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Sunday, July 23 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Representation on the Road

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The musical ON YOUR FEET! THE STORY OF EMILIO AND GLORIA ESTEFAN was groundbreaking in its own right when it premiered in 2016, then-hailed as an example of bringing more diversity and inclusion to Broadway. Now, on the road in 2023, the second national tour has taken this foundation even further — with cast, crew and musicians representing more than 10 countries including Cuba, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Venezuela, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and beyond. Additionally, half of the lead producing team are Puerto Rican-Americans, and the tour has created jobs for 12 performers currently in the country on artist visas. How can we use this success as a model to continue bringing more representation to the road, which has been slower to catch up to progress being made on Broadway?

Luis Salgado (director, choreographer and producer) and his team approached this project with three key ideas in mind — finding talent who represent the show’s key theme of “what an American looks like;” the importance of creating mentorship relationships between creatives and talent; and utilizing relationships with regional theatres as an incubator to support these relationships.

In this discussion, Luis will lead a discussion with Claudia Mulet (Associate Director, OYF second national tour), Gaby Albo (principal actor playing Gloria Estefan), and Holly Buczek, CSA. They will share their experiences with ON YOUR FEET! and other productions, and speak more broadly to how these ideas can unfold into future projects that strengthen representation in cast, crew and producers on the road.

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Gaby Albo

Gaby Albo is a proud Mexican who never imagined herself performing for a living. She went from being a shy child in a musical theatre summer camp to someone who discovered her purpose in life on stage. Just a few years later, she started her musical theatre career in A Chorus Line... Read More →
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Claudia Mulet

Claudia Mulet is a New York City based multidisciplinary artist, born and raised in Havana, Cuba. Graduated from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA) in Cuba, with a Bachelor in Performing Arts and a fellowship in dramaturgy. Some of her past work includes: Teatro El Publico (The... Read More →
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Luis Salgado

Actor, Director, Choreographer, In the Heights, Paramour, Fame
Luis Salgado is an international director, choreographer and educator from Puerto Rico . Most recently, he directed and choreographed the current second national tour of On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan which can be seen on tour in 2023 and 2024. He also directed... Read More →

Sunday July 23, 2023 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
Mainstage (Broadway Ballroom North & South)