Schneps Media’s annual Power Women of the East End ceremony stands as a tribute to the courageous women who infuse vitality and dynamism into the East End, creating a fertile ground for work, residence, and business endeavors.
In a gracious acknowledgment, Bonnie Comley, the visionary behind BroadwayHD, was bestowed with the esteemed 2023 Power Women of the East End Award by none other than Victoria Schneps. Adding to the recognition, Assembly Member Rebecca A. Seawright presented Comley with a Citation Award from the state of New York. Schneps Media’s Power Women of the East End celebration spotlights these indomitable females who contribute to the flourishing tapestry of the East End, rendering it an engaging hub for work, life, and enterprise. The distinguished Power Women of the East End Award reveres the accomplishments of trailblazing figures who shape, construct, and bolster the lives of the residents and visitors on the eastern fringes of New York’s Long Island.
Bonnie Comley serves as both the architect and CEO of BroadwayHD, a lauded subscription streaming service renowned for providing its members with unfettered access to full-length Broadway productions and theatrical presentations. Comley’s outstanding contributions have earned her an impressive collection of accolades, including three Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, and two Drama Desk Awards for her theatrical ventures. She stands as a member of The Broadway League, presides over the Board of The Drama League, and wields her voting influence as a member of The Recording Academy. In a momentous recognition, Comley was granted The Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2022.
Having earned acclaim as a Top Silicon Valley Entrepreneur to Watch in 2021, Comley boasts a prolific portfolio of over 50 film productions, securing her nine Telly Awards and a W3 Award. A milestone moment occurred in 2016 when Comley and BroadwayHD etched their names in history by achieving the Guinness World Record for the First Live Stream of a Broadway Show. The laurels continued to pour in, with BroadwayHD clinching the prestigious 2020 Global Business Excellence Award for Outstanding Innovation and Outstanding Product/Service. Additionally, Mayor Latoya Cantrell of New Orleans paid homage to Comley in 2022, conferring upon her the Keys to the City for her tireless dedication to the preservation and promotion of live theater through BroadwayHD.
The year 2020 witnessed Comley’s induction as an Industry Leader in the esteemed Cynopsis Women in Media Class of 2020. Notably, the Woman of Achievement Award from the WP Theatre was tendered to Comley by Charlotte St. Martin, the esteemed President of The Broadway League, in 2019.
Acknowledging her philanthropic undertakings, the Broadway theater community has lavished Comley with The Actors Fund Medal of Honor, The Drama League Special Contribution to the Theater Award, The Paul Newman Award from Arts Horizons, and The Theater Museum Distinguished Service Award. Educational establishments have also acknowledged Comley’s contributions, with The Distinguished Alumni Award from Emerson College, The Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Massachusetts, and membership in the esteemed business Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma adorning her accomplishments. Her legacy is further solidified through institutions like the Music Theatre Program at Boston University, the Musical Theatre Society Room at Emerson College, the Comley-Lane Theatre at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and The Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Stage nestled within the Booth Arts Complex in Boston.
Schneps Media, under the able leadership of Victoria Schneps, annually orchestrates the Power Women of the East End Awards, serving as a radiant tribute to these extraordinary women. Ms. Schneps, who inaugurated The Queens Courier newspaper in 1985, has since methodically expanded her newspaper empire, culminating in the illustrious Schneps Media. Today, Schneps Media boasts a robust array of over 91 community newspapers, magazines, news portals, and social media platforms, blanketing regions like New York City, Long Island, Westchester, Philadelphia, and Palm Beach.