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Announcing Third Annual TEDxBroadway



Third-Annual TEDxBroadway: What Is the Best That Broadway Can Be?

Diane Paulus, Lea DeLaria, Sree Sreenivasan, David Drake and Others
Take the Stage to Discuss the Future of Broadway

NEW YORK, N.Y. (October 2, 2013)—The third-annual TEDxBroadway—a one-day event about the highest aspirations of Broadway – returns Monday, February  24th, 2014 at New World Stages in New York City.


"TEDxBroadway invites everyone who has an interest in Broadway to participate in shaping its future,” said Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar and an organizer of the event.  “Certainly, Broadway is most often associated with theatre but, it’s also a place where many industries and people intersect. Our goal is to present positive ideas that will benefit the entire Broadway ecosystem.”

Sold out in both 2012 and 2013, in 2014 TEDxBroadway asks experts to address one question, “What’s the best Broadway can be?”

Speakers at this year’s event include (additional speakers will be announced later):

·         Diane Paulus, Artistic Director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University and 2013 recipient of the Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical

·         Lea DeLaria, Jazz Musician, writer, stand-up comic, actor appearing on Nextflix original  “Orange Is the New Black”

·         Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

·         David Drake, founder and chairman of LDJ Capital, a private equity advisory firm, and of The Soho Loft, an event-driven global financial media company and author of Crowd Fund Economics

·         Dan Gurney, CEO and founder of Concert Window and a six-time United States Champion on the button accordion

"TEDxBroadway asks everyone to hit the pause button in their busy lives and think about things from a long term, bigger perspective," said Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive. "I’ve been inspired by the two events we’ve done and encouraged by those who got something out of the day and are implementing those ideas now.”

“TEDxBroadway isn’t an arts conference or a theatre conference,” adds producer Ken Davenport. “We’re talking about the whole neighborhood, the whole Broadway ecosystem, and so it’s broader than just arts or theatre.  True to the TED format, we pull speakers from vast perspectives, varying expertise – all with ideas worth sharing.”

TEDxBroadway is co-organized by Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive, Broadway producer Ken Davenport, and Jim McCarthy of Goldstar. They are proud to welcome back co-organizing sponsors: Jujamcyn Theaters, Google, and

Additional details are available at:

Interested attendees can purchase tickets at:

The conference will begin 11AM on February 24th, 2014. Tickets are $100.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED: TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland. For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit


Andrew C. McGibbon



Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, The site was subsequently bought by, and became He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell