Women of Color on Broadway Broadcast Premiere

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 8 - 9:30pm

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Watch Women of Color on Broadway Live in the Great Hall of The Cooper Union when it premieres on ALL ARTS, the Emmy-winning arts and culture hub created by New York’s WNET, on October 21 at 8 p.m. 

The Purple Crystal Honorary Awards were recorded in the Great Hall on February 10. This year’s honorees were Tony-award winners LaChanze and Melba Moore. The award celebrates the heroines of African, Latin, and Asian descent who paved the way for the next generation of women of color in theater.

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Women of Color on Broadway performers

The evening included special performances by Kimberly Marable (“Hadestown”), Celia Gooding (“Jagged Little Pill”), Kayla Davion (“The Tina Turner Musical”), Aléna Watters (“The CHER Show”), Darlesia Cearcy (“Once On This Island”), Linah Sta. Ana (“Miss Saigon”), Kuhoo Verma (“Medusa the Musical”), Genesis Collado (“Over Here!”), Barbara Douglas, and Vanisha Gould.

Women of Color on Broadway envisions a community that centralizes both well-established and upcoming female writers, producers, engineers, directors, musicians, and performers to create access to long-term mentorship and job opportunities in theatre and musical theater.



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  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.