Opening Act’s Annual Play Reading Gala was absolutely MAGICAL! And YOU can still join us in supporting Arts in ACTion!
Directed by Tony Award Winner, Rachel Chavkin, with Creative Direction by Hamilton’s Associate & Supervising Director, Patrick Vassel, and featuring student, alum, and celebrity performances, our annual Play Reading Gala was so spectacular! Thanks to our community for helping us BRING THE JOY back to the stage!
See beautiful photos from the event HERE!
ANNUAL PLAY READING GALA
APRIL 4, 2022
NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY
✔️6:30 PM- Dinner Guests Arrive (table sponsors and their guests)
✔️7:30 PM- All Guests Arrive (reception & performance)
This includes: MONOLOGUE, IMPROV, ENSEMBLE, & HOST COMMITTEE tickets
✔️8:00 PM- Performances and Award Ceremony
✔️9:15 PM- Post performance toast
✔️10:00 PM- Event concludes
Business, Festive, or Cocktail
– Vaccination status checked
– Bags will be inspected by museum security
– Check-in by last name to receive your table number (dinner guests)
and theater tickets
– Coat Check
– TABLE HOSTS PLEASE NOTE: we will provide you an envelope with
theater tickets for ALL of your table guests.
COVID PROTOCOL **IMPORTANT**
All guests are required to be fully vaccinated and vaccination status
will be checked on-site (paper, smartphone, Excelsior Pass, etc.).
Please bring proof of vaccination and a government-issued photo ID.
Masks are optional for the dinner and cocktail reception portion of the evening.
Masks will be available on site and must be worn in the theater during
If you have any questions please contact, Oshadi Kelly at
Opening Act is proud to announce our inaugural Legacy Award in honor of IHS Markit and their steadfast support of Opening Act. We are grateful for IHS Markit’s history of corporate sponsorship championing our programs and students!
A round of applause for our ARTS IN ACTION LEGACY AWARD Corporate Honoree:
Many thanks to our ARTS IN ACTION Sponsors:
FLEMING WEALTH MANAGEMENT
And special shoutout to our Partner Organization:
For more information, or to become a sponsor, please contact Director of Advancement, Oshadi Kelly, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Gregg Arst, Kym Blanchard, Nikki Calliste, Leah Day VanHorn, Warachal Faison, Michael Fleming, Sari Granat, Iliana Guibert, Pam Hacker, Ali Kamin, Nicole Kwan, Maza Tiyi Myrie, Jonathan Schorr, Ira Schreck, Rahul Tripathi, Jamie Trowbridge, Chris Wilkens
ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD: Brittany Adebumola, Uzo Aduba, Kristen Bell, Rachel Chavkin, Dominique Fishback, Alexa L. Fogel, Marcus Gardley, Jared Gertner, Caleb Grandoit, Richard Hester, Matt Hoverman, Odley Jean, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Aja Naomi King, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Kenny Leon, Kobi Libii, Donald Margulies, Michael Mastro, Andrew McCarthy, Susan Mufson, Lizabeth Newman, Christopher Oscar Peña, Anthony Ramos, Jean Smart, Cecily Strong, Patrick Vassel, Michelle Williams, Tracey Scott Wilson
JUNIOR BOARD:Jo Anthony, Alexandria Bellivan, Maura Cassidy, Erin Gifford, Jackie Eustis, Shelly Grinshpun, Marion Herbert, Andres Martinez, Johnny Mickens, Anastasia Pronin, Valerie Yuen
PLAY READING COMMITTEE: Loren Black, Kym Blanchard, John Cowan, Stephanie Dauman, Pam Hacker, Marion Herbert, Dana Herrman, Ali Kamin, Lauren Keil & the Chelsea Factory Team, Nicole Kwan, Jennifer Marrus, Jen Pehr, Jon Ross, Jonathan Schorr, Ira Schreck
This event will be in-person as long as it remains safe to gather when the time comes. CDC and NYS COVID protocols will be followed.