Mandy Gonzalez will deliver conference keynote and concert at second annual Stage the Change PNW Conference in Bend, Oregon Saturday, April 22, 2023

Broadway Star Mandy Gonzalez will close the Tower Theatre Foundation’s annual two-day Stage the Change PNW Conference in Bend, Oregon. The conference, now in its second year, invites high school students from around the Pacific Northwest to employ performing arts to find their social voice and be catalysts for change.

Mandy is known for possessing one of the most powerful and versatile contemporary voices of our time. She starred on Broadway in the megahit “Hamilton” as Angelica Schuyler, originated Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “In the Heights,” and she starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of “Wicked,” blowing the roof off New York’s Gershwin Theatre each night as she belted out the signature song, “Defying Gravity.”

Television viewers have had the pleasure of seeing Mandy in her recurring roles in the hit series “Madam Secretary” and “Bull,” and alongside Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez in “Only Murders in the Building.” Equally at home on the big and small screen, she has appeared in “Across the Universe” directed by Julie Taymor, “After” starring opposite Pablo Schreiber and “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington.

The Stage the Change conference is being held outside of New York for the second year and is in partnership with the New York-based nonprofit also called Stage the Change. High School students in the Pacific Northwest attending the full, two-day Stage the Change conference, will enjoy:

Kimberly Howard Wade Keynote speaker for Tower Theatre Foundation's Stage the Change in Bend, OR

Friday evening – Conference welcome, Keynote Address by Kimberly Howard Wade, Caldera Arts’ Executive Director, and dessert reception.

Saturday morning – Student performing arts showcase.

Saturday afternoon – Three interactive workshop sessions with four themed tracks, titled:

Art and Racism; Diversity, Equity and Art; LGBTQAI2S+ Equality; Adversity Meets Innovation

The twelve workshops will be held at our partner sites OSU-Cascades. Confirmed workshop presenters include: John Kish Actor/Owner of Somewhere That’s Green; #instaballet; Actor and Activist Marcus LeGrand; Singer-Songwriter Maiah Wynne; Actor/Dancer/Musician and Founder of Native American Studies Program at Southern Oregon University Brent Florendo; PassinArts William Earl Ray; Poet and Musician MOsley WOtta; Actor and Director Willow Norton; Musician James Miles; Choreographer and Dancer Samuel Hobbs; Drag Performer Lylac; and Taiko Company Unit Souzou.

Saturday night – 6:30 pm – Mandy Gonzalez Keynote followed by concert.

Tower Theatre thanks Stage the Change supporters: Bend Cultural Tourism Fund, St. Charles Healthcare, Ronald W Naito Foundation, Autzen Foundation, Deschutes County Arts & Culture Grant

For more information please contact:

Sharon Maier-Kennelly or

Dani Wyeth, Director of Education