Black Women on Broadway, founded by Amber Iman (Shuffle Along, Broadway Advocacy Coalition), Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play), and Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black, PBS’ Much Ado About Nothing) is hosting a Black Women in Theatre appreciation day. Set to take place on Monday, June 29th at noon, the virtual conference is meant to celebrate and empower Black women in theatre and if we know anything about these three ladies they will do just that and then some.
Created to celebrate and create space for the talent and range of Black Women on Broadway over the decades. From Eartha Kitt in Timbuktu, to Montego Glover in All the Natalie Portmans, the Instagram page acts as an archival tribute to the work and dedication to the black women that have come before and an inspiration for those whose names we don’t know yet. However, the founding women have so much more in store and hope to “blossom into an organization rooted in community, access & education, mentorship, and scholarship.”
Black women, specifically these three Black women, have showed up and out for this platform, Broadway Black, time and time again. Now, is the time to show up and out for them. All are welcome to attend this event! Register NOW!
The all-day virtual conference set to run from 12 pm-9:30 pm ET, consists of panels on producing, money, meditation and movement, and mastering the self-tape. This virtual conference is jam-packed with valuables, from one of Broadway’s only leading Black producers, Alia Jones-Harvey, to the main event, scheduled for 6:30-8 pm, with six-time Tony Award winner, Audra Mcdonald, and Tony always Award winner Lillias White.
In an interview with Playbill about the new platform, why they started it, and who influences them Black Women on Broadway co-founder Danielle Brooks had this to say:
“Danielle Brooks: I am beyond proud of the Black theatre community, from The Antonyo Awards to Black Theatre United. We are creating our own opportunities and are no longer waiting for someone to give us a seat at the table. We know our worth and are unafraid to demand and create what we deserve for ourselves. And to our future Black artists, continue to work hard, honor those who came before you, and don’t wait for anyone to bring your dreams to light. You ignite that flame. Align yourself with people that share your vision, and make it happen.”