The Board of Trustees of Harvard University’s American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) have just announced that their annual gala has raised $1.3 million for the A.R.T. community and programs.
As Harvard’s premier professional theater, the A.R.T. functions as a platform to work with artists from around the world in creating new pieces of theater. The theater has also won a variety of Tony Awards for its numerous collaborative works. They work to reach out to members of the theater world in order to give back to the community through a variety of events including their annual gala.
This year, the gala was held on February 27 with 500 guests in attendance. It took place at the Boch Center Wang Theater. Attendees came from across the country to help support the cause and celebrate the arts. Laura Michelle Kelly, a Broadway performer, provided entertainment for the evening. Famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, also made a guest appearance.
An auction took place, which featured a variety of exclusive and exciting items to bid on. Items included a role in Waitress on Broadway, tickets to the ever-popular Hello Dolly! show, a London West End package, and tickets to see Barbra Streisand in Brooklyn.
The money raised by the gala and the auction together will be used to support the artistic community at the A.R.T., as well as educational programs supported by the theater and Harvard University.
Andrew Farkas, a member of the gala’s host committee, is a regular attendee of A.R.T. events and the Grand Sphinx of Harvard’s creative society, the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. Farkas has previously donated generously to the university’s arts program, including the construction of a new creative performance building: Farkas Hall.