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If you are looking to break into the business of Broadway, this podcast is for you. The Black Business of Broadway is a bi-monthly podcast brought to you by The Broadway League that highlights the stories, how to’s and successes of the Black administrators, producers, directors, managers, creatives, and legends of Broadway. Tune in as our host, Gennean Scott, chats with these professionals and helps you find your career on Broadway.

The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Our 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the commercial theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to more than 30 million people in New York and more than 200 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

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If you are looking to break into the business of Broadway, this podcast is for you. The Black Business of Broadway is a bi-monthly podcast brought to you by The Broadway League that highlights the stories, how to’s and successes of the Black administrators, producers, directors, managers, creatives, and legends of Broadway. Tune in as our host, Gennean Scott, chats with these professionals and helps you find your career on Broadway.

The Broadway League is the national trade association for the Broadway industry. Our 700-plus members include theatre owners and operators, producers, presenters, and general managers in North American cities, as well as suppliers of goods and services to the commercial theatre industry. Each year, League members bring Broadway to more than 30 million people in New York and more than 200 cities across the U.S. and Canada.

    We Have to Have Courage: Marjaun Canady

    We Have to Have Courage: Marjaun Canady

    How can we leave an impact that will help shape the Broadway landscape? Marjaun Canady, Founder and Executive Director of the Canady Foundation for the Arts, joins the podcast to share her inspiring mission of empowering the next generation of change makers through storytelling. Marjaun takes us on her remarkable career journey, from embracing her Caribbean-American roots to creating her play turned children's book, Callaloo. Tune in to hear her discuss her work as a co-producer on The Wiz, where she is working to provide greater access in the arts to the next generation of artists.



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    • 40 min
    Working as a Collective: Ayanna Prescod

    Working as a Collective: Ayanna Prescod

    How can social media and influencer marketing contribute to making theatre more accessible to a wider audience? Ayanna Prescod, Director of Influencer Marketing at Relay, is leveraging her skills as a theatre professional, influencer marketer, producer, and social media specialist to address this question. Hear about Ayanna's journey, from making her Broadway debut as a co-producer on Pass Over, realizing her dreams, founding OurBkSocial, and her vision for influencer marketing's role in attracting new audiences to the theatre.

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    • 51 min
    Guiding Our Next Generation: Stephanie Pope

    Guiding Our Next Generation: Stephanie Pope

    Ever wondered if you could build a career on Broadway while balancing family and life? From being hand-picked by the legendary Bob Fosse to performing in her first Broadway shows, Stephanie Pope Lofgren’s journey to becoming a Broadway veteran has been shaped by the mentors and teachers throughout her career in show business. Now she is passing on the lessons gleaned from her 35-year career teaching the Fosse repertoire through The Verdon Fosse Legacy® LLC and serving as choreographer for the Jimmy Awards®. Listen as Stephanie shares her experiences working with Bob Fosse, navigating burnout, her advice to young performers on embracing their authenticity, and what it means to her to be reprising her role as one of the original Hunnies in Jelly’s Last Jam at New York City Center.
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    • 37 min
    Alvin Hough, Jr.

    Alvin Hough, Jr.

    Did you ever imagine that one could pursue a career as both a weather scientist and a Broadway music director? Alvin's journey to becoming the Associate Music Supervisor for "Merrily We Roll Along" was unconventional. As he emphasizes throughout his interview, "Everybody's path is a little different." Alvin shares his journey from studying Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard to becoming the music director on the national tour of "Dreamgirls", highlighting the moments where preparation met opportunity. Join us in this conversation, as Alvin shares how he is now cultivating the next generation of musicians through his work at MUSE and BMEP while creating opportunities for more inclusivity in the Broadway pit.
    MUSE (Musicians United for Social Equity) is committed to creating diversity within the music departments of the theatre industry by providing access, internships, mentorships, and support to historically marginalized people of color. Learn more at https://museonline.org/
    BMEP (Broadway Musicians Equity Partnership) is providing access and learning opportunities for musicians from underrepresented communities to learn about playing in the musical theater industry. Learn more at https://www.broadwaymusiciansep.org/
    You can learn more about opportunities relating to careers in the Broadway industry at https://careers.broadway/careers-jobs/
     

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Braiding the Stories of Black Hair on Broadway: Nana Mensah

    Braiding the Stories of Black Hair on Broadway: Nana Mensah

    Nana Mensah, a Ghanaian-American writer, director, producer, and actress, joins the podcast to discuss her Broadway debut in "Jaja's African Hair Braiding". She discusses her Ghanaian-American heritage, shares her experience of playing the role of Aminata, the community's response, and the importance of bringing a story about the Black immigrant experience to Broadway.

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    • 38 min
    Powered By Our Ancestors: Sade Lythcott

    Powered By Our Ancestors: Sade Lythcott

    An inspiring conversation with Sade Lythcott, the CEO of National Black Theatre (NBT), about its history and how she is carrying on the legacy of her mother and founder, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer. Tune in to hear her discuss NBT's mission "to produce transformational theater... through telling authentic stories of the Black experience," its emphasis on placemaking and holistic producing, and her vision for the future of NBT.

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    • 52 min

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