Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Jen Bender, Lia Chang, Derek McLane, Matt Britten and Lorenzo Thione Set for 2nd Annual Broadway Hackathon at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center on April 18

The 2nd Annual Broadway Hackathon will return Monday, April 18, 2016 at 10:00 AM  Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 3:30 PM (EDT) at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center,  111 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023 – View Map

lpa-hack-2015-A_3The Broadway Hackathon is produced by the Billy Rose Theatre Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and MASIE Productions (Allegiance, An American in Paris, Kinky Boots, Macbeth, The Trip to Bountiful, Godspell and UnKnown Soldier).

Doug Reside, Matt Britten, Jen Bender, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Derek McLane, Lorenzo Thione, Lia Chang and Elliott Masie. Photo by Garth Kravits
Doug Reside, Matt Britten, Jen Bender, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Derek McLane, Lorenzo Thione, Lia Chang and Elliott Masie. Photo by Garth Kravits

The morning kicks off at 10:00 A.M. with teams hearing from a roundtable panel of Broadway’s Best including Jennifer Ashley TepperJen Bender, Lia ChangDerek McLane, Matt Britten and Lorenzo Thione in discussion of the needs of Broadway today, tomorrow, and beyond. Click here to register for the morning roundtable.

Elliott Masie
Elliott Masie

Elliott Masie says, “The Broadway Hackathon brings together Creative Theater People with Creative Technology People – to brainstorm, envision and create new “apps” that will add pizzazz to theater creation, acting, producing as well as the attending experience”.

Teams of combined techies and creatives, will have 24 hours to develop and incubate apps and or prototype that will be demonstrated in a public presentation on Tuesday afternoon. The most promising applications will be selected for a longer incubation process leading to full releases!

The Broadway Hackathon is looking for participants to create apps and prototypes that will:

• Leverage the power of mobile technology to support the Broadway experience.

• Better connect actors, producers, creative teams, theatre makers and audiences.

• Connect public information about theatre from around the world.

• Explore the role of “apps” in the full theatre experience from idea to script to Broadway.

In return, the library will provide meals, coffee, WiFi, and access to Broadway-related data from its extensive archives.

This year, in honor of the 400 years of Shakespeare’s legacy, we are especially interested in applications supporting the production of Shakespearean plays, though this focus should serve as an inspiration rather than a restriction.

Sponsors said they welcome participants who are idea generators and voices of The Broadway community as a whole. There is room for forward thinkers of all kinds. Slots are still left so make sure to register here.

Doug Reside, Lewis and Dorothy Cullman Curator for the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, Billy Rose Theatre Division says,” Live theater has always been a place where technical innovations are developed to support great art. We hope to continue this tradition at our second annual Broadway Hackathon”.

About the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts houses one of the worlds most extensive combination of circulating, reference, and rare archival collections in its field. These materials are available free of charge, along with a wide range of special programs, including exhibitions, seminars, and performances. An essential resource for everyone with an interest in the arts — whether professional or amateur — the Library is known particularly for its prodigious collections of non-book materials such as historic recordings, videotapes, autograph manuscripts, correspondence, sheet music, stage designs, press clippings, programs, posters and photographs.

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Maxine Hong Kingston to Receive Randolph College Pearl S. Buck Award on April 20 
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Q & A with Emmanuel Brown, Actor, Award-Winning Fight Choreographer and Champion Martial Artist 
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Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF produces multimedia content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Ms. Chang is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Photographs by Lia Chang are in the permanent collections of New-York Historical Society, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Angel Island Immigration Station, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), the Japanese American National Museum (JANM), the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Art Collection. The Lia Chang APA Theater Portfolio in the Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection is housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian Pacific American Islander Collection. She is the recipient of the AAJA 2001 National Award for New Media and the OCA 2000 Chinese American Journalist Award. Avenue Magazine named her one of the “One Hundred Most Influential Asian Americans”. She is featured in Joann Faung Jean Lee’s book Asian American actors: oral histories from stage, screen, and television.

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