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About Brooke Tansley

Brooke has been a founder, co-founder, or early employee of six arts & entertainment startups and has a track record for growth. She is currently executive producing a documentary series developed with Discovery and TED and filming across Europe and the Middle East. Highlights from her 30+ years in entertainment include starring on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and as Penny Pingleton in Hairspray. She spent three years on the roster of Amy Poehler’s Upright Citizens Brigade and played a serial killer on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. During her tenure at Transcendence Theatre Company, she worked in marketing & publicity, front-of-house management, design & branding, casting, ticket sales, event planning, assistant stage management, community outreach & service, merchandise sales, and arts education. Brooke also handled publicity for Nickelodeon’s Goosebumps and Lily Tomlin’s The Magic School Bus. Artistic Director for Sonoma Arts Live, a theatre company. Founder, Sonoma Laughfest. NYU Tisch School of the Arts: Acting, lighting design, and advanced costume design under Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes (including work on the original Broadway production of Side Show and the reimagining of the iconic Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular), wardrobe supervisor under Tony Award winners Beowulf Boritt and Marcia Milgrom Dodge. Brooke is a certified Rainbowdance practitioner, which is an early childhood intervention for children who missed critical learning windows.

Brooke loves to eat. She's lived in eight countries, eaten street food and at Michelin star restaurants, and her favorite food is still the food her Italian American grandmothers made while she was growing up in Connecticut (the most Italian state in the union).