Annual Gala


Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday

May 11, 2015


130 Bowery, New York City

6:30pm Cocktail Reception
7:30pm Seated Dinner

Gala Co-Chairs: Larry M. Loeb and Janet Olshanksy

Master of Ceremonies: Kristine Nielsen

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Presenting the eleventh annual Samuel H. Scripps Award for Extraordinary Commitment to Promoting the Power of Language in Classical and Contemporary Theatre to

Actor John Douglas Thompson

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Photo credit: Ruth Sovronsky

Presented by Arin Arbus and James Shapiro

Presenting the fourth annual Life in Art award to
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Presented by Jonathan Rose

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Theatre for a New Audience’s elegant and entertaining annual Gala is attended by more than 300 of New York’s leading arts patrons, and has been hosted by eminent theatre artists including Bill Camp, Alfred Molina and Maggie Siff. The Gala includes a cocktail reception, seated dinner, entertainment and silent and live auctions.

For Gala Ticket Information Contact: Karen Hershey, 212-343-1920,


The Samuel H. Scripps  Award

Samuel H. Scripps (left) was a visionary philanthropist who played a pivotal role in supporting theatre and dance. For Theatre for a New Audience, Samuel Scripps made a leadership gift to enable the Theatre to expand its body of work in Shakespeare and classical drama and increase its season from two to three annual productions. Samuel Scripps championed Shakespeare’s Globe in London.  He has provided leadership support to BAM, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, the American Dance Festival and the American Society for Eastern Arts where one summer in the 1970’s, Julie Taymor first studied Asian art. This directly led to her study in Indonesia – an experience which profoundly influenced her as an artist.Each year, we honor a great artist with the Samuel H. Scripps Award for Extraordinary Commitment to the Power of Language in Classical and Contemporary Theatre. In 2012, we honored Michael Boyd, current Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Alistair Macaulay, chief dance critic of The New York Times and former chief theatre critic of London’s The Financial Times, and James Shapiro, the Larry Miller Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University presented the award.
Past Scripps Honorees
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Past Scripps Honorees: F. Murray Abraham (2014), John Turturro (2013), Michael Boyd (2012), Robert Woodruff (2011), Julie Taymor (2010), Elliot Goldenthal (2010), Mark Rylance (2009), Wallace Shawn (2008), Cicely Berry CBE, Hon.D. Lit (2007), Tony Kushner (2006), and Robert Neff Williams (2005).

The Life in Art Award

Theatre for a New Audience’s Life in Art Award honors the achievements of individuals whose support for theatre has set the standard for leadership and generosity, and whose example has inspired others to ensure that theatre remains a vibrant part of our cultural life.  The award, a signed giclée print by Milton Glaser, is named for the autobiography by the great theatre artist Constantin Stanislavski, My Life in Art.

Past Honorees

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Past Life in Art Honorees: Leonard Polonsky and Georgette Bennett (2014), Barry Salzberg, CEO of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (2013), Theodore C. Rogers, Former TFANA Board Chair (2012).
Pictured above: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto.