THE ACTING COMPANY HONORS THEATRICAL DIRECTOR
MARK LAMOS AND ARTS PATRON J. BARCLAY COLLINS
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17th BENEFIT
GALA AT NEW YORK CITY’S METROPOLITAN CLUB
ATTENDEES INCLUDE DANA IVEY, FORMER NJ GOV.
THOMAS KEAN, EDGAR LANSBURY, RICHARD THOMAS AND HOST STEPHEN
The Acting Company will honor legendary
theatrical director Mark Lamos and distinguished patron of
the arts J. Barclay Collins at its annual gala Monday, October
17, at New York’s Metropolitan Club, One East 60th St. The
event, starting at 6:30 p.m., features cocktails, silent
auction, dinner, entertainment and award ceremony.
An industry-filled audience of producers,
directors, entertainers and other notables is expected to
attend, including Dana Ivey, former NJ Gov. Thomas Kean,
Edgar Lansbury, and Richard Thomas. The Acting Company
Alumnus, Stephen DeRosa, will host the event.
The Acting Company is America’s most honored
touring repertory theatre, having reached four million
people in the U.S. and abroad with 140 classic and new
works. Proceeds from the gala support the Company’s
repertory of theatrical productions and arts education for
Mr. Lamos will be presented with The Acting
Company’s John Houseman Award by Richard Thomas. The award
honors Mr. Lamos’ profound commitment to the development of
actors and arts education in America. He has helped to
shape the careers of some of the finest classical actors in
recent generations, with numerous alumni of The Acting
Company among them.
Mr. Collins will receive The Acting Company’s
Joan M. Warburg Humanitarian Award for his deep and
longstanding dedication to giving back to the community,
from supporting the arts and education, to helping raise
funds for innovations in health care and new protections for
the environment. The Award will be presented by former NJ
Governor Thomas Kean.
“This year’s award recipients, Barclay
Collins and Mark Lamos, truly embody the spirit, commitment
and dedication of John Houseman and Joan Warburg’s
contributions to The Acting Company and the theatrical
Director, Elisa Spencer-Kaplan said.
Now artistic director of the Westport Country
Playhouse, Mr. Lamos has directed innumerable plays,
musicals and opera in regional theatre and on Broadway. The New
York Times has
called him “a poet of the theatre” for his outstanding
career achievements. His work has received a chapter in
Samuel L. Leiter’s “The Great Stage Directors: 100
Distinguished Careers of the Theater.”
As artistic director of Connecticut’s
Hartford Stage, it won a Tony® Award for Outstanding
Mr. Collins, a long-time executive in the
energy business, has served on the board of The Acting
Company for nine years. He is former executive vice
president and general counsel of Hess Corporation, the New
York-based global energy company.
Throughout his business and professional
life, Mr. Collins has been a committed volunteer leader in
health care, education and the arts, as well as with
organizations in the protection of the environment and
Event chairs are Tim Saunders, Christopher
Shyer, Angela Pierce and Dana Ivey. Vince Giordano and The
Nighthawks will provide music.
Founded in 1972 by Oscar® winner John
Houseman and producer Margot Harley, The
Acting Company brings live classical theatre to those who
might otherwise never get a chance to enjoy and learn from
it. Its education programs reach students who have limited
access to arts, education and live theatre.
Since its inception, The Acting Company has
developed the talents and skills of more than 400 actors,
including the young Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, Rainn Wilson,
Harriet Harris, Frances Conroy, Jesse L. Martin, Jeffrey
Wright, David Ogden Stiers, David Schramm, Keith David,
Stephen DeRosa and Hamish Linklater, all of whom began their
careers with it.
Monday, October 17, 2016
The Metropolitan Club One East 60th Street at
Cocktail Reception at 6:30p.m. followed by
Silent Auction, Dinner,
Entertainment and Award Ceremony.
Information and Tickets: 212-258-3111
The Acting Company: www.theactingcompany.org