BWW TV: Julie Taymor & More Talk Sundance Institute at Robert Redford-Hosted NYC Benefit
Last night, March 12, Robert Redford hosted the first-ever New York benefit celebrating The Sundance Institute Theatre Program at The Bowery Hotel. Participants included Sundance Institute Theatre Program alumni Denis O'Hare (Performance of An Iliad, at New York Theatre Workshop), Lisa Peterson Scott Frankel, Jeanine Tesori, Georgi James and Christine Ebersole, who recreated 'Little Edie Beale' from Grey Gardens. BroadwayWorld was on hand to speak to the guests and takes you inside the event below.
Also on hand to celebrate were Julie Taymor, Andrew Rannells, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Judith Light, Montego Glover, Patrick Page, Paige Davis, Jeremy Shamos, Andy Karl, Orfeh, Brendan Griffin, Condola Rashad, Michael Potts, Suzanne Bertish, Francois Battiste, Zuzanna Szadkowski, and more.
Since 1981, Sundance Institute has evolved to become an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization that actively advances the work of risk-taking storytellers worldwide. Originally founded by Robert Redford in the mountains of Sundance, Utah, Sundance Institute has always provided a space for independent artists to explore their stories free from commercial and political pressures. By providing year-round creative and financial support for the development of original stories for the screen and stage, Sundance Institute remains committed to its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences across the globe.
The Theatre Program has been a core component of Sundance Institute since Robert Redford founded the Institute in 1984. The Theatre Program identifies and assists emerging theatre artists, contributes to the creative growth of established artists, and encourages and supports the development of new work for the stage. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director Philip Himberg and Associate Director Christopher Hibma, the Theatre Program is the leading play development program in the United States.