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20th Anniversary Planning Committee

  • Omar Beer
  • Loren Black
  • Kym Blanchard
  • Meredith Bluestine
  • Cristi Andrews Cohen
  • John Cowan
  • Amanda Granacher
  • Iliana Guibert
  • Pam Hacker
  • Ali Kamin
  • Charon Marden
  • Jennifer Marrus
  • Susan Mufson
  • Lizabeth Newman
  • Ira Schreck
  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Jamie Trowbridge
  • Leah Day VanHorn
  • Jonathan Vazcones
  • Mark Weinress
  • Chris Wilkens

Host Committee

  • Sandra Anojulu
  • Paul Cellupica
  • Carolyn Conrad
  • Philippe Dauman
  • Stephanie Dauman
  • Peg Donegan
  • Lahna Harper
  • Dana Herrman
  • Diane Jackson
  • Jennifer Jackson
  • Elaine Lee
  • Cecile Lopez Mora
  • Jen Pehr
  • Jonathan Adam Ross
  • Elisabeth Hatab Schaeffer
  • Andrew Schorr
  • Tim Shopa

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Steering Committee

  • Gregg Arst
  • Loren Black
  • Kym Blanchard
  • Cristi Andrews Cohen
  • Leah Day VanHorn
  • Warachal Faison
  • Amanda Granacher
  • Sari Granat
  • Iliana Guibert
  • Elizabeth Buckley Lewis
  • Charon Marden
  • Maza Tiyi Myrie
  • Jennifer Pehr
  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Mark Weinress 

Host Committee

  • Sandra Anojulu
  • Paul Cellupica
  • Carolyn Conrad
  • Philippe Dauman
  • Stephanie Dauman
  • Peg Donegan
  • Lahna Harper
  • Dana Herrman
  • Toan Huynh
  • Diane Jackson
  • Jennifer Jackson
  • Julia Kamin
  • Jean-Marc Levy
  • Jessica Linder
  • Jennifer Marrus
  • Cecile Lopez Mora
  • Jonathan Adam Ross
  • Andrew Schorr
  • Kyra Sedgwick
  • Maggie Walker

Michelle Williams Quote

MEET MICHELLE

[The point of making art] is to inspire people, to move somebody else into their own action. What you guys have done is inspire me into my own action.”

Michelle Williams | Golden Globe-winning actor

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Play Reading 2018 (with Kenny pic)

 

Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, The Wiz Live!) returns to direct Opening Act’s Hear Me Here, featuring world premieres by Dominique Fishback (The Deuce), Christopher Oscar Peña (Insecure), and the students of Opening Act – with special musical performances. 

Special thanks to our:

 

 

Steering Committee

  • Cristi Andrews Cohen
  • Gregg Arst
  • Andrea Beecher
  • Loren Black
  • Kym Blanchard
  • Leah Day VanHorn
  • Warachal Faison
  • Amanda Granacher
  • Sari Granat
  • Iliana Guibert
  • Elizabeth Buckley Lewis
  • Charon Marden
  • Maza Tiyi Myrie
  • Jen Pehr
  • Rohini Pragasam
  • Rahul Tripathi
  • Mark Weinress 

Host Committee

  • Jay Bluestine
  • Meredith Bluestine
  • Carolyn Conrad
  • Philippe Dauman
  • Stephanie Dauman
  • Peg Donegan
  • Sarah Fabiny
  • Cindy Finkelman
  • Trisha Goddard
  • Dana Herrman
  • Toan Huynh
  • Diane Jackson
  • Jennifer Jackson
  • Julia Kamin
  • Justin Klosky
  • Jean-Marc Levy
  • Bharti Malkani
  • Jennifer Marrus
  • Jon Adam Ross

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#POWEROF10 is back!
October 19 – 28

 

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Find out how you can Say Yes by making a small investment that will have a BIG return for the students of Opening Act.

We can’t do it without you.

Say Yes at openingact.org/powerof10.

 

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COME TO THE SUMMER ARTS & LEADERSHIP CONSERVATORY SHOWCASE!

Thursday, July 23 @ New York Live Arts

Opening Act students from the third annual Summer Arts & Leadership Conservatory will be showcasing what they’ve learned during their intensive training, including Shakespeare and Scene Study. Doors open @ 2:45PM, Curtain @ 3PM – TICKETS ARE FREE! Click the icon below to read more.

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Social Board

  • Nicole Kwan, Co-Chair
  • Theresa Perkins, Co-Chair
  • Jo Anthony
  • Alexandria Bellivan
  • Maura Cassidy
  • Cynthia Fontaine
  • Claire Florian
  • Erin Gifford
  • Lahna Harper
  • Marion Herbert
  • Karen Kim
  • Ryan Macpherson
  • Johnny Mickens
  • Anastasia Pronin
  • Rebecca Schafer
  • Humzah Soofi
  • Sean Strobel
  • Jonathan Wang
  • Valerie Yuen

Host Committee

  • Ashlee Bolton
  • Maura Cassidy
  • Marissa Conrad
  • Cynthia Fontaine
  • Erica Futterman
  • Yasmine Kacha
  • Karen Kim
  • Cecile Lopez Mora
  • Lauren Rosalanko

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IMPACT

93% of students are more motivated to attend school

98% acquired new skills, including communication & self-expression

98% improved their ability to collaborate with others

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Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) returns to direct Opening Act’s A Night of Yes!, featuring works by Katori Hall and Ike Holder.

Special thanks to our:

Steering Committee

Andrea Beecher

Loren Black

Kym Blanchard

Elizabeth Buckley Lewis

Leah Day

Warachal Faison

Sari Granat

Iliana Guibert

Maza Tiyi Myrie

Jen Pehr

Rohini Pragasam

Rahul Tripathi

Contact paul@openingact.org to get involved!

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“Opening Act is one of the organizations that we’re most proud to support.”

Dennis Williams | VP of Corporate Social Responsibility, HBO

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“Opening Act is like a home.  Not like the part where you wake up and eat breakfast, but the part where at dinner you tell stories about your day.”

Cleavon | Opening Act Student (Brooklyn)

 

 

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Thank You to our extraordinary 2019 #POWEROF20 Leaders!

Rachael Abbick, Brittany Adebumola, Marie Anderson, Gregg Arst, Temesgen Asmerom, Erika Atkins, Ashleigh Awusie, Omar Beer, Alexandria Bellivan, Loren Black, Kim Blair, Kym Blanchard, Jen Blood, Tracey Bookall, Cristin Boyle, Malia Braithwaite, Rebecca Brown, Dan Buell, Nikki Calliste, Suni Caraballo, Cathleen Carr, Rachel Carrico, Maura Cassidy, Ed Chidsey Aggie Chrakowiecka, Cristi Cohen, David Cohen, Nancy Comerford, Carolyn Conrad, John Cowan, Justin Daniel, Luke Doyle, Mallory Duncan, Andrew Eisen, Warachal Faison, Mark Fareri, Shelly Feldman Sussler, Michael Fleming, Claire Florian, Jared Gertner, Erin Gifford, Gabrielle Gilliam, Sari Granat, Gina Grandi, Matthew Greene, Iliana Guibert, Paul Gutkowski, Pam Hacker, Steve Halloran, Lahna Harper, Meredith Hellman, Marion Herbert, Zena Hinds, Diane Jackson, Jennifer Jackson, Gus and Charlie Jackson, Marcus Johnson, Christy Johnson, Mandi Joyner, Julia Kamin, Ali Kamin, Evan Kaufman, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Karen Kim, Sammuel Kim, Justin Klosky, Jenn Kuhlman, Nicole Kwan, Toby Lawless, Elizabeth Lewis, Gina Lewis, Ryan Macpherson, Mitch Malin, Kary Martinez, Michael Mastro, Meg McInerney, Marc Menchaca, Shorty Meyerson, Hannah Miao, Johnny Mickens, Liza Miller, Lisa Mishkin, Justin Molina, Peachy Myers, Suzy Myers Jackson, Maza Myrie, Hilary Nunez, Meghan O’Connor, Tricia Olds, Theresa Perkins, Nailah Peters, Kandace Pound, Rohini Pragasam, Anastasia Pronin, IQ Quiñones, Lily Raabe, Jen Pehr and Jon Ross, Carmine Salute III, Elisabeth Schaefer, Rebecca Schafer, Jonathan Schorr, Andrew Schorr, Ellen Schubert, Alex Scoolis, Timothy Shopa, Sustainable Sisterhood, Humzah Soofi, Sean Strobel, Rahul Tripathi, Jamie Trowbridge, LeeAnn Valvano, Leah and Greg VanHorn, Patrick Vassel, Matt Walters, Jonathan Wang, Christopher Wilkens, Kelly Wilkens, and Valerie Yuen!

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Meet Courtney

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“I was really struggling with my math class, but instead of dropping the class and giving up, I worked extra hard.”

Courtney | Opening Act Alum (Manhattan)

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MEET ALEX

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“Opening Act prepared me for the real world more than anything else I’ve ever done. It motivated me to go to school and to graduate.”

Alex | Opening Act Alum (Brooklyn)

Read more of Alex’s story.

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Meet Uzo

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“Opening Act’s determination to make a difference in these young lives through artistic expression is what has committed me to this organization.”

Uzo Aduba | Emmy Award-winning actor, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

Read more about Uzo and why she supports Opening Act.

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MEET CLEAVON

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“Opening Act helped me develop empathy, to look at everyone as a human being and want to understand them. It taught me skills I use every day: to be patient, to listen, to solve problems and help others.”

Cleavon | Opening Act Student (Brooklyn)

Read more of Cleavon’s story.

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MEET ODLEY

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“It’s an environment where everyone is trying to get out from whatever they’re going through outside that room, so it was a place that I just loved to be.”

Odley | Opening Act Alum (Brooklyn)

Read more about our impact.

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MEET CHARLIE

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“I’m doing something better with my life because I went to Opening Act.”

Charlie | Opening Act student (Manhattan)

Read more of Charlie’s story.

Schools

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BRONX:

  • The Walton Educational Campus
  • Arturo Schomberg Satellite Academy
  • The Christopher Columbus Campus
  • Grace Dodge High School Campus
  • Herbert H. Lehman High School
  • Mott Haven Educational Campus
  • Bronx Latin & Bronx Career and College Prep

BROOKLYN:

  • Bushwick Educational Campus
  • Clara Barton High School
  • The Samuel Tilden Campus
  • The Franklin K. Lane Campus
  • Cobble Hill School for American Studies
  • Canarsie Educational Complex
  • Water’s Edge Campus

MANHATTAN:

  • Graphic and Communication Arts Campus
  • Bayard Rustin Educational Campus
  • Getting Out and Staying Out
  • Pathways to Graduation at City College
  • Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center
  • The Hampshire School
  • Covenant House 
  • Harlem Renaissance

OUR SUPPORTERS

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OUR SUPPORTERS 2018-2019

  • $50,000+
20th Century Fox, Angelo Family Charitable Foundation, HBO, New York State Council on the Arts-REDC, The New York Community Trust, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Agnes Varis Trust, Youth INC
  • $20,000+
Ali & David Kamin, Anonymous, Goldman Sachs, IHS Markit, Ira Schreck, Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon Family Foundation, Liz & Frank Newman, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Paul Cellupica, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Catalog for Giving of New York City, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund
  • $10,000+
Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation, Anonymous, Corcoran Cares, Jennifer & Andrew Marrus, Judy Angelo Cowen Charitable Lead Unitrust, Kelly Granat, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Rahul Tripathi, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham LLP, Susan Mufson
  • $5,000+
Alexa L. Fogel, Amanda Granacher & Rick Mancuso, Caroline Harvey & Omar Beer, Dana & Will Herrman, Davis Polk & Wardwell, Elizabeth Buckley Lewis, Find Your Light Foundation, Helen Lin, Jamie Trowbridge, Jasvinder Khaira, Kew Management, Kim & Chris Wilkens, Lynne & Mark Florian, Lone Pine Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, MUFG, New York City Council – District 45, Robert Burton, Sari Granat & Timothy Greensfelder, Signature Bank, Time Warner Inc., Unilever
  • $2,500+
Alliance Bernstein, BedGear LLC, Blackstone, Carolyn Conrad, Cindy & Michael Finkelman, Cynthia & Stanley Gutkowski, Eton Ventures, First Republic Bank, Iliana Guibert, James Brown, Jean-Marc Levy, Kaitlin & Colin Ryan, Lauren & Michael Marrus, Leah Day VanHorn & Greg VanHorn, Michael Fleming, Mitchell Udell, Pfizer Foundation, SJI Associates, Stephen W. O’Connell, StubHub, The Josephine Foundation, Theresa Perkins, Toan Huynh & Jonathan Schorr, Todd Rassiger, Warachal Faison, WellCare
  • $1,000+
Adam Kansler, AIG, Aja Naomi King, Alex & Dan Fallon, Andrew Huddart, Andrew Schorr, Annie & Rob Tirschwell, Arjun Gupta, Benson Cohen, Betsy Buell, Brad Ruskin, Brandon Flynn, Brian Gallivan, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Carolyn Mercy, Christopher Walton, Cristin Boyle, David Blitzer, Deepti & Anup Patel, Diane & Michael Jackson, Donald Pearl, Elyse Kreitman, Gary Lofgren, ICM Partners, In Memory of Don Myers, James Adams, James Sidford, Jean-Paul Warmoes & Alvin Keith, Jennifer Jackson, Jen Pehr & Jonathan Ross, Julia Kamin, June Jackson, Kara Zuaro & Pete D’Angelo, Kym Blanchard, Lee Robins, Leslie Lopez, Lisa Deupree, Loren Michelle, Mary Swartz, McCabe Family Charitable Fund, Meredith Levine, Michael Seckler, Nancy & Tim Comerford, Pam Hacker, Peachy Myers, Peg Donegan, Richard Hester, Rohini Pragasam, Sarah Fabiny, Stacie Gillman & Paul Gutkowski, Stephanie & Philippe Dauman, Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Foundation, Susan Bulger, The Grace R. and Alan D. Marcus Foundation, The Marta Michelle Heflin Charitable Trust, Thomas & Kathy McCabe, Trio Foundation of St. Louis, Victoria Henley, William Phelan, Jr.
  • $500+
Allen Schnapp, Andrea Beecher & Jacques Jospitre, Andrew McCarthy, Angela Wong, Arthur Gurwitz, Audrey Francis, Behad Mansouri, Beth Silber, Bharti Malkani, Candace Worth, Carol Snyder, Carole Dibo, Charlotte Greene, Charon Marden, Chris Bauer, Cristi Andrews Cohen & David Cohen, Cynthia Schwab, Dana Fern, Daniel Goldberg, Daria & Joseph Zawadzki, Dave Malloy, Denise Savoy, Derek Dostal, Elaine & Andy Pesky, Elisabeth Fontenelli, Frank Selvaggi, Gregg Arst, Hana & Robert Wolf, Jack Selby, Jackie & Larry Kamin, Jeffrey Steinman, Jennifer Dalven, Jennifer Redman, Jewish Communal Fund, John Doulamis, Judy & John Riggs, Johnny Mickens, Jonathan Earle, Josh Grigsby, Kathy & Jay Lathen, Kelny Denebeim, Kevin Ghassomian, Kyoko Lin, Leslie Lopez, Lewis Tepper, Loren Black, Louis Goldberg, Louis Scheeder, Marcia & Stuart Cohen, Marion Herbert, Marjorie Friday, Mark Weinress, Mary Gorman, Michael Capiraso, Michael Mastro, Michelle McMahon, Oliver Smith, Rachael & Matthew Abbick, Richard Truesdell, Rolande Prince, S&P Global, Sandy & Alexander Southwell, Steve Caspi, Steven J. Weissman, Susan & Marc Kutzin, Susan Levine, Suzanne FitzGerald, Tanya Friedman, The L.E. Phillips Foundation, Timothy Allis, Tod Mercy, Todd Hirsch, TSC Foundation, Whitney Donhauser, Zachary Ames

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“Opening Act fills a critical role in underserved schools yada yada yada. Come to this event and prepare to be blown away” -John Doe

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Team

Board of Directors

  • Ali Kamin, Co-President
  • Rahul Tripathi, Co-President
  • Chris Wilkens, Treasurer
  • Loren Black, Secretary
  • Gregg Arst
  • Omar Beer
  • Kym Blanchard
  • Elizabeth Buckley Lewis
  • Nikki Calliste
  • Leah Day VanHorn
  • Warachal Faison
  • Michael Fleming
  • Sari Granat
  • Iliana Guibert
  • Pam Hacker
  • Maza Tiyi Myrie
  • Rohini Pragasam
  • Jamie Trowbridge
  • Jonathan Schorr
  • Ira Schreck

Social Board

  • Nicole Kwan, Co-Chair
  • Theresa Perkins, Co-Chair
  • Jo Anthony
  • Alexandria Bellivan
  • Maura Cassidy
  • Cynthia Fontaine
  • Claire Florian
  • Erin Gifford
  • Lahna Harper
  • Marion Herbert
  • Karen Kim
  • Ryan Macpherson
  • Johnny Mickens
  • Anastasia Pronin
  • Rebecca Schafer
  • Humzah Soofi
  • Sean Strobel
  • Jonathan Wang
  • Valerie Yuen