Our Advisory Committee
Our Advisors are a powerful group drawn from the Broadway community and the non-profit world.
Hunter Bell wrote the book and co-starred in the Broadway musical [title of show]. He received an OBIE Award and Tony Award and Drama League nominations for [title of show]. Writing credits include, SILENCE! THE MUSICAL (book writer/Overall Excellence Award—Outstanding Musical 2005 Fringe NYC). STUCK BY EPCOT (playwright/Manhattan Theatre Source), A TRAIN PLAYS (lyricist/Neighborhood Playhouse), Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (writer 2007 Circus). He contributed material for Counts Media Inc.’s interactive billboard project, was a 2003 finalist in Warner Bros. Television Comedy Writers Workshop, and has developed new works at the Dramatist Guild, Irish Rep, PS 122, Goodspeed/Chester, CanStage, MTC, Ars Nova, and the O’Neill Center. As an actor, Hunter made his Broadway debut in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS. He appeared in TAMING OF THE SHREW, …FORUM, GYPSY (St. Louis Rep), SHE LOVES ME, THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (Cincinnati Playhouse), ANYTHING GOES (Great Lakes Theatre Festival), GODSPELL (MUNY), LITTLE ME (North Shore), THE TEMPEST (Dallas Shakespeare Festival), SIDE SHOW (Cleveland Playhouse), ROMEO AND JULIET, THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE (Alliance Theatre), JUMBO, OH, BOY! (York), SOUTH PACIFIC (Carnegie Hall), THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO (Coconut Grove), RAGS (Paper Mill), PROMISES, PROMISES (Stages), ME AND MY GIRL (Goodspeed Opera House, CT: Outer Critics Award— Best Actor in a Musical). TV: Out of the Box (Disney Channel), Guiding Light. BFA Webster University.
Lawrence (Larry) Cook is the Director of Finance and Administration for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA). Larry comes from western New York, earned his MBA at Syracuse University, administered HUD Community Development Block Grant programs and was CFO for an engineering and architectural design firm in Corning, NY. He has been with BC/EFA since 1995.
Chris Cormier is currently the director of donor and foundation relations at the Gill Foundation. Chris is responsible for overseeing the foundation’s donor and institutional partnerships programs, including the network of philanthropic OutGiving donors and the biannual conference. Chris works with donors and allied partners to strengthen their giving strategy to advance equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people through philanthropy. He also has experience in fund raising, most recently working for a nonprofit consulting firm in New York City. He was a founding member of the Denver Gay and Lesbian Flag Football League and currently serves as the board secretary of the DC Gay Flag Football League. Chris holds his bachelor’s in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and is an avid New England sports fan.
For over 6 years, Anthony Hayes has been a strategy consultant in the both non-profit and for-profit, as well as government agencies. In 2008, Anthony managed a 13 state electoral program for The Human Rights Campaign, training of over 500 activist across the country in a two-day training program called Camp Equality. In 2009, Anthony shifted his focus to legislative work for HRC focusing on marriage equality legislation in the Northeast with a primary focus on New York State. He served as one of the lead advocates to help move Governor David Paterson’s marriage equality bill through the New York legislature. He drafted and implemented a field plan in NY that not only generated over 77,000 phone calls to New York State Senators, but also gathered over 5,600 handwritten letters from businesses, religious leaders, union leaders, and constituents to senators. His most recent project is with the Port Authority of NY & NJ on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 where he will implement a media relations program for the agency. In addition to his professional work, Anthony was appointed in 2011 by Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to serves as a member of Community Board 4, which serves Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen.
Celia Keenan-Bolger has performed on and off Broadway for the past 15 years. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 2005 and has received a Drama Desk and Theatre World Award. She is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA. In addition to performing she is on the planning and advisory board for the NYCLU’s yearly concert Broadway Stands Up For Freedom, a founding member of TDF’s Young Patrons Committee, and was a field organizer in Pennsylvania for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. She is thrilled to join Broadway Impact in their fight for equality.
Jose Llana is honored to be a part of Broadway Impact’s Advisory Board. Broadway credits include Wonderland (El Gato), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip, Drama Desk Award), Flower Drum Song (Ta), RENT (Angel), Streetcorner Symphony (Jessie-Lee) and The King and I (Lun Tha). Off-Broadway: Falling For Eve (Adam), On the Town (Gabey) and Saturn Returns. Regional: Martin Guerre (Guillaume), Ballad of Little Jo (Jeff. Nom.), Candide (Barrymore Nom.). TV/film: Sex and the City and Hitch. Jose is a constant advocate for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS.
Audra McDonald is a six-time Tony Award winner for her performances in A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime, Master Class and Carousel. She also starred in Marie Christine (Tony nom.) and Lincoln Center’s acclaimed Henry IV. TV includes Wit (Emmy nom.) directed by Mike Nichols (HBO), Having Our Say (CBS), Annie (ABC/Disney), Law & Order: SVU (NBC), The Bedford Diaries (WB) and the honorable but short-lived Mr. Sterling (NBC) co-starring Josh Brolin. PBS appearances include A Richard Rodgers Celebration, A Capitol Fourth, Broadway Leading Ladies, Leonard Bernstein’s New York and her solo concert, Divas at the Donmar. At Carnegie Hall, she made her debut in 1998, singing with the SF Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas; played Julie Jordan opposite Hugh Jackman in a concert version of Carousel; and made her solo debut in 2002. Training: Juilliard, BM in voice. Favorite career move: Mommy to Zoe Madeline Donovan.
David Stone is a producer currently represented around the world by Wicked. He has also produced Next to Normal, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Three Days of Rain, Man of La Mancha, The Vagina Monologues, Fully Committed, Lifegame, The Diary of Anne Frank, Full Gallop, The Santaland Diaries and Family Secrets. David serves on the boards of The Broadway League and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He also serves on the advisory boards of V-Day and Second Stage Theatre. David has lectured on theatre at the Juilliard School, NYU, Yale, Columbia and his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.
Tom Viola is the Executive Director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA), one of the nation’s leading industry-based not-for-profit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. Since its founding in 1988, BC/EFA has raised over $195 million for critically needed services for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families and other critical health issues nationwide. In 2010, Viola was awarded The Tony Honor for “the leadership, advocacy and creativity with which he has mobilized the theatre community’s response to AIDS and other critical health issues as longtime executive director of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.