Virtual Fall Panel
Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 4pm ET
In our 4th industry-wide Panel, you'll learn how a show goes from idea to full Broadway production from the incredible women making their mark on Broadway.
ALIA JONES-HARVEY is an Olivier Award Winning and 4-time Tony-nominated Producer who has spent the past 14 years mounting productions on Broadway and London’s West End with a focus on people of color on the stage, on the creative team, in management and as co-producers. As the only African American woman lead-producing on Broadway, she is extremely proud of Broadway & West End directorial debuts for Debbie Allen and Liesl Tommy; as well as debuts for Danai Gurira as playwright and Dominique Morisseau as book writer of a musical. Past productions include Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof directed by Debbie Allen and starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard and Anika Noni Rose; A Streetcar Named Desire starring Blair Underwood, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Nicole Ari Parker and Wood Harris; Horton Foote’s The Trip to Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson; Romeo & Juliet starring Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom; Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, directed by Liesl Tommy and starring Lupita Nyong’o; Paramour, the first Cirque du Soleil musical on Broadway; Iceman Cometh on Broadway starring Denzel Washington; American Son directed by Kenny Leon and starring Kerry Washington; and her 10th production, currently “on intermission”, Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations. Front Row Productions is also currently developing a musical adaptation of Black Orpheus, the enchanted Brazilian love story set during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and featuring the music of bossa nova kings Vinícius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jones-Harvey serves on the Advisory Board of The American Theater Wing, the Board of the National Urban Technology Center, and is a Tony voter.
RACHEL CHAVKIN received the 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director of a Musical for Hadestown. She is a director, writer, and dramaturg, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM (theteamplays.org) whose work has been seen all over London and the U.K. including the National Theatre, the Royal Court, and multiple collaborations with the National Theatre of Scotland. Selected freelance work: Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova, A.R.T., Broadway), Matt Gould and Carson Kreitzer's Lempicka (Williamstown), Caryl Churchill's Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop), Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Old Globe, Lincoln Center), Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Off-Broadway, national tour), Sarah Gancher’s I’ll Get You Back Again (Round House), and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac including The Lily's Revenge, Act 2 (HERE). In addition to her awards for Hadestown, Chavkin is a recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, multiple Lortel Award nominations, two Doris Duke Impact Award nominations, and the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity along with Dave Malloy. Her first film, Remind Me, was an official selection of the Venice and Beverly Hills Film Festivals. Upcoming: feature film Shrew's Nest (Paramount). Proud NYTW Usual Suspect and Member SDC.
SUE FROST is a founding member of Junkyard Dog Productions, which is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals. Come From Away at The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, on tour in North America, in Toronto at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, on the West End at the Phoenix Theatre, and in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre, 2010 Tony®, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning Best Musical Memphis (Broadway, National Tour and West End), First Date, Doctor Zhivago (executive producers). Prior to founding Junkyard, Sue was Associate Producer at Goodspeed Musicals for 20 years, where she produced more than 50 new musicals at both the Goodspeed Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre. Before that she was a Broadway company manager. A graduate of Smith College, Sue is a member of adjunct faculty at Columbia University, and currently serves on the Broadway League’s Board of Governors, the Executive, Tony Administration, Audience Engagement, Intra-Industry and Government Relations Committees, and is co-chair of the Business Development Committee.
NARDA E. ALCORN is a Professor and Stage Manager who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. In 2019, Narda was appointed Chair of the Stage Management Program at Yale School of Drama. She has been Head of Stage Management for New York University, DePaul University, and State University of New York at Purchase. She received DePaul’s Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015 and The Robert Christen Award for Excellence in Technical Collaboration in 2017. On Broadway, Narda has had collaborations with the Tony-winning directors Lloyd Richards, Kenny Leon, Bartlett Sher, and George C. Wolfe. She premiered four of Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright August Wilson’s Century Cycle plays and stage-managed two Broadway revivals of his work. Her New York and Regional credits include productions with Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Billy Crystal, Kevin Kline, Annette Bening, Phylicia Rashad, David Schwimmer, and Richard Foreman. Narda was a long-time stage manager on the Broadway production of The Lion King, and she has collaborated with the celebrated MacArthur Fellows, composer George E. Lewis, playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, and playwright Sarah Ruhl. She has recently co-published, with Lisa Porter, Stage Management Theory as a Guide to Practice: Cultivating a Creative Approach and the essay We Commit to Anti-Racist Stage Management Education for HowlRound Theatre Commons.