When the pandemic shut down events across the country, women in theatre leadership roles boldly pivoted to livestreaming shows.
About this panel: When the pandemic shut down events across the country, women in theatre leadership roles boldly pivoted to livestreaming shows in an effort to engage audiences and create real revenue for their teams. Join A.R.T.’s Diane Paulus, Lookingglass Theatre Company’s Rachel Fink, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival’s Adilah Barnes and theatre critic Elisabeth Vincentelli for a candid conversation on surviving and thriving in the new normal moderated by Stellar’s Wendi Lebow and INTIX’s Amy Graca.
DIANE PAULUS is the Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University where Jagged Little Pill premiered in May 2018 and she will direct a revival of 1776. Broadway: Jagged Little Pill (15 Tony Award Nominations); Waitress (also West End), Pippin (Tony Awards, Best Revival and Best Director), Finding Neverland, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Tony Award, Best Revival; NAACP Award, Best Direction;), Hair (Tony Award, Best Revival; also West End). Off-Broadway: Gloria: A Life (Daryl Roth Theatre, A.R.T.), In the Body of the World (A.R.T., MTC), Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna. Selected for the 2014 Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Rachel L. Fink is the Executive Director of the Lookingglass Theatre Company, a position she’s held since 2018. She was the Managing Director of Theatre Bay Area, one of the largest regional performing arts service organizations in the nation, serving more than 300 theatre companies and 2,000 individual artists across the region.
Adilah Barnes is the Co-Founder of the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, an annual, multi-cultural solo festival that has produced close to 500 artists from around the globe and celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2018. Barnes, individually and the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, were both honored with the prestigious Women in Theatre Award in 2006.
Elisabeth Vincentelli is a regular contributor to culture pages of The New York Times, with a focus on theater and streaming in all shapes and forms. She also contributes to The New Yorker, among other publications. She is one of the founders and hosts of the podcast "Three on the Aisle" with Peter Marks of The Washington Post and Terry Teachout from the Wall Street Journal. She is based in Brooklyn, NY.
Wendi Lebow has spent over 15 years marketing and promoting live entertainment. Currently, Wendi is the Chief Venue Officer for Goldstar.com and Stellar. She has been with the company for over ten years working with and building venue relationships with venues. She spent over six years at TMG (currently Allied Live) marketing Broadway and off Broadway shows. Wendi started her career at Richard Frankel Productions as the assistant company manager of Stomp and spent over three years booking the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in NYC.
Amy Graca is the Vice President of National Ticketing for Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas. In her role, Amy oversees 50+ venues across the Caesars portfolio. She also manages all the ticketing strategies and works closely with Ticketmaster on developing next-generation customer journeys. Earlier in her career, Amy was Box Office Manager for Harrah’s Entertainment and a Senior Client Representative at Ticketmaster. Amy sits on the INTIX Board of Directors and is the newly elected Chair-elect for the association.
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