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Past Events: December 17, 2021

5:30pm - 7:30pm EST

Thursday, December 17, 2020

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.


J. Philip Bassett

Bonnie Becker

Heather Brose

Jill Cordle

Matthew DiCarlo

Julia Jones

Johnny Milani

Ira Mont

Bonnie Panson

Michael J. Passaro

Kathleen E. Purvis

Thomas Recktenwald

Clifford Schwartz

Rebecca L. Skupin

Rolt Smith

Paul J. Smith

Rick Steiger

Kelsey Tippins

Charlie Underhill

Kim Vernace

101 Productions

321 Theatrical Management

Alliance Theatre

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Bespoke Theatricals

Dallas Theater Center

Denver Center for the Performing Arts

Disney Theatrical Group

Foresight Theatrical


RCI Theatricals

The 5th Avenue Theatre


Special Guest Speaker

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Kenny Leon

Award Winning Director

KENNY LEON is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning and Emmy®-nominated Broadway and television director, presently directing The Mahalia Jackson Story for Lifetime. Most recently, he directed the Broadway premiere of Charles Fuller's Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece A Soldier's Play.  He also directed The Underlying Chris at Second Stage Theatre Company and the acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing at the Delacorte/Shakespeare in the Park.


Broadway: A Soldier’s Play; American Son; Children of a Lesser God; Holler If Ya Hear Me; A Raisin in the Sun (Tony Award, 2014); The Mountaintop; Stick Fly; August Wilson’s Fences, Gem of the Ocean, and Radio Golf. Off-Broadway: Everybody’s Ruby, Emergence-See! (The Public), Smart People (Second Stage). Television: “American Son” (adapted for Netflix), “Hairspray Live!,” “The Wiz Live!,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Dynasty,” “In My Dreams.” Author, Take You Wherever You Go. Artistic Director Emeritus, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company. 

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