NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will honor Academy Award winning film director, screenwriter and producer Oliver Stone at its annual benefit gala, taking place this year in Los Angeles, Monday, October 28, 2013 at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts will honor Tisch alumna, director and award winning star of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy Chandra Wilson will co-host the benefit, together with alumnus and Tony-Award winning actor, Steve Kazee. Wallis Annenberg, Tracy Pollan and Michael J. Fox, Laurence Mark and Steve Tisch will serve as Honorary Chairs of the event, which will also feature performances by current NYU Tisch students and guest appearances by prominent alumni. Evening’s Co-Chairs include Monica Devereux and Chris Columbus, Michele and Lawrence Herbert and Sheri and Howard Schultz.
"It gives us great pleasure to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Tisch alumnus Oliver Stone. He is a courageous artist, telling stories others do not," said Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell. "Oliver and his body of work represent a gold standard many of our students aspire to achieve. He has given back so generously to the Tisch School, passing on the NYU legacy to our students, teaching them to fear nothing, to challenge, to defy the status quo."
Academy Award winner Oliver Stone has written and directed over 20 full-length feature films, among them some of the most influential and iconic films of the last decades including Platoon, JFK, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, World Trade Center, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July and The Doors. His written screenplays, though not directed, gave him an early taste of the controversy of his ideas and include Midnight Express, Scarface, Year of the Dragon and Conan the Barbarian. He has produced or co-produced a dozen films including The People vs. Larry Flynt, Joy Luck Club and Reversal of Fortune. His latest work The Untold History of the United States, 5 years in the making, is a monumental 10-hour interrogation of the conventional triumphalist narrative of U.S. History.
Stone served in the U.S. Army Infantry in Vietnam and was decorated with the Bronze Star for Valor. After returning from Vietnam, he completed his undergraduate studies at New York University’s School of the Arts in 1971, where he made several short films. Stone received an honorary doctorate from NYU in May 2013. He is also a member of the Tisch School’s Dean’s Council.
As previously announced, the event will also honor award-winning producer Liza Chasin, president of U.S. production at Working Title Films since 1996. A distinguished alumna of NYU Tisch School of the Arts’ Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television, Chasin has enjoyed an illustrious career, executive producing a host of notable feature films including, most recently, Tom Hooper’s Oscar nominated Les Misérables and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina as well as Frost/Nixon, Dead Man Walking, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo and Notting Hill. Chasin is currently in preproduction on Trash, a film based on Andy Mulligan’s novella.
Now in her 10th Season on Grey’s Anatomy, the evening’s co-host, alumna Chandra Wilson is a multi-award-winning actress and director, having captured the Screen Actors Guild Award, People’s Choice Award, four NAACP Image Awards and four Emmy nominations for her portrayal of Dr. Miranda Bailey. Her directing credits on the series have also netted her an NAACP Image Award. As comfortable on the stage and big-screen as on television, her lengthy list of memorable performances include featured roles in Broadway’s Chicago: The Musical; Avenue Q; Caroline, or Change and On the Town as well as in motion pictures including Philadelphia, Frankie and Alice and Lone Star. Her desire to support young, underserved talent in the arts prompted the formation of her Sermoonjoy Fellowship Fund which provides funding to NYU Tisch School of the Arts students as well as the Sermoonjoy Scholarship Fund, granting college scholarships to Theatre Department graduates from her former high school in Houston, Texas.
Co-host Steve Kazee, a Kentucky native and NYU Tisch graduate, shot to stardom in 2012 winning a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Male Actor in a Musical as well as a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for his work in the Broadway production of Once. His other Broadway appearances include Monty Python’s Spamalot as Sir Lancelot; as Starbuck opposite Audra McDonald in the Roundabout Theatre Co. production of 110 in the Shade; as well as co-starring roles in To Be Or Not To Be and Edward Albee’s Seascape. Regionally, Kazee has appeared in The Subject Was Roses at The Kennedy Center where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor and Pirates! at The Huntington Theatre. His television credits include Working Class, Drop Dead Diva and Elementary.
In 2013, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts was ranked among the top drama and film schools in the world by The Hollywood Reporter and the Los Angeles Times, both noting the school’s prolific alumni community and listing names that have shaped the entertainment industry on a broad scale.
In addition to Oliver Stone, Liza Chasin, Chandra Wilson and Steve Kazee, Tisch’s list of graduates includes many renowned artists, including: Pulitzer Prize winners Tony Kushner, Doug Wright and Chang Lee; Academy Award winners Marcia Gay Harden, Keiko Ibi and Ang Lee; Tony Award winners Nina Arianda, Steve Kazee, George C. Wolfe, Idina Menzel, Stephen Spinella, Jeff Whitty and Frank Wood; Emmy Award winners Alec Baldwin, Billy Crystal, Kristen Johnston, John Leguizamo, Camryn Manheim and Debra Messing; as well as acclaimed filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Amy Heckerling.
ABOUT TISCH SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
For more than 45 years, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts has drawn on the vast resources of New York City and New York University to create an extraordinary training ground for the individual artist and scholar of the arts. Students learn their craft in a spirited, risk-taking environment that combines the professional training of a conservatory with the liberal arts education of a major research university.
As one of the nation’s leading centers of undergraduate and graduate study in the performing and cinematic arts, Tisch offers programs of study that incorporate a collaboratively oriented community of award-winning faculty members; state-of-the-art facilities; internship opportunities with established professionals; and the incomparable artistic and cultural resources of New York City. Learn more at www.tisch.nyu.edu.
Table packages from $10,000; individual tickets, $1000. Contact: Sharon Peterson (212) 992-9337 or TischGala.com