Speakers at this year’s event are currently scheduled to include Tony winner Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater; Broadway singing actress and stand-up comic Lea DeLaria; Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; David Drake, founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a private equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, an event-driven global financial media company and author of "Crowd Fund Economics"; and Dan Gurney, CEO and founder of Concert Window and a six-time United States Champion on the button accordion.
"TEDxBroadway invites everyone who has an interest in Broadway to participate in shaping its future,” said Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar and an organizer of the event, in a statement. “Certainly, Broadway is most often associated with theatre but, it’s also a place where many industries and people intersect. Our goal is to present positive ideas that will benefit the entire Broadway ecosystem.”
"TEDxBroadway asks everyone to hit the pause button in their busy lives and think about things from a long term, bigger perspective," added Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive. "I’ve been inspired by the two events we’ve done and encouraged by those who got something out of the day and are implementing those ideas now.”
“TEDxBroadway isn’t an arts conference or a theatre conference,” stated producer Ken Davenport. “We’re talking about the whole neighborhood, the whole Broadway ecosystem, and so it’s broader than just arts or theatre. True to the TED format, we pull speakers from vast perspectives, varying expertise – all with ideas worth sharing.”