Deaf West Theatre Artistic Director DJ Kurs will take part in this year's TEDxBroadway conference.
Deaf West Theatre artistic director D.J. Kurs will take part in this year's TEDxBroadway conference.
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Additional speakers for the 2016 TEDxBroadway conference have been announced. The event, themed around the question "What Is the Best Broadway Can Be?," will take place Monday, February 22, at New World Stages.

Newly announced are Deaf West Theatre artistic director D.J. Kurs; Macy's Parade & Entertainment Group's Wesley Whatley; Dr. Erin Lavik, professor of chemical, biochemical and environmental engineering at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Kelly Leonard, creative advisor of the Second City; and Boston Ballet Executive Director Meredith (Max) Hodges.

They join author and Feinstein's/54 Below director of programming Jennifer Ashley Tepper; Queen of the Night and Sleep No More producer Randy Weiner; playwright and performer James Lecesne (The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey); and marketing strategist Kate Sweeney.

"This will be our fifth TEDxBroadway," said coorganizer Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar. "We've had four years of sold-out events, repeating sponsors, and dedicated speakers from a variety of fields, we just couldn't be prouder of a community that is committed to making Broadway the best it can be."

TEDxBroadway is coorganized by McCarthy and Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive.

For more information and tickets, click here.