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One of Broadway's most famous producers cooks on diversity in entertainment

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Salt Lake City, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Ron Simmons is Broadway’s most award-winning black producer with numerous critically successful theatrical productions and other entertainment projects. Simmons is also one of his leading figures in the diversification of the entertainment industry, allowing more people of color to share their stories, work and lives with audiences of all types, whether stage, screen or art. we encourage you to do so.

Ron Simmons, the most Tony Award-winning black producer in history, is leading a historic effort to bring in people of color to tell the stories of black history, culture and experiences on Broadway. He recently made headlines following his media campaign on viral grassroots social media to prevent his 2022 Tony Award-nominated production of FOR COLORED GIRLS on Broadway from ending prematurely. . One of Broadway’s most influential and prolific Blacks, Ron’s legendary career as a producer focuses on inspiring stories about an underrepresented minority and his community. He shares with you what goes on behind the scenes that change the colors of Broadway.

As CEO and President of SimonSays Entertainment, Ron Simons has worked with Tony artists including Thoughts of a Colored Man, For Colored Girls (7 Tony Award nominations), Jitney (produced with John Legend, won Tony for Best Play Revival), Ain and more. He has produced award-winning and nominated productions. ‘t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations (12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award for Best Revival Musical) ), Vanya and Sonia, Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Picture), and more.

Widely regarded as Broadway’s “best-kept secret,” Ron is working to change theater forever at this pivotal point in history by reshaping the stories told on Broadway, while at the same time doing more. Many people of color are working to open doors to work as producers. Shockingly, there are only six black producers working on Broadway. Ron is looking to change that statistic by coaching people of color to discover their behind-the-scenes roles. According to Ron, if you want more diverse stories, a more representative cast, and a more inclusive staff, it starts with the producers.

He also led the creation of Black Theater United’s “New Deal for Broadway,” outlining short-term reforms (to be implemented before Broadway reopens this fall) and long-term reforms for the next few years. I have set a manifest to

With over 20 years of experience, Ron Simmons brings the versatility of leading roles on stage and behind the scenes, including:
• First Black Broadway Producer to win 4 Tony Awards (5 nominations)
• First black producer to produce three black shows on Broadway
• Produced first black show with all creative leaders being women of color (new production of For Colored Girls on Broadway)
• Produce the first two black Broadway shows featuring a black producer, black writer, black director and black cast
• Only black producer to have four films premiered at Sundance (three in competition)

For more information on Ron Simons’ storied career and Broadway projects, visit www.simonsaysentertainment.com.

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