The Woolly Mammoth Theater Company’s gala, A MAMMOTH RENAISSANCE, was a memorable evening, as more than 350 attendees at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library joined in paying tribute to Luis A, social activist, political strategist , philanthropist and modern “Renaissance man”. Miranda, Jr. Over $565,000 – the most in Woolly’s history – has been raised to support her work toward a radically inclusive theater industry.
“What party !” shares artistic director Maria Manuela Goyanes. “We danced on the rooftop with the Black in Space collective, enjoyed incredible cuisine curated by Chef José Andrés, watched DC’s National Bearded Empress Vagenesis command the venue, heard Lin-Manuel Miranda and Luz Miranda-Crespo talk about their remarkable father, and then Luis Miranda himself gave the speech of a lifetime!We are grateful to everyone who made our gala such a success and who believe so deeply in the future of the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company .
The evening, co-chaired by Maria Cardona, Kristin Ehrgood and Vadim Nikitin, and Jane Fishkin, included a celebration of the Miranda Family Fellows program, a partnership with Luis Miranda and the Miranda Family Fund launched in spring 2021. The program is designed to provide candidates talent from historically excluded communities, particularly Black, Indigenous, Latino and People of Color, the resources and training to build their careers as theater makers. Each fellowship is structured as a one-year, department-specific, paid, entry-level position. Through this program, Woolly Mammoth and the Miranda Family Fund are shining a light on the need for greater equity, diversity, inclusion, and access behind the scenes in American theater, and creating a new entry point into the field for the next generation. artistic leaders.
Luis A. Miranda, Jr. has spent four decades committed to being a leader in the public, private, political and advocacy sectors. He is the founding partner of the MirRam Group, founding president of the Hispanic Federation and chairman of the board of the Latino Victory Fund. He is recognized as a key contributor to the Senate campaigns of Senator Chuck Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and former US Senator Hillary Clinton. More recently, he successfully led Letitia James’ campaign to become New York State Attorney General.
Kristin Ehrgood and Vadim Nikitin, David Frederick and Sophia Lynn, Sylvia Golden and the Sullivan Family Charitable Foundation were the main sponsors of A MAMMOTH RENAISSANCE.
Major sponsorship of this event was also generously provided by Sari Hornstein, Sunny and Bill Alsup, Arnold & Porter, ArentFox Schiff LLP, Katherine and David Bradley, FedEx Corporation, Dana W. and Robert G. Hisaoka, Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management and Fiona and Eric Rudin. Additional support was provided by Dewey Square Group, Linette S. Hwu; Jenny and Chuck Lawson; the Honorable Mary Mochary; Dale A. Mott and Kenneth P. Hyle, Jr.; Verizon; Lori and Martin Weinstein; Nina Weissberg and Stuart Martin; Rachel Moore Weller; and Mary Zients.
Chef José Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup prepared the menu for the evening; Total Wine & More was the drink’s sponsor. RJ Whyte Event Production was the full-service production company that partnered with Woolly Mammoth on A MAMMOTH RENAISSANCE.
Woolly Mammoth creates badass theater that highlights the amazing, empowering and enormous complexity of our world. For over 40 years, Woolly has maintained a high level of artistic rigor while daring to take risks, innovate and push perceived boundaries. One of the few remaining theaters in the country to maintain an artist company, Woolly plays a vital role in research and development within American theater. Plays created here have been performed in hundreds of theaters around the world and have had lasting impacts on the field. Co-directed by Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes and Managing Director Emika Abe, Woolly is located in Washington, DC, equidistant from the Capitol and the White House. This unique location influences Woolly’s investment in active work towards equitable, participatory and creative democracy. Learn more about woollymammoth.net.
The woolly mammoth stands on occupied and unceded territory: the ancestral homeland of the Nacotchtank whose descendants belong to the Piscataway peoples. Additionally, the founding of this city and most of the original buildings in Washington, DC were funded by the sale of slaves of African descent and built by their hands.