Fourth Annual TEDxBroadway Will Return With Pasek and Paul February 2015 | Playbill

News Fourth Annual TEDxBroadway Will Return With Pasek and Paul February 2015 The fourth annual TEDxBroadway – the one-day event that asks 'what is the best Broadway can be? – will return Feb. 23, 2015 at 11 AM at New World Stages (340 W. 50th Street) – with lineups including talks from composing team Benj Pasek and Justin Paul among others.

TEDxBroadway is co-organized by Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive and Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar.

Co-organizer of the event, McCarthy, said in a statememt, "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, some fields you may not even have heard of yet – all with ideas worth sharing."

Presenters at TEDxBroadway always vary, but have included Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony and Pulitzer Prize winners to speakers involved in entrepreneurship, education and government.

Full lineup is yet to be announced, but a select listing follows below:

* Benj Pasek & Justin Paul

Pasek and Paul, "are the Tony-nominated songwriters of the Broadway musical, A Christmas Story. Their score for the show also received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Music. They are also the composers behind the Off-Broadway musical Dogfight, a Best New Musical nominee for the Drama League, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards."


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

"In 2009, he was named one of AdAge's 25 media people to follow on Twitter; in 2010 he was named one of Poynter's 35 most influential people in social media; and in 2014, he was named one of the most influential Chief Digital Officers by CDO Club.'


Dr. Laurie Santos, Associate Professor of Psychology at Yale University

Santos, "is a cognitive psychologist who studies the evolution of human cognition by exploring how animals think about the world. She was recently voted one of Popular Science Magazine’s Brilliant 10 Young Minds.


Kirsten Sabia, Vice President of Marketing Services for the PGA TOUR

Sabia works for the PGA, "where she oversees marketing efforts for the Tour’s owned and operated tournaments."


Osh Ghanimah

Ghanimah, "is an actor and the Founder and CEO of Broadway For All—a NYC-based non-profit born out of his fellowship through the Office of the President at Harvard University."


Elliott Masie

Masie, "is an international expert in the fields of learning, workforce development and big data. He has also been the producer/investor in a range of Broadway productions (Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots, Allegiance and An American in Paris)."


Emily Simoness

Simoness, "is the founder and Executive Director of SPACE on Ryder Farm, a nonprofit artist residency program committed to supporting and developing artists and their work."


Tickets are $100.

For more information visit or follow TEDxBroadway on Twitter @TEDxBroadway.

To purchase tickets click here.

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