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National Collaborators Conference 2020 Keynote Speech | Stage Manager, Cody Renard Richard

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • October 14, 2020

This past weekend, October 9 – 11, the National Collaborators Conference (NCC) was held with great success. Sponsored by The Stage Managers’ Association (SMA) and Ohio Valley USITT (OVS) they welcomed Special Keynote speaker for the NCC, advocate, educator, and professional Stage Manager, Cody Renard Richard. He gave a very illuminating and inspirational speech to the conference, speaking about collaboration and the future of theatre. Richard delivered his keynote speech on October 10, 2020, International Stage Managers Day, with introduction and post speech moderation was by Stage Manager, and Founder of the Year of the Stage Manager, 2020 / 21, Amanda Spooner. Here is a video of his keynote speech for you to replay, or watch for the first time:

Richard’s career spans many genres including Broadway, Television, Cirque du Soleil, and Opera. As an advocate for change and equity, Richard has appeared live on CNN and has been interviewed on WNBC. He was also recently named one of Variety magazine’s 2020 Broadway Players to Watch and has just launched The Cody Renard Richard Scholarship Program in partnership with Broadway Advocacy Coalition.


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