Theatre Producers of Color (TPOC), a newly formed organization of talented and experienced Broadway producers, has just announced an inaugural program to prepare the next generation of BIPOC theatre-makers for the future of Broadway. Their upcoming course is a tuition-free program entitled ‘Producing 101,’ and the focus is to train individuals on the foundational principles and strategies of mounting a Broadway show. Over a 10-week period beginning January 25, 2021, participants will receive firsthand knowledge and teaching from BIPOC and White ally producers over a range of topics that include financing and budgeting, marketing, and securing rights to shows. In describing the creation of this program, TPOC founder, Miranda Gohh says,
“We’ve observed many barriers keeping BIPOC out of commercial producing, and TPOC strives to break these down and make producing more accessible for a variety of voices.”
The program will meet every Monday for two hours (7pm-9pm) with Tony-winning and -nominated guest speakers such as Stephen C. Byrd (A Streetcar Named Desire), Alia Jones-Harvey (Eclipsed), Brian Moreland (Thoughts of a Colored Man), Joey Parnes (Shuffle Along), Maria Manuela Goyanes (Barbecue), and more. Ain’t Too Proud producer Rashad V. Chambers will serve as the program mentor and guide. “I wish this program existed when starting my career,” he says in a statement. Applications are now being accepted until the December 13, 2021 deadline. Space is limited. Now’s your chance to produce the next great Broadway hit!