The American Repertory (ART) produces marvelous work in Cambridge, Founded in 1980 by Robert Bruisten. He served as director until 2002. His successor Robert Wood was followed by Dianne Paulus. Under her stewardship, A.R.T aims to expand its boundaries by introducing events with audiences in theatrical experiences. During Paulus leadership in the activities she directed, A.R.T managed to bag some awards such as; Tony award for best play all the way (2014), consecutive Tony awards for best revival of a musical for piping (2013) and the Gershwin Porgy and Bess(2012). A Pulitzer Prize; Jujamycyn prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talents and the Tony award for best regional.
The A.R.T features with various artists from all over the world to develop new ways as well as acting as an incubator for rising talents. With it having close roots with Harvard University; it catalyzes discourse, collaboration exchanges among the vast range number of students. The A.R.T manages to engage more than 500 students and local students in project-based workshops and partnerships. A.R.T attracted attention countrywide for its innovative programming and business models.
This year the A.R.T, with Diane Paulus as the artistic director and Diane Quinn, the executive director hosted a Gala which raised more than $1.3m in support of theatre aesthetic, community and education programs. The event held at Boch Center Wang theatre hosted nearly 500 supporters from Boston, New York, and Loss Angeles. The amount raised was record-breaking compared to the previous event.
The guests were welcomed by Kate Gallet, Sid Yog, and Paul Buttenwisser, acknowledging the city as where creativity is born. There was entertainment from Laura Michelle Kelly who is currently on tour of the king and me from directors of Finding Neverland. Among the other performers were; Michael Luwonye and Wilder Cerrate. Auctioning was led by Kate Chertavian, highlighted the role of waitress, tickets to Hello Dolly and Barbra’s Streisand’s concert in Brooklyn and a London west package including the glass Menagerie with Cherry Jones and Harry Potter and the cursed child. Chairs for the evening included Andrew Farkas, Sara Campbell, Barbara and Amos Hostetter, Michael Lynton and others.
RoAnn Costin a long time A.R.T member was honored with annual Angel Award. Costin received a video tribute from Steve Johnson, Isabella Stewart, Norma Jean and Meg Campbell all of whom recognized Costin’s contribution to A.R.T. Boston magazine, Cheryl Richards, the graphics group, the person party center and the catered affair all made their donations for the evening. The A.R.T aims at producing top performers in which the audience is central to the experience.