I SEE U

I SEE U, Episode 65: The Show Must Go Black

The most Tony Award-winning Black producer in history, Ron Simons, is leading an historic effort on Broadway to hire more people of color in creative and leadership positions, as well as develop more onstage narratives and storytelling about underrepresented minority communities.

Tony Award-Winning Broadway producer and actor, Ron Simons

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In 2021, after a wave of global unrest over racial injustice that followed the death of Houstonian George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, a coalition of Broadway theater owners, union leaders, creators and casting directors outlined a series of reforms and commitments for the industry to ensure there would be equity and inclusion implemented in all of its new contractual agreements, including ways to help widen the talent pool to more diverse candidates. But for how long will this push for more diversity last? Are there any measures of tracking and accountability in place? And will audiences take notice and support those shows in ticket sales? Join us as I SEE U Host Eddie Robinson explores what's really happening behind the curtain with actor and 4-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, Ron Simons. A former Microsoft executive, he's also Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, a multiple award-winning production house and consultancy service for artists, producers and investors.

 

This article is part of the I SEE U with Eddie Robinson podcast

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Eddie Robinson

Eddie Robinson

Executive Producer & Host, I SEE U

A native of Mississippi, Eddie started his radio career as a 10th grader, working as a music jock for a 100,000-Watt (Pop) FM station and a Country AM station simultaneously. While Mississippi Governor Ray Mabus had nominated him for the U.S. Naval Academy in 1991, Eddie had an extreme passion...

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