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TEDxBroadway Releases 2015 Talks Online Today, 4/22

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (April 22, 2015) —Today the organizers of TEDxBroadway released online videos of the 20 talks and performances from this year’s sold-out event held February 23, 2015 at New World Stages.

The fourth-annual conference featured speakers from a wide variety of industries — all dedicated to addressing the overall theme of the day, “What’s the Best Broadway Can Be?” Speakers included: Pulitzer Prize winner and Disgraced playwright Ayad Akhtar, Vans Warped Tour producer Kevin Lyman, Tony-nominated composers of the new musical Dear Evan Hansen Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, I Quant NY blogger and computer scientist Ben Wellington, 3-D printing pioneer and Broadway set designer Kacie Hultgren, and more.

In true TED fashion (which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design), TEDxBroadway 2015 showcased topics in those segments and way beyond. Yale Associate Professor of Psychology Laurie Santos’ presentation explored the biological reasons humans seek out live theater. “We as a species can get into the minds of other individuals, something that no other species can do,” said Santos. While in his talk, Sree Sreenivasan, the first Chief Digital Officer at The Metropolitan Museum of Art said, “The scarcest resource of the twenty-first century is human attention.” He also revealed that 90% of the world’s data has been generated in just the past two years. “There's great value for telling the truth in art,” said speaker Benjamin Scheuer, who wrote and stars in his autobiographical solo show The Lion. “Tell the truth in art about bad things. You'll be doing something good.” This is just a taste of what the day had to offer.

The release of the TEDxBroadway video archive also kicks off a 20-day series on http://sellingout.com/ in which TEDxBroadway co-organizer and event curator Jim McCarthy shares a behind-the-scenes look at the evolution of each speaker’s talk. For co-organizer Damian Bazadona’s take on TEDxBroadway 2015, you can read his piece on the Huffington Post titled “Why Working On Broadway Is Better Than Ever.”

TedxBroadway 2015 talks: http://www.tedxbroadway.com/2015-video-gallery/

TEDxBroadway is co-organized by Damian Bazadona, founder of Situation Interactive, and Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar. They’re proud to welcome back co-organizing sponsors Jujamcyn Theaters, Google and Broadway.com. Support for the TEDxBroadway Young Professionals & Students Program is provided by the Nederlander Organization and the Shubert Organization.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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