As part of its commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, The Shubert Organization has launched The Artistic Circle, an initiative to provide assistance to BIPOC commercial theatre producers who are in the early-to-mid stage of their careers and have a project currently in development.
The level of support for producers who are selected is determined by the needs of each project. Artistic Circle projects are already in process, geared toward the commercial theatre industry (Broadway and Off-Broadway), and have a clear development plan and timeline.
Support from Shubert may include:
· Space for readings and workshops
· Roundtables and networking events
· Video and technological expertise
· Access to office space
· Connections to industry contacts and mentors
· Financial assistance
Following an open call for submissions, The Shubert Organization’s Artistic Circle is thrilled to announce the first five producers chosen to participate in its Core Program:
Victoria Detres is a Puerto Rican and Albanian producer and director born and raised in New York City. She is passionate about building a platform for contemporary theatre’s innovative voices, particularly those of marginalized communities. Victoria, while highlighting these voices, also aims to dismantle the structures that do not allow for access, and restructure for equity and accessibility. Victoria is a graduate from the New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Producing Fellowship for the 2018-2019 season and TPOC’s inaugural Producing 101 Course. Victoria currently works as the producing assistant at Octopus Theatricals.
Through this initiative Victoria will be developing the musical Recipe for A Sellout, book and lyrics by Parade Stone, music by Sequoia Sellinger. Sydney, a progressive, young African American woman and aspiring politician, is given a contentious job offer: working on the campaign team of a Republican, Senator Wilson. During days of debating whether to accept or reject the position, Sydney experiences apparitions of 1950s housewives, 1990s liberals who embody white feminism, and 2000s wellness blog-writing “girl bosses.” As the ghosts of problematic feminism’s past and present attempt to coerce Sydney into taking the job, her reality and subconscious blur.
Lawryn LaCroix is a New York City & London based actor/producer. She received her M.A. in Creative Producing at the Mountview Academy run by Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Jameson and her BFA from Marymount Manhattan College. Lawryn's background in producing is both domestic and international. Touring shows from New York City (BAM) to Edinburgh (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) to London (Arcola Theatre and more).
Lawryn started her production company, Pinkhouse Productions, in 2018 as a vehicle for theatre and film. Pinkhouse is an interdisciplinary production company dedicated to original and inspiring female and ethnic work. Pinkhouse has both a New York and Los Angeles presence in theatrical and film circles. Pinkhouse has worked with Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe winners on original productions, including the recent production of Sinners in London at the Playground Theatre, directed by Golden Globe winner Brain Cox (HBO's Secession). Led by an all-female team, Pinkhouse strives to empower in the arts and provide the means by which they can assert their individual voices.
Lawryn’s project, Gummies, tells the story of a group of multi-racial New Jersey sisters-in-law, bonded together by holding each other’s secrets. Told in a series of vignettes that spiral out from a drunken night where they accidentally eat an entire roll of THC gummy tape, the piece mixes humor and pathos to explore the experiences of motherhood that often go left unsaid. Being a mother sometimes ruins your life, destroys your health, and makes you go insane. I know this from the women closest to me in my life, but it is hardly ever discussed publicly. I want to change that.
BRYAN JOSEPH LEE
Bryan Joseph Lee (he/him) is the founder of CNTR ARTS, a creative agency and strategic consulting firm that centers artists, activists, and communities of color. As a creative producer, arts marketer, and civic organizer, he has over twelve years of arts management experience and a decades-long career building creative communities at a local, national, and international level.
Most recently, Bryan served as Director of Public Forum at The Public Theater in New York City, where he investigated civic organizing and cultural changemaking at one of the nation's leading off-Broadway theater companies. As an artistic curator, his work centers the experiences of Queer, Trans, and BIPOC communities on stage and in our world. Bryan has also independently produced and programmed several Black and Queer artists at venues like La Mama Theater Company, Musical Theater Factory, and The Shed.
Bryan has guided numerous audience engagement initiatives around the world, including recent projects in Salem, Oregon; Alexandria, Egypt; and Perth, Australia. He is a frequent speaker on the topics of building relevance and resilience for arts organizations, and has delivered keynote speeches at the PAC Australia Conference in Sydney, and the Creu Cymru Annual Conference in Wales.
Bryan is a 2018 Fellow of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at The University of Maryland, and was named a 2016 Rising Leader of Color by Theater Communications Group (TCG). He holds a degree in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College.
Sammy Lopez (he/him) is a Mexican-American artist dedicated to uplifting historically excluded voices & stories through the arts. He is currently producing the new musical Gun & Powder, which made its world premiere at the Signature Theatre in 2020. Recently, he was a co-producer of The Old Vic's A Christmas Carol on Broadway and Be More Chill on and off-Broadway. Current projects in development include How To Dance In Ohio and Bradical.
Sammy is the first resident director of New York City Children's Theater and serves on the board of the New 42 and the New Victory Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, and CO/LAB Theater Group. He's a co-founder of The Industry Standard Group (TISG), a multicultural commercial investment and producing organization strategically formed to promote work reflecting diversity and increase the presence of BIPOC investors and producers in the commercial producing arts and entertainment field. Sammy is a graduate of Syracuse University and continues to produce the BFA Acting & Musical Theatre Senior Showcase each year. Visit www.Sammy-Lopez.com for more.
Danny Marin (They/He) is an award-winning queer, latine New York City based artist. They are the Executive Director of Con Limón Productions which strives to create a more equitable industry not only on the stage, but behind the table. They are a co-producer of Jay Armstrong Johnson’s annual Halloween extravaganza I Put A Spell On You: The Return of the Sanderson Sisters which released its visual album benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in the Fall of 2020 for the Covid-19 Relief Fund. Danny previously produced Twohander starring Sherie Rene Scott & Norbert Leo Butz at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below and Seasons 1 & 2 of the bi-monthly hit An Evening With Series at Green Room 42. They were also a producer for the development of new musicals Siren, Burning Man: The Musical, Hocket, and Wake You Up.
When they’re not producing they can be seen on stage and film including HBO’s Mrs. Fletcher as James and Season 11 of The Real Housewives of NY. Their solo cabaret debut Nicest B**ch You Know at Feinstein’s/ 54 Below earned them a 2017 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award nomination for Best Solo Show! Their sophomore show Mediocre At Best at Green Room 42 also earned them two 2019 BroadwayWorld Cabaret Award nominations including Best Show and Best Musical Director.
Danny is working on Siren, book, lyrics and music by Dillon Feldman; additional orchestrations by Stephanie Leotsakos. In this new musical three sirens are the last vestiges of a community on the verge of extinction, when they make the choice to kill a girl from a nearby village to add to their ranks. They are unaware, however, that she carries a dark past and a grudge with her. What does it mean to be a human--to be alive? How do you challenge communities’ long held biases? Siren tackles this with a magical lens and a haunting, modern soundscape. General Management, Evan Bernardin Productions.