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On The RISE: June Events

Happy first birthday to RISE Theatre! Last year, in partnership with the Miranda Family Fund, we launched RISE Theatre. RISE (Representation, Inclusion, and Support for Employment) seeks to build a more equitable and inclusive theatre industry by centralizing DEIA tools and resources through a network of partners and the RISE Theatre Directory. The RISE Theatre Directory is a career platform created for administrative, backstage and creative artists in the performing arts. As a tool for all theater makers, the RISE Theatre Directory was designed especially for candidates from marginalized communities to be seen, considered, and hired.

Our team along with our network partners are hosting some great events this month. Check out what’s On the RISE for June.

RISE Theatre is a program of Maestra Music.

RISE and Maestra Celebrate New York Music Month

Maestra Music will celebrate its fifth birthday alongside the one-year anniversary of RISE Theatre Directory with a special panel discussion as part of New York Music Month on Monday, June 24th, 2024, at 3 pm. The event is a partnership between the NY Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment, Disney Theatrical, and Maestra Music with support from Kendra Scott Jewelry. Nancy Giles will moderate the panel, including Maestra Founder Composer/Lyricist Georgia Stitt, RISE Program Manager and Producer Victoria Detres, Composer Helen Park, and Producer and Stage Manager Cody Renard Richard. RSVP for Livestream Here.

TCG Conference Panel: Inclusion and Gender Parity in Musical Theatre Programming

Attending this year’s TCG National Conference in Chicago? Be sure to check out this panel, presented in collaboration with the Dramatist Guild, to celebrate the trailblazers who are the face of the future. We’ll discuss our experiences, lingering disparities in the industry, as well as the ongoing programs developed to achieve progress, and resources like RISE, developed to address historic inequities in Broadway, regional theatre, and the American theatre at large. 

Learn more here.


Message @theetempo on Instagram for a chance for free tickets to Third Sex at Ars Nova on June 26 at 7 PM! Additional pay what you can tickets are also available on Ars Nova’s website.

Black Theatre Coalition Mixer

Please join The Apollo, Black Theatre Coalition, and New Victory LabWorks for a mixer on June 27th, 5-7 PM at New 42 Studios.


NYC Pride Social

Sunday, June 30 at 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Dramatists Guild Foundation
520 8th Ave Suite 2401, NY, NY 10018

Maestra, TEMPO, and Ring of Keys are joining forces to host an NYC Pride Social centering Queer Women, Transgender, and Nonbinary Musicians/Theater Artists. Join us for food, beverages, and a chance to kick back and connect at the end of Pride! RSVP Here

Business of Broadway Announces Summer Schedule

Dive into the world of Broadway with upcoming courses

June 11th, 6:30 PM EDT: Creative Development - Unleash your creative potential in theater production.

June 20th, 6:30 PM EDT: Unions & Guilds - Navigate the intricate dynamics of theater unions and guilds.

Enroll now & transform your passion into expertise!

Open Stage Project

Applications for Open Stage Project’s year-long, after-school ACT 2 Program are now open. The ACT 2 Program introduces girls and non-binary students to behind-the-scenes careers in theater, TV, and film. This FREE program includes monthly skill-building workshops; field trips to professional scenic, costume, and lighting shops; networking with women working in TV, film, and Broadway; and one-on-one mentorship with industry professionals.

NYC high school girls, including cisgender and transgender girls, and non-binary students are invited to apply. Applications due by August 1, 2024. Apply Here. 

The Women Count project

The Women Count project will release "Women Count VII" in June 2024, the seventh report in a 10-year data reports series on women and non-binary hires Off Broadway. The Women Count project collects and publishes analyses of New York City Off-Broadway production credits to assess gender parity in theater hiring decisions. Since 2014 the report series has addressed several basic questions. Whose plays are being done? Who is directing them? Who is being hired for theatrical off-stage roles in New York’s theaters beyond Broadway? Women Count VII covers 24 companies, five seasons spanning the period before and after the pandemic shutdown, and 431 productions.

For more information, visit or create a profile for the RISE Theatre Directory and join the community.