Women’s Day on Broadway 2021 set for March 12

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In celebration of International Women’s Day, Disney on Broadway announces
free registration, programming, and participants for the 4th annual “Women’s Day on Broadway”
virtual event on Friday, March 12, 2021, beginning at 12:00 p.m. CST! All gender identities and
expressions are welcome. Free registration is now open at WomenofBroadway.com.

“On March 11, 2020, we held our 3rd annual Women’s Day on Broadway event, welcoming
Secretary Hillary Rodman Clinton as our Keynote Speaker, along with many amazing women
from within the theatre community. The next day, the world and our industry shuttered due to the
pandemic,” said Anne Quart, SVP Production & Co-Producer, Disney Theatrical Productions.
“This year has been unimaginably difficult for our community, who were suddenly cut off from
not just their livelihoods but their chosen purpose. With our theatre’s still dark, we knew it was
important now more than ever to gather the Women of Broadway to share our stories and inspire
and refresh each other.”

Following its launch in 2018, this year’s event coincides with the one-year mark since
Broadway’s shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s event, themed “Reflecting
Courageously, Transforming Collectively” will continue to engage attendees of all gender
identities and expressions in a two-hour virtual event, featuring two substantive conversation
sessions entitled “Broadway’s Moms: How Life Goes on When the Show Doesn’t” and
“Broadway’s Second Act: A Conversation about Moving Beyond Intention.”

The first session, entitled “Broadway’s Moms: How Life Goes on When the Show Doesn’t” will
bring mothers together to discuss the unbelievable challenge of parenting and specifically
mothering during the pandemic. The panel will be moderated by Cara Cooper and Jessica Rush,
co-hosts of the Mamas Talkin’ Loud podcast. Panelists for this session includes Tanya Birl, Laura
Benanti, Vanessa Javier, Julia Jones, and Karen Olivo.

The second session, “Broadway’s Second Act: A Conversation about Moving Beyond
Intention,” will be moderated by award-winning ABC News Correspondent, Deborah Roberts,
leading a conversation about what actionable steps we can all take to ensure that we not only
increase representation of BIPOC women in our board rooms, writing rooms, rehearsal rooms
and beyond but that they have equal access to power and privilege. Panelists for this session
include Maria Manuela Goyanes, Alia Jones-Harvey, Tali Pelman, Eva Price, and Aaliytha
Stevens.

Introductions made throughout the event are young BIPOC women ready to join the industry.
Many are participants in Black Theatre Coalition’s Winter/Spring initiative, including Marija
Abney, Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Tavia Jefferson, Erin Moore, Brittany Monachino, and
Phoebe Moore.

The event will feature a prerecorded performance of The Broadway Sinfonietta under the
direction of Founder/Orchestrator Macy Schmidt.

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