On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program is the brain child of Rema Webb (Escape to Margaritaville, The Color Purple)… an idea conceived during a The Book of Mormon workshop in 2008. She cofounded the organization with her good friend Danny Siford in 2012. They had one dream in mind: to enable all children to be exposed to the wonderful experience of theater. Our mission statement has always been to engage, empower, excite, and educate young students in the performing arts by mentoring through education. Our goal is to not only teach students the principles of the performing arts in a conservatory type setting, but also to help them discover truth and meaning along the way. All classes are led by theater or design professionals with years of experience in the performing arts industry. In our five years, students of On Broadway have been assigned to agents and worked as equity industry professionals in theater, film, and commercials.
We are proud to say that as of this year On Broadway is a certified 501c-3 non-for-profit organization. We are committed to bringing the performing arts to the children of the Upper West Side/ Morningside Heights/ Harlem and greater New York City community.
This past week’s performance of Seussical Jr. exhibited just about everything On Broadway is about. The night began with a show opener we call The Family Series, featuring On Broadway parents (and artists) Kay Niewood and Branford Marsalis, who performed with their children Ella Niewood and Fiona Slattery. Afterwards, we had the utmost pleasure of announcing the Willie Mae Anderson Scholarship Fund for the Performing Arts. This scholarship, along with the Peter Faber Scholarship Fund, is awarded to students who excel in the arts and require financial assistance. It was a great honor to welcome New York State Assemblyman Daniel O’Donnell, who introduced the award and personally contributed a generous donation. Ms. Anderson is a staunch supporter of the arts and close friend of On Broadway’s Founder/ Executive Director, Rema. After a fantastic first act, Rema sang with Bonita Hamilton-Ceaser (Shenzi in Broadway’s The Lion King). It was truly a beautiful evening.
Although we are sad to say goodbye for the summer, On Broadway is far from taking a break. This Fall and Spring, On Broadway is offering after school performance arts training programs. Every Saturday, students will rotate through acting, voice, and dance classes which focus on building a child’s strength in each field. Additionally, in the spring, the training will be concluded with another musical performance.
We have a saying here at On Broadway: Child Centered, Family Focused. We are all about giving our families the support they need. As a new member to the On Broadway family, I can’t stop raving about my own positive experience to my friends and family. There is no other place as driven, professional, and loving as On Broadway.