Friday: Stephen C. Byrd, Pioneering Producer of Broadway Plays With multi-Ethnic Cast, Honored At Black Star News Awards
Special To The ...December 16,2015
Stephen C. Byrd
, Pioneering Producer
Inspired by the progressive ethnic fusion of Merchant and Ivory, the touchstone producing duo he
idolized, Stephen C. Byrd
endeavored to shine the spotlight of diversity upon the Broadway stage.
Ignoring the naysayers, in 2008 Byrd
and his partner, Alia M. Jones-Harvey mounted the first African-American Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which became the highest-grossing play on Broadway that season - earning them a trophy case of awards including the prestigious Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Revival of a Play.
Black Star Annual Awards: Please join us on December 18, 2015 at MIST Harlem at 46 W 116th St, New York, N.Y., 10026 from 6PM to 10PM when Stephen C. Byrd joins Mayor David Dinkins, Rep.
Blazing new paths is nothing new for Byrd, who's done so both in the boardrooms of Goldman Sachs and in the producer's chair for a variety of forward-focused theater, film and television projects.
financial acumen and exceptional management skills, developed over more than two decades of leadership in the global financial sector, to his
role as founder and partner in Front Row Productions, Inc.
background makes him uniquely qualified to handle all aspects of production, from raising funds to procuring performance venues to hiring staff from the director to the public-relations specialist.
recounts their recipe for success thusly: "We are granularly involved in every aspect of the production.
We are creative producers from start to finish, the first producers of color to prevail upon the theatre world's most incandescent stage."
Byrd's dual acumen has resulted in programming that's met with both critical acclaim and financial success.
aspires to even greater ambitions, featuring groundbreaking inclusive casting along with racially-diverse production staffs.
As the only full-time African American lead producers currently working on Broadway, Byrd
and Jones-Harvey have transported a unique brand of diversity to New York - and beyond.
In 2012, Byrd
and Jones-Harvey engaged with another classic, launching a multiracial production of A Streetcar Named Desire., The Play, which received radiant reviews and a Tony nomination, enjoyed an immensely successful run, attracting large, diverse audiences to its performances, many of whom had never been to Broadway before.
and Jones-Harvey also comprised the producing team for The Trip to Bountiful, the critically-acclaimed production which starred the legendary Cicely Tyson, who won Tony, Outer Critic's Circle and Drama Desk awards for her heart-stirring performance.
The play will debut at The Public Theater as a result of the generous support of Stephen
partner Alia-Jones Harvey.
and Jones-Harvey are currently in development of a new musical for Broadway -Black Orpheus..
and Jones-Harvey are planning on future productions in both Brazil and South Africa.
has pursued his
passion for delivering high-quality racially-diverse entertainment to the public for years.
explains, "There's an audience between Tyler Perry and August Wilson that hasn't been addressed.
As President/ CEO of the American Cinema Group, Inc.
has raised capital for, and invested in several such television and film projects.
was recently a Principal in StoneHedge Capital, Inc.
, a Private Equity firm.
Previously Byrd was an Investment Banker in M&A with Goldman, Sachs & Co.
As a Principal, he
was instrumental in the formation of a Private Equity LLC, Thurn & Taxis
, for Prince Karl Von Taxis of Austria.
A native of Philadelphia, PA., Byrd received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Temple University and MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
has also attended the Alliance Française in Paris.
supports several community and non-profit organizations, including Safe Horizon
and The National Urban Technology Center
He is a member of The Broadway League and The Society of London Theatre.
Stephen C. Byrd