THE BROADWAY IMPACT REPORT
Variety salutes the artists making waves in the theater world
STEPHEN LEWIN AND KRISTIN CASKEY
Ambassador Theatre Group
“I’m new to the industry and appreciate the very warm welcome,” says Lewin, who with producer Caskey heads up the North American branch of Ambassador Theatre Group. This year alone ATG debuted two notably renovated venues: Broadway’s Lyric (first tenant: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) and Boston’s Colonial (“Moulin Rouge!”). “I enjoy the expectation that comes with ‘the next show,’ whether my role is theater owner, presenter or producer,” Caskey says.
Director, “Once on This Island”
After forging a career as an actor on stage (“Big River”) and screen (“Anger Management”), Arden has made a name for himself as a diversity-minded director. Following his well-received Deaf West revival of “Spring Awakening,” his “Once on This Island” surprised the industry last season by taking home the Tony. “I am so very proud to be among a community who has always fought for inclusiveness and social justice,” he says.
Playwright, “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play”
The actress (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time,” “An Octoroon”) and playwright made a major splash with her play “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play.” It was such a hit for MCC that the nonprofit is bringing it back for a return run. “As a first-generation Ghanaian-american who writes African comedy, I am looking forward to adding to the conversation of how the diaspora is reflected in theater,” she says.
Publisher, Broadway Briefing Britten’s simple, smart idea — a curated aggregation of news of interest to the theater industry, emailed daily — quickly turned into required reading. Now he’s expanding with an industryfocused site, Broadway News, while keeping the daily newsletter going strong. “We imagine Broadway Briefing as way for everyone in this industry to start their day on the same page, literally and metaphorically — to reinforce the strong sense of community on Broadway,” he says.
BRANDON VICTOR DIXON
Actor, “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Theater fans already knew Dixon as a Tony nominee (“Shuffle Along”) and as the guy in “Hamilton” who addressed Mike Pence, but this year the actor (“Power”) broke big with his standout (and Emmynominated) performance as Judas in NBC’S “Jesus Christ Superstar.” With his career on the rise, he’ll always consider the stage home. “The theater community has taught me to be an artist and collaborator, a more expansive human being,” he says.