The Tank To Present Sweet Sixteen Gala On 5/14
The Tank will celebrate their sweet sixteen with a 16th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, May 14 at their home, 312 West 36th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). The event will honor Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and The Tank's outgoing Co-Artistic Director, Rosalind Grush. The Tank will also honor director Ran Xia with the inaugural Tank Artist of the Year Award. Tickets ($100-$1600) may be purchased in advance at www.thetankgala.com.
Following a five-and-a-half-year tenure at The Tank, Rosalind Grush will be stepping down as Co-Artistic Director in July, in order to pursue a writing MFA. "Leading The Tank through so much artistic and organizational growth has been a tremendous honor in and of itself. To be recognized by the board, our supporters, and our artistic community for my work at our annual gala is deeply meaningful to me, and I'm looking forward to celebrating with everyone on May 14!" said Rosalind. The search for her replacement will begin shortly.
For sixteen years The Tank has served thousands of artists from across the world by removing economic barriers from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. This spring, we to aim celebrate all the new, vibrant work behind us while securing funds that can keep our doors open for many years to come. This gala will be a fantastic evening of dinner, drinks, entertainment, an afterparty, and a silent auction to raise funds for The Tank's 17th year.
The evening will kick-off with a VIP cocktail hour at 6pm. Tank friends and local supporters looking for an early evening can join us for a toast celebrating The Tank's incredible accomplishments over the past 16 years. At 7pm, those purchasing a ticket for the full evening can stay and enjoy a dinner with delicious eats by Tank Board Member, Jenn de la Vega of RANDWICHES on the stage of our 98-seat theater. Stick around for desserts and an open bar at 8pm with music, dancing and a handful of more raucous performances. Throughout the night you will also have the opportunity to bid on an array of fabulous items as part of our Silent Auction.
The Sweet Sixteen Gala will be hosted by The Tank's Co-Artistic Directors and hosts of the hit podcast, Tanked!, Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grushwith performances by some of our favorite Tank artists including Jei Osorio, Pooja Reddy & Zubi Ahmed of Kutti Gang, and more.
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter and producer. Our mission is to remove economic barriers from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form, and to do so in an environment that is inclusive and accessible. We serve over 2,000 artists every year in over 800 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, puppetry, and storytelling. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in our two-stage theater complex Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, artist fees, and much more. We support work at all phases of development, from readings and residencies to fully-produced world premieres. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all.
Recent Tank-produced work includes Drama Desk-nominated productions Ada/Ava (2016), youarenowhere (2016), The Paper Hat Game (2017), the ephemera trilogy (2017), and The Hunger Artist (2018), as well as New York Times Critics' Picks The Offending Gesture by Mac Wellman, directed by Meghan Finn (2016) and Red Emma & The Mad Monk by Alexis Roblan, directed by Katie Lindsay (2018). www.thetanknyc.org
Photo: Pooja Reddy & Zubi Ahmed of Kutti Gang
Photo credit: Walter Kerry