The American Repertory Theatre held this year’s gala event on Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. This year’s annual gala raised a record breaking $1.3M to fund education, art, and community. There were close to 500 supporters from the Boston, New York, and Los Angeles areas attending the event. ART ( American Repertory Theatre) is associated with Harvard University. Diane Paulus, the artistic director , and Diane Quinn, the executive director, were pleased to present entertainment from on and off Broadway. The blockbuster gala was co-chaired by Kate Gellert, Sid Yog, and Katie and Buttenweiser. Co-chairs included Michael D. Smith, Peggy Fogelman, Andrew Farkas, Sara Campbell and more.
The entertainers included Laura Michelle Kelly, who presently on The King and I national tour and starred in the ART production of Finding Neverland. Kelly was joined with Michael Luwoye, who is appearing in Hamilton and Witness Uganda. Kelly and Luwoye were teamed up with Wilder Cerrate, who is a student from Josiah Quincy Upper School that is associated with ART.
Kate Chertavian headed an auction for the fourth year. This year people could win a walk-on part in the play Waitress on Broadway. Auction participants can win tickets to see the Broadway production of Hello Dolly and tickets to see Barbra Streisand perform at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn NY. Finally, those who take part in the auction can also win a complete West End Package that includes tickets to see The Glass Menagerie, featuring Cherry Jones and tickets to see Harry Potter and the Cursed child.
Robert Brustein founded the American Repertory Theatre in 1980 and served as their Artistic Director until 2002 when RoBert Woodruff succeeded him. Diane Paulus has been serving as Artistic Director since 2008. The American Repertory Theatre is dedicated to engaging over 5,000 community members and local students in many projects, workshops, conversations with artists that the ART arranges to enrich their community.