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Programs > Professional Development
Broadway Speakers Bureau

Free Broadway career panel discussions are available to high schools and colleges from the Broadway League through our Broadway Speakers Bureau. These seminars share information about non-performance careers in the arts (producing, general management, marketing, press, stage management, etc.) with schools around the country. Our speakers include award-winning professionals associated with many top Broadway shows including Wicked, Billy Elliot, Spring Awakening, Red, The Addams Family, Frost/Nixon, The Producers, and Rent. For more information or to schedule a seminar, please email Erica Ryan.

Distance Learning Opportunities

We have our speakers in a studio in New York City and students from your city connect via distance learning video conferencing into the seminar. These events occur live (not taped) and the students are encouraged to ask questions of the speakers at the end. These particular seminars are specifically geared toward high school or college students. While sessions are limited to four schools/locations each (on a first-come, first-served basis), an unlimited number of students may participate from each location and schools are encouraged to partner with other schools in their area if applicable.

We are happy to arrange individual distance learning seminars for your school upon request, according to your class schedule and depending on the number of participants.


Technical Requirements:

The interested schools must have video conference equipment such as Tandberg, Polycom, Sony or Lifesize, and must have IP or internet connectivity (we can also bridge to an ISDN if necessary). Our technical staff will coordinate with yours in advance to work out the logistics and make sure all set-ups match.

Opportunities for Schools Located in or Visiting Manhattan

Broadway Speakers Bureau events take place either at a school's Manhattan campus or at the League's midtown offices, where our conference room seats up to 40 students. We are happy to schedule a 60-minute or 90-minute seminar according to your students' weekday availability and the number of participants. Students learn from seasoned professionals, and receive information about internship opportunities in theatre-industry offices as well as student tickets and rush tickets for Broadway shows.

Past Participants

Participating colleges over the last seven years include Barnard College, Baylor University, Binghamton University, Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brandeis University, Brooklyn College, Butler University, Clemson University, Drexel University, Emerson College, Gettysburg College, Indiana University, Ithaca College, the Juilliard School, Long Island University, Marymount Manhattan College, Michigan State University, Muhlenberg College, New York University, Penn State, Rutgers University and University of Buffalo.  The program has also included high school students around the country and international students at Singapore Management University.