TEDxBroadway took place at New World Stages on March 21

TEDxBroadway Ignites Positive Dialogue

March 23, 2017

The sixth annual TEDxBroadway returned to New World Stages on Tuesday, March 21, featuring a stellar lineup of Broadway’s biggest names, and tackled the important question 'What's the best Broadway can be?' 

TEDxBroadway seeks to bring together experts from a wide range of fields to create, share, and stimulate dialogue about Broadway. 

EBG was once again proud to sponosor the event, and join in the conversation. 

The overall theme of this year’s event was “A New Experience for a New Broadway,” with many speakers discussing the evolution of Broadway, both throughout this year – and beyond. 

Speakers and performers addressed a number of relevant and pressing topics including arts funding, education, data, accessibilty and diversity. 

Left to Right: Tina Landau (The Spongebob Musical), Alton Fitzgerald White (actor, Mufasa in Lion King), Emily Simoness (Exec Editor at SPACE on Ryder Farm), and Jim McCarthy (CEO OF Goldstar, co-founder of TedXBroadway)

Alton Fitzergerald White, a singer, actor and dancer who broke Broadway records with 4,308 performances as King Mufasa in The Lion King, spoke to conference-goers about the passion behind his work stating: “Approaching my work with the mindset of service and gratitude helps me stay true to my dreams.”

Kanya Balakrishna, co-founder and President of The Future Project, a national initiative to revolutionize education, talked about the possibility of a future where our youth dream bring. She shared these inspring words: “What if schools intentionally taught young people how to dream?" 

Lester Vritak, manager of the Sing for Hope pianos program, shared his thoughts on different forms of art saying: "Don't think of Broadway as a place... That stage can be anywhere, even at a piano. Art is for everybody." 

The goal of the event was to raise awareness and get leaders across industries talking about the future of Broadway – and that’s exactly what everyone did, from presenters to participants and fans.

The dynamic TEDxBroadway was proof yet again of the remarkable Broadway community, whose creativity and dedication goes far beyond New York. Here’s to another great year of Broadway!