Gossip Girl” for the CW. He has developed... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Nassau

11:40am

Welcome to Our House on Maple Avenue: The Fun Home Panel
The cast and creative team from the reigning best musical, Fun Home, will discuss life on Maple Avenue, including what it was like to bring the small, intimate piece to Broadway and into the round, the audience response to the ground-breaking musical, and what it means to be telling such an important story eight times a week. 

Moderators
avatar for Adam Hetrick

Adam Hetrick

Editor in Chief, Playbill.com

Speakers
avatar for Michael Cerveris

Michael Cerveris

Michael stars as Bruce Bechdel in Fun Home, a role he originated, at the Public Theater, winning the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actor. He received the Tony Award for his portrayal of John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, and Tony nominations for his roles in Evita, LoveMusik/i>... Read More →
avatar for Sam Gold

Sam Gold

Broadway directing credits: Fun Home (Tony Award), The Real Thing (Roundabout at the American Airlines), The Realistic Joneses (Lyceum Theatre, Picnic (Roundabout at the American Airlines Theatre), Seminar (Golden Theatre, also Ahmanson, L.A.). Recent: The Mystery of Love and Sex... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron has been writing and performing theater since coming to New York from Michigan in 1983. She received 2015 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score for Fun Home as well as a 2014 Obie Award. Fun Home was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Her other... Read More →
avatar for Judy Kuhn

Judy Kuhn

Judy is thrilled to be reprising her performance as Helen Bechdel in Fun Home for which she received a Lucille Lortel award in 2014 and a 2015 Tony Award nomination. Other Bway appearances include: She Loves Me (Tony nomination), Chess (Tony & Drama Desk nominations), Les Miserables... Read More →
avatar for Beth Malone

Beth Malone

Beth has played Alison in Fun Home through most of its formative stages, including the Sundance Theatre Lab and the critically acclaimed run at The Public Theater. She received a 2015 Tony Nomination for her performance in Fun Home. Beth spent much of last year at The Denver Center... Read More →
avatar for Emily Skeggs

Emily Skeggs

Emily Skeggs is a New York native, thrilled to be making her Broadway debut as Medium Alison in Fun Home! Off Broadway: Fun Home (The Public), And I And Silence (Signature) Transport (Irish Rep), Take Me Along (Irish Rep). Regional: Our Town (Huntington), The Shakespearean Jazz Show... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 11:40am - 12:20pm
MainStage

12:00pm

Build a Big, Bright, Beautiful World: Broadway Set Design
It's often one of the first things the audience sees when entering the theater and it sets the tone for the entire evening. So what's the process behind designing Broadway sets? Join a panel of Broadway set designers to learn about how they work and see examples from the projects they're proudest of.

Panelists are being added! Check back soon! 

Moderators
avatar for Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas is an author, editor, journalist, librettist, and project manager with more than thirty years of experience working on Broadway, most of it with Playbill Inc. and the Tony Awards. Viagas was founding editor (1994) of Playbill.com. He has published 19 books on performing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donyale Werle

Donyale Werle

Donyale Werle is a Brooklyn, NY-based theatrical set designer who supports & employs sustainable practices in scenic design. She is the Co-Chair (with Bob Usdin) of the Pre/Post Production Committee for the Broadway Green Alliance. Donyale works with salvaged materials to create unique... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Murray Hill

12:00pm

Getting to Know You: Bringing New Audiences to Broadway
How are all sorts of Broadway professionals working to make sure the theatre appeals to new audiences? And once people are interested, how do we make sure they can go to the theatre without breaking the bank? 

Moderators
avatar for Charles Flateman

Charles Flateman

Charles Flateman is Senior Vice President of Marketing at the Shubert Organization, with a particular focus on branding, business development, and distribution for Broadway, off-Broadway and Shubert Ticketing’s clients nationwide. Mr. Flateman is also CEO of Audience Rewards, the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Damian Bazadona

Damian Bazadona

President, Situation Interactive
Damian Bazadona is the founder of Situation Interactive, a digital marketing agency for entertainment and experience-based brands. Since its inception in 2001, the agency has delivered industry-leading campaigns for some of the biggest names in entertainment including the 2014 NY/NJ... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Regent

12:00pm

We Go Together: Making Theater Accessible for All Audiences
Come see what happens behind the scenes of the Theatre Development Fund’s Theatre Accessibility Programs. Learn about the processes that make Autism-Friendly, open- captioned, audio described, and ASL-interpreted performances possible.

PLEASE NOTE: This session will be interpreted in American Sign Language. 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Carling

Lisa Carling

Director of TDF Accessibility Programs, TDF
Lisa has 30 years’ experience in her field helping to design and implement services that make theatre performances more accessible to people with disabilities. Two most nationally recognized TDF programs are the Autism Theatre Initiative and open captioning for theatre. Both... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Day

Andrea Day

Andrea Day began her audio description career in San Francisco in 1999 and continued through graduate school at Penn State. She honed her "impromptu" description skills with various performances of music, theatre, and dance. Throughout her career, Andrea has served as an audio describer... Read More →
avatar for Stewart Lane

Stewart Lane

Stewart F. Lane is the founder of BroadwayHD.com, a stage to screen production and distribution company expanding the reach of Broadway shows by making them available in cinemas, PPV and streaming on-line. BroadwayHD.com’s recent productions include: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar... Read More →
avatar for Lynnette Taylor

Lynnette Taylor

Lynnette Taylor, a heritage signer of American Sign Language, has been interpreting theater and presenting workshops for over 25 years. Working with TDF, Theatre Access Program, and Hands On, she has interpreted over 100 plays including The Lion King,Cabaret, Aladdin, Assassins, Into... Read More →
avatar for Becca Yuré

Becca Yuré

Becca Yuré (M.Ed., BCBA, LBA) is a singer / songwriter / actor / dancer and works with children who have special needs. She supports children individually, providing behavior analytic services as well as in Buddy Club, her social skills groups. Additionally, Becca consults with Theatre... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Beekman

12:00pm

What I Really Want to Do is Direct
These theatrical directors share their stories, from their small starts to their big hits to everything in between. Find out what it’s really like to be the man or woman behind the curtains. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Stafford Arima

Stafford Arima

Selected work includes: Allegiance (Broadway), Altar Boyz (Off-Broadway), Carrie (MCC Theater), Ragtime (West End; nominated for 8 Olivier Awards including Best Director), The Tin Pan Alley Rag (Roundabout Theatre Company), Candide (San Francisco Symphony), Jacques Brel Is Alive and... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Marshall

Kathleen Marshall

Director/Choreographer
Kathleen Marshall’s Broadway credits include Living on Love, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Follies, Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate, 1776 and Swinging on a Star. Her Off-Broadway and regional credits include Two... Read More →
avatar for Lonny Price

Lonny Price

Lonny Price most recently directed the stage and film versions of the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Company. He earned Emmys for his work directing Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, Sweeney Todd (with Patti LuPone and George Hearn), and... Read More →
avatar for Leigh Silverman

Leigh Silverman

Leigh Silverman is a two-time Obie winner who directed the Encores! and Broadway productions of Jeanine Tesori’s Violet and garnered a Tony Award nomination. Other Broadway credits include David Henry Hwang's Chinglish and Lisa Kron's Well as well as Andrew Lippa's Wild Party for... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Nassau

1:00pm

Opening Doors: PAs Who Made It Big
What’s it like to walk through a Broadway stage door for the first time? To stand on
the sidelines as a show becomes a hit (or doesn’t)? To get Hal Prince coffee? Join five Broadway power players who got their start as production assistants as they discuss their first Broadway credits. 

Speakers
avatar for Ted Chapin

Ted Chapin

President, Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization
As president of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Ted Chapin has spearheaded many award-winning productions, including The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and The Sound of Music. His career began as an assistant for the Broadway productions of Follies... Read More →
avatar for Ken Davenport

Ken Davenport

Broadway: Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, It’s Only a Play, The Visit, Mothers and Sons, The Bridges of Madison County, Macbeth, Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna, Blithe Spirit, You’re Welcome America, Speed-the-Plow, 13. Off-Broadway: Daddy Long Legs, That... Read More →
avatar for Ann Harada

Ann Harada

Ann Harada originated the role of Christmas Eve in the Broadway and London productions of Avenue Q and spent two years as stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Broadway roles include Kathy in 9 to 5, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (revival... Read More →
avatar for Hal Luftig

Hal Luftig

HAL LUFTIG (Producer). Winner of four Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, Hal Luftig has worked on and off Broadway for the past 25 years. Broadway: Kinky Boots, The Elephant Man, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, West Side Story, All My Sons, Legally Blonde, The Times... Read More →
avatar for Lonny Price

Lonny Price

Lonny Price most recently directed the stage and film versions of the New York Philharmonic’s productions of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd and Company. He earned Emmys for his work directing Sondheim: The Birthday Concert, Sweeney Todd (with Patti LuPone and George Hearn), and... Read More →
avatar for Blake Ross

Blake Ross

Editor in Chief, Playbill
Blake Ross is the Editor in Chief of Playbill, the premiere destination for all things theater and the internationally known symbol of the arts since 1884. She is content coordinator across all mediums for Playbill, online, print and mobile. At Playbill, she is responsible for the... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Nassau

1:00pm

The Untold Stories of the Palace Theatre
Theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper brings her “Untold Stories of Broadway” book series to life on this panel, featuring several theatre professionals who have “played the Palace” over the years. From “the Judy Garland staircase” to the famed Palace ghosts, hear what makes the Palace Theatre different from every other Broadway house. Our panelists will share what it was like to work in the same theatre, years apart, and tell you the hidden secrets of the Palace. 

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Director of Programming at Feinstein’s/54 Below and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. As the leader of Feinstein’s/54 Below’s creative team, Tepper is responsible for programming every show at the Broadway supper club and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Loni Ackerman

Loni Ackerman

Loni Ackerman’s magnetism and dynamic vocal prowess as a Broadway musical theater star, has made her a longtime favorite of Broadway theatergoers.  She captivated New York audiences in such coveted roles as Eva in Evita and Grizabella in Cats. Other Broadway credits include leading... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger is an actor, director, author and filmmaker. He is appearing as Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting on Broadway beginning March 2016. He created the role of Crutchie in the original Broadway cast of Newsies (Outer Critics Circle nominee). Other Broadway: Mary Poppins... Read More →
avatar for Tony Walton

Tony Walton

Tony Walton is a director/designer honored with 16 Tony Award nominations for his Broadway sets and costumes, including wins for Pippin, House of Blue Leaves, and Guys and Dolls. He also earned Academy Award nominations for “Mary Poppins,” “The Wiz,” and “Murder on the... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Murray Hill

1:00pm

Your Fave is Problematic
It can be tough to realize that some of our favorite shows could be considered problematic by today’s standards. Join our panel for a frank conversation about how we can be fans of shows while acknowledging their troublesome histories, and how we can encourage more inclusive theatre in the future. 

Moderators
avatar for Stacy Wolf

Stacy Wolf

Professor of Theater, Princeton University
Stacy Wolf is Professor of Theater and Director of the Princeton Arts Fellows in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, where she teaches classes in musical theatre history (including a seminar on the musicals of Stephen Sondheim), performance studies, and gender and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ty Jones

Ty Jones

Ty Jones is the Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem. Under this NAACP Award winner's leadership, CTH artistic programming has grown in both in scope and recognition. Mr. Jones initiated the acclaimed Uptown Meets Downtown program – comprising strategic... Read More →
avatar for Celia Keenan-Bolger

Celia Keenan-Bolger

Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Tony Award Nomination, Drama Desk Award, Dorothy Loudon Award), Peter And The Starcatcher, (Tony Nom, Drama Desk Nom, Drama League Nom), Les Miserables (Drama Desk nom.), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Nom, Drama Desk Award for Best... Read More →
avatar for Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Maggie Keenan-Bolger is the co-founder of Honest Accomplice Theatre, a company dedicated to generating dialogue and stimulating change by focusing on topics that are often silenced or portrayed as one-dimensional, specifically through the lens of the women and trans experience (www.honest... Read More →
avatar for Roberta Pereira

Roberta Pereira

Roberta Pereira is an Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-nominated theater producer. She is currently the Producing Director of The Playwrights Realm, a nonprofit theater company dedicated to emerging playwrights. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Dress Circle Publishing... Read More →
avatar for Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp

Broadway: If/Then; Rent; ; Six Degrees of Separation; Precious Sons (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Raised in Captivity, Sophistry, The Destiny of Me, Some Americans Abroad, among others. Film: Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Sussman

Rachel Sussman

Rachel Sussman is the Director of Programming and Artist Services for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) as well as a co-founder of The MITTEN Lab, an emerging theatre artist residency in her native state of Michigan. Upcoming: The Woodsman (New World Stages), The Rug... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Regent

2:00pm

Color and Light: Broadway Lighting Design
How do you use lighting to tell a story? How do you adjust when a set piece or dancer interferes with your design? How do you work within the limitations of each theatre? And how are new technologies changing the way designers are able to carry out their visions? Join some of Broadway’s top lighting designers as they answer these questions and more. 

Speakers
KB

Ken Billington

Lighting Designer, Chicago, Sweeney Todd
Ken has worked as a lighting designer on almost 100 Broadway shows including such theater milestones as Sweeney Todd and the current Chicago; as well as: Dames at Sea, Act One, Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Sondheim on Sondheim, White Christmas,Sunday in the Park with George (2008), Annie (1997... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Katz

Natasha Katz

Natasha Katz is a lighting designer who works extensively in the worlds of Broadway, opera, and ballet. She won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Lighting Design of a Musical for her work on An American in Paris. She has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning 5 times. Her more than... Read More →
avatar for Kenneth Posner

Kenneth Posner

Kenneth Posner is a lighting designer with more than 50 Broadway play and musical theatre credits. He also designs extensively for off-Broadway, resident theatres, and touring productions throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Selected Broadway credits: On Your... Read More →
avatar for Philip S. Rosenberg

Philip S. Rosenberg

Lighting Designer
Broadway: The Elephant Man, It's Only A Play, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. Off-Broadway credits include Explorers Club and Cactus Flower.  Regional credits include: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford's Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Hartford... Read More →
avatar for Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas is an author, editor, journalist, librettist, and project manager with more than thirty years of experience working on Broadway, most of it with Playbill Inc. and the Tony Awards. Viagas was founding editor (1994) of Playbill.com. He has published 19 books on performing... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Murray Hill

2:00pm

Funny Girls
Moderators
avatar for Blake Ross

Blake Ross

Editor in Chief, Playbill
Blake Ross is the Editor in Chief of Playbill, the premiere destination for all things theater and the internationally known symbol of the arts since 1884. She is content coordinator across all mediums for Playbill, online, print and mobile. At Playbill, she is responsible for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Susan Blackwell

Susan Blackwell

Susan Blackwell is on a mission to free people’s self-expression. As a performer, writer and educator, she champions this cause around the world, on Broadway, off-Broadway, in classrooms and writing, and on TV, film, sound recordings and the Internet. Most notably, she created and... Read More →
avatar for Ann Harada

Ann Harada

Ann Harada originated the role of Christmas Eve in the Broadway and London productions of Avenue Q and spent two years as stepsister Charlotte in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Other Broadway roles include Kathy in 9 to 5, Madame Thenardier in Les Miserables (revival... Read More →
avatar for Lesli Margherita

Lesli Margherita

Lesli Margherita was most recently seen as Mona Kent in Dames at Sea. She won the 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for her performance as Inez in Zorro The Musical on London’s West End. Lesli recently starred on Broadway in Matilda as Mrs. Wormwood, a role she originated. Film work includes... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Sutton

2:00pm

Out of Town Tryouts
Why were out-of-town tryouts so popular and why aren't they anymore? What are the differences between a first run at a regional not-for-profit and a commercial tryout? And how do shows decide where to go to try out? Join our panel to find out more about the past and future of this process.

Moderators
avatar for Jeremy Gerard

Jeremy Gerard

Executive Editor, Deadline

Speakers
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

Broadway credits include: A View From The Bridge, Skylight (Tony Award), Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance, This Is Our Youth, A Raisin in the Sun (Tony), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Tony), Betrayal, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony), End of the Rainbow, HAIR... Read More →
avatar for Hal Luftig

Hal Luftig

HAL LUFTIG (Producer). Winner of four Tony Awards and London’s Olivier Award, Hal Luftig has worked on and off Broadway for the past 25 years. Broadway: Kinky Boots, The Elephant Man, Evita, Catch Me If You Can, Come Fly Away, West Side Story, All My Sons, Legally Blonde, The Times... Read More →
avatar for Todd Schmidt

Todd Schmidt

TODD SCHMIDT has produced Paper Mill Playhouse’s last five seasons, including the world premieres of Newsies, Honeymoon in Vegas, and Ever After and the US premieres of the 25th Anniversary Production of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Todd has previously worked... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Regent

2:00pm

The Pinstripes Are All That They See: Broadway Costume Design
You’ve gushed over the gowns and gone gaga over the glitter. Now hear the people behind the costumes talk about their favorite projects, featuring renderings and other examples of their work. 


More panelists are being added! Check back soon!  


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Beekman

2:00pm

Theater-Adjacent: Working in the Theater While Working Outside the Theater
There are plenty of people who work in this industry without ever walking through a stage door. Some of our favorite fixtures of the Broadway community will discuss their career paths and how they fit into the community even if they’re not always seeing their names in Playbills. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher

Mark Fisher: Co-owner of Mark Fisher Fitness, the fitness home of choice for the Broadway community and #312 on the 2015 Inc 500 list of fastest growing companies in America. Mark and MFF have been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Men’s Health and the... Read More →
avatar for Justin

Justin "Squigs" Robertson

Justin “Squigs” Robertson has been the resident illustrator for Broadway.com since 2010, and he is the co-creator of The Lights of Broadway Show Cards™, trading cards for theatre fans (thelightsofbroadway.nyc). He has partnered with AEA ("Performance of the Century" centennial... Read More →
avatar for Brisa Trinchero

Brisa Trinchero

Brisa Trinchero is an entertainment and tech entrepreneur.  As co-founder of Dress Circle Publishing, she publishes Jennifer Ashley Tepper’s Untold Stories of Broadway series and Seth Rudetsky’s Broadway Diaries. A two time Tony Award winning producer, Brisa’s theatrical... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Nassau

3:00pm

Broadway Time Machine: 1979
Have you ever wanted to take a time machine to explore what it was like in a different year on Broadway? Now you can! This panel will transport you to 1979, when shows
like Sweeney Todd, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Elephant Man, Evita,
and so many others were on the boards. Hear what it was like to work on Broadway in 1979 from panelists who were there! Your tour guide in this time warp adventure will be theatre historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper. 

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Director of Programming at Feinstein’s/54 Below and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. As the leader of Feinstein’s/54 Below’s creative team, Tepper is responsible for programming every show at the Broadway supper club and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cleve Asbury

Cleve Asbury

Cleve was recently seen as “Mr. Greenway” in Paper Mill’s production of Elf, and “Mr. Ovington” in the Broadway hit How To Succeed In Business WIthout Really Trying. He’s also been featured in ten other Broadway musicals. He was critically acclaimed as George M. Cohan... Read More →
avatar for Randy Graff

Randy Graff

Broadway : Fiddler On the Roof (Drama League nom.), A Class Act ( Tony, Drama Desk nominations), City Of Angels ( Tony , Drama Desk Awards), Moon Over Buffalo, Laughter On The 23rdFloor, High Society, Falsettos, Les Miserables(original Fantine, Helen Hayes nom.). Off-Broadway: Motherhood... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Gravitte

Debbie Gravitte

Debbie Gravitte has enjoyed a varied career that has taken her from the Broadway stage to the concert stage and beyond. She won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, along with a Drama Desk Award Nomination and New York... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice began her career as The Girl in the long-running Off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks. She originated the role of Johanna in Sweeney Todd on Broadway for which she won a Theatre World Award. She can be heard on its Grammy Award-winning original cast album. As a performer... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Murray Hill

3:00pm

Dance, Ten: Broadway's Choreographers
Spend some time with the people who make Broadway dance. Hear about how they started dancing, their transition into choreographing, and what inspires them. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Gioia

Michael Gioia

Michael Gioia is a NYC-based writer and performer. He most recently appeared in Friends in Theater’s benefit staging of The Secret Garden, starring Rebecca Luker, in January. He has performed with NYC’s 5th Floor Productions and the Manhattan Children’s Theatre as well as at... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Gattelli

Christopher Gattelli

Christopher Gattelli was awarded the 2012 Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for his choreography in Newsies. (As choreographer) Broadway: Amazing Grace, The King and I, South Pacific (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Casa Valentina, Sunday in the Park With... Read More →
avatar for Lorin Latarro

Lorin Latarro

Choreographer
Lorin Latarro's Broadway choreography includes the upcoming Waitress and Waiting For Godot with Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen. She has been the Associate Choreographer of The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time and American Idiot. Lorin choreographed Queen Of... Read More →
avatar for Kathleen Marshall

Kathleen Marshall

Director/Choreographer
Kathleen Marshall’s Broadway credits include Living on Love, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Follies, Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate, 1776 and Swinging on a Star. Her Off-Broadway and regional credits include Two... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Nassau

4:00pm

Off to the Races: Theater Awards
So the season has ended and now everyone gets to relax, right? Wrong! The fun is
just getting started, as there are still tons of award nominations to be announced and campaigns to launch. How do shows campaign for awards? And do they really matter in the end? Join representatives from different areas of the industry as they discuss why and how Times Square starts to buzz in the leadup to each year’s awards season and why the Tony is still the biggest prize. 

Moderators
avatar for Blake Ross

Blake Ross

Editor in Chief, Playbill
Blake Ross is the Editor in Chief of Playbill, the premiere destination for all things theater and the internationally known symbol of the arts since 1884. She is content coordinator across all mediums for Playbill, online, print and mobile. At Playbill, she is responsible for the... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Adam Hetrick

Adam Hetrick

Editor in Chief, Playbill.com
avatar for John Johnson

John Johnson

Broadway credits include: A View From The Bridge, Skylight (Tony Award), Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance, This Is Our Youth, A Raisin in the Sun (Tony), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (Tony), Betrayal, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony), End of the Rainbow, HAIR... Read More →
avatar for Nick Pramik

Nick Pramik

Vice President, SpotCo
As Vice President of SpotCo, Nick leads high-level strategic thinking for the agency’s entertainment and cultural clients.  Prior to his current role on the company’s leadership team, Nick founded the marketing department at SpotCo in 2010.  He holds an MBA from the NYU Stern... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Sosnowski

Stephen Sosnowski

VP of Media and Account Services, SpotCo
Stephen Sosnowski is the Vice President of Media and Account Services at SpotCo. For over nine years, Stephen has overseen the advertising campaigns for over 35 Broadway shows and cultural institutions.  Prior to his tenure at SpotCo, Stephen served for three consecutive telecasts... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Nassau

4:00pm

Why Didn't It Run?: Back to Before Edition
Some of our favorite shows that have found success in Broadway revivals and theatres around the country were less successful in their initial Broadway runs. Our panel of experts will examine these shows and ask “why didn’t it run?” 

Speakers
avatar for Frank DiLella

Frank DiLella

NY1
Frank DiLella joined NY1 in 2004 and now produces and reports for "On Stage," the news channel's weekly half-hour theater program. In addition to filing reports on the Broadway and off-Broadway scenes, DiLella has traveled internationally to cover theater in Japan, Hong Kong, England... Read More →
avatar for Peter Filichia

Peter Filichia

Peter Filichia is the theater critic emeritus for both the Newark Star-Ledger and its television station, News 12 New Jersey. He writes a weekly column for Music Theatre International. He has served four terms as president of the Drama Desk, the New York Association of Drama Critics... Read More →
avatar for Susan L. Schulman

Susan L. Schulman

Susan L. Schulman handles publicity for Broadway and off-Broadway plays & musicals, national tours, arts institutions, cabaret, special events and individual personalities. Broadway productions include Applause, Scapino, Sly Fox, Bob Fosse’s Dancin’, A Streetcar Named Desire... Read More →
avatar for Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas

Robert Viagas is an author, editor, journalist, librettist, and project manager with more than thirty years of experience working on Broadway, most of it with Playbill Inc. and the Tony Awards. Viagas was founding editor (1994) of Playbill.com. He has published 19 books on performing... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Regent

4:00pm

#MAKINGMONDAYS (On a Saturday!) Live at BroadwayCon
Collaborate with your favorite Broadway stars and be part of the very first in-person audience to join what the Wall Street Journal called "a peephole into an improv workshop brimming with Broadway insiders."  On #MakingMondays, a modern day interactive weekly salon, we gather a small group of actors, musicians, writers, visual artists, choreographers, makers and doers.  And together we make... make music, make plays, make conversation, make art, make games, make food, make dance, make laughs.  And through the miracle of Periscope and Facebook Live, we invite a live audience around the world to create with us.  Now, BroadwayCon attendees can join this happening live and in person, creating with us as we stream to viewers all around the world.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Adams

Nick Adams

Nick Adams most recently starred as Fiyero in the first national tour of Wicked. Most notably, He originated the role of Adam/Felicia in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Mr. Adams was honored with a fellowship by the American Theater Hall of Fame for his “Breakthrough Performance... Read More →
avatar for Hunter Bell

Hunter Bell

Hunter has received an Obie Award, Drama League nomination, and Tony nomination for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for Found: A New Musical (Atlantic Theater Company), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Silence! The Musical, Bellobration... Read More →
avatar for Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose

Ariana currently resides in NYC where you can catch her in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton : An American Musical playing the Richard Rogers theatre. Prior to that she completed the Off Broadway run of Hamilton at the Public Theatre. She appeared in the Tony Winning revival of Pippin as... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
MainStage

5:00pm

Words and Music: Songwriters on Songwriting
Can’t get that song out of your head? Come and hear how it got there! How does writing in a team differ from going it alone? How do you adjust when your favorite lyrics just don’t fit with the music? And is it ever worth compromising when the song no longer serves the story? 

Speakers
avatar for Michael Gioia

Michael Gioia

Michael Gioia is a NYC-based writer and performer. He most recently appeared in Friends in Theater’s benefit staging of The Secret Garden, starring Rebecca Luker, in January. He has performed with NYC’s 5th Floor Productions and the Manhattan Children’s Theatre as well as at... Read More →
avatar for Joe Iconis

Joe Iconis

Joe Iconis is a musical theater writer and a fixture on the New York cabaret scene. Musicals he has authored include: Be More Chill (Two River Theater), The Black Suits (Center Theater Group), and Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova). Upcoming: The Hunter S. Thompson Musical (La Jolla... Read More →
avatar for Kait Kerrigan

Kait Kerrigan

Kait Kerrigan is an award-winning bookwriter, playwright, and lyricist. She made her off-Broadway debut with the musical HENRY AND MUDGE, written with composer Brian Lowdermilk. Their other musicals include THE BAD YEARS, REPUBLIC and UNBOUND. Her plays include IMAGINARY LOVE, TRANSIT... Read More →
avatar for Brian Lowdermilk

Brian Lowdermilk

Brian Lowdermilk made his off-Broadway debut with an adaptation of HENRY AND MUDGE, written with Kait Kerrigan. Other Kerrigan-Lowdermilk collaborations include THE BAD YEARS, REPUBLIC, and UNBOUND. They have released two albums, and they’ve received the Larson Award and Dramatists... Read More →
avatar for Shaina Taub

Shaina Taub

Shaina Taub is a songwriter and performer. Winner of a Jonathan Larson Grant and Ars Nova’s 2012 Composer-in-Residence, she wrote the music and lyrics for and co-stars in Bill Irwin and David Shiner’s Old Hats, opening at the Signature Theatre in February. She is writing a musical... Read More →


Saturday January 23, 2016 5:00pm - 5:50pm
Regent
 
Sunday, January 24
 

10:00am

Adapting for the Stage
Taking a beloved story from page or screen to stage can be tricky. These writers will tell you how they managed to walk the fine line between honoring the source material and creating something brand new. 

Speakers
avatar for Hunter Bell

Hunter Bell

Hunter has received an Obie Award, Drama League nomination, and Tony nomination for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for Found: A New Musical (Atlantic Theater Company), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Silence! The Musical, Bellobration... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Bowen

Jeff Bowen

Jeff Bowen wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in the Broadway musical [title of show] (OBIE Award) and Now. Here. This.  Additionally, he has written music and lyrics for Villains Tonight! (Walt Disney Company) and the theme songs for the web series "the [title of show] show... Read More →
avatar for Frank DiLella

Frank DiLella

NY1
Frank DiLella joined NY1 in 2004 and now produces and reports for "On Stage," the news channel's weekly half-hour theater program. In addition to filing reports on the Broadway and off-Broadway scenes, DiLella has traveled internationally to cover theater in Japan, Hong Kong, England... Read More →
avatar for Laurence O'Keefe

Laurence O'Keefe

Laurence O’Keefe is a composer, lyricist, arranger, orchestrator, and writer for Broadway, movies, and television. Larry and his wife, Nell Benjamin, won the 2011 Olivier Award for Legally Blonde: The Musical, which ran nearly 3 years on the West End and toured the UK and Ireland... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Regent

10:00am

Hear My Song: Creating A Cast Recording
Theatre fans around the world listen to cast recordings every day of shows they’ve never seen. But how do you balance preserving what happens onstage with making a quality album? Why aren’t all shows recorded? And how does this process differ from making a pop album? Our panel of music and theatre professionals will come together to discuss the place cast recordings (not soundtracks!) hold in both industries. 

Moderators
avatar for Charlie Alterman

Charlie Alterman

Music Director
Music Director for the Broadway-bound Gotta Dance, the Tony Award-winning revival of Pippin, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal, as well as Godspell and Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Other Broadway credits include Legally Blonde (Associate Conductor). National tour... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Van Dean

Van Dean

Van Dean is a Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated producer. Broadway credits include The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Matilda, Evita, The Best Man, Catch Me If You Can, Big Fish, Bonnie & Clyde, the forthcoming new musical Anastasia, and more... Read More →
avatar for Scott Farthing

Scott Farthing

Scott Farthing is Vice President of Sony Masterworks Broadway. He oversees the label’s new acquisitions – including the recent Grammy Award-winning recordings of Kinky Boots and Once, as well as current nominee An American in Paris – and supervises the world’s greatest... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Nassau

10:00am

Thoroughly Modern Marketing: How Social Media Has Changed Broadway Advertising
Gone are the days of mailing in ticket order forms to Broadway box offices. The rise
of the digital age has given way to digital ticketing, plus a whole new way for shows
to build their brands and interact with fans. How has social media changed the way Broadway ad campaigns are built? How has the need for immediacy made the job more difficult? And how do shows stay on top when they’re now competing with a potential ticket-buyer’s entire newsfeed? 

Moderators
avatar for Jim Glaub

Jim Glaub

VP, Content & Community, Serino/Coyne
Jim Glaub is a recognized leader in innovative marketing, social media, web design, and video production for the theater. He is currently the VP of Content and Community at SERINO/COYNE, the nation’s longest-running live-entertainment advertising agency. Currently, he is leading... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Crystal Chase

Crystal Chase

Digital Account Supervisor, AKA NYC
Crystal Chase is a Digital Account Supervisor at AKA and has developed and executed Digital Marketing campaigns forHand To God, Spring Awakening, The Phantom of The Opera, Les Misérables, The Book of Mormon, The Testament of Mary, Elf, FELA!, Peter and The Starcatcher, An... Read More →
avatar for Mike Karns

Mike Karns

Owner, Marathon Live Entertainment
Mike Karns is a producer and entrepreneur with a background in sales and marketing. Karns' company, Marathon Live Entertainment, manages social media for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows like Hamilton and personalities like Iain Loves Theatre. Karns made his Broadway producing debut... Read More →
avatar for Mark Seeley

Mark Seeley

Mark Seeley is the Brand Engagement Supervisor at Situation Interactive, overseeing the social media campaigns for an array of live events including The New York International Auto Show, One World Observatory, and an array of Broadway productions and elite cultural organizations throughout... Read More →
avatar for Steven Tartick

Steven Tartick

Creative Director, Digital, SpotCo
In his role as SpotCo's Creative Director of Digital, Steven oversees brand continuity online.  Prior to joining SpotCo, Steven worked in digital marketing for Davenport Theatrical and in e-commerce at Bonobos.  Steven is a founding member of the TEDxBroadway organizing committ... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 10:00am - 10:50am
Beekman

11:00am

Children and Art

Studies show that exposure to music, arts, and culture has immense benefits for young people’s self-esteem, cognitive development, and drive. Join some of New York’s coolest artists and educators to discuss how they use their passion for theatre to inspire, to teach, and to change lives every day.


Speakers
avatar for Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Maggie Keenan-Bolger

Maggie Keenan-Bolger is the co-founder of Honest Accomplice Theatre, a company dedicated to generating dialogue and stimulating change by focusing on topics that are often silenced or portrayed as one-dimensional, specifically through the lens of the women and trans experience (www.honest... Read More →
avatar for Liz Parker

Liz Parker

Liz Parker creates and performs shows for family audiences through Urban Stages. She is currently in residency with New Victory Theater’s LabWorks program where she is co-creating Layer the Walls, a new play about the Lower East Side tenement buildings. Liz is an avid teaching artist... Read More →
avatar for Alexander Santiago-Jirau

Alexander Santiago-Jirau

Alexander Santiago-Jirau is Director of Education at New York Theatre Workshop. In that role, he oversees all of NYTW’s Education Initiatives, including the Mind the Gap: Intergenerational Theatre Workshop, student matinees, in-school artist residencies, master classes, internships... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Nassau

11:00am

Even if You're Little You Can Do A Lot: Broadway's Smallest Stars
Between school, friends, family, and extra-curriculars, kids today are busier than ever. Now imagine doing all of that and performing on Broadway! Hear what it’s like from the kids who are living it today, moderated by one of our favorite grown-up Broadway kids. 

Moderators
avatar for Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Andrew Keenan-Bolger is an actor, director, author and filmmaker. He is appearing as Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting on Broadway beginning March 2016. He created the role of Crutchie in the original Broadway cast of Newsies (Outer Critics Circle nominee). Other Broadway: Mary Poppins... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alessandra Baldacchino

Alessandra Baldacchino

Alessandra Baldacchino is a nine-year-old fourth-grader from New Jersey. She is the understudy for Small Alison, Christian, and John in Fun Home, and recently made her Broadway debut in the role of Small Alison. Some of her favorite roles include Young Cosette in Les Misérables... Read More →
avatar for Sophia Gennusa

Sophia Gennusa

Sophia Gennusa was fortunate to be one of the Matildas in the original Broadway cast of Matilda at age 9, which earned her a Tony Honor and a Grammy nomination. At age 11, she appeared in the original Broadway cast of Doctor Zhivago as young Lara/Katarina. She's thrilled to be on... Read More →
avatar for Sawyer Nunes

Sawyer Nunes

Sawyer Nunes was an original Broadway cast member of Matilda the Musical. He also originated the role of George Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland at Harvard’s American Repertory Theater and on Broadway. He has appeared on TV in “Madam Secretary” and “Alpha House,” was... Read More →
avatar for Sam Poon

Sam Poon

Sam Poon has been working professionally since age 6. Favorite selected credits include: Broadway: The King and I (Swing/Louis US/Chulalonkorn US), Macbeth (Macduff’s Son). National Tours: Les Miserables (Gavroche), Billy Elliot (Michael). World Premiere: Fly (Tootles). Regional... Read More →
avatar for Taylor Richardson

Taylor Richardson

Taylor Richardson is a 14-year-old from Virginia. She began dancing at the age of 3 and found a passion for singing and acting at an early age. After playing Susan Waverly in a regional production of Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Taylor came to NYC for an open call. From that open... Read More →
avatar for Ripley Sobo

Ripley Sobo

Ripley Sobo most recently starred in Danny Boyle’s “Steve Jobs” for Universal Pictures opposite Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen. Last year, she shot the forthcoming “Superman V. Batman” with Ben Affleck, directed by Zach Snyder. She also had the lead role... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Sutton

11:00am

Insiders, Outsiders, and Masked Avengers: Your Role in the Broadway Community
With constant Instagrams of backstage life, new podcast episodes every week, and the collective live tweeting of major Broadway moments, social media allows actors and fans alike to participate in the Broadway community. But how do you use these tools to strengthen your networks and form new bonds? What is it like to become a thing? Hear from actors, podcasters, and (formerly) anonymous Twitter personalities about making their mark on the Broadway community from the inside, the outside, and the in-between. 

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Spitulnik

Jennifer Spitulnik

Jennifer Spitulnik’s researches maps the Broadway community’s public, digital storytelling on social media, which basically means she gets to spend a lot of time on Twitter. Her book on the subject has been selected for the Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World Series, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Aaron J. Albano

Aaron J. Albano

Aaron J. Albano hails originally from the West Coast where he began performing professionally at the age of 15 in San Jose, CA. After attending the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), majoring in musical theatre, he made his Broadway debut in the original... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Briedis

Andrew Briedis

Andrew Briedis is a writer, and creator of Annoying Actor Friend, a satirical Internet personality that makes cultural commentary on the Broadway community. For over three years, Andrew operated anonymously under the Twitter handle @Actor_Friend, and on annoyingactorfriend.com. He is the author of "#SOBLESSED: the Annoying Actor Friend's Guide to Werking in Show Business" (2013) and "#GRATEFUL: Everything Happens for a Reason" (2015). Annoying Actor Friend was a finalist in the 2015 Shorty Awards—which honor excellence in social media. "#SOBLESSED: the A... Read More →
avatar for Laura Heywood

Laura Heywood

@BroadwayGirlNYC
When it comes to Broadway, Forbes calls Laura Heywood "the most vocal and visible supporter in the business.” Her formerly anonymous alter-ego, @BroadwayGirlNYC, is widely regarded as a leading advocate, ambassador, and best friend to Broadway. With experience as a national talk... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Hinds

Patrick Hinds

Host, Theater People podcast
Patrick Hinds is THRILLED to be making his Broadway(con) debut! He is the creator, co-producer, and host of the popular "Theater People" podcast, a show featuring full-length interviews with Tony winners, Broadway legends, and today’s brightest theater stars. Now in its third year, Theater... Read More →
avatar for Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Nikka Graff Lanzarone

Nikka believes in telling stories from another angle. Finding out what the other side thinks, and making everyone feel heard and important. She believes in kindness, compassion, and humor above all. But when people ask for a bio, this is what she says: Nikka Graff Lanzarone first... Read More →
avatar for Erin Quill

Erin Quill

Erin Quill holds a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Performance. An original Broadway cast member of Avenue Q, she's also been seen as Madame Liang in the 50th anniversary production of Flower Drum Song, and as Lady Thiang opposite Debby Boone in The King and I, among... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 11:00am - 11:50am
Murray Hill

12:00pm

When Life Gives You Eggs, Make an Omelette: The Something Rotten! Panel

Something Rotten! is Broadway’s new musical about the first musical. Join its lead actors and get the inside scoop on whether it’s really so hard to be the Bard...

PLEASE NOTE: No eggs were harmed in the making of this panel. Please do not throw tomatoes.


Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Christian Borle

Christian Borle

Christian Borle is currently starring as Shakespeare in Something Rotten!, a performance that won him a 2015 Tony Award. Other Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award), Mary Poppins, Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Amour, Footloose, Jesus Christ Superstar... Read More →
avatar for John Cariani

John Cariani

John Cariani can currently be seen as Nigel Bottom in Broadway’s Something Rotten! Other Broadway: Fiddler on the Roof (Tony Award nomination, OCC Award). Off-Broadway includes Almost, Maine (Transport Group); Two Gentlemen of Verona (The Public/NYSF); Modern Orthodox. Regional... Read More →
avatar for Brian d'Arcy James

Brian d'Arcy James

Brian d'Arcy James is currently starring as Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!, a performance that earned him a Tony Award nomination. Broadway: Macbeth, Next to Normal, Time Stands Still, Shrek The Musical (Tony nom., Drama Desk Award), The Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm
MainStage

12:00pm

A Dancer Dances
They’re the show-stopping performers who make Broadway musicals complete: the dancers who wow audiences eight times a week. But how did our panel of dancers find themselves in musical theatre when they could be dancing anywhere? And given the physical demands of their work, do they feel pressure to market themselves as actors and singers as well? 

Speakers
avatar for Ariana DeBose

Ariana DeBose

Ariana currently resides in NYC where you can catch her in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton : An American Musical playing the Richard Rogers theatre. Prior to that she completed the Off Broadway run of Hamilton at the Public Theatre. She appeared in the Tony Winning revival of Pippin as... Read More →
avatar for Paloma Garcia-Lee

Paloma Garcia-Lee

Broadway: On The Town, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Phantom of the Opera (Meg). Other: Guys and Dolls (Carnegie Hall), West Side Story (Ravinia). NCSA graduate. Immeasurable love and thanks to my brilliant and supportive parents, CTG, Josh, and my husband Paul. 


Sunday January 24, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Nassau

12:00pm

Tales of Company Management
From budgets and cast changes to sick days and swings, company managers oversee and arrange it all. Join some of Broadway’s best for an inside look at what it takes to run a show. 

Speakers
BB

Brig Berney

Company Manager
Company management credits: Hamilton, Hand to God, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson, Born Yesterday, In the Heights, Deuce with Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes, High Fidelity, Festen, Edward Albee’s Seascape... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Gehan

Nathan Gehan

Nathan began his management career in 1999. His Broadway and national touring credits include 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, Spamalot, Legally Blonde, A View From the Bridge, Shrek, Evita, and The Audience. As Associate General Manager at Bespoke Theatricals, his current shows... Read More →
avatar for Susan Sampliner

Susan Sampliner

Susan Sampliner is currently the company manager for the Broadway production of Wicked, with which she has been associated since it started rehearsals in 2003. She has been company managing for over thirty years, for shows from A Chorus Line to Lily Tomlin’s Search for Signs, and... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Beekman

12:00pm

Theatrical Criticism in 2016
In an age when a Periscope account or Twitter handle can turn a ticket holder into a tastemaker, professional critics are navigating new terrain. How do cultural journalists engage and evolve in the ever-changing world of social media, peer-review sites, blogs and beyond in 2016? Join us to find out. 

Moderators
avatar for Roma Torre

Roma Torre

Anchor, NY1 News
Roma grew up wanting to be an actress. Born in New York City, she grew up in Pittsburgh and later graduated with a degree in English and history from Tufts University. While in Boston she started a theater company with fellow student Ed Lopez. The theater lasted only 3 years, but... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David Cote

David Cote

Critic, Time Out New York
David Cote is theater editor and chief drama critic of Time Out New York. He also appears on NY1’s On Stage at contributing critic. Member of the New York Drama Critics Circle. He has written popular companion books to the Broadway hits Wicked, Jersey Boys and Spring Awakening... Read More →
avatar for Joe Dziemianowicz

Joe Dziemianowicz

Theater Critic, New York Daily News
Theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz joined the Daily News in 2000. He covers Broadway and Off-Broadway with reviews, news stories and features. He also writes about opera, cabaret and other entertainment events.
avatar for Elysa Gardner

Elysa Gardner

Theater/Music Reporter and Critic, USA TODAY
Elysa Gardner covers entertainment as a reporter and critic for USA Today, focusing on theatre and music – everything from Sondheim to the latest pop flavor of the month. She lives and writes in New York City. 
avatar for Jeremy Gerard

Jeremy Gerard

Executive Editor, Deadline


Sunday January 24, 2016 12:00pm - 12:50pm
Sutton

1:00pm

To Build a Home: Launching a Non-Profit Theater Company
Lots of today’s young artists are told that if they can’t find someone to produce their work, they should produce it themselves. But a lot more goes into launching a theatre company than this advice usually details. Join Danny Abosch and Shakina Nayfack from the Musical Theatre Factory as they discuss how MTF got started, how it’s grown since 2014, and what their plans are for the future. 

Speakers
avatar for Danny Abosch

Danny Abosch

Danny Abosch is the managing director of the Musical Theatre Factory, and a composer/lyricist whose musicals include Fancy Nancy The Musical (Off-Broadway 2012-2014, National Tour 2013-2015, Cast Recording available on Ghostlight Records), Placebo (2012 PMTP Development Award, workshop... Read More →
avatar for Shakina Nayfack

Shakina Nayfack

Shakina Nayfack is the Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory and the first transgender woman to be honored with a Lilly Award recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women. Her autobiographical One Woman Show has played Joe’s Pub... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Beekman

1:00pm

We're in the Band: Pit Musicians
Singers rely on them. Audiences applaud them. Props... sometimes fall on them? Under the stage in the pit (or in the wings, on on stage, wherever the orchestra might be) is one of the coolest places to be during a musical. Join our panel of Broadway musicians for an inside look at the work and fun that can happen in the pit!


Sunday January 24, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Nassau

2:00pm

History in the Making: The Female Force Behind Waitress
The female powerhouses behind the new Broadway musical will discuss the anticipated, pop-driven production that arrives on Broadway in March.

Moderators
avatar for Blake Ross

Blake Ross

Editor in Chief, Playbill
Blake Ross is the Editor in Chief of Playbill, the premiere destination for all things theater and the internationally known symbol of the arts since 1884. She is content coordinator across all mediums for Playbill, online, print and mobile. At Playbill, she is responsible for the... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday January 24, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
MainStage

2:00pm

I Am What I Am: Gender in Theatre
Moderators
avatar for Adam Hetrick

Adam Hetrick

Editor in Chief, Playbill.com
avatar for Shakina Nayfack

Shakina Nayfack

Shakina Nayfack is the Founding Artistic Director of Musical Theatre Factory and the first transgender woman to be honored with a Lilly Award recognizing the remarkable contributions to the American Theatre made by women. Her autobiographical One Woman Show has played Joe’s Pub... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday January 24, 2016 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Nassau

2:30pm

Les Misérables: Beyond the Barricade
It has been almost 30 years since Les Misérables opened on Broadawy and we ahve been hearing the poeple of 19th century France sing ever since. Join several members of the original Broadway team as they discuss the artistic prcess of bringing what became an iconic show to the Great White Way.

Moderators
avatar for Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Jennifer Ashley Tepper

Jennifer Ashley Tepper is the Director of Programming at Feinstein’s/54 Below and the author of The Untold Stories of Broadway book series. As the leader of Feinstein’s/54 Below’s creative team, Tepper is responsible for programming every show at the Broadway supper club and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Randy Graff

Randy Graff

Broadway : Fiddler On the Roof (Drama League nom.), A Class Act ( Tony, Drama Desk nominations), City Of Angels ( Tony , Drama Desk Awards), Moon Over Buffalo, Laughter On The 23rdFloor, High Society, Falsettos, Les Miserables(original Fantine, Helen Hayes nom.). Off-Broadway: Motherhood... Read More →


Sunday January 24, 2016 2:30pm - 3:20pm
Sutton

3:00pm

All the World's A Stage

Not all theater happens on the Broadway stage. Here's your chance to learn the difference between Broadway, off-Broadway, performance art and the non-traditional theater - Blue Man Group, Company XIV, Sleep No More, The Donkey Show, and Stomp are just a few examples.



Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Comley

Bonnie Comley

Bonnie Comley is the founder of BroadwayHD.com, a stage to screen production and distribution company expanding the reach of Broadway shows by making them available in cinemas, PPV and streaming on-line. BroadwayHD.com’s recent productions include: Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar... Read More →
avatar for Anita Durst

Anita Durst

Founder and artistic director of Chashama, an organization devoted to giving artists spaces to create without dealing with "financial and subjective constraints. "Since 1995, Chashama has revitalized over 80 properties, providing invaluable opportunities to more than 12,000 artists... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Saunders Hayes

Kevin Saunders Hayes

Kevin is an award-winning composer, songwriter and producer who creates music for film, television, theater, animation, recording artists, video games, new media, theme parks and national brands.He has composed more than 45 feature film scores, including two Academy Award®Nominated... Read More →
avatar for Leah Lane

Leah Lane

Co-founder of Sho Off Dance Company - Leah's background is in opera choruses appearing at the Metropolitan Opera, Dicapo Opera, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and as a performance artist at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center, and site specific street theater in NYC. Her dance company... Read More →
RW

Randy Weiner

Playwright, producer, creator - responsible for The Donkey Show, The Box, Queen of the Night, the New York production of Sleep No More


Sunday January 24, 2016 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Beekman

3:00pm

Next Stop, Broadway!
Join host Hunter Bell for a sneak peek of things to come on Broadway:

FOUND
Performing "Denim and Diamonds" Sung by Stephanie D’Abruzzo, with Orville Mendoza
With Eli Bolin (composer) and Hunter Bell (co-Book Writer)

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Director Rachel Chavkin

Tuck Everlasting
Michael Park performing “The Wheel” with Chris Miller accompanying

Moderators
avatar for Hunter Bell

Hunter Bell

Hunter has received an Obie Award, Drama League nomination, and Tony nomination for the original Broadway musical [title of show]. Other credits include the books for Found: A New Musical (Atlantic Theater Company), Now. Here. This. (Vineyard Theatre), Silence! The Musical, Bellobration... Read More →

Speakers

Sunday January 24, 2016 3:00pm - 4:20pm
MainStage