Alia Jones-Harvey, an Olivier Award Winning and Tony Nominated Producer, has spent the past 10 years mounting productions on Broadway and London’s West End with a focus on diverse talent and new voices. Alia and her producing partner Stephen C. Byrd, founder of Front Row Productions, are paving a path as the only two African-American lead producers on Broadway. Featuring multi-ethnic casting, her past productions include Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” directed by Debbie Allen and starring James Earl Jones, Phylicia Rashad, Terrence Howard and Anika Noni Rose; Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” starring Blair Underwood, Nicole Ari Parker and Wood Harris in their Broadway debuts; Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” starring Cicely Tyson, who won her first Tony Award for that heart-stirring performance; Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet,” starring Condola Rashad and Orlando Bloom in his Broadway debut; Danai Gurira’s “Eclipsed,” directed by Liesl Tommy, starring Lupita Nyong’o in her Broadway debut, and nominated for six Tony Awards; and “Paramour,” the first Cirque du Soleil musical on Broadway. This season, Front Row is co-producing “Iceman Cometh” on Broadway, starring Denzel Washington, and co-producing the Broadway-bound musical “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations,” with performances beginning at The Kennedy Center. Front Row Productions is also currently developing a Broadway-bound musical adaptation of “Black Orpheus,” the enchanted Brazilian love story set during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and featuring the music of bossa nova kings Vinícius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Originally from Largo, Maryland, Alia earned, concurrently, a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Spelman College and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Georgia Tech. She completed her MBA in finance and marketing at the New York University Stern School of Business. With a commitment to education and the arts, Alia serves on the Advisory Board of the American Theater Wing and is a Tony voting member of The Broadway League. She has been honored with the Theater Communications Group Trailblazer Award, National Black Theatre Festival Special Recognition, Hollywood NAACP Theatre Trailblazer Award, Council of Urban Professionals Catalyst Award, Atlanta Black Theater Festival Trailblazer Award, inaugural Harold Washington Cultural Center of Chicago Arts Achievement Award, and the Salute to Black Broadway Vanguard Award. She is married to Phillip Harvey, host of C3Arts Radio.