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BroadwayHD is ChaShaMa’s Champion of the Arts: Making Broadway Accessible to a Global Audience

ChaShaMa held a kick-off Art Soiree party celebrating BroadwayHD, the premiere theater streaming service, at Anita’s Way in Times Square. BroadwayHD will be honored at the ChaSahaMa Gala in June for its commitment to Broadway and live performing arts.

The soiree was hosted by Anita Durst, founder of ChaShaMa and scion of the Durst Family.

BroadwayHD Stewart F. Lane_ Diana Prince_ Bonnie Comley_ Danielle Allen_ McLean Mills
BroadwayHD Stewart F. Lane, Diana Prince, Bonnie Comley, Danielle Allen, McLean Mills. Photo by Rob Rich

After high school, Anita Durst joined the Avant-Garde theater company Dar A Laz. She performed with the group throughout Europe until the untimely death of its director, Reza Aboh. She returned to her hometown of New York City and continued to pursue an acting career. She was quickly creating, producing, and promoting shows but noticed the need for more affordable space for artists. In 1995, realizing the lack of space for artists while witnessing vacant storefronts and offices became the foundation for ChaShama. Over the past 25 years, Chashama has helped to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive world by partnering with property owners to transform unused real estate. These spaces are used for artists, small businesses, and free community-centric art classes.

BroadwayHD Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane
BroadwayHD Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane. Photo by Yolanda Perez

Another passion of Anita Durst is recognizing and celebrating other Champions of the Arts. This June ChaShaMa will honor BroadwayHD’s decade-long commitment to making theater available to a global audience through streaming technology. BroadwayHD is bringing down the barriers of economics, geography, and physical limitations with its premier subscription streaming service. BroadwayHD founders Bonnie Comley and Stewart F. Lane will accept the ChaShaMa honor from ChaShaMa founder Anita Durst at the June 8th Gala in New York City. For tickets and more information, see

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