By Jim McCarthy Oct 23, 2012 0 comments

TEDxBroadway 2013 Officially Announced

I’m happy to say that we are officially underway with TEDxBroadway 2013 and once again asking the question, “What is the Best that Broadway Can Be?”

And we ask this question in the broadest way possible.  Broadway, after all, is not a metaphor for a theatre-producing community (well, it is that, but it’s not only that.)  It is a place, indeed a neighborhood in New York City, and what makes this place particularly interesting is that it has a remarkable cultural power, due not just to the cultural products produced there, but the sheer volume of people who visit, live, and work there.

And so, for all the stakeholders, both locally and around the nation and world, the organizers of TEDxBroadway feel that challenging those stakeholders to envisioning the best possible future, and doing that along multiples different lines of inquiry provides a really worthwhile challenge and blends right in with the overall TED mission of “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Anyway, today, we announced several (but not all…we’re still developing the roster and even holding back a few as surprises) of the speakers, including:

  • Seth Pinsky, President of NYC’s Economic Development Corporation
  • Thomas Schumacher, President of Disney Theatrical Group, award-winning Broadway producer
  • Randi Zuckerberg, Founder of Zuckerberg Media,  award-winning producer, media personality
  • Terry Teachout, Drama critic at the Wall Street Journal
  • Christine Jones, Artistic Director of Theatre for One, a portable private performing arts space for one actor and one audience member
  • Josh Harris, founder of the world’s first internet radio/television network, Pseudo Programs, Inc., and subject of the Sundance award-winning documentary film We Live In Public

with a lot more to come.

So, by all means, join us!  If it’s anything like last year, it’s going to be a fun, thought-provoking day with a very positive vibe and group of people committed to building a better future for Broadway, which in turn has an impact on the city and the cultural life of the world.

I’d also suggest that if you think there’s somebody who would be killer as a presenter as this event, we’re still curating content and talking to potential presenters (and performers, too, by the way.  It is a Broadway conference, after all.)

And of course, if you know people who you think should go, by all means, spread the word.

Hope to see you there!

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