American Repertory Theater’s 2017 Gala

Earlier this year, The Board of Trustees of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) held their annual theater gala at the Wang Theatre in Boston. An article from http://www.broadwayworld.com states the gala raised a record 1.3 million dollars that are used in “support of the theater’s artistic, community, and education programs.” The gala was held earlier this year on February 27, when nearly 500 supporters were in attendance along with celebrities.

The gala raised the 1.3 million dollars primarily through its annual auction. Some of the items in the auction included “a walk-on role in Waitress on Broadway, tickets to Hello Dolly! on Broadway and Barbra Streisand’s concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and a London West End package including The Glass Menagerie with Cherry Jones and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” In addition to the auction, special contributions were made by sponsors such as Boston Magazine and the Martignetti Companies.

Aside from the auction, the gala also featured celebrities such as Laura Michelle Kelly (star of Finding Neverland at A.R.T. and on Broadway), Michael Luwoye (star of Hamilton), and even Yo-Yo-Ma (acclaimed cellist). Other distinguished guests included Diane Paulus (A.R.T. Artistic Director), Diane Quinn (A.R.T. Executive Director), Island Capital Group Chairman and CEO Andrew Farkas, and Rakesh Khurana (Harvard College Dean). These are just only a few names from the academic and artistic community that were present. Also included were multiple CEOs from the business world.

One of the highlights of the evening went to longtime A.R.T. Board Member RoAnn Costin, who was awarded the annual Angel Award. There even was a video tribute shown honoring her “countless contributions to the Greater Boston arts community.” Costin accepted the award and went on to say “…A.R.T. make us see and feel the lives and cultures that are familiar and unfathomable, funny and painful, real and raw.”

Since its founding in 1980, the A.R.T. has been “a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond.” The A.R.T. has received numerous awards and accolades throughout its history. Some of these awards include Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and a Jujamcyn Prize among others. In summing up what the A.R.T. is all about, the article describes it perfectly by stating “…the A.R.T. is dedicated to producing world-class performances in which the audience is central to the theatrical experience.”