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The Mission

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Broadway & Beyond: Access for Stage Managers of Color provides opportunities to aspiring and current stage managers of color to learn from industry insiders, meet industry leaders, and provide insights to help stage managers of color start, maintain, and advance a career in the arts and theatre through free networking and educational events.


Broadway & Beyond offers direct access to the industry professionals responsible for filling stage management positions in New York, on tour, and in regional theaters throughout the country. We aim to eliminate the phrase ‘I don’t know where to find them’ from the hiring process and create opportunities for stage managers of color who are ready to work.

Contact Us for more information on how you can be involved.



On December 17th, we held our inaugural networking event, providing a first-of-its-kind opportunity for 75 stage managers of color from around the country to meet (virtually) more than 30 industry professionals who can help them advance their careers.


It was an incredible evening for all of us, and we're so grateful to everyone who participated. We're looking forward to continuing the momentum with more events in the new year, opening more doors for stage managers of color, so that when we return to our beloved theaters, they will be more equitable, truly representative spaces. 

Registration is not yet open of our next events scheduled for March and June. Details will be forthcoming.

You can find information regarding past events here.

If you are interested in participating as a panelist in the future, please contact us.


If you are interested in attending, please check back and follow us on social media.

​Currently Broadway & Beyond's virtual events are free to attend. Applicants must register in advance. Participation is capped at 75. 


Panelists will be provided with the resumés of all confirmed participants in advance of the event and will engage directly with attendees in small break-out groups. 

Our Supporters


For information on the Broadway Stage Management Symposium Charlie Blackwell Scholarships, click here.
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The Founders


Access for Stage Managers of Color

Lisa Dawn Cave

Production Supervisor, Frozen

LISA DAWN CAVE is currently the production supervisor for Disney’s Frozen both nationally and internationally. She is currently in Sydney, Australia mounting the Australian production.


Stage management is Lisa’s second career. She started her studies as a dancer/singer and worked professionally in that role for 10 years. She then transitioned into stage management and has been working consistently for over 25 years.


Her other credits include the Broadway productions: Shuffle Along, Fun Home, Rocky, The Humans, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Bring It On, West Side Story (2009), Come Fly Away, The Color Purple, Hot Feet, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, The Woman In White, Julius Caesar, Caroline or Change, Hollywood Arms, Into the Woods, Wild Party, Parade, and Smokey Joe’s Café. She has worked with creatives: Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, James Lapine, Jerry Zaks, Kenny Leon, Thomas Kail, Sam Gold, Daryl Waters, Jeanine Tesori, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Alex Lacamoire, Tom Kitt, Jason Robert Brown, Lisa Kron, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Maurice Hines, Rob Ashford, Andy Blankenbuehler, Alex Timbers, Hope Clark, Savion Glover, and Christopher Gattelli, to name a few.


Ms. Cave is on the board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and a founding member of Black Theatre United. She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University and an elected Councilor for Actors Equity Association.

To learn more, click here for the article & podcast on ipondr about Lisa Dawn's journey.

Beverly Jenkins

Production Stage Manager, Hadestown

BEVERLY JENKINS has been managing Broadway productions for close to 30 years.  Ms. Jenkins is the production stage manager for the TONY Award winning Best Musical Hadestown.  Other shows she has worked on include A Bronx Tale, Fully Committed, Amazing Grace, Living On Love, Holler If Ya Hear Me, Machinal, Godspell, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, In the Heights, Shrek: The Musical, Avenue Q, Aida, Sweet Charity, Oklahoma!, The Lion King, Bring In Da Noise/ Bring In Da Funk; Miss Saigon.   Off Broadway:  A Bronx Tale: The Musical (Paper Mill Playhouse); Bad Jews, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet (both at Roundabout).


Ms. Jenkins is on the board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and president of D.I.V.A., Inc: The Society for Women in the Arts.  She is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and The Conservatory at Shenandoah University.  She is a proud mom, wife, and Howard University graduate. 

Listen to Beverly discuss her amazing career, being a mother of 7 (Yep. 7!) and of course, B&B: Access for Stage Managers of Color on an episode of the mamastalkinloud podcast or wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Access for Stage Managers of Color

Jimmie Lee Smith

Stage Manager, Aladdin

JIMMIE LEE SMITH is currently a stage manager with Disney Theatrical Group stage managing on Aladdin The Musical. Aladdin marks Jimmie’s fourth show with Disney Theatrical. Recently Jimmie was also honored to be a part of Kenny Leon’s production of The Mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. Other Broadway, pre-Broadway, and national touring credits include: The Lion King, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde, Evita, and Jesus Christ Superstar.   


Jimmie Lee has worked with creatives such as: André De Shields, Mercedes Ellington, Sir Richard Eyre, Jerry Mitchell, Casey Nicholaw, Arlene Phillips, Kenny Leon, Anthony Lyn, Julie Taymor, Alex Timbers, Schele Williams, and George C. Wolfe.


Jimmie has also managed corporate fundraising and entertainment events for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton and for the MLK Memorial in Washington, D.C. to name a few. 

Access for Stage Managers of Color


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