Stage manager Cody Renard Richard is launching a scholarship program for Black, Indigenous and people of color pursuing off-stage careers.
Richard has partnered with the Broadway Advocacy Coalition to provide a group of undergraduate students with seminars on leadership, social justice and community building as well as the possibility of one-on-one mentorship from a leader in the field. Each student will receive a $1500 stipend to use as needed. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS made a $5000 donation, and Richard is soliciting additional donations from industry leaders and producers. The number of scholarship participants in the first year depends on the total amount raised.
The goal of this scholarship is to provide BIPOC stage managers, directors and designers with the support need to enter the field. Richard started the scholarship program after his experience of coming up in the field with few mentors of color. He has been a stage manager on many Broadway shows including Freestyle Love Supreme, Dear Evan Hansen and Hamilton.
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