Students from the 2023 High School Broadway Shadowing Program (Courtesy of The Broadway League)

The Broadway League has announced its 11th annual High School Broadway Shadowing Program, connecting 25 students with industry professionals who work behind the scenes. The program, previously known as the High School Broadway Management Diversity Initiative, is in partnership between The Broadway League and the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Arts & Special Projects.

Students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in the business will learn from professionals who hail from various sectors of the theater industry, including marketing, press, technical, management and creative teams. Teachers from all five boroughs nominate their students and the Department of Education makes the final designations.

Over the course of six days in March, students will be paired with a general management team for hands-on training about maintaining a Broadway show. Participants will observe management and marketing meetings, attend rehearsals, speak with stage managers and visit backstage and box offices.

This year, more than a dozen Broadway productions are participating, including “A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical,” “Aladdin,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Chicago,” “Hadestown,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Kimberly Akimbo,” “Leopoldstadt,” “The Lion King,” “MJ,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “Peter Pan Goes Wrong,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “SIX” and “Wicked.”

“Just as there are a wide variety of shows to enjoy on Broadway, students can explore the diverse range of over 90 career options available to pursue on Broadway. We thank our partners with the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Arts & Special Projects who help make the High School Broadway Shadowing Program possible so we can continue to provide access to the next generation of Broadway industry professionals,” Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, said in a statement.