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New York Stage and Film Announces Their 2021 Summer Season

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New York Stage and Film, considered “one of the preeminent incubators for theater in the country,” returns July 17-August 1 with in-person programming in Poughkeepsie for their 2021 Summer Season. In partnership with Vassar College, Marist College, and Revel 32 °, NYSAF will serve the needs of theater and film artists today, bringing them safely together in community to generate new stories and reconnect with one another and audiences.

“NYSAF is excited to gather artists in the Hudson Valley – and we eagerly await that first rehearsal when we come together to build stories that are the bridges for connecting communities,” said Artistic Director Chris Burney. “We are grateful to our institutional partners—Vassar College, Revel 32 ° and Marist College– for working with us to make the summer possible and to help bring live theater back to audiences. After a year of working with artists online, we cannot wait to be back in person and in process together.”

For 37 years, NYSAF has operated as a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that continue across the country and around the world. With artist-driven flexibility, resources and opportunities are shaped to meet projects at every step of their development. NYSAF is eager to gather once again, reaffirmed in the commitment to supporting the nation’s leading generative artists in the creation of innovative and bold stories for the stage and the screen. Casting and Artists-in-Residence to be announced at a later date.

To celebrate the reopening of NYSAF’s Summer Season and to make the work available to all, all tickets for presentations at Vassar and Marist Colleges will be Pay-What-You-Can. They will be available beginning July 1. For more information, visit www.newyorkstageandfilm.org/summer. Tickets for South at Revel 32 ° are available for purchase at www.revel32.com.

NYSAF’s 2021 Summer Season will kick-off with an outdoor event at Vassar College which has historically hosted the annual Powerhouse Season. Taking full advantage of the campus grounds, guests will be welcomed to the Outdoor Amphitheater for a concert presentation of songs from Mexodus by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson.

MEXODUS

Co-created and Performed by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson July 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Vassar College: Outdoor Amphitheater
July 24 at 3:00 p.m. at Marist College: Cornell Boathouse Outdoor Tent

MEXODUS is a concept album inspired by the estimated 4,000-10,000 enslaved people in the Southern part of the United States who pursued a journey into Mexico instead of looking north. This under-told chapter of the Underground Railroad is an exploration of Black and brown bodies standing together against oppression.

Brian Quijada is an actor, playwright, and composer and Co-Artistic Director of The WildWind Performance Lab at Texas Tech University. His hip-hop solo show WHERE DID WE SIT ON THE BUS? has been produced at Victory Gardens, Teatro Vista (Jeff Award), Ensemble Studio Theatre (Drama Desk Nomination), Boise Contemporary, 1st Stage, City Theatre Pittsburgh, and most recently, a digital production at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Drama League Nomination). His plays have been developed at The Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh CLO’s Spark Festival, Victory Gardens’ Ignition Festival, New Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theatre, and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Musical Theatre Conference. Commissioning institutions include Seattle Repertory Theater, A.R.T., 1st Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Kennedy Center. He is a proud member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Nygel D. Robinson is a singer, actor, writer, and multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. Select musician theatre credits include Larry in the workshop and Lincoln center concert version of BEAU: THE MUSICAL; Jesus in GODSPELL (St. Michael’s Playhouse), and Actor/Musician in THE ALL NIGHT STRUT (Milwaukee Rep). Robinson is the co- writer of the new musical concept album MEXODUS alongside Brian Quijada.

NEW YORK STAGE AND FILM at REVEL 32 °:

NYSAF’s 2021 Summer Season will be further enriched by an inaugural collaboration with Revel 32 °, a historic music venue in the heart of Poughkeepsie.

“When we opened Revel 32 °, we knew we wanted to create a unique environment and offer special experiences for the community,” says Partner Gina Sullivan. “That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with New York Stage and Film and to invite the public to enjoy their work in our newly renovated home on Cannon Street in downtown Poughkeepsie.”

SOUTH

Book, Lyrics and Music by Florencia Iriondo
Music and Arrangements by Luis D’Elias
July 23-24 at 8:00 p.m.; Doors open at 7:00 p.m. at Revel 32 °

Inspired by her experiences as a Latina living in the US, SOUTH is an original, one-woman musical by Florencia Iriondo about finding one’s roots and the place called home.

Florencia Iriondo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has lived in New Zealand and Ireland and has been in New York City since 2013. She is a lyricist at the Tony-honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop; a Eugene O’Neill National Musical Theater Conference Finalist; an LMCC and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Creative Engagement grant recipient; and a member of The Dramatists Guild. SOUTH, Florencia’s original musical about family, identity, and belonging was scheduled to be presented at the Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe Festival but was postponed due to the pandemic. Readings were presented at HB Studio, The Core Club, ArtsonSite, and The Players Club. The music debuted by curation at a sold-out concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Her song-cycle WHO’S FLO was awarded by the Global Music Awards and the Hollywood Songwriting Contest. She’s the founder and executive producer of LinkedIn’s original video and

podcast series, having previously worked at MTV, Viacom, and Sky TV. She has studied musical theater at Estudio Julio Bocca, acting at Stella Adler Studio, and sketch writing at Upright Citizens Brigade.

Luis D’Elias was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a recent New York Innovative Theater Award winner for Outstanding Original Music. An electronics engineering graduate, Luis has been involved in all aspects of music since his early days as a progressive rock guitarist, keen on combining Venezuelan traditions with the energy of rock and metal. Later, he went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music as a film composer and electronic producer, while performing, arranging, and collaborating with all sorts of artists, including A.R. Rahman, Alejandro Sanz, and Marcos Valle. Once settled in New York, he released his first album, Origenes y Destinos, which garnered nominations in several independent music awards festivals, all the while working as a sound designer for renowned software developer, Heavyocity. His band, New Caracas, has been featured in Billboard magazine and other major news outlets in Venezuela, and he most recently released their second production, NOS: an album inspired in the Latin American Diaspora.

NYSAF’s 2021 Summer Season artistic community campus will be centered at Marist College, where they will house artists participating in musical workshops, residencies, as well as the Filmmakers’ Workshop. Overlooking the Hudson River, audiences will join artists at an outdoor tent located next to the historic Cornell Boathouse for developmental presentations of musical works-in-progress.

INTERSTATE

Book by Melissa Li and Kit Yan
Music and Lyrics by Melissa Li
Poetry and Additional Lyrics by Kit Yan
Directed by Jesca Prudencio
July 25 at 3:00 p.m. at Marist College: Cornell Boathouse Outdoor Tent

Fueled by his desire to connect with the Queer Asian community, transgender slam poet Dash goes on a cross-country tour with his best friend Adrian, a lesbian singer-songwriter. News of the tour reaches Henry, a transgender teenage blogger from Kentucky, who finds inspiration and solace in the band’s political and personal music as he explores his own relationship to gender. INTERSTATE is a Queer Asian-American pop-rock musical about two trans people at different stages of their journeys navigating love, family, masculinity, and finding community in the era of social media.

Kit Yan and Melissa Li are a Queer Asian-American writing team based in New York City. They are 2021 Kleban Award winners; 2019 Vivace Award recipients from the Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation; 2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows; MacDowell Fellows; and Lincoln Center Writers-in-Residence. Their musicals include INTERSTATE (Mixed Blood, NAMT, NYMF “Best Lyrics”); MISS STEP (in development), and CANCELLED (Keen Company). Upcoming works include audio and virtual plays for Playwrights Horizons and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Their work has been supported by theaters around the country including The 5th Avenue Theatre, The Village Theater, Weston Playhouse, Goodspeed Musicals Johnny Mercer Colony, Musical Theater Factory, and many others.

Jesca Prudencio is a director and choreographer dedicated to developing new theatrical works that humanize issues nationally and internationally. Recent works include UNREMARKABLE! A MELISSA LI AND KIT YAN CONCERT SPECIAL (Musical Theatre Factory); THE INTERVIEW, a virtual play by Ekaterina Avgustenyak (Arena Stage & Forum for Cultural Engagement, DC); INTERSTATE by Kit Yan and Melissa Yi (Mixed Blood);

and the award-winning short film American Quartet (Filmelodic, NYC). Other credits include THE GREAT LEAP by Lauren Yee (Steppenwolf); VIETGONE and ACTUALLY (San Diego Rep); CALLING (La MaMa ETC); MAN OF GOD (East West Players); PDA (La Jolla Playhouse’s WoW Fest); A&Q (Pineapple Lab, Philippines) and FAN (B-Floor, Thailand). She is a recipient of The Drama League Fellowship and the inaugural Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship.

WHITE GIRL IN DANGER

Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
July 31 at 7:00 p.m. and August 1 at 3:00 p.m. Marist College: Cornell Boathouse Outdoor Tent

White Girl In Danger, a new musical from Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael R. Jackson (A STRANGE LOOP), is the story of Keesha Gibbs, a young woman who lives in the “Blackground” of a melodramatic soap opera town called Allwhite. Tired of repetitive Blackground stories of enslavement and police violence, Keesha sets out to become Allwhite’s leading heroine by appropriating the storylines of her three main rivals, Meagan, Maegan and Megan. But as she gains power for herself, she also attracts the attention of the Allwhite Killer, putting her story and her life in more danger than ever. A thrilling, binge-worthy and wildly funny dark new musical satire.

Michael R. Jackson. His 2020 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning A STRANGE LOOP (which had its 2019 world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in association with Page 73 Productions) was called “a full-on laparoscopy of the heart, soul, and loins” and a “gutsy, jubilantly anguished musical with infectious melodies” by Ben Brantley for The New York Times. In The New Yorker, Vinsom Cunningham wrote, “To watch this show is to enter, by some urgent, bawdy magic, an ecstatic and infinitely more colorful version of the famous surreal lithograph by M. C. Escher: the hand that lifts from the page, becoming almost real, then draws another hand, which returns the favor.” In addition to A STRANGE LOOP, he has also written the book, music and lyrics for WHITE GIRL IN DANGER. Awards and associations include a New Professional Theatre Festival Award; a Jonathan Larson Grant; a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award; an ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Award; a Whiting Award; the Helen Merrill Award for Playwriting; an Outer Critics Circle Award; a Drama Desk Award; an Obie Award; an Antonyo Award; a Fred Ebb Award; a Windham-Campbell Prize; a Dramatist Guild Fellowship and he is an alum of Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group.

Lileana Blain-Cruz is a director from New York City and Miami. Recent projects include: HANSEL AND GRETEL (Houston Grand Opera); AFROFEMONONOMY (PSNY); ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE (Atlantic Theater Company); FEFU AND HER FRIENDS (TFANA); GIRLS (Yale Repertory Theater); MARYS SEACOLE (LCT3, Obie Award); FAUST (Opera Omaha); FABULATION OR THE REEDUCATION OF UNDINE (Signature Theatre) ; THUNDERBODIES AND REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN (Soho Rep.); THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND and RED SPEEDO (New York Theatre Workshop); WATER BY THE SPOONFUL (Mark Taper Forum/CTG); PIPELINE (Lincoln Center); THE DEATH OF THE LAST BLACK MAN IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD (Signature Theatre, Obie Award); HENRY IV, PART ONE and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); THE BLUEST EYE (The Guthrie); WAR (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and Yale Rep.); SALOME (JACK); HOLLOW ROOTS (the Under the Radar Festival at The Public Theater). Upcoming projects include: DREAMING ZENZILE (St. Louis Rep) and THE LISTENERS (Opera Norway). She was recently named a 2018 United States Artists Fellow and a 2020 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist. She is currently the resident director of Lincoln Center Theater. She is a graduate of Princeton and received her MFA in directing from the Yale School of Drama.

The Hudson Valley Performing Arts Laboratory presents (a two-night collaborative event)

Thursday, July 22nd 6:00-8:00 p.m. workshop

Thursday, July 29th 6:00-8:00 p.m. performance

The Lab invites our Hudson Valley community to join us for two nights of play and performance. On July 22nd, we begin with a monologue and songwriting workshop focusing on the topic of Summer in the Hudson Valley. The following Thursday, July 29th, workshop participants perform monologues and songs from the stage. You must attend the in-person workshop to perform. RSVP:https://www.hvpal.org/classes-and-events

Built in 1845 as a Methodist Church and later purchased and expanded in 1895 by the Masons, this former iconic building in the City of Poughkeepsie has undergone a major transformation to become a one-of-a-kind event space in the Hudson Valley. In 2019 family members Jim & Gina Sullivan, Lillie & Nick Muscente, Vito & Jen Galasso, John & Karen Galasso, and James & Rebecca LaRusch purchased the former Masonic Temple. A true “hands-on” team, the group has renovated the building and brought it back to its original glory with many modern & elegant enhancements. Revel 32 ° is part of the revitalization of the City of Poughkeepsie and the local community.

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently ranked among the best colleges and universities in America by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 386 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (3rd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. The College is top-ranked for long-term study abroad (#3 in the U.S.) by the U.S. State Department’s Open Doors report. Along with the College’s prestigious reputation as a whole, it also boasts a robust Arts and Music scene for its students and the community. Marist offers more than 15 academic programs in music and arts including Art History, Digital Media, Studio Art, Music, Theatre, and its world-renowned Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising programs, ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Colleges That Are Shaping The Future of Fashion.” Marist also provides a wide range of non-academic opportunities in the arts, such as over 15 College-and student-run music ensemble groups and the Marist Theatre program and performances. The College also operates the Institute for Data Center Professionals, which provides individuals and corporate teams with skills-based education and credentialing to support the data center and enterprise computing environments of the future. Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs.

The Lab provides opportunities to experiment with the performing arts through educational and community-centered programming in the Hudson Valley. We foster collaboration and learning by providing a home base for performing artists of all levels to create and learn together. From engaging with different techniques to performing shows to developing new work, the Lab is committed to making space for local artists to excel and thrive. hvpal.org

New York Stage and Film is a not-for-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development of new works for theater, film and television. Since 1985, New York Stage and Film has played a significant role in the development of new plays, provided a home for a diverse group of artists free from critical and commercial pressures, and established itself as a vital cultural institution for residents of the Hudson Valley and the New York metropolitan region. The New York Times calls the company a “formidable breeding ground for new work,” and dozens of notable works trace their developmental roots to NYSAF, including the Tony Award winners HAMILTONHADESTOWNSIDE MAN and THE HUMANS; Broadway productions such as AMERICAN IDIOTHEAD OVER HEELSJUNKBRIGHT STAR and DIANA; and Pulitzer winners and finalists such as DOUBT, The WOLVES and TAYLOR MAC’S A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC. www.newyorkstageandfilm.org

The 2021 Summer Season is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; by funding from Dutchess Tourism and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson; and by leadership support from the Shubert Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Board of Directors of New York Stage and Film.

NYSAF plans are subject to change as CDC, state and local guidelines develop. Programming is subject to change pending approval from Actors Equity Association. Currently, NYSAF is planning to require physical distancing at outdoor venues at Marist and Vassar Colleges. At this time, NYSAF is not planning to require proof of vaccination and/or negative test results for guests. Capacity will be strictly limited with up to 199 audience members. Guidelines for Revel 32 are set by the venue and can be found on their website. Any changes to guidelines will be communicated by email to all reservation holders.

For more information, visit www.newyorkstageandfilm.org/summer.

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: suzanna@t2conline.com

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The 10th Annual Waxman Luncheon

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The 10th Annual Waxman Luncheon, benefiting the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF), took place in New York City at a new venue, Riverpark. The fundraising event featured a live, thrilling fashion show by legendary designer, Josie Natori, showcasing the Spring 2024 collection. This year’s honoree was Barney Cohen, Managing Director and Wealth Partner at J.P. Morgan Wealth Management, was recognized for his commitment to supporting collaborative cancer research.

Waxman Luncheon Chairs included: Chairs Marion N. Waxman, Jani Gerard, and Erica Linden-Fineberg; Co-Chairs Dina Koutroumanis, Nancy Litman, Lauren Silvers, and Helen Vaysman. The Committee included Karen Giberson, Leena Gurevich, Orital Karelic, Regina Kravitz, Norah Lawlor, Lorri Scott, Jean Shafiroff, and Bettina Waxman.

Notable Attendees included: Barney Cohen, Rachelle Cohen , Josie Natori, Dr. Samuel Waxman, Marion Waxman, Jani Gerard, Kobi Halperin, Helen Vaysman, Ruth Rozenholcabend, Alyssa Klein, Nancy Litman, Lauren Silvers, Brooke Herman Zarkowsky, Jean Shafiroff, Maria Fishel, Mariebel Lieberman, and Ann Liguori.

More than 150 guests attended the affair and helped raise nearly $175,000 to support crucial SWCRF initiatives such as the International Network on Aging and Cancer and the Women’s Cancer Research Program.

Josie Natori, Samuel Waxman

In addition to the fashion presentation, guests were treated to an exciting live auction and had the opportunity to win a Mikimoto Akoya Cultured Pearl and Diamond Pendant valued at $16,000, donated by Mikimoto.

J.P. Morgan was the Luncheon sponson and in-kind donors included Mikimoto, Natori, Palm Bay International, Neuhaus Chocolates, Kobi Halperin, Arlotta Cashmere, Fendi, Movdo Group, Inc., Sachin & Babi, Jimmy Choo, Jil Sander, Chloé, Carlos Falchi, Maximilian, and many more. Flowers provided courtesy of ByRobin Event Design and Management Group.

Since 1976, SWCRF has invested more than $120 million towards collaborative, cross-institutional research, supporting more than 200 investigators around the world.

The SWCRF philosophy of collaboration has led to breakthrough discoveries such as a treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL), developed in collaboration with researchers at the Shanghai Institute of Hematology that improved the survival rate to 95% (APL had an 80% fatality rate). Most recently, research funded by SWCRF led to an FDA approved medication shown to reduce lung cancer tumors by up to 50% by targeting the KRAS protein, helped develop an innovative two-drug therapy to better treat brain tumors which are often difficult to target, and studies exploring how aging impacts the spread of ovarian cancer in older patients. Several other studies are in clinical trials.

Photos by BFA / Rupert Ramsay

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Luisa Diaz Foundation Hosts Dazzling 10th Anniversary Black Tie Mag Gala

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Everything about the night sparkled with blissful joy. On May 15, the Luisa Diaz Foundation celebrated a milestone 10th anniversary black tie MAG gala at The Plaza Hotel.

Notable Attendees included: Luisa Diaz Brown, Alan Brown, Peter Thomas Roth, Beatriz Gasca, Noreen Donovan, Candace Bushnell, Julia Haart, Lynda Lopez, Tracey Turco, Fernando Allende, Trish Steele, Anne Fontaine, Nicole Miller, Jane Shafiroff, Consuelo Vanderbilt, DJ Chloe Jane, and Pamela Morgan.

Nicole Miller

It was a grand “Celebration of Kindness” attended by important international changemakers from across the globe and underpins the organization’s motto that “kindness is cool.”

Candace Bushnell

The night started with an introduction from special host Consuelo Vanderbilt, the Runway of Hope show featured the survivors as the focal point of the evening.  Pamela Morgan, star of her one-woman Broadway show sang and after dinner the celebrations were put into high gear by singer and DJ Chloe Jane. Eyewitness News Kristin N. Thorne introduced the charities that were beneficiaries of this year’s Gala.

Consuelo Vanderbilt

The night started with an introduction from special host Consuelo Vanderbilt, the Runway of Hope show featured the survivors as the focal point of the evening.  Pamela Morgan, star of her one-woman Broadway show sang and after dinner the celebrations were put into high gear by singer and DJ Chloe Jane. Eyewitness News Kristin N. Thorne introduced the charities that were beneficiaries of this year’s Gala.

Peter Thomas Roth

Three Kindness is Cool Awards were given to honorees at the Gala –  Peter Thomas Roth Presented by Candace Bushnell, Beatriz Gasca presented by Lynda Lopez and Jovani Fashions presented by Juliia Faist.

The survivors surprised Luisa with a proclamation from the New York State Senate recognizing the work she is doing with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking as well as living up to her overarching theme of “Kindness is Cool”  by proclaiming May 15th,  “Luisa Diaz Day.”

Luisa Diaz and Guests

The annual event this year honored a decade of changing lives in communities across America with 2024 focusing on two organizations – Safe Passage Heals and Sanctuary for Families.

The survivors surprised Luisa with a proclamation from the New York State Senate recognizing the work she is doing with survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking as well as living up to her overarching theme of “Kindness is Cool”  by proclaiming May 15th,  “Luisa Diaz Day.”

An all-star lineup of presenters and performers dedicated the night to honorees and the organizations that are collectively shinning a light on the dangers of human trafficking and sharing support for the fight to help domestic violence survivors. The subjects are often not focused on, and this event hopes to spread much-needed awareness.

 

Photo Credit: Shutterstock / Greg Pace

 

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Amas Musical Theatre’s 55th Annual Benefit Gala Concert And You Are There

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Amas Musical Theatre celebrated its 55th Anniversary at Baruch Performing Arts Center. This was their 55th annual Gala Benefit Concert.

The gala started with a champagne toast, then a a concert performance of “A Lotta Night Music,” directed by Jonathan Cerullo. A cast of Broadway luminaries performed songs from such shows as Grease, They’re Playing Our Song, and A Little Night Music, among others.

Ilene Kristen and Patricia Birch

Liz Callaway

Carole Demas

Carole Demas

Teens from The Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy were a part of the evening.

Dee Hoty

Hugh Panaro

Robert Cuccioli and Joanna Carpenter

Robert Cuccioli

The evening culminated with the presentation of the 2024 “Rosie” Award to Honorees award-winning choreographer and director Patricia Birch (A Little Night Music, Parade)

Honorees Len Cariou and Patricia Birch

Tony Award-wining actor Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, Applause)

Donna Trinkoff and Honoree Tim Butler of Butler and Tibbetts

Liz Callaway and Len Cariou

Adran Zmed, Sharleen Cooper Cohen and Ken Waissman

Lorna Luft, Adrian Zmed and Patricia Birch

Robert Kalfin and Len Cariou

Cast and Creative of tonights show

Robert Cuccioli and Len Cariou

and Butler Tibbets, a beloved corporate sponsor for Amas programs for many years.

Kylie Kuioka

Patricia Birch , Lorna Luft

Lorna Luft,Adrian Zmed

Joanna Carpenter

Geoffrey Owns

Adrian Zmed

Carole Demas and Lorna Luft

Hugh Panaro and Len Cariou

Jonathan Cerullo and Richie Ridge

Jonathan Cerullo and Robert Cuccioli

Donna Trinkoff and Ken Waissman

Barry Kleinbort

Christopher Scott and Donna Trinkoff

Barry Kleinbort and Honoree Len Cariou

Fred Redd

Maria Torres and John O’Conner

Patricia Birch

Sam Freed and Patricia Birch

Lynne Taylor Corbett and Sean Corbett

Sarah Beth Grossman, Sharleen Cooper Cohen and Celso Gonzalez

Jonathan Cerullo

Lou Liberatore and Christopher Scott

Jennifer Toldeo and Antonio Baldbinas

Riki Kane Larimer and James Morgan

Stephanie Rosenberg

DAN MANJOVI

Bill Russell

Mark William

Jim Kierstead

Alexandra Trinkoff, Daryl Ruben Hall, Donna Trinkoff, Sharleen Cooper Cohen, Jason Rose, Stephanie Rosenberg, Linda Chichester and Eric Krebs

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Voices for Victoria Launches Call-To-Action Campaign Ahead of June 6th: National Naloxone Awareness Day

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In today’s America, there is an urgent ongoing crisis which can no longer go on. Within the last year, it was reported that over 112,000 lives were lost to opioid- and fentanyl-related overdoses. This epidemic is affecting everyone from all walks of life, leaving all vulnerable to the horrific nature of what has become a sad mark on our country’s history.

The crucial time to turn this statistic around and to create a better tomorrow has arrived, and we’re all responsible for answering the call. Voices for Victoria is a movement that was initiated by philanthropist Nancy Ross in support of the Victoria’s Voice Foundation, a non-profit organization founded with a mission of educating individuals on substance abuse prevention and addiction resources.

Dedicated to spreading awareness about opioid overdose reversal medications like Naloxone, Victoria’s Voice is collectively working day and night to bring attention to a mass movement for change. In need of assistance from advocates, celebrities, and government officials alike, the organization is asking for individuals to join the mission to generate more education and accessibility for Naloxone. At the same time the trailblazers are educating communities about its life-saving potential. They firmly believe that everyone deserves to have access to this vital medication.

For Ross—a mother, investigative journalist, philanthropist, and overdose awareness advocate—the fight to save the next generation is one that hits close to home.

“It’s so important that we are creating the kind of world that’s conducive for not only our children to inhabit, but generations upon generations of teenagers who are going to eventually learn about the impacts of substance addiction,” Ross asserts. “As a mom, I want to know that I’m helping to create a better world for my three children, and for the many students and community members whom this has already affected. We have to fight to save people from the clutches of this epidemic.”

By kickstarting an empowering #VoicesForVictoria social media campaign, this initiative sends a powerful message to communities across the nation that tangible reform is just around the corner, and that no one life should go overlooked. Using a platform has the influence to make a real difference in this fight against opioid overdose deaths.

“I learned about Naloxone after attending an event for Victoria’s Voice, and was blown away by the work they were doing in the community,” Ross says. “Imagine, Victoria could’ve been my own child. The thought that parents are losing their children due to a simple lack of awareness surrounding Naloxone is heartbreaking, but Voices for Victoria is working to remedy that. We are going to make a real difference through this movement.”

As both a parent and public figure, Ross feels responsible for helping to spread the word. As she joins with Victoria’s Voice, the philanthropist seeks to get others to respond to the call of advocacy, and to get the message about Naloxone out to every part of this country.

By reaching wider audiences, #VoicesForVictoria allows even more individuals to join the movement and encourage others to learn more about the life-saving capabilities of Naloxone. From neighbors to friends to loved ones, involvement with this campaign has the profound ability to save millions of people from succumbing to preventable deaths. Through Naloxone awareness, Victoria’s Voice.

Various initiatives leading up to National Naloxone Awareness Day on June 6 are in the works, with one such notable event featuring media personality and the “Wolf of Wall Street,” Jordan Belfort, with a live TikTok and Q&A session on Saturday, May 18 at 3pm EST. Belfort is helping to lead the charge to help save the next generation before it is too late. The critical information will be on his feed in front of his 3.6 million followers on his TikTok account, @wolfofwallstreet.

Victoria’s Voice was founded after Victoria Siegel—the daughter of “The Real Queen of Versailles” icon Jackie Siegel—passed away from a drug overdose on June 6, 2015, at just 18 years old. Victoria was just one of 129 Americans who lost their lives to  a drug overdose on that day. Since then, a staggering number of families across the United States have lost a loved one to overdose. In fact, nearly 300 people die from a drug overdose every single day in this country.

Join the movement today, and save lives with Voices for Victoria on the Victoria’s Voice Foundation official website.

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New York Women’s Foundation Celebrating Women Breakfast

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New York Women’s Foundation Celebrating Women Breakfast took place on May 8 to celebrate leading change-making organizations and individuals.

Held at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, honorees and The Foundation’s grantee partners who are advancing innovative and bold solutions to create an equitable and just future for women and families in the New York City metro area and beyond were recognized.

Cynthia Nixon

The day recognized Foundation CHANEL with the Vision Award for the organization’s courageous efforts in creating a world where women and girls are free to shape their own destiny. The following changemakers were awarded with Celebrating Women Awards: Andrea Arroyo, an award-winning visual artist, New York Liberty, an original WNBA team who embraces its role to elevate and embrace women while building community, Cynthia Nixon, Emmy and Tony award winning actress, activist, and theater director, Toshi Reagon, a singer songwriter who knows the power of song to unite and mobilize people for justice, and S. Mona Sinha, Global Executive Director of Equality Now.

Ana Oliveira

 

The awards were presented by Jacqueline Woodson, MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award-winner for her children’s and adult books, Ana Maria Archilla, immigrant rights, worker justice, LGBTQ rights, and women’s rights advocate, and Foundation Board Members Anne Delaney, Helene Banks, Lola C. West, and Karen Choi.

Notable attendees included Fogo Azul NYC, Andrea Arroyo, Cynthia Nixon, Toshi Reagon, S. Mona Sinha, Jacqueline Woodson, Ana Maria Archilla, Anne Delaney, Helene Banks, Lola C. West, Karen Choi, Ana L. Olivieri, and Jean Shafiroff.

Since 1987, The Foundation has invested $125 million in 500+ organizations, creating a vibrant community of grantees, philanthropists, advocates, innovators, and change-makers.

To learn more about The New York Women’s Foundation’s work to transform lives, families, and communities, please visit www.nywf.org

 

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