Past Events


Panel: Local 52 & Local 600   
Film and TV Panel    

Panel: Film and TV Panel

September 25 2021 

In partnership with the Tradeswomen of Local 52, Open Stage Project hosted a virtual panel to discuss off-stage careers in TV and Film. 


Watch Party and Q&A: Newsies

Watch Party and Q&A: Newsies

April 28, 2021

Students participated in an exclusive Newsies watch party, courtesy of Disney Theatrical Group's Education department, followed by a Q&A with Open Stage Project staff who worked on the Broadway and touring productions.

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Panel: 3rd Annual Union Panel 

Panel: 3rd Annual Union Panel

April 13, 2021 

Over 65 students, teachers, and industry professionals participated virtually in Open Stage Project's annual union panel.

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Watch Party and Q&A: What the Constitution Means to  Me  

Watch Party and Q&A: WCMM

February 15th, 2021

Open Stage Project students watched the recording of What the Constitution Means to Me live on Zoom, with a post show talkback with female tech team!


Panel: Business of Broadway 

Panel: Business of Broadway

November 10th, 2020

Panelists Narda Alcorn, Rachel Chavkin, Sue Frost and Alia Jones-Harvey discuss the business of Broadway. Click here to watch on YouTube.

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 Event: Virtual Career Fair 

October 17th, 2020

Learn about the multitude of career opportunities backstage on Broadway by hearing from female industry professionals live on Zoom. 

Event: Virtual
Career Fair
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Watch Party and Q&A: Kinky Boots 

October 2nd, 2020​

Our students watched a recording of Kinky Boots followed by a talkback with backstage professionals from the show.

Watch Party and Q&A: Kinky Boots

Panel: 2nd Annual Union Panel 

April 7th, 2020​

Click here to watch Open Stage Project's first ever virtual panel. 

Panel: 2nd Annual
Union Panel
The Play That Goes Wrong

 Performance: The Play That   Goes Wrong 

March 5th, 2020

Our students attended a performance and backstage tour at The Play That Goes Wrong at New World Stages. 

The Play That Goes Wrong
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 Performance: Moulin Rouge! 

February 20th, 2020

Students from Repertory Company HS joined Open Stage students for a performance and talkback at Moulin Rouge! Spectacular spectacular!  

Moulin Rouge!
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 Performance: Aladdin 

February 12, 2020

Students from Open Stage Project and Edward R. Murrow High School attended an evening performance of Aladdin, followed by a career conversation led by female backstage professionals. 


 Tour: 4Wall Entertainment 

January 27th, 2020

Students from Laguardia High School and the Open Stage Project program attended a tour at 4Wall Entertainment in Moonachie, NJ.

Tour: 4Wall
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 Performance: A Soldier's Play 

January 8th, 2020

Open Stage Project students joined the Roundabout Theatrical Workforce Development Program for a performance of A Soldier's Play.

A Soldier's Play
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 Performance: Oklahoma

January 7th, 2020

Open Stage Project students attended a performance of Oklahoma! followed by a career conversation with female backstage crew. Crew members included the Stage Manager, Head Props Master, Wardrobe Supervisor, and General Manager. 

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Performance: Slava's Snow Show

November 26th, 2019

Students attended a performance of Slava's Snow Show and a career conversation with female backstage crew, including General Manger Margaret Skoglund. Margaret also serves as the Executive Director of Open Stage Project.

Slava's Snow Show

 Panel: Breaking Down Broadway 

November 19th, 2019

This standing room-only panel was attended by students from schools in all five boroughs, industry professionals, and union representatives. Female panelists included a Producer,  Stage Manager, and Press Representative.

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 Tour: Propstar 

November 11th, 2019

In November, Act 2 students toured Propstar, an almost entirely female props shop right in midtown Manhattan! The owner of the shop lead students on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. 

Tour: Propstar
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 Performance: Wicked 

October 18th, 2019​​

To kick off the fall semester, Act 2 students attended a performance of Wicked at the Gershwin Theater. The show was followed by a career conversation with female backstage crew members.


 Tour: Steiner Studios 

May 20th, 2019

On May 20th, students from the Academy for Careers in Television and Film toured Steiner Studios. Located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Steiner Studios is a 580,000 square foot Hollywood-style production and support facility. The studio tour was led by Local 52 member Jenny Kane.

Tour: Steiner Studios
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 Performance: What the   Constitution Means to Me 

April 30th, 2019​

On April 30th, students from Repertory Company High School for the Arts attended a performance of What the Constitution Means to Me. The performance was followed by a career conversation with female backstage crew, including Open Stage Project Program Director Arabella Powell, the Production Stage Manager for the play.

What the Constitution Means to Me

Panel: 1st Annual Union Panel 

April 9th, 2019​

In April, Open Stage Project hosted the first-ever Female Union Panel to teach young women the benefits and requirements of theater and film unions.  This panel  brought together professional women in IATSE and AFM, industry professionals, and high school women.

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 Performance: Kinky Boots 

March 27th, 2019

Students from the Academy for Careers in Television and Film attended a performance of Kinky Boots followed by a career conversation with seven female members of the backstage crew.

Kinky Boots
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 Performance: Frozen 

March 20th, 2019


On March 20th, students from Fordham High School for the Arts attended a performance of Disney's Frozen on Broadway. The performance was followed by a career Q & A with backstage crew members from the audio, stage management, and wardrobe departments. 

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Tech Rehearsal: What the 

 Constitution Means to Me 

March 13th, 2019


Along with Company Manager Margaret Skoglund, students from Repertory Company High School attended a technical rehearsal for What the Constitution Means to Me. 

Tech Rehearsal:
What the Constitution Means to Me
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Event: Women's Day on Broadway 

March 12th, 2019


Open Stage Project was featured as one of five Changemakers at Women's Day on Broadway. The founder of Open Stage Project, Elsa Ward, was joined on stage by Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts student Nilsa Fitts.

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 Performance: The Prom 

March 6th, 2019

Students from Edward R. Murrow High School attended a performance of The Prom, followed by a career conversation with the Lighting Designer, Stage Manager, and Spotlight Operator. 

The Prom
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 Tour: Hudson Scenic 

February 7th, 2019


Open Stage Project toured Hudson Scenic with students from Laguardia High School. Students learned the process of building a set and saw behind-the-scenes work on pieces for Hadestown and Oklahoma!. The tour was led by Carrie, the Production Manager.

Tour: Hudson Scenic
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Performance: Once On This Island 

December 11, 2018


Students from Repertory Theater High School attended a performance of Once On This Island. 

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April 22, 2018

At our first ever event, Elsa Ward brought a group of female students to a performance of MTC's St. Joan. 

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 Performance: St. Joan