Jacquelyn Bell is a native Floridian, and 2020 Special Tony Award recipient who relocated to New York City in 2014 to grow her already budding career in theatre management. While there she became immersed in the local soundscape and enraptured by the breadth of artistry. Jacquelyn founded Bell Arts, a commercial theatre and live event producing entity in 2015. Ms. Bell is currently a producer of the original new musical Emojiland the Musical, a Drama Desk Nominated New York Times Critics' Pick. She is most known for the critically acclaimed productions of Broadway for Black Lives Matter #Bway4BLM, and Summertime. She is a founder of Broadway Advocacy Coalition, the 2018 Commercial Theater Institute Fred Vogel Scholar, and was a Fellow of the Broadway League. Jacquelyn stands firmly for Equity and Inclusion throughout the industry and advancing political discourse through theatre. Notable collaborations include Broadway: The Band's Visit, King Kong, The Prom, and Moulin Rouge (Foresight Theatrical); and Off-Broadway: Life Sucks and Curvy Widow. In Development; Chasing Gods. Jacquelyn has been featured in Forbes, NBC News, PBS, and Black and Making It.
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"One participant, Jacquelyn Bell, was assigned to shadow the company manager on the national tour of Flashdance in 2013. But, when she arrived, the company manager evaluated her skill set, and realized that he could put her to work. Bell served as his assistant for the Orlando stop, gaining invaluable hands-on experience."
"For Jackie, theater is more than just good performance art—it is the answer to a call to action. She bridges the gap between artists and activism, having produced the Broadway Black Lives Matter concert, which she details as one of her most prideful moments of her career. Her hands are in all the buckets, and she is passionate about diversity in the theater industry..."
"In December of 2016, we got the invite to have all of the past interns meet up and have this luncheon at Sardi’s, and through that we were given the opportunity to connect with people who’ve had a very similar path to us and who also had the same opportunity. Then, of course, we found out about the fellowship. I was placed with Foresight Theatrical, the general management firm, and I was able to work on a number of shows including The Band’s Visit on Broadway, as well as working with a multitude of shows in various stages of development. Now I produce theatre..."
"But it’s not just important to have more diversity on stage — there need to be more people of color behind the scenes too, according to Jacquelyn Bell, a commercial theater producer and manager. Bell worked with Broadway performers, policymakers and public officials to produce 'Broadway for Black Lives Matter' in 2016. The event, sponsored by the Columbia Law School, allowed for colleagues on Broadway to talk about social and racial justice issues.
'Casting people of color is no longer enough,' Bell said. "
Black and Making It
"Beginning her next job with the Florida Theatrical Association (FTA), however, changed that by taking her dream a step further into reality. Bell states, “[FTA] showed me a different way of theatre. They introduced me to commercial theatre and showed me that it was a viable business opportunity as opposed to theatre just being a side gig. That I don’t have to have a 9 to 5 and do theatre on the side.” But it was one of FTA’s assistant directors who told her about a program that would literally change her life by introducing her to Broadway and allowing her dream to fully transform into reality."