Atlantic Theater Company Gala - Atlantic Theater Company
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  • Honoree and our fearless leader Neil Pepe huddles with Founding Ensemble member Clark Gregg, Founding Ensemble member/School Executive Director Mary McCann, and Managing Director Jeffory Lawson.
  • Recent Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay for Manchester by the Sea and playwright of Atlantic's Hold on to Me Darling Kenneth Lonergan is all smiles as he walks the red carpet.
  • Ensemble member Isiah Whitlock Jr. and powerhouse performer Kecia Lewis (of Marie and Rosetta fame this past fall) catch up during cocktail hour.
  • Erica Michelle Levy and Geraldo Rivera glow, making their way through cocktail hour. Specialty cocktails featuring TY KU sake were kindly provided by Davos. (Photo by Deidre Schoo for The New York Times.)
  • Founding Ensemble Member Felicity Huffman and Atlantic's co-founder William H. Macy perform the song-meets-roast they wrote specifically for their dear friend and longtime collaborator, Neil Pepe!
  • Our Board Chair Olaf Olafsson gives a moving tribute to Neil (only boosted by the collective viewing of a clip from Neil’s famed Sex and the City episode).
  • Playwright Jez Butterworth presents Neil with his award for 25 years of artistic leadership (along with a personalized note to Neil from his daughter back in the UK)!
  • Neil chats with director Sam Gold. Sam was one of 4 directors who picked a performer and a song for this year’s Directors’ Choice theme.
  • Judy Kuhn (Sam's performer choice) belts out “The Best is Yet to Come.” Those pipes, phewww!
  • Stephen Trask unwinds after performing a song from his and Peter Yanowitz's new musical This Ain't No Disco, currently in development with us! Photo by Deidre Schoo for The New York Times.
  • Leah Siegel (Director Amy Morton’s choice) performs her song, “If You Don’t Want to Be Alone, I Will Never Leave You" to a rapt audience.
  • The Bengsons (Director Anne Kauffman’s choice) perform the title song from Hundred Days from their recent New York Times Under the Radar Critics' Pick.
  • Cast member of David Mamet's The Penitent and star of "The Walking Dead" Lawrence Gilliard Jr. sits for dinner and zeroes in on our live auction.
  • Josephine Williams, an alum of our Staging Success program (and no doubt future-super-star!) shares her unique arts education experience with the audience.


On March 6, 2017, stars of the stage and screen came together for a uniquely special night in honor of our very own Artistic Director Neil Pepe for his 25 years of outstanding artistic leadership, and to pay tribute to Atlantic’s directors through our Directors’ Choice theme. And what a night it was!

Thank you to all who attended our 2017 Gala! If you were not able to attend, we hope to see you next year!

Relive the fun had with this highlight reel from the event:

Atlantic’s annual Gala is our most important fundraising event of the year. Gala contributions make up more than 25% of the total donations to Atlantic and benefit our six annual productions, new play development activities throughout the season, and arts education initiatives for more than 3,500 public school students across New York City. These educational programs give children from underserved backgrounds the increasingly rare opportunity to express themselves creatively and promote in-school engagement.

It’s never too late support these programs, which are more vital today than ever.