More 2019 Speakers Announced!
The organizers of TEDxBroadway announce today five additional speakers who will
take the stage when the popular event returns to New World Stages on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 to
explore “What’s the BEST Broadway can be?”
“What you’ll see on our stage is a wide variety of people -- all with unique perspectives and narratives in
vastly different stages in their careers. For example, Marshall Mabry is just 17 years old. But his story
will inspire all of us – at any age – to really consider the future of Broadway,” says Jim McCarthy,
TEDxBroadway Co-Founder and CEO of Goldstar.
Newly announced speakers include:
Eva Price is a three-time Tony Award-winning producer of over 15 Broadway plays, musicals and
concerts, a member of The Broadway League’s Board of Governors, and on the producing team
of Killer Content and Abigail Disney’s venture Level Forward. Credits: Oklahoma! (Tony Award
for Best Revival); Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T., Broadway); What the Constitution Means to Me
(Broadway, National Tour); Angels in America (Tony-winning revival starring Nathan Lane and
Andrew Garfield); Dear Evan Hansen (six Tony Awards including Best Musical); On Your Feet!;
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!; Peter and the Starcatcher (five Tony Awards);
Colin Quinn Long Story Short (directed by Jerry Seinfeld); Annie (Tony-Nominated Musical
Revival); The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino (Tony-Nominated Play Revival); Carrie
Fisher’s Wishful Drinking; The Addams Family; Off-Broadway: Cruel Intentions: The ‘90s Musical;
Drama Desk-nominated Found; The Lion (Drama Desk-winner, Off-West End-winner); Small
Mouth Sounds. Touring: The Hip Hop Nutcracker with Rap icon Kurtis Blow; The Magic School
Bus Live!: The Climate Challenge; Ella, a bio musical about the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald.
Marshall W. Mabry IV is a singer, writer, actor and creator of mwmiv speaks, a digital platform
dedicated to nurturing and cultivating the voices of young performers. His credits include Li’l
Abner, Les Miserables, Godspell, Once on this Island, Ragtime, 35th Annual NY POPS Gala
honoring Alan Menken at Carnegie Hall and a series of August Wilson plays. He’s forever
thankful to his family and mentors for teaching him these three things to remember: lead in
love, lead in service and listen.
Karen Zacarías is one of the most produced playwrights in the nation. She is one of the
inaugural Resident Playwrights at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and is a core founder of the
LATINX THEATRE COMMONS. She is the founder of Young Playwrights’ Theater, an award
winning theater company that teaches playwriting in local public schools in Washington, D.C.
Amy E. Gallo is an expert in conflict, communication and workplace dynamics. She is the author
of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict, a how-to guidebook that combines the latest
management research with practical advice to deliver evidence-based ideas on how to handle
conflict professionally and productively. She is a co-host of HBR’s Women at Work podcast,
which is currently in its third season. In her role as a contributing editor at Harvard Business
Review, she writes frequently about communicating ideas, leading and influencing people, and
building your career. She has contributed to numerous books on feedback, emotional
intelligence and managing others, and is the coauthor of the HBR Guide to Building Your
Business Case. Gallo is on the faculty of the Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification
program, recently launched by Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence. She taught at
Brown University and is a graduate of both Brown and Yale University.
Drew Hodges is founder of Spot Design (1987), SpotCo (1997) and most recently DrewDesignCo
(2016). Along with a team of 228 collaborators over the last 20 years, Hodges has helped sell
over 30 million tickets to live entertainment, and created the branding and advertising
campaigns for three decades of theatrical shows and art institutions including nine Pulitzer Prize
winners. He is proud to have helped launch many culturally iconic titles, including Rent, Chicago,
Doubt, The Color Purple, Avenue Q, Kinky Boots and Hamilton, among others.
DrewDesignCo is Hodges’s new firm, devoted to branding and design for entertainment and
culture. Recent theatrical collaborations include Sweeney Todd, Sweat (winner of the 2017
Pulitzer prize), Mean Girls, Moulin Rouge, Fiddler on the Roof (Yiddish), The Perelman
Performing Arts Center at The World Trade Center and Tootsie, where he is making his debut as
They join previously announced speakers Shakina Nayfack (Difficult People (Hulu), Marvel’s Jessica Jones
(Netflix) and The Detour (TBS)), Arvind Ethan David (a lead producer on the Jagged Little Pill musical), and David S. Leong (Certified Fight Master).
“I always say, our community needs this one day to hit the pause button, come together and really
dream about future possibilities,” adds Damian Bazadona, TEDxBroadway Co-Organizer and founder of
Situation. “And maybe it helps us all realize those goals sooner.”