Shavers, '09, nominated for NY Emmy

17 Nov 2022    

NY Emmy Nominee Amber Shavers.

New 42 Chief of Staff Amber Shavers, '09, was recently nominated for a New York Emmy Award for her work as a producer on “Let’s Get This Show on the Street,” a special event aired by The WNET Group. The program was nominated on August 12, 2022 in the Special Event Coverage- Edited category. Amber is the daughter Anna W. Shavers, former Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law and associate dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Law. 

“Let’s Get This Show on the Street” was an outdoor celebration of arts educators that took place on June 5, 2021. It featured artists such as Sara Bareilles, Dance Theatre Harlem, and Freestyle Love Supreme Academy and was livestreamed free to the public. Honorees included Dance Educator and Advocate Jody Gottfried Arnhold, the NYC Department of Education, and the NYC Office of Arts and Special Projects, accepted by Chancellor Meisha Porter. According to their website, New 42 is "a leading arts nonprofit whose mission is to make extraordinary performing arts a vital part of everyone's life from the earliest years onward." The organization works to engage young people, educators and artists with signature projects. The values of adventurous spirit, steadfast integrity, thoughtful ingenuity, inclusive community and heart are at the core of their vision.

Through the NY Emmys, the New York Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences looks to recognize talent and ability in creation, performance and composition of works that improve the quality of television. On October 6, the NY Emmy for Special Event Coverage- Edited was awarded to “On Stage Presents Broadway’s Revival” from Spectrum News NY1 and “Tunnel to Towers - 20 Years of Helping Others” from WNYW-TV.  

Additionally named in the nomination for “Let’s Get This Show on the Street” were Diane Masciale, Co-Executive in Charge; Neal Shapiro, Co-Executive in Charge; Kristy Geslain, Executive Producer; James King, Artistic Director; Joe Harrell, Executive Producer; Anna Campbell, Producer; Josh Broome, Re-Recording Mixer; Mary Ann Toman, Editor; Russell Granet, President & CEO; Elizabeth Cashour, Producer; Lauren Fitzgerald, Producer; Dave Upton, Producer. 

Read our Q&A with Amber Shavers below. 

What did this nomination mean to you and your team at New 42?   

This nomination was an incredible honor and unexpected.  It felt very special to be recognized in this way.  When we were producing the event the idea of receiving any kind of nomination or award never crossed our minds.  The event was challenging to produce since we were one of the first major outdoor events in Times Square "post"-Covid.  But we were truly committed to closing down 42nd street to support arts education and honor all of the arts education teachers who worked incredibly hard during the pandemic.  

How does your time at Nebraska Law inform the work you’re currently doing?   

I always tell people that my time at Nebraska Law was invaluable. One of the main things that I gained was a true belief that I could meet any challenge and find the information I need to know.  For example, on my first day of Trial Ad I found out the final would be doing a trial in front of a jury.  I remember thinking that this should be interesting since I didn't know the first thing about how that was going to work.  It ended up being one of my favorite classes and I felt a real sense of growth.  In the entertainment world, there are lots of moving parts and critical projects that can get thrown your way.  Yet, in large part because of my time at Nebraska Law, I know that if I don't have the answer or a plan initially, I'll be able to figure it out.   

What’s next for you and New 42?   

I am enjoying my current role and I'm thrilled that our theater and studios are back open.  I am proud to be a part of such a dynamic and creative community right in the middle of Times Square. I feel a special connection to NYC and I remain passionately committed to being a proponent of the arts.  NYC is open and I invite everyone to come and enjoy the city and catch a show -  whether it's for a return visit or the very first time!