Apple Discussion Series

A new take on the Apple Award

The Apple Discussion Series is inspired by The Apple Award, funded by the Nederlander family and named for the family matriarch, Sarah Applebaum Nederlander. This evolution of the Apple Award program will feature online experiences where audiences will hear from actors, designers, managers, producers, and more from the American theatre.

This season, we are pleased to be featuring 8 guests, with the possibility of more being added during the Winter 2021 semester. These events are open to the publicfree of charge, and will include a moderated discussion and a Q&A with the guest.

Select the Apple Discussion program you’re interested from the calendar below and register for the Zoom experience.

Apple Discussion Series

Upcoming Events

Michael Arden

Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Actor and Director, Michael Arden

January 13, 2021 at 5:30pm
Free (Registration required)

Join us for this free Apple Professionals Series! We’ll be chatting with Tony-nominated director and acclaimed Broadway actor, Michael Arden about his career.

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Alexander Dodge

Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Set and Costume Designer, Alexander Dodge

February 3, 2021 at 5pm
Free (Registration required)

Join us for this free Apple Professionals Series! Come chat with Alexander Dodge, recently represented on Broadway with the smash hit musical, Anastasia and A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder for which he received a Drama Desk Nomination, an Outer Critics Circle Nomination, and a Tony Award Nomination.

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Joey Monda

Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Producer, Joey Monda

February 17, 2021 at 5pm
Free (Registration required)

Join us for this free Apple Professionals Series! Hear from and talk with Joey Monda, a Broadway producer and general manger, currently running Hadestown (Tony Award) and Mrs. Doubtfire and the previous Broadway productions of The Inheritance (Tony nomination), Slave Play (Tony nomination), Mike Birbiglia’s The New One and The Cher Show.

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Rui Rita

Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Lighting Designer, Rui Rita

March 3, 2021 at 5pm
Free (Registration required)

Join us for this free Apple Professionals Series! Talk with Broadway Lighting Designer, Rui Rita, about his career and work on such acclaimed shows as The Velocity of Autumn starring Estelle Parsons, The Trip To Bountiful starring Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Condola Rashad at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and more.

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Recent Events

Brittney Johnson

Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Actress, Brittney Johnson

December 9, 2020 at 6pm
Free (Registration required)

Brittney Johnson made history in 2019 as the first person of color and first Black woman to play Glinda in Broadway’s Wicked. However, as the actor notes, she had already made Broadway history in 2015 as a cast member in Les Misérables—as the first Black woman to play both Eponine and Fantine, and as the first woman to play both in the same day—though it was not publicized or covered in the same way.

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Beverly Jenkins

Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Stage Manager, Beverly Jenkins

December 2, 2020 at 5pm
Free (Registration required)

Beverly Jenkins has been a professional stage manager for more than 30 years. She is currently the production stage manager for the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Hadestown.

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Apple Discussion Series - Montana Blanco and Cookie Jordan

Apple Discussion Series

A Conversation with Costume Designer, Montana Levi Blanco and Hair, Wig & Makeup Designer, Cookie Jordan

November 18, 2020 at 5pm
Free (Registration required)

Costume Designer Montana Levi Blanco and Hair, Wig & Makeup Designer Cookie Jordan have collaborated on countless productions and they’ll come together to discuss their collaborative process and how they imagine a look for the stage.

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Past Apple Award recipients

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