Annual Gala

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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

The public is welcome to watch the gala program for free. Register below by June 7 at 12pm EDT.


Featuring the 17th Presentation of the Samuel H. Scripps Award
for Extraordinary Artistic Achievement to

Marie Maignan
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

Amanda Riegel
and the Thompson Family Foundation



Harry Lennix

With the participation of friends of TFANA including F. Murray Abraham, Arin Arbus, Bianca Vivion Brooks, Christian Carmago, Bill Camp, Will Eno, Simon Godwin, Kathryn Hunter, Taibi Magar, Michael Rogers, John Douglas Thompson, Ashley Tata, Awoye Timpo and more


The Annual Gala raises significant support for TFANA’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.

While we can’t gather in person now to celebrate, for this year we’re planning an exciting virtual event with special guests and an online silent auction.

The public is welcome to watch the gala program for free. Register by noon on June 7.

For more information, contact Barbara Toy, Associate Director of Development at


Can’t join us on June 7? Please consider making a donation below.










Gala Co-Chairs

Kathleen C. Walsh

Audrey Heffernan Meyer


Lead Sponsor


Premium Sponsor
Partner Sponsors

Kramer Levin / Latham and Watkins




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.



Marie Maignan


Amanda Riegel








    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.

Past Scripps Honorees

Arin Arbus
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Michael Boyd circa 2007
Past Scripps Honorees:
Jeffrey Horowitz (2020), 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:
Barbara G. Fleischman (2020), 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).

Photo at top: Polonsky Shakespeare Center, photo ©David Sundberg/Esto.