Legendary costume designer Bob Mackie, who just received unanimous rave reviews for his costume design for Broadway’s newest hit, The Cher Show, and entrepreneur/philanthropist, Reginald (“Reggie”) Van Lee will be honored at TDF’s 2019 Gala on Monday, March 11 at Manhattan’s historic Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway @ 36th Street, NYC).
TDF, the not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone, which is in its 51st year of service to audiences and the performing arts community, will present the TDF Founders Award to ten-time Tony Award nominee, director/choreographer/librettist Graciela Daniele.
The TDF Founders Award was created in 2018 to honor individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a deep commitment to TDF and its mission, and who embody TDF’s vision of a world where the transformative experience of attending live theatre and dance is essential, relevant, accessible and inspirational. Graciela Daniele will be the second recipient of the award, the first having been director/playwright James Laine. Ms. Daniele served as a mentor in TDF’s Wendy Wasserstein Project from 2001 – 2014, generously donating her time and talent to introduce students from NYC’s Harvey Milk High School to theatre – helping them discover its relevance in their lives.
The funds raised at TDF’s 2019 Gala will provide vital support for TDF’s wide range of programs serving theatregoers and theatre-makers.
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TDF is a not-for-profit service organization for the performing arts, dedicated to bringing the power of the performing arts to everyone. Founded in 1968, TDF’s mission is to sustain live theatre and dance by engaging and cultivating a broad and diverse audience and eliminating barriers to attendance. TDF fulfills its mission with a variety of programs that expand access, cultivate communities and support the makers of the performing arts. Best known for its theatre- going programs (including the TKTS by TDF Discount Booths and TDF Membership Programs), TDF’s accessibility (including open captioned, audio described and Autism Friendly performances), school (serving over 10,000 New York City students annually), community engagement and information programs — as well as the TDF Costume Collection Rental and Research Programs — have introduced millions of people to the theatre and helped make the unique experience of theatre available to everyone. To learn more about TDF, go to: www.tdf.org.