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Friday, July 21 • 11:15am - 12:15pm
“What is the Future of Broadway?” A Dream Session with Global Majority Playwrights and Musical Theatre Writers

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Although the idea of what Broadway represents to our culture remains an evergreen source of inspiration for many, representation and whose stories are told on Broadway still beckons for improvement. America is defined by the unique tapestry of individuals that comprise its populations; how can we adapt our stages and approach to viewing and making theatre to ensure it uplifts everyone’s stories? Join the Dramatists Guild for a panel of playwrights and musical theatre writers of the global majority in this dream session where we aim to re-define a new Broadway magic centered around inclusion and belonging.

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Kristoffer Diaz

Kristoffer Diaz is the current secretary of the Dramatists Guild. His play THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He teaches playwriting at New York University, and his musical HELL'S KITCHEN (written with Alicia Keys) opens at The Public in November... Read More →
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Douglas Lyons

Douglas Lyons is a multi-hyphenate artist. His Broadway acting credits include the Book of Mormon, the Original Cast of Beautiful and currently the Broadway revival of Parade. Douglas has also toured in Rent, Dreamgirls and Book of Mormon. As a writer, he earned a GLAAD nomination... Read More →
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Helen Park

Composer, KPOP
Helen Park is the first Asian female composer on Broadway. A 2023 Tony nominee, three-time Drama Desk nominee and recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and the Richard Rodgers Award, her music has been described as “perversely addictive” (The New York Times) and... Read More →
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Jordan E. Cooper

Playwright, Ain't No Mo'
Jordan E. Cooper is a two time Tony Award nominated playwright & actor. He is currently the youngest Black American playwright in the history of Broadway with his critically acclaimed play Ain't No Mo', as well as the youngest Black show-runner in television history with his Emmy-nominated... Read More →
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Christine Toy Johnson

The New Deal, Come From Away, "Iron Fist"
Christine Toy Johnson is a Tony honored, Obie, Rosetta LeNoire, JACL, and Asian American Arts Alliance award winning writer, actor, and advocate for inclusion. Her written work has been produced and/or developed by the Roundabout, Village Theatre, O’Neill Center, the Abingdon, Greater... Read More →
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Emmanuel Wilson

Emmanuel Wilson, a playwright, is the Co-Executive Director of Creative Affairs and Membership at the Dramatists Guild of America. He manages member service and programming for America’s professional playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists. Emmanuel also oversees the... Read More →
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Gaven D Trinidad

Gaven D. Trinidad (they/he/siya) is a first-generation queer Fil-Am dramaturg, director, playwright, and educator from NYC. They’ve had the privilege to collaborate with folx in various artistic and administrative positions at The Juilliard Drama Division, Musical Theatre Factory... Read More →

Friday July 21, 2023 11:15am - 12:15pm EDT
Second Stage (Astor Ballroom)