Cast of Mentors:
Short Sage Advice from 50 Broadway Superpowers
In Volume 1 of Cast of Mentors, Ken Davenport is sharing his most-treasured pieces of advice from high-achievers—including Terrence McNally, Dominique Morisseau, David Henry Hwang, Daryl Roth, Kathleen Marshall, Stephen C. Byrd and more—so that you may gain 50 new Broadway mentors to help you navigate life in this new world. View a Sample
After ten years of running his very successful blog, The Producer’s Perspective, Tony Award-winning Producer Ken Davenport wanted his audience to hear the perspective of the most successful TheaterMakers in the world, in the hopes that their stories and advice would inspire others to make more theater.
That’s why he started his podcast, interviewing hundreds of the best in the business on how they did it, and how others can too.
What Ken didn’t expect was how much their words inspired HIM! And he found himself listening to those interviews over and over, and writing down quotes and re-reading key takeaways from his interviews whenever he needed to solve a problem.
Each one of Ken’s guests became a mentor to Ken . . . whether they knew it or not!
Ken found these shorts pieces of advice so helpful that he wanted other TheaterMakers to receive the same benefit, which is why he created The Cast of Mentors: Volume 1.
In Volume 1 of Cast of Mentors, Ken is sharing his most-treasured pieces of advice from high-achievers—including Terrence McNally, Dominique Morisseau, David Henry Hwang, Daryl Roth, Kathleen Marshall, Stephen C. Byrd and more—so that you may gain 50 new Broadway mentors to help you navigate life in this new world.
Among other things, you will . . .
Learn from Academy Award-winning Writers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and hear first-hand how they exorcised their personal demons with Dear Evan Hansen.
Listen to the #Fearless Broadway star Mandy Gonzalez’s advice on creating a strong support system.
Seek advice from Tony Award-winning Director Kenny Leon on what we can do to promote equality in the theater.
Hear from the President of The Broadway League, Charlotte St. Martin, on what makes for a successful producer in the 21st Century.
Learn how Tony Award-winning Choreographer Sergio Trujillo found his niche as a director/choreographer and how you can too!
And much more!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ken Davenport is a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer whose credits include Once On This Island (Tony Award), Gettin’ the Band Back Together, The Play that Goes Wrong, Groundhog Day (Tony nomination), Deaf West Theatre’s Spring Awakening (Tony nomination), It’s Only a Play, Macbeth starring Alan Cumming, Godspell, Kinky Boots (Broadway – Tony Award, National Tour, Toronto, Australia, and West End), The Visit (Tony nomination), Mothers and Sons (Tony nomination), The Bridges of Madison County (National Tour), Allegiance, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America (Tony nomination), Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury (Broadway, West End and National Tour), and 13.
Off-Broadway, Ken has produced Daddy Long Legs, Altar Boyz (Co-Conceiver), My First Time (Author), The Awesome 80’s Prom (Creator), That Bachelorette Show! (Creator), and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage (Author). Ken’s productions have been produced internationally in over 25 countries around the world.
In 2019, Inc. 5000 named Ken’s production company, Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, one of America’s fastest-growing private companies.
He is the founder of TheaterMakersStudio.com, a one-of-a-kind “masterclass” community that provides training and inspiration from Broadway’s best to writers, directors, producers and more.
Ken also serves as the Executive Producer for North America for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group.
Outside of theatre, he has produced the award-winning These Magnificent Miles: On the Long Road with Red Wanting Blue, a documentary on one of the top unsigned rock bands in the country, and an award-winning TV pilot entitled The Bunny Hole which has appeared in the LA Indie Film Festival, the Orlando Film Festival, the LA Comedy Festival and more. Ken was featured on a national commercial for Apple’s iPhone, named one of Crain’s “Forty Under 40” and is one of the co-founders of TEDxBroadway. He created the best-selling Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star. His blog, TheProducersPerspective.com, has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, The Gothamist and more. He has written articles for Forbes, Mashable, and many others. Ken’s unique production and marketing style has garnered him international attention, including two front page articles in the NY Times and features on MSNBC, Rock Center, Fox News, BBC, and his favorite, a mention in Jay Leno’s monologue on “The Tonight Show.”
Upcoming projects include Broadway Vacation, Joy the Musical, My Life In Pink, a revival of The Great White Hope, Harmony: A New Musical written by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, a musical based on the life and songs of Neil Diamond, and a musical based on the life of Harry Belafonte.
Prior to his career as a Producer, Ken was a Company Manager and General Manager for Broadway shows and National Tours including Show Boat, Ragtime, Jekyll & Hyde, Chicago, Candide, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gypsy and others.
For more information, visit www.TheProducersPerspective.com.
Below are a few of the mentors you can learn from in Cast of Mentors. The expertise featured in this book spans decades and across all facets of the theater industry. We’ve only included a few so that the full list is a surprise!