Speakers include Jonathan Mann, who has written and promoted a song a day since 2009; standup comedian, writer and actor Phoebe Robinson; Adam Sobel, a professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who specializes in the dynamics of climate and weather; writer, performer and activist Daniel J. Watts, who has performed in After Midnight, Memphis, In the Heights and Motown; and @BroadwayGirlNYC, who runs one of the most-followed theatre accounts on Twitter and leads interactions between fans, shows, industry insiders and performers in the world of "showcial" networking.
The conference will also feature author, screenwriter and playwright Ayad Akhtar (Disgraced, The Invisible Hand); Kevin Lyman, creator and producer of the Vans Warped Tour; singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer (The Lion); Leslie Koch, president of the Trust for Governors Island; Kacie Hultgren, who has worked in set design on Disgraced and The Country House and also works in 3-D printing; and computer scientist and data analyst Ben Wellington.
Additional speakers are songwriting team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Tony nominees for A Christmas Story, The Musical), Sreenath "Sree" Sreenivasan (chief digital officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), Laurie Santos (associate professor of Psychology at Yale University), Kirsten Sabia (vice president of Marketing Services for the PGA TOUR), Osh Ghanimah (actor and founder/executive director of Broadway For All), Elliott Masie (learning technology expert and Broadway producer) and Emily Simoness (founder and executive director of SPACE on Ryder Farm).
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