Joel Grey, Charles Dillingham Honored at NCTF 2011 Gala


National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) will hold its Annual Chairman's Awards Gala and benefit on Monday, May 2 at the St. Regis New York hotel (2 East 55th Street at Fifth Avenue). This year, NCTF Chairman James S Turley, Chairman and CEO of Ernst & Young, will honor Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey (on Broadway this season inAnything Goes and director of The Normal Heart), recipient of the Theater Artist Award, presented by Anything Goes director/choreographer Kathleen MarshallCharles Dillingham (Managing Director, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles), recipient of the Theater Professional Award, presented by Benjamin Moore (Managing Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre) and Richard Thomas (Race on Broadway and The Public's Timon of Athens); and BNY Mellon, recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award, presented by Tony Award-winning stage and film actress Anika Noni Rose.  All net proceeds of the event will be distributed as the NCTF/BNY MELLON FUND FOR NEW AMERICAN THEATRE.

Hosted by Award-winning performer Lewis Black, this black-tie event will begin with cocktails at 6:30 PM followed by dinner and presentations at 7:30 PM.  The gala will feature performances by Broadway legend Ben Vereen and Tony Award-nominee Stephanie J. Block, and a silent auction filled with exciting prize packages.

Bruce Whitacre, NCTF Executive Director, said, "The achievements of our honorees are signal to the American theatre scene today.  Charles Dillingham has created an enduring legacy among theatre managers, and he has been a key leader of NCTF, as well as to every organization with which he has been involved.    We are recognizing one of our very own, and it is a great pleasure.  Joel Grey unforgettably embodies one of our strongest theatrical icons-who in the performing arts has not contemplated his amazing character, the Master of Ceremonies of Cabaret.  His performances time and again show us what it is to be human, to be alive, in the most vital way.  And BNY Mellon exemplifies two proud legacies of enduring community engagement that go back literally centuries in the American landscape, coast to coast.  How perfect that The National Theatre movement recognize the leadership of this historic institution now embarking upon an important new phase of its history."

Honoree of the 2011 Theatre Artist Award Joel Grey made his theatrical debut at the age of 9 in the Cleveland Playhouse production of On Borrowed Time and made his Broadway debut exactly two decades later as a replacement in Neil Simon's first comedy hit, Come Blow Your Horn (1961).  Since then, his Broadway credits include the Stop the World I Want to Get Off, Half a Sixpence, Cabaret (Tony Award), George M! (Tony nomination), Goodtime Charlie (Tony nomination), The Grand Tour (Tony nomination), Chicago (Drama Desk Award) and Wicked.  Joel's dramatic stage roles include Marco Polo Sings a Solo, Chekhov's Platonov, the Roundabout Theatre production of Give Me Your Answer, Do!(Drama Desk nomination) and Larry Kramer's seminal The Normal Heart at The Public Theatre, which he's directing this spring in its Broadway premiere.  He's currently starring in Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of Anything Goes, starring opposite Sutton Foster.  Joel received the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the British Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1972 film version of Cabaret (directed by Bob Fosse).  He is one of only eight actors to have won both the Tony and Academy Award for the same role.  Other film credits include Man on A Swing, Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians, The Seven Percent Solution, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins,Steven Soderbergh's Kafka, Altman's The Player, The Music of Chance, Michael Ritchie's adaptation of The Fantasticks, Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark and Clark Gregg's Choke.  Recent television appearances include "Brooklyn Bridge" (Emmy nomination), "OZ," "Law and Order: CI," "House," "Brothers & Sisters," "Private Practice" and "Grey's Anatomy."  He was recently honored for his illustrious television career by The Paley Center for Media in both NYC and Los Angeles.  Joel is also an accomplished photographer.  He has three books of photographs, Pictures I Had to Take (2003), Looking Hard at Unexamined Things (2006) and 1.3 - Images From My Phone (2009).  The Museum of the City of New York's current exhibition, Joel Grey/A New York Life explores his life and career.  This NCTF Theatre Artist Award will be presented by director/choreographer of Anything Goes, Kathleen Marshall.

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