For Maestra: What was it like to achieve a longtime career goal only to find the entire industry (and the world at large) grinding to a halt? This year, especially, how can we highlight the accomplishments of the women breaking into music positions in the theatre, positions that often go unacknowledged even during the traditional awards season of a normal year?
Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken (by phone and email) with more than a dozen women in the Maestra community and beyond who accomplished significant career goals in musical theatre this season, pandemic notwithstanding. These women represent many facets of the music side of the theatre industry, including music assistants and associates, music directors, conductors, songwriters, piano players, percussionists, and music coordinators. The achievements and experiences of the women provide an insightful account into how members of the musical theatre community have been impacted by the pandemic and the changes they hope to see in the industry if/when their shows reopen.