The gala, a fundraising event to support New York Stage and Film’s year-round theatre and film development initiatives, includes cocktails, an auction, dinner, and entertainment from special guests in honor of Bening and Rockwell.
“To say we are thrilled by this year’s gala honorees is an absolute understatement,” said artistic director Johanna Pfaelzer. “Annette has over the last several decades become one of American cinema’s most revered screen actors and, for fans of the theater like us, an equally indomitable stage performer. We are so excited to honor her alongside David, a multi-hyphenate of almost immeasurable creativity fresh off his first, wonderfully-deserved scenic design Tony Award.”
Winter gala co-chairs include Michael Douglas, Tom Hulce, Michael Mayer, George C. Wolfe, Lauren Cramer, Carol Friscia, and Barbara Manocherian. Gala vice chairs include Ida and Charles Cardona, Dasha Epstein, Norman Lear and Kate Lear, Max and Rebecca Carpenter Mayer, Fred Nelson, Daryl Roth, Jordan Roth, Thomas Schumacher, and Denise and Dean Vanech.
The gala committee is comprised of Scott Ellis, Santino Fontana, Paula Harwood and Peter Gallagher, Thomas Kail, Stephen Karam, Jane Musky and Tony Goldwyn, Bill Pullman, Josh Radnor, John Patrick Shanley, Jon Tenney, Jennifer Westfeldt, Amy Aquino and Drew McCoy, Kelly Ashton and Carlo Barel di Sant Albano, Anne Carey, Ed Cheetham, Susan DeKrey, Kimberly Germ Cramer, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Lisa Huestis and David Van Zandt, Sheryl Kaller and Scott Zaretsky, Rick Miramontez, Gabrielle and Michael Palitz, and Anne and William Tatlock.
Past gala honorees include Bill Pullman, Michael Mayer, Rick Miramontez, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney, Christopher Plummer, Julianna Margulies, Steve Martin, Jordan Roth, John Patrick Shanley, Jon Robin Baitz, Aaron Sorkin, David Strathairn, Dana Delany, Tony Shalhoub, Marc Platt, Donald Holder, and Peter Gallagher.
New York Stage and Film is a non-profit company dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of theater and film. Since 1985, New York Stage and Film has been a vital incubator for artists and their work, a catalyst for stories that start with them and continue across the country and around the world.
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