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Industry News Broadway Women’s Fund Releases 5th Annual Women to Watch List

The Fund—whose advisory board members include Lynn Ahrens, Rachel Chavkin, and more—highlights emerging industry leaders.

Broadway Women’s Fund, Broadway’s first impact investment fund, has revealed its fifth annual Women to Watch on Broadway list, shining a spotlight on the New York theatre industry's emerging female leaders.

The Fund was founded in 2019 by Valerie Novakoff Britten to support women in leadership roles by putting investment dollars behind Broadway shows written, directed, or produced by women. The Women to Watch initiative was inspired by advisory board member Rachel Chavkin's 2019 Tony acceptance speech, in which the Hadestown director shared that gender parity on Broadway "is not a pipeline issue. It is a failure of imagination by a field whose job is to imagine the way the world could be." The Fund hopes the list will help inspire industry members to reach outside of their own networks when hiring, putting more women in top roles.

The women were selected by members of the Fund's leadership and advisory board, whose complete membership includes Lynn Ahrens, Sammi Cannold, Rachel Chavkin, Eric Cornell, Ashley DeSimone, Susan Fleming, Alia Jones Harvey, Margaret Leigh, Theresa Rebeck, Michelle Riley, Jalaina Ross, Jana Shea, Rachel Sussman, Brisa Trinchero, Lisa Vioni, and Paula Wagner. Jamila Ponton Bragg is BWF's manager.

For details about each of the women below, see the expanded list here.

Dria Brown, Producer
Nicole Capatasto, Press Representative
Neko Case, Composer
Danielle DeMatteo, Artistic Director/Composer/Photographer
Cynthia Dorsey, Producer
Brittany Halberstadt Hoffman, Programming General Manager
Amanda Harper, General Manager
Jennifer Jancuska, Choreographer
Tinashe Kajese-Bolden, Artistic Director/Director/Producer/Actor
Seonjae Kim, Director/Writer/Translator
Beth Lake, Sound Designer
Lisa Loomer, Playwright/Book writer/Director
Amanda Morton, Music Director/Music Supervisor
Leah Nanako Winkler, Playwright/Book writer
Zeniba Now, Composer/Lyricist
a.k. payne, Playwright
Danielle Perelman, Producer
Tiffany Rea-Fisher, Artistic Director/Choreographer
Sheela Ramesh, Music Director/Pianist/Composer/Arranger
Jessica Ryan, Creative Director/Broadcast Director
Danielle Saks, General Manager
Nikkole Salter, Playwright/Actor
Zoe Sarnak, Composer/Lyricist
Sarah Slutsky, Stylist
Celine Song, Playwright/Director
Sanaz Toossi, Playwright
Lara Waldner, Accountant
Bria Woodyard, Company Manager
Amanda Zieve, Lighting Designer

To see the 2023 Women to Watch list, click here.

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