Annual Gala

Although our gala is “ON PAUSE”, the auction is live through May 17 at 6pm. Want to zoom with John Douglas Thompson, or Maggie Siff and David Costabile from BILLIONS? Jewelry, art, and other fabulous items await; or make a donation! No gift is too small to help us recover, renew and come back stronger than ever.





May 11, 2020

130 Bowery, New York City

Featuring the 16th Presentation of the Samuel H. Scripps Award
for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement to
Jeffrey Horowitz
Founding Artistic Director
Theatre for a New Audience

And the Ninth Presentation of the Life in Art Award to
Barbara G. Fleischman

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


Theatre for a New Audience’s elegant and entertaining Gala is attended by more than 350 of New York’s leading arts patrons and has been hosted by eminent theatre artists such as Harry Lennix, Jessica Hecht, Alfred Molina, Kristine Nielsen, and Maggie Siff. The Gala includes a cocktail reception, auction, seated dinner and program.

To join the Gala committee, purchase tables or tickets or make a donation.




Jeffrey Horowitz


Barbara G. Fleischman








    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 1970s, Julie Taymor first studied Asian art. This directly led to her study in Indonesia – an experience which has profoundly influenced her as an artist. Each year, we honor a great artist with the Samuel H. Scripps Award for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement. In 2019, we honored actor, Christian Camargo, fellow actor, Katie Holmes presented the award.

Past Scripps Honorees

Arin Arbus
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Past Scripps Honorees: Christian Camargo (2019), Arin Arbus (2018), Bartlett Sher (2017), Kathryn Hunter (2016), John Douglas Thompson (2015), 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 Life in Art Honorees

Terry Christensen
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Past Life in Art Honorees: Anne Tatlock (2019), Terry Christensen (2018), Richard E. Feldman and the SHS Foundation (2017), Elayne Bernstein and Sol Schwartz (2016), Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP. (2015), 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.