Event Included Alec and Hilaria Baldwin as Co-chairs, Martin Scorsese as Honorary Chair

NYU Tisch 2018 Gala Honorees
Dean Allyson Green with NYU Tisch 2018 Gala Honorees Eleanor Columbus, Chris Columbus, and Eddy Moretti Photo Credit: Sam Hollenshead

Over $1 Million Raised to Support Critical Needs of Talented Tisch Students

Nearly 600 alumni, donors and supporters gathered at Capitale on Monday night for the NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2018 gala, honoring notable alumni Chris Columbus, Eleanor Columbus, and Eddy Moretti. The event featured several performances by current Tisch students in tribute to the three honorees. Alec and Hilaria Baldwin served as co-chairs for the evening, while Martin Scorsese served as honorary chair. Also in attendance were NYU Tisch Dean Allyson Green, Grammy Award-winning music executive Clive Davis, Tisch alumnus and actor Billy Crystal, music producer Randy Jackson, director and screenwriter Ana Lily Amirpour, Tisch alumna and Tony Award-winning actress Nikki M. James, Ann Tisch, and Tony Award-winning producer Amanda Lipitz. Over $1 million was raised to support critical needs of talented Tisch students. Photos from the red carpet and gala are available for download at http://bit.ly/TischGala2018. (Photo credit: @samhollenshead)

“NYU Tisch is our chosen family, and tonight we celebrate the achievements of Tisch students including three magnificent alumni,” said Allyson Green, Dean, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. “Our students tell and support stories that will inspire and not divide. There is no stopping the potential of that future.”

The 2018 Tisch gala honored notable alumni Harry Potter director and Academy Award-nominated producer Chris Columbus (’80), The Witch producer Eleanor Columbus (’11), and Chief Creative Officer at Vice Media and Emmy Award-winning producer Eddy Moretti (’98).

Ana Lily Amirpour presented Moretti with the Big Apple Award for Artistic Achievement, saying, “Eddy does not play it safe. If he loves something and believes in it, he's all in. He wants to be inspired. That's what motivates him, and that is what makes him so inspiring.”

“The greatest gift we can give, second to the gift of life, is the gift of education,” said Eddy Moretti, Tisch alumnus, Emmy Award-winning producer, director, and screenwriter, and Chief Creative Officer at Vice Media. “Thank you NYU Tisch for this honor and for being a beacon of light during a time in which we are in desperate need of discourse and exchange of ideas.”

Alec Baldwin (’94), presented the father-daughter duo of Chris Columbus and Eleanor Columbus with the Big Apple Award for Artistic Achievement. “The two of them have each found a fabulous partner in each other,” he said. “They are two NYU film students, committed to giving a hand to other young talented filmmakers and stocking the pond with new talent.”

“Growing up, I would see Chris light up when he spoke about NYU, and as soon as I walked through the doors of Tisch everything made sense,” said actress, filmmaker, and Tisch alumna Eleanor Columbus. In a nod to the Harry Potter films, which she famously insisted her father sign on to direct, she said, “NYU was and is my Hogwarts and NYU Tisch is the greatest and most magical school in the world.”

“NYU is responsible for everything I've ever done,” said Chris Columbus, Tisch alumnus and Academy Award-nominated producer, director, and screenwriter. Speaking directly to Tisch students, he said, “I love the students of NYU. Art can change the world, and this world needs your vision and integrity more than ever.”

The evening's performers included NYU Tisch students and alumni. Live music was provided throughout the night by cLive of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. The gala showcased the depth and breadth of NYU Tisch’s offerings, which include programs in acting, dance, cinema studies, design for stage and film, dramatic writing, film and television, game design, interactive telecommunications, moving image archiving and preservation, musical theatre writing, performance studies, photography, public policy, and recorded music.

Thousands of Tisch alumni have gone on to enjoy fulfilling careers in the arts. Tisch graduates include renowned artists such as Pulitzer Prize-winners Annie Baker (also a MacArthur Fellow), Tony Kushner, Doug Wright, and Chang Lee; Academy Award-winners Mahershala Ali, Martin Scorsese, Marcia Gay Harden, Keiko Ibi, and Ang Lee; Tony Award-winners Nina Arianda, Beowulf Boritt, Steve Kazee, George C. Wolfe, Michael Mayer, Idina Menzel, Stephen Spinella, Frank Wood, and Paul Tazewell; Grammy Award-winner Lady Gaga; Emmy Award-winners Alec Baldwin, Sterling K. Brown, Billy Crystal, Vince Gilligan, Donald Glover (also a Grammy Award winner), Camryn Manheim, and Debra Messing; Golden Globe-winners Rachel Bloom, Rachel Brosnahan, Reed Morano (also an Emmy Award winner), and Gina Rodriguez; acclaimed filmmakers Spike Lee, Amy Heckerling, Dee Rees, and Colin Trevorrow; Grammy nominee Elle Varner; entrepreneur Dennis Crowley; MacArthur Fellowship recipients Kyle Abraham, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (also a Pulitzer Prize finalist), Camille Utterback, and Mimi Lien; visual artist Leo Villareal; and actors Danai Gurira and Corey Stoll.


Photos from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2018 Gala are available for download at http://bit.ly/TischGala2018.

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About the NYU Tisch School of the Arts
For over 50 years, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts has drawn on the vast artistic and cultural resources of New York City and New York University to create an extraordinary training ground for the individual artist and scholar of the arts. Today, 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 premier global university with campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and 11 academic centers around the world. Learn more at www.tisch.nyu.edu.


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