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Women of Color on Broadway

The Cabaret, The Conversation, The Musical

Women of Color on Broadway

The Cabaret, The Conversation, The Musical

$522
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Funding Unsuccessful
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Last updated September 6, 2019

About

 www.womenofcoloronbroadway.org 

 WHAT IS WOMEN OF COLOR ON BROADWAY? 

Women of Color on Broadway (WOCoB) is an initiative that uplifts women of African, Latin, and Asian descent who work in musical theatre as performers, composers, writers, producers, etc. Our ultimate goal is to present networking and career opportunities to high school and college female students through our special programming, mentoring with industry professionals, and internships with local and regional theater houses and production companies. 

                      WHY WOMEN OF COLOR ON BROADWAY

FACT: From the years 2008-2015, people of color represented less than 25% of the theatre industry. 

ANOTHER FACT: Last year, 196 people were hired to work as directors, choreographers, writers, and designers for the 137 Broadway shows.

Out of those 196 people:

  • Only 13% of the directors were women
  • Only 24% of choreographers were women
  •  Only 13% of writers were women

ANOTHER FACT: According to ProductioPro.com, 86 people were hired to work as directors, choreographers, writers, and designers for the 137 Broadway shows that debuted between June 2017-April 2018. 

Out of those 186 people:

  • Only 9% of the directors were women
  • Only 18% of choreographers were women
  •  Only 16% of writers were women
  • Less than 38% of jobs related to STEM such as Lighting,  Sound Design, Company management, and Music Supervision were occupied by women.

WOCoB was launched in December 2018 by sisters Victoria Velazquez and Alexia Sielo, in response to the lack of work opportunities in musical theatre for young women of color.  As part of our initiative, we proceeded a series of tribute cabarets across the theatre district New York City.

Highlight from Our Last Show: Alexia Sielo and Friends Celebrate Women of Color on Broadway

NOW, the sisters are registering Women of Color on Broadway as a 501(c) non-profit organization, in hopes of developing an educational program called The Conversation.  The Conversation can be broken down into the following segments known as L.I.W.I.C (pronounced Liquid).

 L.I.W.I.C 

L for Library: We're designing digital database for users to research women in musical theater history. 

 I for Interviews: We will visit 4 schools every year to host an interview with a prominent Broadway actress of color, followed immediately by a tribute cabaret featuring students from the school.  

W for Writer’s Workshop: Broadway’s best female writers will be invited by Women of Color on Broadway, to host our “Writer’s  Workshop.”  Here, female writers of color will have the opportunity to share their works with the writer and her peers to receive positive critic on her work.

I for Internships: We are partnering with theater houses and production companies in NYC to develop an internship program for high school/ college female students of color ages 16-25.  Our ideal recipients will have the opportunity to be a part of a Broadway musical!

C for Career Center: Our career center is a small division for students who recently graduated to college to be assisted in job searching in their desired fields. We will use our resources and expertise to edit their resumes as well as utilize our network to land job interviews and auditions.

Our tribute cabarets, and any other live event developed by Women of Color on Broadway, will be a funding tool for The Conversation educational program.

Our next show will take place on Monday, August 19th, 2019 at Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem, NYC. 

Women of Color on Broadway Tribute Concert at Minton's Playhouse
Women of Color on Broadway Tribute Concert at Minton's Playhouse

Ticket Info: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/broadway-noir-tribute-to-women-of-color-on-broad-tickets-64907452939?utm-source=wa&utm-term=listing&utm-campaign=social&utm-medium=discovery&utm-content=attendeeshare

Please help us achieve our goal of raising $15,000 to support the continued growth of women of color in the field of musical theater through educational and networking opportunities!  

Learn more at www.womenofcoloronbroadway.org

Risks and challenges

• Limited tickets are available.
• We must raise all $15,000 in order to launch our program. If we do not reach our goal, The Conversation will be postponed another year.

Please contact Victoria and Alexia Sielo for any additional questions regarding Women of Color on Broadway.

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