Thomas Schumacher, Ken Davenport and More Will Take Part in Second Annual TEDxBroadway Conference | Playbill

News Thomas Schumacher, Ken Davenport and More Will Take Part in Second Annual TEDxBroadway Conference
The second annual TEDxBroadway, a day-long event where artists come together to discuss the future of Broadway, will be held Jan. 28, 2013, from 11 AM-6 PM at New World Stages.

Thomas Schumacher
Thomas Schumacher

TEDxBroadway, according to press notes, "will begin where the sold-out 2012 TEDxBroadway left off, bringing together some of the most passionate and influential people in academics, entertainment, marketing, and media to answer the question: 'What's the best that Broadway can be — on stage, in the community, and throughout the world?'"

"TEDxBroadway invites everyone who has a stake in Broadway, a neighborhood of New York City, to participate in shaping its future," said Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar and an organizer of the event, in a statement. "Our goal is to present speakers who inspire ideas, conversations and growth."

The event will feature presentations by artists, entrepreneurs, non-profit theatre executives, and business experts including Seth Pinsky, president of NYC's Economic Development Corporation; Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Group; Randi Zuckerberg, founder of Zuckerberg Media; Terry Teachout, drama critic at the Wall Street Journal; Christine Jones, artistic director of Theatre for One; and Josh Harris, founder of the internet radio/television network Pseudo Programs, Inc.

"Broadway is about more than theatre as a genre and today's hottest shows. There's an ecosystem that has far-reaching impact on the entire world," added Broadway producer Ken Davenport. "We were encouraged from last year's TEDxBroadway attendees to keep this discussion going to examine other influences, new opportunities and add fresh perspectives."

TEDxBroadway, an event licensed by TED, is co-organized by Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive; producer Davenport; and McCarthy of Goldstar. TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. For more information, visit

New World Stages is located at 340 West 50th Street. For more information, visit For tickets, priced $100, visit

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