My name is Michael E. Merritt. I am the founder of Brave Hearts for Broadway. I am also a Producer, Playwright and most recently, a Director.
I have also been an emergency department registered nurse for over twenty-three years. I worked in a very busy emergency department during the worst of New York City’s COVID-19 pandemic. Communities across the globe came together and supported us. Every night at 7:00 P.M., we were met with thunders of applause. And for that, I am forever grateful.
But what about those working in theater?
So, after being on Oprah Winfrey and Timothy Shriver’s, The Call to Unite (www.unite.us), I was inspired to unite frontline and essential workers all over the world to help support and uplift theater workers everywhere. So, I created Brave Hearts for Broadway. We heal the body . . . theater heals our collective soul.
Frontline and essential workers have captured the heart of the world and we can do even more by giving back to my other community. . . theater. There’s a way frontline workers could pay it forward and help those who work in theater. Not just performers but the cleaning staff as well. Everyone who works in theater. And also, have some fun along the way. Trust me, after what we’ve been through these past few months, we could use some fun. So, until the great bright way opens again, we’ll pitch in and help keep theater alive.
From The Greatest Showman, written by Benj Pasek and Rob Mathes.
That lyric rings true now more than ever. Theater shines a bright light into this dark world. Without it, our world just doesn’t make sense. Virtual is fine for now. But there isn’t anything like the magic of live theater. We can’t lose that. I don’t want to lose that.
So, please join me in supporting our theater community.
Oh, and lastly, Brave Hearts for Broadway fully supports transparency and diversity in and around theater. It’s time we put an end to the racial injustice we witness all over the world. It’s time we speak up and speak out. We need to be better. All of us.