ANNUAL SPRING GALA
Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birthday
Monday, June 7, 2021
Virtual Gala and Silent Auction
6:30 PM EDT Pre-Program Virtual Reception
7:30 PM EDT Gala Streaming Program
Featuring the 17th Presentation of the Samuel H. Scripps Award
for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement to
Educator and Artist
Janice Marie Knight School, East Flatbush, Brooklyn
Presented by the Honorable Jahana Hayes U.S. Representative,
Fifth Congressional District of Connecticut
And the 10th Presentation of the Life in Art Award to
and the Thompson Family Foundation
Kathleen C. Walsh
Audrey Heffernan Meyer
While we can’t gather in person now to celebrate, for this year we’re planning an exciting and engaging virtual event with special guests and an online silent auction.
Theatre for a New Audience’s past Galas have been hosted by eminent theatre artists such as Harry Lennix, Jessica Hecht, Alfred Molina, Kristine Nielsen, and Maggie Siff.
Gala Sponsorship and Ticket packages include a private Zoom cocktail reception before the program and include special food/wine packages delivered to your home and guests’.
The Annual Gala raises significant support for the Theatre’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning productions, as well as for its in-depth education programs that serve public school students in every borough of New York City.
For more information, contact Barbara Toy, Associate Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can’t join us on June 7? Please consider making a donation below.
About the Honorees
Marie Maignan, Master of Science, Education, was born in America after her parents emigrated from Haiti in the 1970s. Since 2005, she has taught Social Studies, Math and Science, and English Language Arts to 4th and 5th grades at Janice Marie Knight School (P.S. 235), East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Shakespeare had been a part of the P.S. 235 5th grade curriculum championed by late Principal Janice Marie Knight. Though she had never taught Shakespeare, Maignan loved poetry, literature and worked in libraries as a teenager. In 2006, she began a partnership with Theatre for a New Audience and Ms. Erin McCready, teaching artist. Together, they led a process that respected students’ experience, knowledge, and imagination. The work flourished. Maignan and McCready have now explored fifteen different plays of Shakespeare from comedies about love to tragedies about race and the human heart to satires about money and greed. Interpreting Shakespeare with 11- and 12-year-olds, Marie Maignan synthesizes, inspires, and creates. Students now produce their own annual two-day Shakespeare Expo. After reading his Sonnet 29, Maya Angelou said she thought “Shakespeare must be a black girl.” Angelou wrote, “The poetry has been written for you, each of you – black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.” Marie Maignan’s art expresses this. She also serves on the Board of the Kyle Jean-Baptiste Foundation which supports arts and performance enrichment and learning opportunities to empower and engage youth, families, and community.
Amanda Riegel is president of The Thompson Family Foundation, which funds historic preservation, arts and culture, medical research and community services in and around New York City. Founded by Wade Thompson in 1986, the Foundation has been instrumental in the revitalization of the Park Avenue Armory. In addition to major support for Theatre for a New Audience’s Capital Project for Polonsky Shakespeare Center, the Foundation has been a Principal Supporter of TFANA’s productions and programs since 2014. Other recent projects include the restoration of Belvedere Castle in Central Park, support of a collaborative cancer research project between Memorial Sloan Kettering, the Weizmann Institute in Tel Aviv and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, and support for neurological research at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. The Foundation also provides support for local organizations meeting critical needs for New Yorkers and ongoing support for veterans. Amanda currently serves as co-chair of the Park Avenue Armory board and as a member of the Columbia Women’s Health Care Council.