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Ann Hampton Callaway and Cady Huffman Host the Theater & Therapy Gala Honoring Kelli O’Hara

Ann Hampton Callaway and Cady Huffman Host the Theater & Therapy Gala Honoring Kelli O’Hara
Kelli O'Hara

Kelli O’Hara

Broadway stars will come together for a special evening to help raise funds and awareness for Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY), a leading organization known for its innovative use of drama therapy to empower children and adults who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives.

Ann Hampton Callaway, Cady Hoffman

Ann Hampton Callaway, Cady Hoffman

This year’s 2016 Annual “Theater & Therapy” Gala will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 in The Manhattan Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Hotel(109 East 42nd Street) and will be co-hosted by Broadway veteran Ann Hampton Callaway and TONY® Award-winner Cady Huffman.

The 2016 honorees include Kelli O’Hara – TONY® Award Winning Actress and’s 2015 Star of the Year, will receive the Leadership Award for Arts & Healing presented by Andre Bishop, Producing Artistic Director of Lincoln Center Theater

Ron Tabano – Principal and CEO of John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy, an alternative high school that has been CANY’s partner for 25 years, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by CANY’s Program Director and Drama Therapist Meredith Dean.

For over thirty years, Creative Alternatives of New York (CANY) has pioneered the use of drama therapy groups to help empower people who have endured trauma to rebuild their lives.  Founded at Department of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital, CANY now works with leading social service agencies, special schools, and community centers serving over 1,000 children and adults in the greater New York area annually.  Cultivated over years of clinical and artistic practice, CANY has developed its own unique trauma-informed drama therapy model to help clients move beyond their past and into a future of hope and promise.  This year, CANY will celebrate past accomplishments and the future expansion of direct services and profession development programs.


Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email:

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