The Powerful Women Creatives of the 2023-2024 Broadway Season | Playbill

Special Features The Powerful Women Creatives of the 2023-2024 Broadway Season

Celebrate Women's History Month with the people who made this Broadway season happen—including directors, composers, choreographers, writers, and designers.

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There is nothing like live theatre, especially when supported by the strongest women the arts has to offer. In honor of Women’s History Month, Playbill would like to highlight the contributions of the women who made the 2023-2024 Broadway season possible.

Throughout history, women have continuously broken bounds in this male-dominated industry and this season was no different. Out of 39 shows that are opening in the 23–24 season, 16 are directed by women. This season sets a record for the highest number of women directors to date. Read more about the additional data on women's Broadway achievements here. 

And below is a complete list of all the women who have created shows on Broadway this season. This ever-expanding list of talented women creatives is a testament that women will continue to boldly claim their rightful place on stage and behind the scenes.


Amy Tinkham (Melissa Etheridge: My Window)
Anne Kauffman (Mary Jane)
Dayna Taymor (The Outsiders)
Jessica Stone (Water for Elephants)
Leigh Silverman (Suffs)
Lila Neugebauer (Appropriate, Uncle Vanya)
Maria Friedman (Merrily We Roll Along)
Mari Madrid (Once Upon a One More Time)
Rachel Chavkin (Lempicka)
Rebecca Frecknall (Cabaret)
Sammi Cannold (How to Dance in Ohio)
Schele Williams (The Notebook, The Wiz)
Tina Landau (Mother Play)
Whitney White (Jaja’s African Hair Braiding)


Alicia Keys (Music & Lyrics, Hell’s Kitchen)
Carson Kreitzer (Lyrics, Lempicka)
Ingrid Michaelson (Music & Lyrics, The Notebook)
Melissa Etheridge, (Music & Lyrics, Melissa Etheridge: My Window)
Rebekah Greer Melocik (Lyrics, How to Dance in Ohio)
Shaina Taub (Music & Lyrics, Suffs)

Choreography/Movement Direction

Annie-B Parson (Here Lies Love)
Camille A. Brown (Hell’s Kitchen)
Ellenore Scott (Grey House)
Julia Cheng (Cabaret)
Katie Spelman (The Notebook)
Lorin Latarro (The Who’s Tommy, The Heart of Rock and Roll)
Mari Madrid (Once Upon a One More Time)
Mayte Natalio (How to Dance in Ohio, Suffs)
Nancy Renée Braun (Gutenberg! The Musical!)
Shana Carroll (Water for Elephants)


Bekah Brunstetter (The Notebook)
Carson Kreitzer (Lempicka)
Jackie Sibblies Drury (Illinoise)
Kait Kerrigan (The Great Gatsby)
Linda Wallem Etheridge (Melissa Etheridge: My Window)
Melissa Etheridge (Melissa Etheridge: My Window)
Rebekah Greer Melocik (How to Dance in Ohio)
Shaina Taub (Suffs)


Amy Herzog (Mary Jane, An Enemy of the People)
Heidi Schreck (Uncle Vanya
Jocelyn Bioh (Jaja’s African Hair Braiding)
Paula Vogel (Mother Play)
Sandy Rustin (The Cottage)
Theresa Rebeck (I Need That)

Scenic Design

Anna Fleischle (Once Upon a One More Time)
Christine Jones and Tatiana Kahvegian, part of the collective AMP (The Outsiders)
Hannah Beachler (The Wiz)
Kimie Nishikawa, part of the collective dots (Appropriate, An Enemy of the People)
Lizzie Clachan (Days of Wine and Roses)
Mimi Lien (Uncle Vanya)
Miriam Buether (Patriots)
Soutra Gilmour (Merrily We Roll Along)

Lighting Design

Abigail Rosen Holmes (Melissa Etheridge: My Window)
Amanda Zieve (The Who’s Tommy)
Elizabeth Harper (Uncle Vanya)
Isabella Byrd (An Enemy of the People, Cabaret)
Jane Cox (Appropriate)
Jen Schriever (Mother Play)
Jiyoun Chang (The Cottage, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, Stereophonic)
Natasha Katz (Grey House, Hell’s Kitchen)
Peggy Eisenhauer (Harmony)

Sound Design

Beth Lake (Uncle Vanya)
Haley Parcher (Spamalot)
Leah Gelpe (Mary Jane)
Shannon Slaton (Melissa Etheridge: My Window)

Costume Design

Andrea Lauer (Melissa Etheridge: My Window)
Brenda Abbandandolo (Mary Jane)
Dede Ayite (Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, Appropriate, Days of Wine and Roses, Hell’s Kitchen)
Deborah Andrews (Patriots)
Emily Rebholz (Gutenberg! The Musical!)
Harriet Jung (Illinoise)
Jen Caprio (Spamalot, The Heart of Rock and Roll)
Kaye Voyce (Uncle Vanya)
Linda Cho (Doubt, Harmony, The Great Gatsby)
Loren Elstein (Once Upon a One More Time)
Miriam Buether (Patriots)
Paloma Young (The Notebook, Lempicka)
Sarafina Bush (How to Dance in Ohio, The Who’s Tommy, The Outsiders)
Sarah Laux (Prayer for the French Republic)
Sharen Davis (The Wiz)
Soutra Gilmour (Merrily We Roll Along)
Sydney Maresca (The Cottage)
Tilly Grimes (I Need That)
Toni-Leslie James (Mother Play)

Music Direction

Andrea Grody (Suffs)
Charity Wicks (Lempicka)
Elizabeth Doran (Water for Elephants)
Jennifer Whyte (Cabaret)
Kimberly Grigsby (Days of Wine and Roses)
Lily Ling (How to Dance in Ohio, Hell’s Kitchen)

Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design

Christina Grant (Grey House)
Cookie Jordan (Merrily We Roll Along)
Felicia Graham (Jaja’s African Hair Braiding)
Hair by Susy (Jaja’s African Hair Braiding)
Katie Gell (Grey House)
Leah Loukas (Lempicka)
Loren Elstein (Once Upon a One More Time)
Mia Neal (Hell’s Kitchen)
Nikiya Mathis (Once Upon a One More Time, Jaja’s African Hair Braiding, The Heart of Rock and Roll)
Rachael Geier (The Great Gatsby)
Suki Tsujimoto (Here Lies Love)
Tishonna Ferguson (The Outsiders)

Dialect/Voice Coach

Dawn-Elin Fraser (Jaja's African Hair BraidingLempicka)
Gigi Buffington (Prayer for the French Republic, The Outsiders)
Kate Wilson (Just For Us, The Shark is Broken, Spamalot, Appropriate, Doubt, Mary Jane, An Enemy of the People)

Intimacy/Fight Director

Cha Ramos (Water for Elephants)

Projection/Video Design

Hana S. Kim (The Outsiders)
Lucy Mackinnon (The Notebook)
Nina Dunn (The Shark Is Broken)
Olivia Sebesky (Melissa Etheridge: My Window)
Stefania Bulbarella (Jaja’s African Hair Braiding)

This list seeks to spotlight the women working behind-the-scenes of Broadway. It is not exhaustive and does not include the names of women currently working in associate, assistant, and other supportive roles to make Broadway happen.

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