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TEDxBroadway Explores Broadway's Future on Feb. 24

Speakers list announced for one night-only presentation


Diane Paulus

Tony winning director Diane Paulus is among the notables who will be appearing at the third annual TEDxBroadway event on February 24, 2014.

Photo © Susan Lapides 2013, courtesy of American Repertory Theater

To answer the question, "What is the best Broadway can be?" TEDxBroadway has announced the final list of speakers and performers who will join in the discussion at its third annual event.

The one-day event returning on Monday, February 24, 2014 beginning at 11:00.am. at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street) will be filled with provocative presentations, intriguing discussions and new connections that forward-thinking members of the community will want to join. Tickets are priced at $100 and may be purchased on the Goldstar website at http://www.goldstar.com/events/new-york-ny/tedxbroadway-3.  

The confirmed list of guest speakers includes:

  • Robert Lopez, 2014 Academy Award® nominee for Best Song, Frozen, and Tony® Award-winning composer, The Book of Mormon, Avenue Q
  • Jonathan Mann, "the song a day guy"
  • Gabe Zichermann, Chair of GSummit, Founder/Editor of Gamification.Co and EQ magazine
  • Diane Paulus, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University and 2013 recipient of the Tony® Award for Best Director of a Musical
  • Lea DeLaria, Jazz musician, writer, stand-up comic, actor appearing on Nextflix original series "Orange Is the New Black"
  • David Drake, Founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a private equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, author of Crowd Fund Economics
  • Dan Gurney, CEO and founder of Concert Window and a six-time United States Champion on the button accordion
  • Yao Huang, Managing Partner at Pereg Ventures, founder of The Hatchery
  • Craig Dykers, Founding Partner of Snøhetta
  • "Freestyle Love Supreme" -- From two of the creators of the Tony® Award-winning In the Heights, five performers take the crowd on a non-stop hip hop improv ride
  • Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D., Co-author of Newton’s Football (Random House) and author of Save Our Science (TED Books)
  • Todd Robbins, Award-winning performer and creative artist
  • Mark Fisher and Michael Keeler, Founders of Mark Fisher Fitness
  • Dexter Upshaw, Founder and CEO of Distinction Interactive, head of digital for the Apollo Theater in Harlem
  • Natasha Tsakos, Conceptual director, creator and performer
  • David Torpey, Co-founder and Creative Director of Image Now Consultants and Image Now Films

Organizers Damian Bazadona, Ken Davenport, and Jim McCarthy endeavor to provide an environment to answer the question, “What’s the BEST that Broadway can be?” They have gathered some of the smartest, most interesting people from a wide range of fields of expertise to consider this question and present their findings. However, it’s not just the people on the stage who are important to that vision, but the members of the audience, who’ll come from government, academics, Broadway production and marketing, tourism, hospitality, food service and beyond. All stakeholders in the vitality of the neighborhood of Broadway will participate in developing and sharing this vision.

About TEDxBroadway

TEDxBroadway is co-organized by Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive, Broadway producer Ken Davenport, and Jim McCarthy of Goldstar. They are proud to welcome back co-organizing sponsors Jujamcyn Theaters, Google, and Broadway.com, Thought Leader Sponsor NewYork.com, and supporting sponsors Davis Wright Tremaine, Audience Rewards, Chase, and Camp Broadway. Joining this year as Young Professionals Sponsors are The Nederlander Organization and The Shubert Organization, with additional support provided by Goldstar, Metroclick, and E&E Grill House. Additional details can be found online at http://TEDxBroadway.com.

About TED and TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, independent and self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration


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