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Friday, July 21 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Spotlight on Women and Nonbinary Musical Theatre Writers!

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Do you know how many of your favorite Broadway songs were written by a female identifying, nonbinary, and/or gender expansive musical theatre writer? How many can you name? Want to learn about what the workers in the industry are doing to pave the way for more?  

It’s time to shine a light on the folks who are breaking ground – and breaking glass ceilings – as musical theatre writers!  

This conversation, presented by Maestra and The Dramatists Guild of America, will celebrate the trailblazers who have recently made their Broadway debuts and lift up emerging musical theatre writers who are the face of the future by bringing them in the room together. We’ll discuss their experiences, lingering disparities in the industry, as well as the ongoing programs developed to achieve progress, such as Maestra’s RISE Theatre Network, The Count, DG’s Inclusion Rider, ongoing DEIA efforts, and other resources developed to address historic inequities in Broadway and the American theatre at large.

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Rona Siddiqui

Rona Siddiqui is a composer/lyricist based in NYC. She is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant, Billie Burke Ziegfeld award, ASCAP Harold Adamson Lyric Award, and was named one of Broadway Women's Fund's Women to Watch. Her show Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan (dir. Raja Feather... Read More →
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Christiana Cole

Christiana Cole spent the pandemic writing their original Neolithic musical comedy, Tribe Without a God, about a runaway human sacrifice. As a 2020-2021 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, Christiana was mentored by luminaries such as Michael Korie, Laurence O’Keefe, Nell Benjamin... Read More →
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Gretchen Cryer

GRETCHEN CRYER is a playwright, lyricist, performer, director most well known for writing and starring in “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road (with music by Nancy Ford) which ran three years in New York City, a year in Los Angeles, a year in Chicago with performances... Read More →
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Kristen Anderson-Lopez

KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ is an Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy award winning songwriter. She is the co-writer of Frozen on Broadway as well as Disney’s Frozen (Oscar and Grammy wins), Frozen II (Oscar and Grammy nominations), “Remember Me” from Pixar’s Coco (Oscar win), Marvel’s WandaVision... Read More →
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Georgia Stitt

GEORGIA STITT is an award-winning composer, lyricist, music producer, pianist, and activist. Her original musicals include SNOW CHILD (commissioned, Arena Stage), BIG RED SUN (NAMT 2010), and a children’s musical, SAMANTHA SPADE, ACE DETECTIVE (“Outstanding New Musical” from... Read More →
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Sarah Rebell

Sarah Rebell is an arts journalist and musical theatre writer. She was a 2020 National Critics Institute Fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Prior to that, she spent three years as a contributing staff writer for the feminist theatrical publication, The Interval. Additional... Read More →

Friday July 21, 2023 10:00am - 11:00am EDT
Winter Garden/Palace