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2019 Schedule

Act I

Welcome

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Heidi Schreck

Heidi Schreck is a writer and performer living in Brooklyn. Her other plays include Grand Concourse, which debuted at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf and theaters all over the country in 2014-15 and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and winner of the Stacey Mindich Lilly Award. Other plays, including Creature, There Are No More Big Secrets and The Consultant, have been produced by Berkeley Rep, Long Wharf, Page73, Seattle Public Theatre, New Georges, Rattlestick, and more. Heidi has commissions from Atlantic Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, and South Coast Repertory Theatre and has been a writing fellow with the Clare Tow Foundation, Soho Rep and the Sundance Theatre Lab. Heidi’s television writing includes “I Love Dick,” “Billions” and “Nurse Jackie,” and she is developing a TV series with Amazon based on Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy. As an actor, Heidi has performed at Berkeley Rep, Roundabout Theatre, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Shakespeare in the Park, Clubbed Thumb and Two-Headed Calf and on TV in “Nurse Jackie,” “Billions,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “The Good Wife.” She is the recipient of two Obie Awards, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award. What the Constitution Means to Me was developed as a Commission for True Love Productions and first debuted at Clubbed Thumb Summerworks, followed by a run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In the fall of 2018, it was produced by New York Theatre Workshop, in an acclaimed run that eventually moved to the Greenwich House Theater.

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Rosdely Ciprian

Rosdely Ciprian is a freshman in high school who lives with her mom in New York City. Rosdely graduated from Barbizon Modeling School in 2012, was an extra for the 2014 movie Annie, and also played the title role in Annie at her school in 2017. She has a passion for acting and an affinity for technology and helps her community as a Girl Scout Senior. Rosdely has participated in various summer programs and sometimes helps judge debates with her teacher Mr. Beattie.

Setting the Stage

The Lillys present the findings from the most recent studies of women in theatre.
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Julia Jordan

Musicals include; MURDER BALLAD (book and lyrics), SARAH, PLAIN AND TALL (book). Plays include; DARK YELLOW, TATJANA IN COLOR and SMOKING LESSON. Short films; THE HAT (Sundance), DARK YELLOW (Best short, Jackson Hole Film Fest). Awards include; Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award, Francesca Primus Prize, three-time Susan Smith Blackburn shortlist, American Spirit Award, two-time Heideman Award, AT and T Onstage Award, Compte De Nouy Award. She has held Lucille Lortel, Manhattan Theater Club, MacDowell and Juilliard Playwrighting Fellowships. Executive Director and Founder of the Lillys, Treasurer of the Dramatists Guild, Co-Founder of the Family Residency at Space on Ryder Farm.

Spotlighting Marquee Women

The creative forces behind some of this season's shows discuss how Broadway can learn from theatre off-Broadway, regionally and beyond.
Introduction
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Ryann Redmond

Ryann Redmond is so thrilled to currently be the first female Olaf in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway. Broadway: Frozen, Escape to Margaritaville, If/Then, Bring It On. TV: “Younger.” Film: “Double Exposure.” Off-Broadway: Usual Girls (Roundabout), Gigantic (Vineyard), Marvelous Wonderettes. National Tour: Escape to Margaritaville, Bring It On. Regional: How to Succeed (TUTS), Hairspray (MUNY), Kiss Me Kate (Bay Street Theatre). NYU (CAP21). Twitter/Instagram: @ryannreds www.ryannredmond.com

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Syndee Winters

Syndee Winters is a Grammy nominated Broadway veteran currently starring as Nala in Disney's The Lion King on Broadway. She's been in hit productions, Motown the Musical, Pippin, and showing audiences how to " WORK!" as all of The Schuyler Sisters in Hamilton. She was last seen on the small screen in NBC Live Jesus Christ Superstar with EGOT recipient John Legend. Her latest solo album project, "Lessons : From A Lady" inspired by American icon Lena Horne is available now on all digital platforms.

Moderator & Panelists
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Maria Manuela Goyanes
Moderator

Maria Manuela Goyanes is the Artistic Director of Woolly Mammoth Theater Company. Prior to joining Woolly, she served as the Director of Producing and Artistic Planning at The Public Theater, where she oversaw the day-to-day execution of a full slate of plays and musicals at the Public’s five-theater venue at Astor Place and the Delacorte Theater for Shakespeare in the Park. Earlier in her career at The Public, she managed some of the theater’s most celebrated productions, including Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Josephine & I by Cush Jumbo, Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee, Barbecue by Robert O’Hara, and Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim.

Maria holds a position on the adjunct faculty of Juilliard and curates the junior year curriculum of the Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU. She has guest lectured at Bard College, Barnard College, Brown University, Columbia University, Juilliard, the National Theater Institute at The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, UCSD, the University of Texas-Austin, and Yale University, among others. Since 2015, Maria has also served as a member of the board of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. From 2006 to 2008, she co-chaired the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab with Jason Grote, and from 2004 to 2012, Maria was the Executive Producer of 13P.

Maria is a first-generation Latinx-American, born to parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic and Spain. She was raised in Jamaica, Queens, and has a collection of hoop earrings to prove it. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in 2001 from Brown University.

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Christine Jones

Christine Jones is a Tony-award winning set designer and the Artistic Director of Theatre for One. SET DESIGN: Currently Running: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Pts I & II (Tony Award, Olivier Award), The Cher Show, La Traviata at The Met. Broadway: American Idiot (Tony Award); Hands on a Hardbody; On a Clear Day; Spring Awakening (Tony Nomination); The Green Bird (Drama Desk Nomination); Everyday Rapture. West End:Close to You: Bacharach Reimaged; Let the Right One In. Opera: Rigoletto (MET). Other Selected Work: The Book of Longing (Lincoln Center Festival), Burn This (Signature Theatre) and True Love. 2015 OBIE for Sustained Excellence in Set Design.

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Young Jean Lee

Young Jean Lee is a writer, director, and filmmaker who has been called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by The New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York. She has written and directed ten shows with Young Jean Lee's Theater Company and toured her work to over thirty cities around the world. She was the first Asian-American woman to have her play produced on Broadway when her play STRAIGHT WHITE MEN premiered on Broadway in 2018. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Prize in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a PEN Literary Award, the Edwin Booth award, and a United States Artists Fellowship. Her short films have been presented at the Sundance Film Festival, The Locarno International Film Festival, and BAMcinemaFest.

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Dominique Morisseau

DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle) which includes the following plays: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit ’67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre); Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre) and Follow Me To Nellie’s (Premiere Stages). Dominique is an alumna of The Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, Women’s Project Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop and has developed work at Sundance Lab, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Eugene O’Neil Playwrights Conference. Her work has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theater, Women’s Project, South Coast Rep, People’s Light and Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival/Penumbra Theatre. She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series “Shameless.” Following its record breaking run at Berkeley Repertory Theatre last summer, her new musical Ain’t Too Proud —The Life and Times of The Temptations, is set to open at The Kennedy Center (Washington DC), The Ahmanson (Los Angeles), and The Princess of Whales Theater (Toronto) this season before going to Broadway Spring 2019. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), and the Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship. She was named one of Variety’s Women of Impact for 2017-18 and a recipient of the 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant.

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Leigh Silverman

Leigh Silverman Broadway: The Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54); Violet (Roundabout; Tony nomination); Chinglish; Well. Current: Hurricane Diane (NYTW). Recent: Soft Power by Jeanine Tseori/David Henry Hwang (Ahmanson Theater/ Curan Theater); Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre/ Audible, Minetta Lane; Lortel nom); Wild Goose Dreams (Public Theater); Sweet Charity (New Group); On The Exhale (Roundabout); The Outer Space (Public); All The Ways To Say I Love You (MCC); The Way We Get By (2ST); Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb); Hurricane Diane (Two River); American Hero (WTF; 2ST); No Place to Go (Public Theater); Kung Fu (Signature Theatre); The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons); The Madrid (MTC); Golden Child (Signature Theatre); In The Wake (CTG/Berkeley/Public Theater; Obie Award, Lortel nomination); Go Back to Where You Are (Playwrights Horizons; Obie Award); Yellow Face (CTG/Public Theater). Encores: Violet, The Wild Party, Really Rosie.

Meet the Changemakers, Part I

Get to know the organizations who are leading the way for gender equality in the arts.

Stages, Screens and Studios

Sharing and comparing perspectives from women in film, TV, music and theatre, and how we can apply new ideas to our industry.
Introduction
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Jill Furman

Jill Furman is a theater producer and the founder of Jill Furman Productions, Inc. Broadway: Hamilton (Tony Award), In the Heights (Tony Award), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Heiress, Seminar, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Sly Fox and Fortune’s Fool. Off-Broadway: Freestyle Love Supreme, On The Line and Adult Entertainment. In 2011, Jill received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing. Jill is on the Board of the Lung Cancer Research Foundation and the President’s Advisory Council for the Arts at Brown University.

Moderator & Panelists
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Susan Haskins
Moderator

Susan Haskins began her stage career at La MaMa Experimental Theater where for over 11 years she sold tickets, acted, stage managed, and designed sets, props, and publicity materials, eventually becoming the theater’s first “Art Director.” In the years following, she did improv, designing and casting which led her into producing.

In 1993 she followed the advice of her mentor at La MaMa, the legendary Ellen Stewart, and got “her own pushcart,” co-creating and co-hosting Theater Talk, the Emmy-winning interview/discussion series devoted to the world of the stage. She has been its Executive Producer ever since.

Theater Talk recently ended its 23-year run as a weekly series on PBS/Thirteen with syndication across the USA (and just received its fourth NY Emmy nomination). The first nationally syndicated “Theater Talk Live from Lincoln Center” special will premiere on Thirteen the first week of June.

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Anaïs Mitchell

ANAÏS MITCHELL (Music, Lyrics, & Book) is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry, and balladry. She recorded for Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own label (Wilderland) in 2012. Among her recorded works are six full-length albums, including 2010’s album ofHadestown which featured guest singers including Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Ani DiFranco; 2012's Young Man in America; and 2013’s Child Ballads. Mitchell has headlined shows worldwide as well as supporting tours for Bon Iver, Richard Thompson, Josh Ritter, and Punch Brothers. Her awards include a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and the Folk Alliance International Spirit of Folk Award. She has featured in year-end best lists including The Guardian, NPR, American Songwriter, The Sunday Times, and Wall Street Journal.

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Jessie Nelson

Jessie began her career with Mabou Mines at the Public Theater.  She wrote, directed, and produced Corrina Corrina , I Am Sam and To The Moon Alice  She directed Love, The Coopers and Curb Your Enthusiasm.  Her writing credits include Step Mom and The Story of Us.  She produced Fred Claus and Danny Collins.  Jessie wrote the Broadway musical Waitress with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. She and Sara are currently developing a  TV show with Bad Robot for Apple called Little Voice. She directed Alice By Heart  which she cowrote with Steven Sater with music by Duncan Sheik at MCC.    She has been the Artistic Director of the Sundance Writers Lab.  She wrote the children’s book Labracadabra. 

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Theresa Rebeck

Theresa Rebeck’s many plays have been widely produced on and off Broadway, regionally and internationally. This season, herfourth Broadway play, Bernhardt/Hamlet, premiered on Broadway and her play Downstairs opened at Primary Stages starring Tim Daly and Tyne Daly. Other Broadway works include Dead Accounts; Seminar and Mauritius. Other notable NY and regional plays include: Seared, The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann and Spike Heels (Second Stage), Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection and Our House (Playwrights Horizons), The Understudy (Roundabout), View of the Dome (NYTW), What We’re Up Against (Women’s Project), Omnium Gatherum (Pulitzer Prize finalist). As a director, her work has been seen at The Alley Theater of Houston, Dorset Theater Festival, the Orchard Project and the Folger Shakespeare Theater. She recently wrote and directed the independent feature Trouble, starring Anjelica Huston, Bill Pullman and David Morse. In television, she is best known for her work on “NYPD Blue” and for creating the NBC series “Smash.” As a novelist, Rebeck’s books include Three Girls and Their Brother and I'm Glad About You. Rebeck is the recipient of the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award, the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, a Lilly Award and more.

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Paula Wagner

Paula Wagner (Producer) develops and produces film, theatre, television, and new media projects through her company, Chestnut Ridge Productions. Broadway producing credits include the new hit, Pretty Woman: The Musical; The Heiress starring Jessica Chastain, Grace starring Paul Rudd and Michael Shannon, and the Tony-nominated play Mothers and Sons. She is a co-founder of Cruise/Wagner Productions, where she produced notable films such as Mission Impossible I, II, III, The Last Samurai, Vanilla Sky, The Others, Shattered Glass, and executive produced Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds. She served as CEO of United Artists from 2006 to 2008, and earlier in her career was a prominent talent agent at Creative Artists Agency. Recently, she produced the acclaimed movie Marshall, starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson. Currently, she is developing a feature on Sylvia Robinson, the mother of hip hop, with Warner Bros. Additionally, she was an executive producer on critically-acclaimed and award winning Lifetime original movie Five, five short films directed by five female directors. Wagner was honored by Premiere magazine with the Women in Hollywood Icon Award in 2001. The following year she was featured in Bravo’s "Women on Top," a documentary which profiled exceptional women in entertainment. Wagner is a member of AMPAS, PGA, Broadway League and an ambassador of ReFrame for Women in Film, a formal action plan to further gender parity in the media industry. She also is a published playwright with Out of our Father’s House, a play she developed with feminist author Eve Merriam. In addition to her work as a producer, Wagner is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s MEIM program and on the Board of Trustees.

Intermission

Act II

Inspiring Changemakers: A Conversation

A discussion designed to reflect on the collective audience questionnaire responses about how we can all become agents for change.
Moderator & Participants
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Michele Steckler
Moderator

A producer at heart, Michele Steckler founded the consulting firm Fly Loft Group as a natural extension of her theatrical roots. Michele’s expansive career in the theatre, from avant-garde stage manager to Broadway producer, provides the foundation for consulting, lecturing and leading Listening & Story Labs through her unique model of practice called Producing Your Life. As senior faculty with Coming Into Your Own, an international leadership program for women, Michele leads retreats designed to support women of all ages as they develop the capacity to lead from the inside out. Equally comfortable in a conference room, classroom or onstage, she is deeply passionate about nurturing young leaders and fostering multi-generational connections. Michele began her career in the theater as a stage manager, supervising productions at top regional theaters, Off-Broadway, international festivals and touring productions across five continents, working with a range of celebrated artists including Philip Glass, Robert Wilson, Eve Ensler, Seiji Ozawa, Peter Sellars, Anne Bogart, Tina Landau, Oskar Eustis, David Henry Hwang and Julie Taymor. Her fourteen-year tenure with Disney Theatrical Group began in 1997 as the original Assistant Director on The Lion King, eventually becoming Senior Vice President and Senior Producer overseeing The Lion King, Tarzan, The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Dedicated to awakening personal power and human potential across all generations, Michele partners on diverse projects in the arts, business and education, creating space for people to develop the skills and capacity needed to grow and thrive in the 21st century.

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Leslie Barrett


Leslie Barrett is a Managing Director at Serino Coyne, a leading live entertainment advertising and marketing agency. Since joining the agency in 2007, she has been instrumental in the creation of the digital media practice and the partnership marketing group. She has been responsible for new business development and agency innovation. In addition, she lends her skills and passion to staff training and development programs, and serves on several special committees for Omnicom, Serino Coyne’s parent company. Prior to joining Serino Coyne, Leslie worked for Disney Theatrical Productions and Broadway.com. She sits on the board of the Broadway Inspirational Voices Choir and is an endurance sport enthusiast. Leslie lives in New Jersey with her beau and their son, James.

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Adrienne Campbell-Holt

Adrienne is the Founding Artistic Director of Colt Coeur and the recipient of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Visionary Director Award from the League of Professional Theater Women. Upcoming: world premieres of Hatef*ck by Rehana Lew Mirza (WP/Colt Coeur), and We are Among Us by Stephen Belber (City Theater). Recent world premieres/productions: Joan, by Stephen Belber, starring Johanna Day (Colt Coeur), Downstairs, by Theresa Rebeck starring Tyne Daly and Tim Daly (Primary Stages), Thirst, by C. A. Johnson (Contemporary American Theater Festival), Zürich, by Amelia Roper (Colt Coeur/NYTW), What We’re Up Against by Theresa Rebeck (WP Theater), Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira (Colt Coeur), Cal in Camo (co-pro Rattlestick & Colt Coeur), Theresa Rebeck’s The Nest (Denver Theatre Company), One Child Born (Oberon at American Repertory Theater), How to Live on Earth by MJ Kaufman (Colt Coeur), Chiara Atik’s 52nd to Bowery (EST Marathon), Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel (Colt Coeur), Reunion by Greg Moss (South Coast Rep), Everything is Ours by Nikole Beckwith (Colt Coeur), Recall by Eliza Clark (Colt Coeur), Fish Eye (Colt Coeur), and Seven Minutes in Heaven by Steven Levenson (Colt Coeur). Adrienne is currently developing the new musical Other World with Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Ann McNamee & WETA Workshop, as well as Afterwords, with Zoe Sarnak and Emily Kaczmarek. BA Barnard College, Columbia University. She is also the director of #makeitfair.

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Mandy Gonzalez

Mandy Gonzalez has thrilled audiences on Broadway, lit up the screen on television and started a social movement. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the musical sensation Hamilton, calls Mandy “one of the greatest singers on earth,”

Mandy currently stars as Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton on Broadway and on the CBS hit, Madam Secretary. Onstage, the dynamic range of Mandy’s voice sets a new standard—one moment, she can be soft and sultry, the next moment, she can shake the rafters. Mandy is a Warner East West Records artist and recently released her debut album, FEARLESS, which debuted at #13 on the iTunes pop charts.

Mandy is also known for originating the role of Nina Rosario in the Tony award-winning show, In the Heights. Previously, she also starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked—blowing the roof off of New York’s Gershwin Theatre every night. Mandy has performed for symphonies around the country, including most recently as the lead vocalist for the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular.

Mandy is also an author—she recently published a widely-cited article in the Harvard Business Review on how to overcome one’s fear of public speaking and be more confident in one’s communication and leadership.

Mandy is the proud founder of #FearlessSquad—a social media movement for inclusiveness and belonging. The movement connects millions of people around the world, encourages them to be their best selves and helps them empower each other.

Meet the Changemakers, Part II

Get to know the organizations who are leading the way for gender equality in the arts.

Employing Change

Influential leaders address how to create opportunity and visibility for women in theatre.
Introduction
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Eva Price

Eva Price is a two-time Tony Award-winning producer of over 15 Broadway plays, musicals, and concerts, a member of The Broadway League’s Board of Governors, one of Crain’s NY 40 Under Forty Rising Business Stars, and on the producing team of Killer Content and Abigail Disney’s venture Level Forward. Credits: Oklahoma! (Broadway); Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T.); Angels in America (Tony-winning revival starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield); Dear Evan Hansen (6 Tony Awards including Best Musical); On Your Feet!; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!Peter and the Starcatcher (5 Tony Awards); Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld); Annie (Tony-Nominated Musical Revival); The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony-Nominated Play Revival); Carrie Fisher’s Wishful DrinkingThe Addams Family; Off-Bway: Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical; Drama Desk-nominated FoundThe Lion (Drama Desk-winner, Off-West End-winner); Small Mouth Sounds. Touring: The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Rap Icon Kurtis Blow; The Magic School Bus Live!: The Climate ChallengeElla, a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald.

Moderator & Panelists
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Michelle Charlesworth
Moderator

Michelle Charlesworth is a reporter and co-anchor of WABC-TV’s popular Eyewitness News Saturday and Sunday Morning.

Since joining the Eyewitness News team in 1998, Michelle has reported news from Israel and the occupied territories to Oscar’s Red Carpet, but she is probably best known for her award-winning reports on her personal battle with skin cancer. She has been honored with the prestigious Gold Triangle Award for Journalism.

Michelle is also host of WABC-TV’s Emmy Award-winning special programs, Broadway Backstage - a look at the upcoming spring and fall theater seasons, and Above and Beyond - a salute to local high school students and teachers who have made a difference in their schools and communities.

Michelle came to Channel 7 from NBC 17 in Raleigh, North Carolina where she worked as a reporter/anchor. Prior to that she was at WCTI in New Bern, North Carolina and WMGM in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Michelle holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University, and studied economics at the University of Freiburg on a full scholarship from the German government. She makes her home in New Jersey with her husband and two children. She loves spending time with her family, playing tennis, going to the beach (in a hat, sunglasses and covered in sunscreen) and cooking and eating Italian food. Her greatest culinary love is her husband’s smoked ribs smothered in (from-scratch) BBQ sauce.

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Kristin Caskey

Kristin Caskey is Executive Vice President of Content and Creative for Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) North America, where she oversees the programming and producing division. ATG is an international live-theatre company with close to 50 venues in Britain, the United States, Germany, and Australia. Kristin oversees the programming of ATG’s North American venues, which include the Hudson Theatre on Broadway, Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston, Saenger and Mahalia Jackson Theatres in New Orleans, and Majestic and Empire Theatres in San Antonio.

Prior to joining ATG, Kristin was President of Fox Theatricals, where she produced theatre for Broadway, the West End, and National Tours and programmed the US Bank Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Missouri.

Together with producing partner Mike Isaacson, Kristin has produced a number of award-winning Broadway shows including Fun Home (Tony Award); A Doll’s House Part 2; The Humans (Tony Award); If/Then; Grace; Bring it On; Red (Tony Award); Legally Blonde (London’s Olivier Award); Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony Award); One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Tony Award); Death of a Salesman (Tony Award); The Seagull; ‘night, Mother; Caroline, or Change (London’s Olivier Award); and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Off-Broadway credits include Everyday Rapture and Traces. Kristin is also a long-time member of the Independent Presenters Network, for whom she has produced The Color Purple (Tony Award), Kinky Boots (Tony Award), Matilda, Groundhog Day, and War Paint. She has served on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors for the Broadway League as well as serving on the Tony Management Committee.

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Lear deBessonet

Lear deBessonet is the Founder of Public Works and Resident Director at The Public Theater, where she has directed large-scale, critically-acclaimed musical adaptations of The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale, The Odyssey, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Park). Her production of The Foundry Theater’s Good Person of Szechwan, starring Taylor Mac and Lisa Kron, played an extended, sold-out run at The Public, and earned her an Obie Award for Direction, a Lortel Award for Best Revival, a Drama Desk Nomination, and a Lilly Award. Additional credits include Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Miss You Like Hell at The Public and La Jolla Playhouse; Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus at Signature Theatre; and Romeo and Juliet at The Public. She was recently named the first Resident Director for Encores! at City Center, where she previously directed Big River and Pump Boys and Dinettes. Now in its seventh year, the Public Works model of community engagement and participatory theater has spread nationally and internationally to Dallas, Seattle, and most recently the National Theater in London.

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Dessie Moynihan

D. S. Moynihan began her career in 1980 in the PR/Marketing Department of Circle Repertory Company. She then worked at Ensemble Studio Theatre, first as Marketing Associate, later Literary Manager. In 1988 she joined the Shubert Foundation as Program Assistant and was subsequently promoted to Program Director. In 1996 she moved to the Shubert Organization to establish a department devoted to looking for material for the Organization to produce, invest in and book into its theatres. In 2006 she was named Vice President - Creative Projects. She is now involved in both the artistic and business aspects of Shubert productions.

She has an M.A. in Drama and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. She taught at Sarah Lawrence College for five years and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Columbia University’s MFA Theatre Program.

She is a former Assistant Editor of The Drama Review and has written articles, essays and criticism for several publications. With Michael Kramer she co-wrote Divine Rivalry, a play about Niccolo Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.

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Tara Rubin

Tara Rubin is casting director. She began her career at Johnson-Liff Casting where she worked for 15 years prior to starting her own company in 2001. Tara and her colleagues cast for Broadway, Film, Television and many regional theaters across the country. She is a graduate of Boston University, a member of the Board of the Casting Society of America and a Trustee of the Noel Coward Foundation.

Women Of Broadway

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Anne Quart

Anne Quart is Senior Vice President of Production and Co-Producer for Disney Theatrical Group (DTG). Based in New York City, Quart oversees all aspects of Production for DTG shows worldwide. Together with her team, she manages casting, physical production and general management for all DTG stage titles.

Quart began her career in Canada at the Stratford Festival at the age of 6. Following several years as a child actor, she transitioned from stage to work in costume construction as a wardrobe manager followed by eight years as the head of a busy scene shop, which built scenery and automation for Broadway.

She joined Disney Theatrical Group in 2002 as Production Manager for The Lion King and went on to serve as Associate Producer for all subsequent companies world-wide.  Throughout her tenure, she came to hold this title, turned Co-Producer, for all DTG productions including Newsies, Aladdin, Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Frozen.  Anne is also the co-producer of Fathom’s record-breaking film-capture of Newsies.

Anne is married and has two fantastic daughters.

Closing Remarks

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Graciela Daniele

Graciela Daniele (Director / Choreographer) has directed on Broadway, at Lincoln Center and the Public Theater, and at regional theaters and has earned ten Tony Award nominations and six Drama Desk nominations. Her Broadway Director/Choreographic credits include Chita Rivera, The Dancer’s Life, Annie Get Your Gun, Marie Christine, Once on This Island, Chronicle of a Death Foretold and Dangerous Game. She has Musical Staged/Choreographed such shows as Ragtime (Astaire, Ovation [L.A.], NAACP, and Callaway Award), The Goodbye Girl, Zorba with Anthony Quinn, The Rink starring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. She choreographed the New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Pirates of Penzance on Broadway, Los Angeles and London, the motion picture of Pirates, and three Woody Allen films including Mighty Aphrodite, for which she won the 1996 Fosse Award, and Everyone Say I Love You, for which she won the 1997 Fosse Award. Ms. Daniele directed and choreographed A New Brain, which enjoyed an extended run in the summer of 1998 at Lincoln Center Theatre. She is recipient of the 1998 “Mr. Abbot” Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Director / Choreographer. Ms. Daniele directed and choreographed the Michael John LaChuisa’s Little Fish (Second Stage) and Bernarda Alba (Lincoln Center Theatre) along with the Lincoln Center Theatre production of William Finn’s Elegies, A Song Cycle. Most recently, she has choreographed The Visit on Broadway and the world premiere of Sousatzka at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto.

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