Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards

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Three-time Tony Award winning Director Jack O'Brien presented Actor André De Shields, who celebrated the 50th year of his acting career in 2019 by scoring his first Tony Award, for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as Hermes in Hadestown, with the 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award at Encore Ovation - A Celebration of Aging Through Art at Sardi's on November 18. O'Brien directed De Shields in The Full Monty and Impression on Broadway.

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his unanimously critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. The Actors' Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors' best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields recently received the 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater from The York Theatre and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain't Misbehavin' (Emmy Award), Play On!, andThe Full Monty. In a career spanning fifty years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival's Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. On August 19 of this year, His Honor Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young presented him with the Key to the City of his hometown, Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. De Shields is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and SDC. www.andredeshields.com

This inaugural event's honorary chairs included Philip J. Smith, Chairman, and Robert E. Wankel, President, of The Shubert Organization, who were presented with the 2019 Father George Moore Community Impact Award. The co-chairs of are producer and Encore Board Chair Lori Raimondo, artist Kendall Messick and playwright/producer Paul Lucas.

Stephanie Simon, Arts and Culture Reporter for Spectrum NY1 emceed the evening's festivities. The evening included cocktails and hors d' oeuvres and featured artwork and entertainment by talented aging New Yorkers who are members of Encore's community.

Encore honored several New Yorkers whose illustrious careers in the arts have already spanned decades even as they continue to reach new artistic heights, push boundaries and inspire others. The other recipients of the 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award included Philip Pearlstein, an American painter widely regarded as one the greatest figurative artists of the last century. His work is displayed in over 70 museums around in the world and at age 95, he still paints in his studio regularly; and Creative Director Sandra DiPasqua, who has also been volunteering her time and talents to the Encore Senior Center for over 10 years, leading its successful and therapeutic Writer's Group.

Marta Sanders and Leanne Borghesi opened the evening with "I'm Still Here". Ms. Sanders received the 2018 Bistro Award for Consummate Cabaret Artistry the same year that Mr. De Shields received the Bob Harrington Lifetime Achievement Award. Encore Senior Center Members Sandra Rodriguez, Nancy Simpson, Peter Gallinari were among the artists who also performed.

Encore's goal is to deepen and expand its arts programming to combat social isolation and other risks that cause serious health problems, which can land seniors in the hospital or in long-term care facilities, deterring them from aging successfully in place. Research shows that music, theater, dance, visual arts, creative writing and other participatory arts improve older adults' quality of life and well-being.

Photo Credit: Lia Chang

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award recipients Andre De Shields, Sandra DiPasqua and Philip Pearlstein

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award recipients Andre De Shields, Sandra DiPasqua, Philip Pearlstein, Encore Community Services Executive Director Jeremy L. Kaplan

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Director Jack O'Brien presented the Father George Moore Artistic Impact Award to Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields with his Sardi's caricature

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Encore Community Services Executive Director Jeremy L. Kaplan and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields and Lia Chang

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields and Garth Kravits

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Stephanie Simon, Arts and Culture Reporter for Spectrum NY1 and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Stephanie Simon, Arts and Culture Reporter for Spectrum NY1 and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
IATSE Local 798 Business Rep Daniel Dashman and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Natasha and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Marta Sanders and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Encore Board member Kendall Messick, co-chair of event and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Frank Lazarto, Chairman of the board of trustees for Local 1 Robert Score, Recording Correspondent Secretary for Local 1, and Encore Board member, Andre De Shields and Michael Caffrey, Administrative Secretary for Local 1

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Antonio Roberto, LGBT Center and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Encore Board member Julius Lang and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Gigi Verkaik and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Music Director Rick Church and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields and Sean Ricketts

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Joe Benincasa, President and CEO of The Actors Fund and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
2019 Tony Award winners for HADESTOWN - Lighting Designer Bradley King and Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Encore Community Services Executive Director Jeremy L. Kaplan

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Bob Wankel, President of The Shubert Organization

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Encore Senior member Sandra Rodriguez sang Ain't Misbehavin'

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Jack O'Brien

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields and Jack O'Brien

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Encore Ovation at Sardi's

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Encore Ovation at Sardi's

Photo Flash: Andre De Shields, Philip Pearlstein, and Sandra DiPasqua Receive 2019 Father George Moore Artistic Impact Awards
Andre De Shields is flanked by Encore Ovation co-chairs artist Kendall Messick and playwright/producer Paul Lucas

 



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