The creators/directors of BROADWAY DNA, Abra and Chip Leonard, invite you to view this informative new documentary on the impact of arts education and career paths in the theatre. A live discussion with the filmmakers, artists and instructors featured in the film will occur on July 28 at 1:45 pm ET. This session will be meaningful for emerging artists, teachers/faculty, and parents.
How it works:
1. Register for the event
Upon completing your registration, you will receive two links:
A password-protected link to the documentary
A zoom link for the panel discussion on July 28
We are providing the film link upon registration so that you may view the film at your leisure!
2. Attend the Panel Discussion
On Wednesday, July 28 at 1:45 pm ET we invite you to join us for a live discussion with the filmmakers, artists, and instructors featured in the film. This session will be meaningful for emerging artists, teachers/faculty, and parents.
Abra Leonard has 14+ years of experience as a performing arts manager. She has worked on prominent shows with first-class general managers and producers: Alan Wasser Associates / Cameron Mackintosh – LES MISERABLES (2006 Broadway Revival/Third National Tour); THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (Broadway); MISS SAIGON (Second National Tour/Broadway); Abhann Productions Ltd. / Moya Doherty – RIVERDANCE (Lagan Company National Tour); Prior to her focus on general and company management, Ms. Leonard was the Associate Director of Operations for SFX/PACE THEATRICAL GROUP (currently Broadway Across America) where she managed the daily operations of 21 Broadway Series Markets across North America and Canada. Passionate about furthering students understanding of Arts Management, Abra is an adjunct professor at Western Connecticut State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College and is a proud board-certified member of the Association of Theatrical Press Agents and Managers (ATPAM).
James “Chip” Leonard grew up on a small farm just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. He found his voice while singing in choir and began to explore all avenues of performing. He garnered great success in community theatre, while still in High School and won the Senior Division at the renowned Bill Riley Talent Search at the Iowa State Fair. He pursued his passion for performing by attending SUNY Purchase. Upon graduation he set off for the bright lights of Broadway! He paid his dues to earn his Equity card. Proudly, he made his Broadway debut with the original Broadway Company of LES MISERABLES. Chip boosts a strong resume behind the scenes too. He has over 20 years of experience as a producer, director/editor servicing several Fortune 500 companies and Mercedes Benz. He has also written, directed and produced two feature length films that garnered awards at Regional Film Festivals.
(he/him) has been a professor in the Theater Department at LIU CW Post since 2007. He is currently the director of the Musical Theatre program and teaches freshman acting and all the musical theater acting courses. David has performed regionally, on national tours and on Broadway in shows such as Jekyll and Hyde
, Into the Woods
, and a stellar 12-year career with Les Miserables
where he portrayed Grantaire in the final Broadway cast.
He was on tour with the Broadway production of Les Miserables when he developed a love for teaching through the workshops he gave at high schools and universities across America, Asia and Canada. He left the Les Miserables tour in 2005 to pursue a master’s degree in theater. His introduction to the Suzuki method while pursing his master’s degree changed the course of his career. He found the Suzuki method to be an excellent technique for teaching musical theater, and he was able to devise a way to integrate it into his musical theater curriculum.
Nikki Renée Daniels (she/her) recently played Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton at the CIBC Theater in Chicago. Broadway: Company (Jenny), The Book of Mormon (Nabulungi), The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Clara), Les Miserables (Fantine), Anything Goes, Promises, Promises, Aida, Nine, Little Shop of Horrors, Lestat, and The Look of Love. Ms. Daniels made her New York City Opera debut as Clara in Porgy and Bess. Other New York credits include Martha Jefferson in 1776 at City Center Encores, Rose Lennox in The Secret Garden at David Geffen Hall and Tracy in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. On television, Nikki has appeared as a featured player on “Chappelle’s Show,” “Madam Secretary,” and “The Sound of Music: Live.” She has performed as a soloist with numerous symphony orchestras across the country and in Canada, and at Carnegie Hall. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. Her debut solo CD, “Home” is available on iTunes and CDBaby.com. For more information please visit nikkireneedaniels.com. @nikkireneesings
Jeff Kready (he/him) Most recently seen on Broadway standing by for the “title” role of Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie. Other Broadway credits: Monty Navarro in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Tony Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical, Sunday in the Park with George, and Les Misérables (Jean Valjean understudy). Favorite regional credits: Tommy in Brigadoon (Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera), Ted Hanover in Holiday Inn (Paper Mill Playhouse), Mr. Snow in Carousel (Goodspeed Opera House), and David Sedaris’s one-man-show Santaland Diaries (Hartford TheaterWorks). TV: “The Code” (CBS), “The Good Fight” (CBS), “Elementary” (recurring, CBS), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO). He has performed as guest soloist with The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, The Grand Teton Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Allentown Symphony, the Topeka Symphony, and can be heard on the album, “The Broadway Tenors” (Jay Records). Favorite roles: husband to Nikki, dad to Lena (8) and Louise (4).
Jim Athens (he/him) Stage Manager – Broadway: Phantom of the Opera, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark; Evita; How to Succeed…; Promises, Promises; White Christmas; Les Miserables (Imperial and Broadhurst Theaters); Avenue Q; Curtains; Fosse; Tours: Les Miserables, Fosse. Off- Broadway: Avenue Q, The Donkey Show. Also: Pittsburgh CLO, the North Carolina Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse.