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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.

 

What People Are Saying

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I must say in all honesty, that my inbox has never had this much activity and I have you three to thank.

It's been a while since I have been on Broadway and now it's in my future.

And I can't remember when I have had to say "No" to more than one project.

 

A hundred million thanks for what you all have done.

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I am an early career stage manager that just graduated with my MFA in stage management. After attending your second round of zoom networking events, I'm happy to let you know that I have been hired as an Assistant Stage Manager....

I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I know it would not have been possible without the incredible work you all have put into Broadway Beyond Access. Thank you for seeing us and helping others see us too.

KAYLA URIBE

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Thank you all for your leadership and effort put forth into this organization. I've been able to connect with people I'd have never thought possible. Doors continue to open

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I want to first say thank you all for creating Broadway & Beyond, it has been a blessing having a space created that I can see other stage managers in all different points in their careers that look like me. Thank you thank you thank you for creating this space, I look forward to more events with you all.

TONY H. HARRIS II

BERNITA ROBINSON

JANETTE BRAGGS

 

Upcoming Event: January, 24th, 2022
Virtual Networking Event, 6:00pm - 8:30pm ET

Register Here for this free networking event on Monday, January 24th, offering stage managers of color the unique opportunity to connect directly with industry professionals who are in positions to share advice and personalized counsel and – crucially – to hire. Broadway veteran and advocate, Tony winner Brian Stokes Mitchell will introduce the event.

 
Attendance is free, and interested candidates must register online here  by 9:00pm EST on Tuesday, January 18. Participation is capped at 80 people.

Panelists

 

BROADWAY

101 Productions

321 Theatrical Management

Bespoke Theatrical

Blair Russell Productions

Disney Theatrical Group

Foresight Theatrical

Joey Parnes Productions

RCI Theatricals

Roundabout Theatre

Wagner Johnson Productions

 

OFF-BROADWAY

Center Stage Company

Manhattan Theatre Club

MCC Theater

Second Stage Theater

Signature Theatre

Vineyard Theatre

 

TOURING

Disney Theatrical Group

NETworks Productions

Troika Entertainment

Work Light Productions

 

REGIONAL THEATRES

Alley Theatre

Alliance Theatre

American Theatre Group

Barrington Stage Company

Berkeley Rep

Broadway Sacramento

Dallas Theatre Center

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Geva Theatre Center

George Street Playhouse

Goodman Theatre

Goodspeed Musicals

La Jolla Playhouse

Ogunquit Playhouse

Paper Mill Playhouse

Resident Ensemble Players

South Coast Repertory

The 5th Avenue Theatre - Seattle

The MUNY

The Old Globe

Two River Theater

EVENTS

INVNT Group

Production Glue

Red Thread Productions

TMW Enterprises

OPERA

LA Opera

Metropolitan Opera

Portland Opera

 

DISNEY

Disney (Cruise Line, Parks, Events)

 

CRUISE LINES

MCC & Maybury Webb Creative Inc.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Virgin Voyages

 

CHOREOGRAPHERS

Kelly Devine

Christopher Gattelli

JoAnn Hunter

Denis Jones

 

PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGERS

                                                Bonnie L. Becker                            Kevin Bertolacci

                                                Holly Coombs                                 Jill Cordle

                                                Richard Hester                                Adam Hunter

                                                David Lober                                    Linda Marvel

                                                Jack McLeod                                   Ira Mont 

                                                Bonnie Panson                                Kathleen Purvis

                                                Cody Renard Richard                      Judy Schoenfeld

                                                Clifford Schwartz                             Michael Passaro

                                                Rolt Smith                                        Rick Steiger

                                                Steve “Doc” Zorthian

 

MODERATORS

                                                 Michael “Rico” Cohen                  Branden Cullen

                                                 James Darrah                                 Mark Dobrow 

                                                 Colyn Fiendel                                 Jenn Jacobs

                                                 Anna Kaltenbach                           Angela Kiessel

                                                 Matt Lutz                                         Johnny Milani

                                                 Paul J. Smith                                   Charlie Underhill

                                                 Alex Volckhausen                           Kim Vernace

                                                                           

Brian Stokes-Mitchell

Tony Award Winning Actor

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Special Guest

Dubbed “the last leading man” by The New York Times, Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has enjoyed a career that spans more than 40 years in Broadway, television, film, recordings and concert appearances with the country’s finest conductors and orchestras.

Mr. Mitchell received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards for his star turn in Kiss Me, Kate.  He also gave Tony-nominated performances in Man of La Mancha, August Wilson’s King Hedley II, and Ragtime.  Other notable Broadway shows include Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly’s Last Jam, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and most recently in Shuffle Along.   Off Broadway includes Do Re Mi, Carnival, Kismet and The Bandwagon at City Center Encores and Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park. 

Regional includes Sweeney Todd at the Sondheim Celebration at The Kennedy Center with Christine Baranski and The Light in the Piazza at the Los Angeles Opera with Renee Fleming.  Stokes was four days from opening LOVE/LIFE  at City Center Encores when all of Broadway, and most of the country shut down due to the pandemic.  However, that didn’t stop him completely. Even while recovering from Covid in March of 2020, he received unexpected additional acclaim and attention for singing The Impossible Dream from his apartment window every night for a number of weeks during the pandemic in honor of the essential workers.

 

Stokes has received a number of other awards for both his charitable and artistic work including the New Dramatist’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the Actors Fund Julie Harris Award, Canada’s Dora Mavor Moore Award (The Canadian “Tony”), the Americans for the Arts Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award,  The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, Chicago’s Sarah Siddons Award, and the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League. In November of  2016 he was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame.  

 

Stokes charitable work is extensive.  Since his 20s has enjoyed working with multiple organizations beginning with tours for the USO and also The March of Dimes.  He received his most recent Tony Award in 2016 for his work as Chairman of the Board of The Actor’s Fund, a position he has continuously held since 2004.   He is also on the Board and Artist Committee of Americans for the Arts, and is a founding member of Black Theatre United.  He is a tireless advocate for both artists and the importance of the Arts in a healthy society.  This year the city of New York honored his contributions to charity and the arts by awarding him the Key to the City. 

You can find information regarding past events here.

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

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​Currently Broadway & Beyond's virtual events are free to attend. Applicants must register in advance.

Participation may be capped.

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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 serves on the Board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and is a founding member of Black Theatre United. She is an Advisor for the Prince Fellowship, 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, 2020 Tony Honors recipient for Excellence in the Theatre, 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 boards of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and Beyond the Stage Door, 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.

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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. 

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Kenneth J. McGee

Assistant Stage Manager, The Lion King

KENNETH J. McGEE was born in Brooklyn, New York and started his Stage Management career by working as a Production Intern on A Grand Night For Singing and the 1994 revival of Picnic, both at the Roundabout Theatre Company. 

 

Kenneth has worked on over 20 Broadway shows including Once On This Island (Revival), Significant Other, An American In Paris, Kinky Boots, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Jerusalem, God Of Carnage, In The Heights, Spamalot, Disney’s Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Tarzan, Rent, Pacific Overtures (2004 Revival), Seussical, On The Town (1998 Revival), Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk and Jesus Christ Superstar (2000 Revival). Off-Broadway work includes Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Classic Stage Company and Lincoln Center. 

 

Kenneth currently works on the Broadway Stage Management team of The Lion King, which he joined in July of 2018.

 

Kenneth is on the board of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids and has been a proud AEA member since 1994.

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