The Industry Standard Group (TISG) is a multimedia commercial investment and producing organization with an intentional focus on promoting work reflecting diversity, increasing the presence of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) investors and producers in the commercial producing field and expanding the access and opportunities granted to BIPOC communities within the industry.
To give existing and potential BIPOC investors, producers, artists & theater makers opportunities to participate in the financing and producing of projects; fostering more equitable, diverse, and inclusionary representation in the commercial industry of the arts & entertainment.
To disrupt and change the opaque norms of the commercial producing industry in NYC (and beyond), as well as distribute power and influence across the field.
To cultivate and support BIPOC investors and producers as well as BIPOC-led projects and initiatives.
The organization’s stakeholders will be exclusively from BIPOC communities.
The Industry Standard Group operates on an equitable fund model with major decisions of the funds’ involvement on projects determined by the very membership itself.
The difference in our approach has multiple strategies:
TISG industry standards.
There currently isn’t oversight for commercial producers to operate with IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access) in mind.
TISG will establish standards of eligibility that will act to hold productions accountable to criteria and thresholds of IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Access).
Our fund members/stakeholders are made up of 100% BIPOC members.
To address the lack of diversity in our industry we realize the importance of keeping the support and funds of the group within BIPOC communities.
Our reach will start within the managing members’ network and increase with more project exposure, coalition building, and member engagement.
We are currently seeking immediate allyship and philanthropic support to launch The Industry Standard Group.
TISG believes that productive future-visioning requires coalition building. Our mission incorporates collaboration and symbiosis with our allies.
Buy-in for membership will be lower than the standard amount in commercial producing.
One of the gates keeping BIPOC people out of the industry is the current level of financial commitment. We want to increase the access to the industry through financial equity.
We are working with innovative industry leaders to build new models of financing and evolve as needed to address the inequality within the current systems. The fund itself will also be built to accept non-accredited investors.
Community and shared leadership and decision making.
We seek to disrupt and decolonize traditional hierarchies of power within the current commercial producing model.
Through transparency and encouraged active participation TISG members will have unprecedented access to the decision making process including full member voting and an open proposal model to bring projects to the table.
Rashad V. Chambers (He/Him/His)
Rashad V. Chambers is a Tony Award-nominated producer, talent manager and lawyer. A licensed attorney in New York and Connecticut, Rashad is the Founder and President of Esquire Entertainment. His Broadway producing credits include AMERICAN SON, AIN’T TOO PROUD – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS (Tony and Drama League Nominations), BETRAYAL (Tony Nomination; Outer Critics Circle Award; Drama League Nomination) and THE INHERITANCE (Tony Nomination; Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards). Rashad also produced the world premiere of IT HAPPENED IN KEY WEST in London. His first feature film, True to the Heart, won four awards at the Long Island International Film Expo and was an official selection at the Big Apple Film Festival. In addition, his short film, Hunger, was an official selection at the Urban World Film Festival and Latino Film Market Festival. Rashad attended Morehouse College where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. He also earned his JD and MBA degrees from Ohio State University. Rashad is a board member of On Broadway Performing Arts Training Program and Houses on the Moon Theater Company. www.esquireentertainment.com
Miranda Gohh (She/Her/Hers)
Miranda Gohh is an Asian American producer and manager originally from Providence, RI. Most recently, she served as the Company Manager at New York City Center with Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC). From 2018-2019, she served as the Producing Fellow at MTC. Miranda has also worked with companies such as 101 Productions, Arena Stage, The Playwrights Realm, Goodspeed Musicals, and Trinity Repertory Company. She is a member of ATPAM and serves on their Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Additionally, she is a recipient of the Broadway League's 2019-2020 Rising Star Fellowship and served as a panelist for their 2019 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Summit. She is a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute and an alumna of Wesleyan University. She is currently developing Theatre Producers of Color (TPOC), an educational program for active and aspiring BIPOC producers, in partnership with Broadway For All (BFA).
Adam Hyndman (He/Him/His)
Adam Hyndman is a multi-racial (Afro-Filipino) performing artist, producer, and activist. He has worked extensively in the arts, performing on stage and screen with roles on Broadway and television. Some notable credits include: NBC’s The Sing Off, CHILDREN OF EDEN at the Kennedy Center, ALADDIN on Broadway, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND on Broadway and HADESTOWN on Broadway. Adam was a co-producer for THE INHERITANCE on Broadway. He is currently incubating several projects as an independent producer as well as within the Tony Award winning team at Octopus Theatricals. Adam uses his experiences working with narratives to challenge his vision for the world, and it leads him to opportunities in and out of the arts. He is passionate about creating possibilities for people to connect and activate their purpose. Adam is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Broadway For Racial Justice where he is specifically charged with curating community through mentorship and volunteer programs. His purpose in this work is for disruption, radical accessibility, and reconciliation, and he continues this as a founder of The Industry Standard Group. Adam graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and minors in theater and dance, and he is also a guest teaching artist at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts. As an individual committed to excellence and progressive achievement through collaboration, he works toward the manifestation of a diverse and inclusive world. www.adamhyndman.com
Toni R. Isreal (She/Her/Hers)
Toni R. Isreal, is the CEO and Founder of REALEMN Productions LLC, Broadway’s leading multicultural marketing and PR support team, run by Black Women. Just a few REALEMN clients include 2019 8 Time Tony Award Winning HADESTOWN, Broadway Bound - MJ THE MUSICAL, and New York Theatre Workshop, and the upcoming HADESTOWN Tour 2021. In addition to being a proud member of New York Women in Film & Television, Isreal is also a consultant with New York’s World-Famous Apollo Theater, where she has secured over a million dollars in sales. Previously, Isreal was the Managing Director of Walker International Communications Group (WICG). In that role, she led a team providing all aspects of marketing consultation to arts organizations including audience development, media support, and socially & technology driven initiatives. A proud member of CTI – Commercial Theater Institute, Isreal was instrumental in multiple projects inclusive of, 2018 Tony Award Winning ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, Disney’s ALADDIN and THE LION KING, HUGHIE, A RAISIN IN THE SUN, A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, BABY IT’S YOU and STICKFLY, Boston’s BORN FOR THIS at ArtsEmerson Theatre and Off-Broadway’s SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, LITTLE ROCK, THROUGH THE NIGHT, ONE NIGHT, BOOTYCANDY, KING LIZ, WHORL, INVISIBLE THREAD, SMART PEOPLE, DOT, and AUTUMN. Israel is adding to her portfolio as REALEMN Productions is prospecting producing and marketing opportunities for film, television and/or theater. As a sincere advocate for BIPOC, Isreal further enjoys promoting the arts and entertainment to multicultural communities and delivering engaging experiences that encourage audiences to secure their seats and tune in! www.RealemnProductions.com follow @realemnproductions.
Rob Laqui (He/Him/His)
Rob Laqui is a NYC based creative producer and first generation Filipino-American originally from Minnesota. He is currently the Production Coordinator for NT America, the North American producing office for the National Theatre of Great Britain, representing the National on various Tony and Olivier Award winning Broadway productions such as NETWORK, HADESTOWN and THE LEHMAN TRILOGY. Rob also is an Associate Producer with Mara Isaacs company Octopus Theatricals. Before his producing career he held multiple positions within the entertainment and live performance industry. Rob worked with the American Associates of the National Theatre, the US fundraising organization of the National, on the events team for the Broadway transfers of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and ANGELS IN AMERICA. Onstage, he performed in NYC and toured extensively as an actor, dancer and puppeteer nationally and internationally as a member of various companies including LaMama ETC’s Great Jones Repertory under the late great Ellen Stewart, MOMIX Dance Company, the first US national tour of the National Theatre’s WAR HORSE, David Byrne’s HERE LIES LOVE at the Public Theater, and Cirque du Soleil’s collaboration with James Cameron and his Lightstorm Entertainment team in TORUK: THE FIRST FLIGHT - based off of the hit movie AVATAR. Rob has been a choreographer, director, press representative for various productions, production spokesperson, puppet captain, puppet builder for Broadway and off-Broadway projects, and Sesame Street Workshop workshop participant. Rob’s current projects include; the HADESTOWN Education Initiative which seeks to bring the experience of HADESTOWN to students from underserved communities as well as building an online educational resource, developing a online search application for BIPOC entertainment industry professionals and co-founding The Industry Standard Group LLC, a commercial investment and producing group that addresses the lack of representation and diversity in commercial arts and entertainment investing and producing. www.RobLaqui.com
Sammy Lopez (He/Him/His)
Sammy Lopez is a Latinx artist dedicated to uplifting underrepresented voices & stories through the arts. Most recently, he was on the producing and social media team for The Old Vic's A CHRISTMAS CAROL and a co-producer of BE MORE CHILL on and off-Broadway. Current projects with Holtzman-Lopez Productions include GUN & POWDER (World Premiere: Signature Theatre 2020), HOW TO DANCE IN OHIO (in development), and BRADICAL (Zoom Edition now streaming on Broadway On Demand). He is on the team at Marathon Digital representing Broadway productions, regional theatres, and other live entertainment clients and he is the Chief Media Strategist of 10glo.com, a new website dedicated to promoting artists by removing traditional barriers of entry in theater. Previously, he was the Associate Producer for BANDSTAND as well as a recipient of the 2017 Rising Star Fellowship with The Broadway League. He has worked for Center Theatre Group, Tom Smedes Productions, Your Theatrics International, The Pekoe Group, and The New York Musical Festival (NYMF). Sammy is a proud graduate of Syracuse University's School of Drama, L.A. County High School for the Arts, and a supporter of CO/LAB Theater Group, offering individuals with developmental disabilities a creative and social outlet through theater. He is on the New 42 Board of Directors, opening new worlds to young people and families at the New Victory Theatre. For more, visit www.sammy-lopez.com
Ronee Penoi (She/Her/Hers)
Ronee Penoi (Laguna Pueblo/Cherokee) is a producer, composer, facilitator and activist. As Producer at Octopus Theatricals, she advances the work of many outstanding artists from development, production, to touring in the US and internationally. These artists and projects include Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis (ACTIVIST SONGBOOK), DeLanna Studi (AND SO WE WALKED), Phantom Limb Company (FALLING OUT), Ripe Time (Haruki Murakami’s SLEEP), Homer’s Coat (AN ILIAD by Denis O’Hare and Lisa Peterson), Christine Jones’ THEATRE FOR ONE, and many more. Previously, Ronee was NNPN Producer-in-Residence at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Senior New Play Producing Fellow and Directing Fellow at Arena Stage, and toured nationally with Anna Deavere Smith’s LET ME DOWN EASY. She is a two-time ISPA (International Society for Performing Arts) Global Fellow, and has been an APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) Leadership Fellow and TCG (Theatre Communications Group) Rising Leader of Color. Ronee is a composer at work on two new musicals with collaborator Annalisa Dias under the banner of FLORA MUSICALS, and is a co-founder of the Groundwater Arts Collective dedicated to climate justice in the arts (recipient of a SPACE at Ryder Farm Residency Grant). Groundwater Arts’ work includes movement building/organizing around a Green New Theatre (GNT), bespoke consulting in decolonization and anti-racism, and new creative theatrical projects. Ronee is a proud NEFA (New England Foundation for the Arts) National Theater Project Advisor, serves on Western Arts Alliance Committees (Indigenous and Conference Steering Committees) and co-leads the emerging Creative and Independent Producer Alliance (CIPA) Programs Committee. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Global First Nations Performance Network. Ronee is a recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Individual Artist Fellowship for her musical composing work. Previously Ronee spent three years with the Consensus Building Institute, a non-profit specializing in facilitation and mediation services. Her current anti-racism practice builds upon a decolonization framework and embraces systems change as a key component of that work. She graduated with honors from Princeton University with a degree in Music with certificates in Vocal Performance and Theatre & Dance. She has also been invited to guest lecture on producing at Princeton, Howard University, and for American University’s graduate Arts Administration program.
Cynthia J. Tong (She/Her/Hers)
Cynthia J. Tong is an Asian-American creative producer working across commercial (Broadway and off-Broadway), non-profit, and regional theatre. Her familial roots originate in Taiwan and Hong Kong, and her artistic roots are in dance, having spent the first 22 years of her life in the studio. Rich collaborations with artists feed her soul, where process matters as much as product. Currently, she is the Associate Producer at Tom Kirdahy Productions (THE INHERITANCE, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, THE WHITE CHIP), Line Producer for A THOUSAND WAYS by 600 Highwaymen, and a Fellow of WP Theater’s 2020-2022 Lab. She is a co-chair of Just Inked, a patron initiative at Signature Theatre in NYC, and a member of CIPA (Creative & Independent Producers Alliance). Highlights from past independent producing projects include NYCLU’s Sing Out for Freedom Fundraiser (Virtual, 2020), Playbill’s Women in Theatre Concert (Virtual, 2020), LORDES (New Ohio Theatre, 2019), DISHWATER BLONDE (Torn Page, 2019), and NOAH WISE (independent feature film). Prior to landing in theatre, Cynthia worked in retail, childcare, education, fundraising, and pharmaceutical advertising. She's a proud alum of Wesleyan University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors in Sociology. As a founding member of The Industry Standard Group, she is honored to be building out one of her many dreams in coalition with dynamic, forward-minded producers. www.cynthiajtong.com