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Spring Celebration

Spring Celebration

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Party with A.R.T. at our Spring Celebration, co-hosted by Brittney Mack and featuring special appearances and performances by beloved A.R.T. artists. Plus, every attendee of the free event will join in on first access to purchase subscriptions to A.R.T.’s 2021/22 programming!

Friends, fans, and supporters are invited to party with A.R.T. as the theater reflects on the year that’s passed and celebrates what’s to come with unmissable sneak peeks of new work that will premiere in an upcoming season. The one-hour live program will be co-hosted by Brittney Mack (SIX) and feature a tribute to departing Executive Producer Diane Borger by special guests and beloved A.R.T. artists.

Our Spring Celebration is charged with raising critical funds that support the theater’s mission and work—from the free virtual programs we’ve offered since March 2020, to our collaborations with local students and community members, all the way to our plans for safely reopening and welcoming audiences back into our spaces.

By becoming a sponsor today, you and your guests will be able to enjoy the event and have access to one-of-a-kind sponsorship benefits that begin the day you send in your RSVP all the way through the 2021/22 Season.

For more information and to learn how you can get involved, please contact A.R.T. Development staff at Art_Events@harvard.edu.

Guests

Todd Almond

Special Guest

Todd Almond

Todd Almond

Special Guest

Todd Almond

Sara Bareilles

Special Guest

Sara Bareilles

Sara Bareilles

Special Guest

Sara Bareilles

A.R.T.: Waitress. Sara Bareilles first achieved mainstream critical praise in 2007 with her hit “Love Song,” which reached #1 in 22 countries around the world from her debut album Little Voice. Since then, the Eureka, CA native has sold millions of albums worldwide and received five Grammy nominations including Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “Love Song.” Bareilles’ highly anticipated sophomore release Kaleidoscope Heart debuted at #1 on the Billboard top 200 chart in September 2010 and has gained praise everywhere including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, People and Los Angeles Times. The album yielded the hit single “King of Anything,” which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was certified platinum by the RIAA. In 2011, Bareilles joined the judges’ panel on the hit NBC show “The Sing-Off.” Soon after, she released her highly revered Once Upon Another Time EP, produced by singer/songwriter and fellow “Sing-Off” judge Ben Folds. Sara’s highly acclaimed third studio album, The Blessed Unrest, released in 2013 via Epic Records, debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart and was nominated for two Grammy Awards including “Album of the Year” and “Best Pop Performance” for her hit single “Brave.” Bareilles’ upcoming book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song, is slated to be released on October 6 by Simon & Schuster. Sara is also releasing a solo studio album featuring music from Waitress due out this fall on Epic Records.

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Gavin Creel

Special Guest

Gavin Creel

Gavin Creel

Special Guest

Gavin Creel

Broadway: Hair (Tony nomination); La Cage Aux Folles; Thoroughly Modern Millie (Tony nomination). London: Hair, Mary Poppins. Regional: Bounce, The Goodman Theatre/Kennedy Center. Television: “Eloise at the Plaza,” “Eloise at Christmastime.” Original recordings: Goodtimenation, Quiet (both on iTunes). Passion: Marriage Equality.

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Brittney Mack

Performer

Brittney Mack

Brittney Mack

Performer

Brittney Mack

A.R.T.: SIX. Off-Broadway: Black Nativity. Tour: Memphis (Ethel/Ensemble), Networks. Regional: SIX, Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Beehive (Tina Turner), Merry-Go-Round Playhouse; Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman, 2014 ariZoni Theatre Awards), Memphis (Ensemble/Dance Captain), All Night Strut (Myself), Beehive (Tina Turner/Dance Captain), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal/Dance Captain), Phoenix Theatre; All Shook Up (Lorraine), The Palace Theatre; Hairspray, (Lil Inez), All Shook Up (Lorraine, 2011 ariZoni Theatre Awards) Arizona Broadway Theatre; The Wiz (Ensemble/Evilene u/s), Maine State Music Theatre; In the Heights (Carla), Shrek (Voice of Gingy/Sugar Plum Fairy), Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts; Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), Roxy Regional Theatre; RENT (Alexi Darling/Ensemble), All Shook Up (Lorraine), Seacoast Repertory Theatre. International: Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (Production Singer). TV: “Empire” (Feature Dancer), FOX. Education: Certificate from Integrated Program, American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

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Brandon Michael Nase
Brandon Michael Nase

Performer

Brandon Michael Nase

A.R.T.: ExtraOrdinaryThe Black Clown. Regional: Ragtime (Coalhouse), Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre; Evita, Asolo Rep; Les Misérables, Dallas Theater Center; Joseph…, 3D Theatricals. Workshops: Frozen (Olaf); Shout Sister Shout!; Beatsville. Concerts: Showboat: In Concert, Bucks County Playhouse. Education/Training: BM, Music, University of North Texas; MM, Musical Theatre/Vocal Performance, NYU.

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Jack Noseworthy

Special Guest

Jack Noseworthy

Jack Noseworthy

Special Guest

Jack Noseworthy

Claudia Rankine

Special Guest

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine

Special Guest

Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; numerous video collaborations, and is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry (Citizen was also nominated in the criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee), the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the nonfiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, United States Artists, and the National Endowment of the Arts. She is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Photo: John Lucas

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Bill Rauch

Special Guest

Bill Rauch

Bill Rauch

Special Guest

Bill Rauch

A.R.T.: Othello, All the Way (IRNE Award, Best Director), Fingersmith (IRNE Award, Best Director). Currently Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (since 2007) and inaugural Artistic Director of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center; Founding Artistic Director, Cornerstone Theater Company (1986- 2006). Broadway: All the Way (winner of 2014 Tony Award for Best Play). New York: Night is a Room, Signature Theatre; The Clean House, Lincoln Center. Additional directing credits: world premieres by Lisa Loomer, Lynn Nottage, Robert Schenkkan, Bill Cain, Alison Carey, Culture Clash, Dan O’Brien, Sarah Ruhl, Jeff Whitty, and others, along with classical plays at Yale Rep, Long Wharf, Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Portland Center Stage. TV: “Judging Amy.” Selective Awards: Fichandler Award, TCG Visionary Leadership, Margo Jones Award, U.S. Artists Fellowship, Leadership for a Changing World, Grammy nomination. Education: Harvard University.

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Julia Riew

Special Guest

Julia Riew

Julia Riew

Special Guest

Julia Riew

Julia Riew is a composer, lyricist, and playwright, and a member of the Harvard College Class of 2022, joint-concentrating in Theater, Dance & Media (TDM) and Music. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Julia grew up playing the violin and singing along to Broadway soundtracks in the family car. At Harvard, she co-founded the Harvard College Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), a club created to provide the resources and community for Asian student artists, and was the recipient of the 2020 Radcliffe Doris Cohen Levi Musical Theater Prize. Her original work has been featured at the American Repertory Theater, Harvard University’s Farkas Hall and Agassiz Theater, The UNC-Greensboro School of Theater, Nora Theater Company at Central Square Theater, The Harvard Art Lab, University of Missouri, The Community Music School of Webster University, and John Burroughs High School. Julia’s original musical writing and co-writing credits include: Alice’s Wonderland (work in progress, commissioned by Amas Musical Theatre), Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure (A.R.T., 2020), Thumbelina: A Little Musical (A.R.T., 2019), The East Side (Farkas Hall, 2018), Hitched: The First-Year Musical (Agassiz Theater, 2018), Hart: A New Musical (John Burroughs School, 2017). In her free time, Julia enjoys painting, hiking, doing puzzles, reading science fiction, and making music with friends. Her dream is to write for Disney.

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Abbie Sage

Special Guest

Abbie Sage

Abbie Sage

Special Guest

Abbie Sage

Abbie Sage is a senior at Harvard College studying History & Literature and Zooming in from Hinsdale, Massachusetts, hoping to pursue a career in stage management and arts administration.

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Anna Deavere Smith

Special Guest

Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith

Special Guest

Anna Deavere Smith

A.R.T.: Let Me Down Easy, Fires in the Mirror (Pulitzer Prize runner-up). Actress, playwright, and teacher, Anna Deavere Smith is said to have created a new form of theater. She received the National Humanities Medal, presented to her by President Obama in 2013. She was the 2015 Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow for Theatre Arts (for the development of Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education). She is a MacArthur Fellow, and received The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. She is the recipient of two Tony nominations and two Obie Awards. She has created over 15 one-person shows based on hundreds of interviews, most of which deal with social issues. Twilight: Los Angeles, about the Los Angeles race riots of 1992, was performed around the country and on Broadway. Let Me Down Easy (seen at the A.R.T. in 2008) focused on health care in the U.S. In popular culture she has been seen in “Nurse Jackie,” “Black-ish,” “The West Wing,” The American President, Rachel Getting Married, and Philadelphia. Books include Letters to a Young Artist and Talk to Me: Listening Between the Lines. She has a number of honorary degrees including Yale, University of Pennsylvania, Juilliard, Union Theological Seminary, and The Radcliffe Medal. She sits on the board of trustees for the American Museum of National History, the Aspen Institute, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She is University Professor in the department of Art & Public Policy at New York University. She also directs the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at New York University.

 

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Sergio Trujillo

Special Guest

Sergio Trujillo

Sergio Trujillo

Special Guest

Sergio Trujillo

A.R.T.: Debut. Broadway: A Bronx Tale, On Your Feet! (Tony Award Nominee, Outer Critics Circle/Astaire Awards), Memphis (Tony Award Best Musical, Olivier/OCC Award, Drama Desk/Astaire Award nominations), Jersey Boys (Best Musical Tony Award, OCC/Greenroom/Dora/Drama Desk nominations), Addams Family, Next to Normal, Hands on a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), Leap of Faith (Drama Desk nomination), Guys and Dolls (Astaire Awards nomination), All Shook Up. Other theater: Invisible Thread, 2econd Stage; Carmen: An Afro-Cuban Musical (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Olney Theatre; Freaky Friday, Signature; Flashdance, National Tour; The Wiz, La Jolla Playhouse. International work includes Tarzan, Disney; Peggy Sue Got Married, West End; The Sound of Music and West Side Story, Stratford Festival. Upcoming: Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, La Jolla Playhouse; Ain’t Too Proud—The Temptations, Berkeley Rep.

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V (formerly Eve Ensler)

Special Guest

V (formerly Eve Ensler)

V (formerly Eve Ensler)

Special Guest

V (formerly Eve Ensler)

Eve Ensler is a Tony Award-winning playwright, activist, and author of the theatrical phenomenon and Obie Award winning The Vagina Monologues, which has been published in 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries. Eve’s plays include Necessary Targets, The Good Body, Emotional Creature, O.P.C. (which premiered at A.R.T. in 2014) and The Fruit Trilogy, which just premiered at the WOW Festival in London and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. Her books include Insecure At Last: A Political Memoir; the New York Times bestseller I Am An Emotional Creature, and her critically acclaimed memoir In the Body of the World on which this play is based. She has written numerous articles for The Guardian, Time, Elle France and the International Herald Tribune. Ensler’s film credits include an HBO film version of The Vagina Monologues. She also co-produced the film What I Want My Words to Do to You, winner of the Freedom of Expression Award at the Sundance Film Festival and premiered on PBS’s “P.O.V.” Ensler was a consultant on the 2016 Oscar nominated film Mad Max Fury Road. In 1998 Ensler founded V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls and in 2013, its evolution, ONE BILLION RISING, a global mass action campaign linking racial, gender, economic and climate injustice in over 200 countries. She was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Changed the World” and The Guardian’s “100 Most Influential Women.” Eve is thrilled to be working with Diane Paulus and the entire A.R.T. team.

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Spring Celebration Sponsors

Amy and David Abrams
Yuriko Jane Anton and and Philip Anton
Hilary and Philip Burling
Laurie Burt
Katie and Paul Buttenwieser
Chung Family Foundation
Lizabeth Cohen and Herrick Chapman
RoAnn Costin
Priscilla H. Douglas
Michael Feinstein and Denise Waldron
Jonathan Glazer and Hadley Leach
David E. and Stacey L. Goel
Rachael Goldfarb and Mark Slovenkai
Sally McNagny and Robert Green
Barbara and Steve Grossman
Ann and Graham Gund
Jeanne Hagerty
The Linda Hammett Ory & Andrew Ory Charitable Trust
Sarah Hancock
Peggy Hanratty
The Office of the Provost at Harvard University
Sharlyn Heslam
Linda A. Hill and Dr. Roger E. Breitbart
Brenda Jarrell
Abby Johnson and Chris McKown
Jerry Jordan
Jason Kemper and Thor Perplies
Lisa and Stephen Knight
Judith and Douglas Krupp
Philip L. Laird
William and Leslie Lee
Serena and Bill Lese
Ivana Magovcevic-Liebisch and Lars Liebisch
James Moses and Philip Lovejoy
Jenny Toolin McAuliffe
Jo Frances Meyer
Lucy and Ward Mooney
John and Carol Moriarty
Alison and Bob Murchison
Annette and Dan Nova
Marjorie and Robert Ory
Myran Parker-Brass
Cokie and Lee Perry
Mr. Joseph M. Pizza
Janet and Irv Plotkin
Stan Ponte and John Metzner
Patricia Romeo-Gilbert and Paul Gilbert
Karen Sage
Molly Schoeck and Guy Macdonald
Maggie Gold Seelig & Family and MGS Group Real Estate
Ellen Semonoff
Maureen and Mike Sheehan
Lisbeth Tarlow and Stephen Kay
Bina and Robin Thompson
Sarasina and Mike Tuchen
Donald and Susan Ware
Jane Wolfson
Michael Yogman, M.D. and Elizabeth Ascher, M.D.

Sponsorships

Everyone Raise a Glass

$15,000+
10 Logins

  • Access to the A.R.T. Spring Celebration livestream for ten (10) households and a private virtual event space for you and your guests to watch the livestream together
  • Ten (10) house seats with the Prosecco Lounge experience for 1776 at A.R.T.
  • Verbal recognition from Diane Paulus during the livestream broadcast and visual recognition on screen during the event*
  • A printed copy of the Spring Celebration program, signed by Diane Paulus
  • Full-page advertisement in our Spring Celebration digital program*
  • A special A.R.T. swag bag shipped to you and your Spring Celebration guests (US addresses)†
  • Invitation for ten (10) people for special in-person event to celebrate the theater’s reopening
  • Invitation for you and your guests to a virtual thank you event with Diane Paulus and A.R.T. staff
  • Invitation for you and your guests to a virtual pre-show event with A.R.T. staff and artists
  • Tickets to all 2021/22 Behind the Scenes events and post-show Virtual Green Room experiences
  • Recognition in our digital program, promotional emails, and the event webpage
  • On demand access to Spring Celebration content after the live event

Everyone Raise a Glass Sponsorship

 

You Matter to Me

$10,000 – $14,999
8 Logins

  • Access to the A.R.T. Spring Celebration livestream for eight (8) households and a private virtual event space for you and your guests to watch the livestream together
  • Five (5) house seats with a Prosecco Lounge experience for 1776 at A.R.T.
  • Half-page advertisement in our Spring Celebration digital program*
  • A special A.R.T. swag bag shipped to you and your Spring Celebration guests (US addresses only)†
  • Invitation for five (5) people to a special in-person A.R.T event to celebrate the theater’s reopening
  • Invitation for you and your guests to a virtual thank you event with Diane Paulus and A.R.T. staff
  • Invitation for you and your guests to a virtual pre-show event with A.R.T. staff and artists
  • Tickets to all Behind the Scenes events and all post-show Virtual Green Room experiences from September to December 2021
  • Recognition in our digital program, promotional emails, and event webpage
  • On demand access to Spring Celebration content after the live event

You Matter to Me Sponsorship

 

We’ve Got Magic to Do

$5,000 – $9,999
5 Logins

  • Access to the A.R.T. Spring Celebration livestream for five (5) households
  • Invitation for two (2) people to a special in-person A.R.T. event to celebrate the theater’s reopening
  • Invitation for you and your guests to a virtual thank you event with Diane Paulus and A.R.T. staff
  • Invitation for you and your guests to a virtual pre-show event with A.R.T. staff and artists
  • Tickets to all fall Behind the Scenes events and access to two Virtual Green Room experiences
  • Recognition in our digital program
  • On demand access to Spring Celebration content after the live event

We’ve Got Magic to Do Sponsorship

 

Yours, Yours, Yours

$1,000 – $4,999
2 Logins

  • Access to the A.R.T. Spring Celebration livestream for two (2) households
  • Invitation for you and your guests to a virtual thank you event with Diane Paulus and A.R.T. staff
  • Tickets to all fall Behind the Scenes events and access to one Virtual Green Room experience
  • Recognition in our digital program
  • On demand access to Spring Celebration content after the live event

Yours, Yours, Yours Sponsorship

 

* Sponsorship must be received by June 1 to be eligible.
† Sponsorship must be received by May 24 to receive swag bags for June 5. For sponsorships received after May 24, swag bags may arrive after June 5.

The A.R.T. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Tax ID #: 04-2665867.

Please note that recent Treasury guidance provides that grants for event sponsorship or tickets from exempt organizations, including Donor Advised Funds may not provide any personal benefit to the donor. If you do not attend the event, your sponsorship may be funded 100% through your DAF. The American Repertory Theater recommends that Spring Celebration sponsors consult their donor-advised fund manager, tax advisor, and legal counsel for definitive tax guidance.