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Theatre Forward Thirteenth Annual Broadway Roundtable

On January 29, 2016, Theatre Forward held its Thirteenth Annual Broadway Roundtable hosted by UBS.


The Broadway Roundtable is an exclusive discussion and luncheon event enjoyed by Theatre Forward board members, patrons and supporters.

2016 Broadway Roundtable Panelists included:

JOSHUA BORENSTEIN, Managing Director of Long Wharf Theatre
DANIELLE BROOKS, Actor: “Orange is the New Black” and currently starring on Broadway in The Color Purple
JESSICA HECHT, Actor: A View From the Bridge, The Assembled Parties, “Breaking Bad” and currently starring in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway
RUTH HENDEL, Tony Award winning Broadway Producer: Current shows include A View from the Bridge, King Charles III and The Gin Game
ALEX LACAMOIRE, Tony & Grammy Award Winning Music Director/Arranger/Orchestrator: Hamilton, 9 to 5, In the Heights and Wicked
DES McANUFF, Tony Winning Director: Jersey Boys, Big River and The Who’s Tommy and former artistic director, La Jolla Playhouse and Stratford Festival.
GEORGE TAKEI, Actor and Activist: “Star Trek” and most recently Allegiance on Broadway


Bruce E. Whitacre, Executive Director of Theatre Forward, led the discussion that focused on the issues of diversity, possession and power that is played out in the shows these panelists represent and the work they do.  Whether it is the plight of powerless refugees a century ago, of women subjugated because of their race and gender, of citizens imprisoned simply because of their origins or of founding fathers gathering in the room where it happens, each panelist responded to the diversity and power in their respective shows with great insight.  They shared thoughts on the importance of passing down immigrants’ stories to future generations, always bringing their very best to the table and how bringing diversity to the stage can truly change communities.

Check out photos from the event here!

Theatre Forward is dedicated to advancing strong theatre by fostering the development and production of plays and musicals, many of which represent strong voices, win awards, tour the country and open on Broadway, just like many of the shows represented by our panelists.  By supporting outstanding productions, Theatre Forward promotes theatre as a platform for community engagement while expanding opportunities for all to participate and have access to theatre.