The Broadway Advocacy Coalition and Broadway stage manager Cody Renard Richard have announced the first 15 recipients of The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program, established to foster and support the next generation of BIPOC theatre-makers.
The inaugural class of scholars will comprise Jasmine Canjura (New York University), Auzsa Carberry-Walters (University of Central Florida), Tesia Childs (Columbia University), Avery Evans (University of California, Irvine), Jordan Fleming (Columbia University), Moses Garcia (Carnegie Mellon University), Jason Goodwin (New York University), Gabrielle Kunzika (University of Connecticut), Alex Luong (University of California, San Diego), David Parker (University of Alabama at Birmingham), Brillian Qi-Bell (University of Iowa), Anabel Manuela Romero (Columbia University), Annelise Salazar (San Diego State University), Gabrielle Scott (Georgia Southern University), and Joshua Wyatt (Carnegie Mellon University).
The scholars will receive financial support along with mentorship through online seminars focused on community building, leadership, and social justice.
"I’m blown away by the talent, drive and power that each of our applicants possess," says Richard. "Our selection process was quite arduous and competitive, but we have selected an astounding cohort for the inaugural year. As we begin to gather for work sessions, providing tools and resources that they can carry with them on their journey, I’m incredibly proud to welcome them to our community! And thanks to the overwhelming amount of support from that community, we’re able to significantly increase each student’s grant from $1,500 to $4,000.”
An endowment from The Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation allowed for the creation of two Seller Lehrer Producing Scholars spots among the cohort. The aspiring producers will receive special mentorship through Hamilton production company Adventureland.
"As we continue the work of creating transformative contributions to the future of our arts community, we are excited to partner with the Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program and BAC," says Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation Director and Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon. "Their experience and our resources will provide a powerful bridge to new talents for our industry."