We’re excited to announce that the fourth annual TEDxBroadway will take place on February 23rd, 2015 at New World Stages!
TEDxBroadway was founded on one central question: “What’s the best Broadway can be?” Now in its fourth year, TEDxBroadway brings together some of the most interesting people in academics, entertainment, marketing, science and beyond to create, share and stimulate dialogue about the current and future state of the Broadway community. The TEDxBroadway stage has been graced by a diverse set of presenters from all walks of life ranging from Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning artists to a variety of recognized speakers in entrepreneurship, education and government affairs.
TEDxBroadway 2015 Speaker Biographies
Osh Ghanimah is an actor and the Founder and CEO of Broadway For All—a NYC-based non-profit born out of his fellowship through the Office of the President at Harvard University. Broadway For All is a summer conservatory led entirely by Broadway and TV/Film professionals; it trains talented students from varying socio-economic statuses and ethnic backgrounds to become the next generation of diverse performers and writers for the American stage and screen. Before acting and Broadway For All, Osh was a Teach For America (TFA) New York City corps member teaching in Washington Heights, Harlem, and the South Bronx. He has also served as Artistic Director, English & Arts Department Chair, and School Leadership Chair for various schools and trained new TFA corps members. Oshs holds a B.A. in Theatre and English and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Loyola University Chicago and an MFA in Acting from the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. Recently he was a guest lecturer of acting at Harvard’s Office of the Arts. Osh has appeared onstage in Hansel & Gretel (American Repertory Theater) and internationally in The Imaginary Invalid and The Proposal (Moscow Art Theater). TV appearances include: The Blacklist, Deadbeat, and Law & Order: SVU. Through BFA Osh aims to create opportunities for young artists so that one day, the American stage and screen will truly reflect the America in which we live. Visit broadwayforall.org to learn more.
Elliott Masie is an international expert in the fields of learning, workforce development and big data. In addition, is the Producer/Investor in a range of Broadway productions (MacBeth with Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots, Allegiance and American in Paris). Elliott works with over 300 Fortune 500 corporations on digital learning, collaboration and workforce development. He is the author of 12 books, including Big Learning Data. Elliott is the organizer of the Broadway Hackathon – an Open Source collaboration with college students on applying emerging technologies to all aspects of the theater production and delivery process. His Learning TRENDS newsletter is read by over 55,000 corporate executives and he has delivered keynote presentations and workshops to over 2,000,000 professionals around the world.
Benj Pasek & Justin Paul are the Tony-nominated songwriters of the Broadway musical A Christmas Story (dir. John Rando, chor. Warren Carlyle), which opened in November 2012 and enjoyed a critically-acclaimed, record-breaking run at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. In addition to the Best Score nomination, A Christmas Story also received Tony nominations for Best Musical and Best Book. The holiday musical was named one of the Top 10 Shows of 2012 by Time Magazine, shared recognition as the #1 Musical of 2012 in USA Today and received Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Outstanding New Broadway Musical. Benj and Justin’s score for the show also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music. The cast album was recorded and produced by Sony Masterworks and is published through Warner/Chappell Music.
Benj & Justin are also the composers behind the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight, (dir. Joe Mantello, chor. Christopher Gattelli), a Best New Musical nominee for the Drama League, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards. Benj and Justin also received an Outer Critics Circle Best Score nomination for their work on the show. Dogfight premiered in July 2012 at Second Stage Theatre, and a cast album, produced by Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records, was released in May 2013. The album debuted in the top 50 albums on iTunes. As television songwriters, their original songs were featured on Season 2 of NBC’s Smash, and have risen to the Top 25 on the iTunes Pop Charts.
Kirsten Sabia is Vice President of Marketing Services for the PGA TOUR, where she oversees marketing efforts for the TOUR’s owned and operated tournaments. She joined the TOUR in 1999 and has worked in International Television, New Media and Brand Marketing prior to her current role. Significant accomplishments at the TOUR include leading the organization’s charitable campaign, “Drive to a Billion,” in 2005; the rebrand of THE PLAYERS Championship; and the launch of the FedExCup and its Playoff series. Life before the golf business included five years in private education development at The Taft School in Watertown, CT, and The Maret School in Washington, D.C. Kirsten grew up in Connecticut; received her B.A. from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA; and currently lives in Atlantic Beach, FL, with her husband, Barry.
Dr. Laurie Santos is a cognitive psychologist who studies the evolution of human cognition by exploring how animals think about the world. Laurie obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2003. Laurie is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University. She serves as director of the Yale University Comparative Cognition Laboratory and the new Canine Cognition Center at Yale. Laurie’s scientific research has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Forbes, The New Yorker, New Scientist, National Wildlife Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, and Discover Magazine. She has also won numerous awards, both for her scientific achievements and for her teaching and mentorship. She is the recipient of Harvard University’s George W. Goethals Award for Teaching Excellence, Yale University’s Arthur Greer Memorial Prize for Outstanding Junior Faculty, and the Stanton Prize from the Society for Philosophy and Psychology for outstanding contributions to interdisciplinary research. She was recently voted one of Popular Science Magazine’s Brilliant 10 Young Minds.
Emily Simoness is the founder and Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program committed to supporting and developing artists and their work. Housed on 130 acres of organic farmland in Brewster, NY, SPACE has quickly become one of the premier centers for new play development in the country. Under Emily’s leadership, playwrights Rob Askins, Bekah Brunstetter, Joshua Harmon, Sam Hunter, Young Jean Lee, Dan LeFranc, Adam Rapp, Molly Smith Metzler and Lucy Thurber (to name a few) have developed new works. As an actress, Emily worked at some of the premier theatrical venues in the nation including Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Public Theater. Additionally, she has developed and taught acting curriculum for OneOnOne in NYC. Outside of her core work in the arts, Emily is a consultant for Bi-Jingo, a management development firm that specializes in communication and leadership skills for executives; she is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Steps I and II. In 2013, she was the chief of staff for the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition. Emily holds a BFA in acting from UNCSA. www.spaceonryderfarm.com
Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is the first Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. At the Met, he leads a 70-person world-class team on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, apps, email, interactives, data and more. He joined the Met after spending 20+ years at Columbia University as full-time professor at Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first Chief Digital Officer. In 2009, he was named one of AdAge’s 25 media people to follow on Twitter; in 2010 was named one of Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media; and in 2014, was named one of the most influential Chief Digital Officers by CDO Club. You can find him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sree and and on the web at http://sree.net