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Clive Davis and more head to The Acting Company’s 50th anniversary gala

The Acting Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala celebrated the Society’s impact across America and its new artistic vision for the future on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Capitale in New York City.

The Acting Company honored Peter Darrow with the Joan M. Warburg Award and officially premiered its next season under the new direction of Kent Gash, The Acting Company’s new Artistic Director. The Acting Company’s 2022-2023 tour and New York season will perform in 21 states, beginning with a world premiere adapted from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas by Kirsten Childs under the direction of Gash. The troupe will also perform William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the repertoire, directed by Leah C. Gardiner.

At this event, alumni and proud supporters of The Acting Company came together to celebrate 50 years of iconic classic theater productions. Esteemed alumni with decorated careers in the theater world such as Duane Boutté, Jimonn Cole, Keith David, Stephen DeRosa, Ezra Knight, JD Mollison, Mary Lou Rosato, Roslyn Ruff, Derek Smith and Henry Stram have also performed for actors and actresses. as friends, family and supporters of The Acting Company. They were introduced by Jack O’Brien and directed by former art director Ian Belknap. Funds were raised through a silent and live auction to fund professional productions and educational programs, school residencies and teacher training workshops to thousands of members of the public and students in underserved communities and schools each year. More than 5,000 students in New York and across the country benefit from The Acting Compnay’s school residences and educator workshops each year. Each year, more than 30,000 audience members see an acting company production across the country who otherwise do not have access to professional classical theatre.

Darrow is senior counsel at the international law firm Cleary Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton. He graduated magna cum laude in 1964 from Harvard College and graduated in 1967 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of The Law Review. Over the past 30 years, he has held several leadership positions in non-profit organizations in the areas of public media, education and the performing arts. Previously, he chaired the boards of New York Public Radio, International Public Radio, and the University of Chicago School of Social Work Visiting Committee, as well as chairing the board of trustees. from Saint Ann’s School. Mr. Darrow is currently Chairman of the Board of the CUNY Graduate Center Foundation, Vice Chairman of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center and a Trustee of BRIC Community Media in Brooklyn.

Past Warburg Prize winners include Harry Belafonte, Tom Viola, Abigail Disney, Gerald Schoenfeld, Phyllis Newman, Barbara Fleischman, The Honorable Thomas Kean, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, among others.

The event co-chairs are Claudia Held, Timothy K. Saunders Jr. and Tejal P. Wadhwani. The alumni co-chairs are Harriet Harris, Ezra Knight and Angela Pierce. The gala committee includes Sarah Brown, J. Barclay Collins II, Kevin Conroy, Nanci Czaja, Peter Darrow, Jodi Della Femina, John N. Gilbert, Carson Quarngesser Gleberman, Douglas Gray, Harriet Harris, Jessie Kelly, Ezra Knight, Dakin Matthews , Richard J. Reilly Jr., Louis Rodriguez, Beth Rosenthal, Jean-Luc Sinniger, Alice Stock, Lori-Ann Wynter, Earl D. Weiner and Betsy Eyring Young.

Under the new leadership of Artistic Director Kent Gash and Managing Director Erik Schroeder, The Acting Company offers professional productions and educational programs, school residencies and teacher training workshops to thousands of audience members and performers each year. students in underserved communities and schools. Founded by John Houseman and Margot Harley, the company seeks to develop emerging actors and create enthusiastic and knowledgeable audiences for theater in cities across the United States. The Acting Company launched the careers of nearly 500 actors, including Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Mary Lou Rosato, Keith David, Rainn Wilson, Lorraine Toussaint, Frances Conroy, Harriet Harris, Lisa Banes, Jeffrey Wright, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L Martin, Roslyn Ruff, Jimonn Cole and Kelley Curran.

Among many accolades, The Acting Company received the Tony Award for Excellence in the Theater in 2003 and recently won the 2019 Audelco Award for Best Play for its production of Native Son by Nambi E. Kelley directed by Seret Scott.

Since 1972, The Acting Company has performed to more than 4 million people in 48 states, 10 foreign countries, on and off Broadway, and at major resident theaters including The Guthrie and The Kennedy Center. New works commissioned by the company include pieces by William Finn, Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, John Guare, Beth Henley, Tony Kushner, Lynn Nottage, Meg Miroshnik, Ntozake Shange, Maria Irene Fornés, Spalding Gray, Marsha Norman, Charles Smith , Samm-Art Williams and Wendy Wasserstein.

More than 5,000 students in New York and across the country benefit from The Acting Compnay’s school residences and educator workshops each year. Each year, more than 30,000 audience members see an acting company production across the country who otherwise do not have access to professional classical theatre. The Acting Company’s 2022-2023 tour and New York season will perform in 21 states, beginning with a world premiere adapted from The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas by Kirsten Childs under the direction of Gash. The troupe will also perform William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in the repertoire, directed by Leah C. Gardiner.

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