Alan Cumming, Stella Schnabel & Charles L. Kerr Named Co-Chairs of PS122's Give Performance Space Campaign
Performance Space 122, an East Village contemporary performance hub, announces the co-chairs of their Give Performance Space campaign, which coincides with the renovation of their over 30-year home at 150 1st Avenue. Give Performance Space is a capacity campaign to launch Performance Space 122's growth as an organization with the goal of better serving the artists and audiences of New York City. The co-chairs are acclaimed actor, photographer and activist Alan Cumming; producer, writer and director Stella Schnabel and PS122 Board Vice President Charles L. Kerr, partner at international law office Morrison & Foerster.
"PS122's influence is quiet but huge," said Alan Cumming. "If you go to a Broadway stage, or any mainstream television or film production, you'll find someone who's made their start with PS122. Their impact is far-reaching throughout contemporary culture."
Stella Schnabel said, "As a New Yorker born and bred, it's important to me to preserve the East Village and Manhattan as an artist community. It's important for me to support PS122."
"Through the Give Performance Space campaign, we're trying to create a great future, not only for PS122 artists, but also the larger New York City community, which thrives on what artists bring to our city, " said Charles Kerr.
Since PS122's start as an East Village artist squat, the organization has grown from a scrappy under dog providing artists a space to experiment to a globally renowned leader in the performance field. PS122 has launched careers, supported innovation and developed new art practices that have enriched the cultural life of New York City and contemporary performance worldwide.
For over three decades, PS122 has been a home to a diverse group of artists including John Leguizamo (Moulin Rouge!, Ghetto Klown), Jonathan Ames (HBO's Bored to Death), Meredith Monk (MacArthur "genius"), Eric Bogosian (Law & Order, Pulitzer Prize nominee for Talk Radio), Claire Danes (Homeland), Philip Glass (Einstein on the Beach, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score), Blue Man Group (international performance sensation), Lisa Kron (Tony nomination for Well), Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) Young Jean Lee (OBIE Award winner) and Annie Dorsen (Passing Strange), among others. PS122's support for artists strengthens the broader cultural sector by nurturing the creativity of early and mid-career artists who then go on to influence the larger performance sector and make waves in commercial arenas like Broadway, cinema and television.
The City of New York has begun work on a code renovation of the organization's beloved East Village home. The funds raised during the Give Performance Space campaign will ensure that PS122 can successfully navigate the institutional and physical growth necessary to take full advantage of this renovation. It will give PS122 the flexibility to take risks, adapt and grow as a leader within the cultural ecology of New York City by providing a much-needed, multi-disciplinary medium-sized venue to the performing arts sector.
The Give Performance Space campaign is still in the leadership-giving phase. PS122 will release public information in 2015 as they move into the public phase of the campaign. Visit ps122.org/GPS for more information.
For the past 25 years, Alan Cumming has forged a career that is as idiosyncratic and diverse as it successful. His work spans stage, film, television, the written page and photography.
Cumming began his training on the stage in Scotland's prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He has been seen in countless dramas, comedies and caberet performances. Most recently, his stage appearances include Hamlet, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, The Threepenny Opera opposite Cyndi Lauper, Design For Living and off-Broadway in Jean Genet's Elle (which he also adapted) and The Seagull, opposite Dianne Wiest. In 1998, Cabaret opened on Broadway and Alan was instantly embraced by New York City and heralded for his stunning performance as the EmCee. He won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics' Circle, FANY, Theatre World, NY Press and New York Public Advocate's awards for his work. Cabaret will be reprised later on this year.