I look forward to the A.R.T./NY gala every year. The evening is full of wonderfully talented and passionate people. A.R.T/NY works tirelessly as a supporter of NYC’s non for profit theatres. They do everything to ensure that Off Broadway always exists and that performers, directors, designers have places to create and work their craft. A.R.T./NY awards grants for funding, provide rehearsal spaces, and help the emerging voices in theatre.
This year, they honored Lisa Cleff Kurtz and Pam MacKinnon, two very influential women who have dedicated their lives to excellence in theatre.
Lisa received the 2015 Honoree of the Kathy and Howard J. Aibel Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of A.R.T./NY. Lisa Cleff Kurtz has worked all sides in the theatre world as an actor, dancer, writer, casting, producer and investor. She ensures that the talent of the theatre continues by her tireless efforts and her sparkling and engaging personality make her loved by all.
The 2015 Honoree of The Abe L. Blinder award was presented to director, Pam MacKinnon for her work in the nonprofit theatre field. Her successes on Broadway with “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Heidi Chronicales” (among many others) have never kept her away from the non profit Off Broadway theatres. We all hung on her every word as she gave a passionate talk on the importance of these small non for profit theatres that are giving artists the opportunities to become great! I could only imagine how captivating she is as a director.
The evening was hosted by Christine Lahti with awesome performances from CAP21 sprinkled throughout the evening.