A new series on the All Out Arts Network –
Presented as part of the 2022 Season of the Fresh Fruit Festival

A series of 1-hour panel discussions featuring Broadway Industry professionals, designed to help emerging artists build their careers. Creative-arts leaders from Rockefeller Center, the Beaumont Theater, shows such as Spiderman, Hello Dolly, War Horse, Wicked, and many others share thoughts on starting the journey to a more professional level.

Videos are available on the Fresh Fruit Channel on Youtube
Convenient Audio versions of each are on the Fresh Fruit Radio podcast.

Ask a question for any upcoming listed panel:


Episode 1: How do emerging directors get work Off-Broadway and beyond? [July 2021]

Company Managers and Managing Directors discuss how Stage Directors can enhance their ability to make and maintain a career in a highly competitive marketplace. Host: Artistic Director Dennis Corsi. Panelists:

  • Natasha Sinha – Playwrights Horizons
  • Jim Nicola – New York Theatre Workshop
  • Daniella Topol – Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
  • Ralph Peña – Ma-Yi Theater Company

Episode 2: Featuring Broadway Stage Managers! [August 2021]

Broadway Stage Managers share their thoughts on employment, their career paths, and what early and mid level Stage Managers can be doing to help their chances in the field.  Host: Artistic Director Dennis Corsi. Panelists:

  • Valerie Lau-Kee: Mary Poppins, Spiderman . . .
  • Chris Munnell: An American in Paris, War Horse . . .
  • Chris Zaccardi: Lestat, Hello Dolly . . .
  • Saori Yokoo: The Inheritance, Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS . . .

Episode 3: Designers [September 2021]

The STAGE is a Black Box – UNTIL the designers work their magic! Lighting and Set Design, Costuming and Sound Design, all work TOGETHER to make the author & director’s vision transform our lives. Meet 5 highly skilled designers with Broadway credits answering YOUR questions on moving up to the next professional level.

  • Zach Blane: Lighting Design – “Wicked in Concert” PBS Television
  • Wilson Chin: Set Design – Pass Over, Broadway; Next Fall, Broadway; Cost of Living, MTC
  • Shirlee Idzakovich: Costume Design – Fig Jam, Lonely Wolf; Broadway, Off-Broadway, Film & TV
  • Twi McCallum: Sound Design – Chicken and Biscuits, Broadway
  • Riw Rakkulchon: Scenic Design – Twelfth Night, Yale Rep