The Broadway League has hired Gennean Scott, former vice president of human capital and inclusion at Omaha Performing Arts, as its first director of equity, diversity and inclusion.
The new role comes as the industry grapples with reports of racism and calls to create greater equity when Broadway returns. Lauren Reid, the new chair of the Broadway League, listed equity, diversity and inclusion as one of her priorities for her term, with this new role as one of the steps toward that goal.
Scott begins in the role on July 6.
“It is important in our industry that all voices are seen and heard and I am grateful for the opportunity to work together and affect change to create a more equitable and inclusive Broadway,” Scott said in the press release.
At Omaha Performing Arts, Scott created programs to increase and retain the number of staff members who are Black, Indigenous or people of color and helped create a monthly series to promote the work of BIPOC artists. Scott co-founded the Black Arts Leadership Alliance, a network of professionals who help train, retain and recruit the next generation of Black leaders in arts administration. In 2013, she founded and directed a nonprofit dance school for youth in Omaha, Neb.
“We are so thrilled to have Gennean join The Broadway League. With twenty years of experience and a lifelong passion for the arts, she will be a crucial member of the team as Broadway returns and we keep doing the work to achieve equity and inclusion and creating a workforce that reflects our communities and our country,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League.