Arts Leaders Discuss Taking the Risk to Find New Talent and Expand Audience Demographics

In light of the Biden-Harris administration affirming its commitment to the arts in platforms and speeches, a number of theatre professionals gathered virtually to discuss what that could look like—and what they hope to see. Check out Hal Luftig, Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, Victoria Bailey, T. Oliver Reid, and Warren Adams in Part 2 of the roundtable above.

Among the topics discussed are being a gatekeeper for emerging talent, what it means to see yourself represented on the stage, creating real and meaningful diversity on stage and behind the scenes, and reaching new audiences.

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Luftig (Kinky Boots) is a Tony-winning producer, Jennings-Roggensack is the vice president for cultural affairs for Arizona State University and executive director of ASU Gammage and serves on several committees at The Broadway League, Bailey is executive director of TDF. T. Oliver Reid and Warren Adams are co–founders and artistic directors of the Black Theatre Coalition.

The video is part of Luftig’s new podcast series Broadway Biz with Hal Luftig. New episodes will debut weekly with a different artist, expert, or industry leader to chat about every step and specialty in the process that gets a show from idea to audience.