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Broadway Advocacy Coalition Announces Scholars for The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • January 19, 2021

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) and veteran Broadway stage manager Cody Renard Richard announce the 15 recipients of The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program, dedicated to honoring, uplifting and supporting the next generation of Black, Asian, Latinx, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) theatre makers working behind the scenes.

The recipients include 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 program will provide financial support, as well as mentorship through online seminars focusing on community building, leadership, and social justice from Richard and various leaders from the theatrical industry.

“I’m blown away by the talent, drive, and power that each of our applicants possess. Our selection process was quite arduous and competitive, but we have selected an astounding cohort for the inaugural year,” said Cody Renard Richard. “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.”

The Seller Lehrer Family Foundation has generously endowed the creation of the Seller Lehrer Producing Scholars for two aspiring producers amidst the other recipients. In addition to the scholarship, those scholars will receive special mentorship and support through Adventureland, the company that has produced Hamilton and other Broadway shows.

“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 Scholarship Program and BAC,” said Brandon Victor Dixon, the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation’s newest director. “Their experience and our resources will provide a powerful bridge to new talents for our industry.

Further information from the Cody Renard Richards Scholarship:
Further information from the Broadway Advocacy Coalition:


About the Broadway Advocacy Coalition
Founded in 2016 by members of the Broadway community as a direct response to the nation’s pandemic of racism and police brutality, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition is a multidisciplinary organization which unites artists, legal experts and community leaders to create lasting impact on policy issues from criminal justice reform to education equity to immigration. Via its partnership with the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, BAC has collaborated with institutions across New York City, including the New York City Council, Bronx Defenders, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. To learn more about their work, and to get involved, visit their website at or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Cody Renard Richard
Cody Renard Richard is an advocate, educator, and professional Stage Manager with a career that spans many genres including Broadway, television, Cirque Du Soleil, and opera. On Broadway, he has worked as a full time and substitute Stage Manager on 12 productions, most recently serving as the Production Stage Manager for Freestyle Love Supreme. In addition to his production credits, he has served as adjunct faculty at New York University, Columbia University, and Fordham University. As an advocate for change and equity, Cody has appeared live on CNN and has been interviewed on WNBC. Cody has been featured by Variety magazine as one of their 2020 Broadway Players to Watch, Out magazine as a 2020 OUT100 honoree and in Forbes. He launched The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program in partnership with Broadway Advocacy Coalition in Sept of 2020 and holds a BFA in Stage Management from Webster Conservatory. He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Directors Guild of America. @codyrenard

About the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation
Founded on the principle that first you learn, then you earn, and then you return, the Seller-Lehrer Family Foundation invests in organizations that impact social and racial justice, equity in education, and our environment. We form partnerships with exceptional organizations that support innovative and progressive programs that stimulate positive change in our communities and our environment.

SLFF’s grant recipients to date include the Mosaic Youth Theatre in Detroit, Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP), 52nd Street Project, SAY Detroit, Black Arts Institute, the Dramatists Guild Foundation, the #WeAre Foundation, Archangel Ancient Tree Archive, Environment America, American Geophysical Union, Riverside Parks Conservancy, Sequoia Parks Conservancy, Bartlett Arboretum Association, the Hebrew Free Loan Society (HFLS), West Side Campaign Against Hunger, United Friends of the Children (L.A.), ProFamilia (Planned Parenthood in Puerto Rico), the Hispanic Federation, UNICEF USA, the Trevor Project, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, Native American Heritage Association, the Khan Theatre in Jerusalem, The Juilliard School, and the University of Michigan.


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