Founded in 2020, TPOC was born out of the necessity to diversify the pool of commercial producers on and off Broadway.
We have observed many barriers keeping BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) out of commercial producing, specifically the lack of education, training and mentorship. TPOC strives to break down these barriers and make producing more accessible for a variety of voices.
Today, TPOC has 51 alums who can be found in leadership positions all over the world.
Our alums work in New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles, to as far as Brazil, Japan, and New Zealand.
Some of their recent achievements include making their producing debuts on "The Piano Lesson" and "A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical" on Broadway and "Kinky Boots" Off-Broadway, being named a Prince/The Theatre Leadership Project (TTLP) Fellow, stepping into leadership positions at regional theatres such as the Goodman Theatre and McCarter Theatre Center, and securing jobs with or through guest speakers.
TPOC's flagship educational initiative, Producing 101, introduces participants to the fundamentals of commercial producing, connecting a network of BIPOC and White ally producers to a cohort of aspiring BIPOC producers. This tuition-free training aims to create a safe space for a community of BIPOC producers to learn, grow, and develop together.
Now in its third year, participants attend seminars led by Tony Award-winning producers, general managers, attorneys, and other theatre professionals to gain the skills, resources, and network necessary to begin their careers as commercial producers.