En Garde Arts 2019 GALA
Lifting Up:
Celebrating 5 years of uncommon voices

Honoring Amy Brenneman & Maria Hinojosa
on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Drinks & Hors d’oeuvres @ 6:00pm
Dinner & Show @ 7:15pm


a special performance by MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac
an excerpt from Amy Brenneman’s Threshold
a sneak peak from Fandango for Butterflies (and Coyotes), En Garde’s next production
with host Annabelle Gurwitch

The 2019 En Garde Arts’ Change Agent Award will be presented to Honorees:
Amy Brenneman by Bill Rauch (founder and longtime Artistic Director of Cornerstone Theater Company) &
Maria Hinojosa by Quiara Alegría Hudes (Latinx Artist and Creator of Emancipated Stories)

Gala Committee

Honoree Bios

Amy Brenneman – Amy earned a B.A in Comparative Religion at Harvard University, with a specialty in Indo-Tibetan Religion.  She is a founding member of the Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in site-specific original theater centered on themes of social justice. Amy created, executive produced and starred in Judging Amy (3 Golden Globe nominations, 3 Emmy nominations, SAG nomination, People’s Choice nomination, Producer’s Guild nomination, two TV Guide awards). Additionally, she directed the documentary The Way The World Should Be about special education in America. She has received numerous honors from organizations including Women in Film, the California State Assembly, the Brady Center, CSUN, the National Children’s Alliance, the Chime Institute, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Help Group and the Producer’s Guild of America, among others. She recently received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from The Feminist Majority for her ongoing commitment to reproductive rights. To find out more about Amy, you can visit her website here.

Maria Hinojosa – As a reporter who was the first Latina in many newsrooms, Maria Hinojosa created Futuro Media Group in 2010, an independent, nonprofit organization based in Harlem with the mission to create multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.

She is also the Anchor and Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning show Latino USA distributed by NPR. Hinojosa’s nearly 30-year career as an award-winning journalist includes reporting for PBS, CBS, WNBC, CNN, NPR, and anchoring the Emmy Award winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One. She is the author of two books and has won dozens of awards, including: four Emmys, the John Chancellor Award, the Studs Terkel Community Media Award, two Robert F. Kennedy Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Ruben Salazar Lifetime Achievement Award. Hinojosa was the first Latina to anchor a PBS FRONTLINE report: “Lost in Detention” which aired in October 2011 and explored abuse at immigrant detention facilities, garnering attention from Capitol Hill as well as both the mainstream and Spanish-language media. You can find more information about Maria and the Futuro Media Group here.


Annabelle Gurwitch (Host) is an actress, New York Times bestselling author of “I See You Made an Effort,” and longtime host of the popular Dinner & a Movie on TBS, her writing appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times and the WSJ. She’s adapting a new work on economic otherization “If You Lived With Me You’d Be Home By Now” for our Uncommon Voices series with a grant from The Economic Hardship Reporting Project.

Taylor Mac is a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama and the recipient of multiple awards including the Kennedy Prize, a NY Drama Critics Circle Award, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim, the Herb Alpert in Theater, the Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, 2 Obies, and an Ethyl Eichelberger Award.  An alumnus of New Dramatists, Mac is a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect and a Resident playwright at the Here Arts Center. In 2017, Mac was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Award Presenters

Quiara Alegría Hudes is a playwright and author originally from West Philly with roots in Boriken. Her play Water By the Spoonful won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Her hit Broadway musical In the Heights, written with Lin-Manuel Miranda, will soon be a major motion picture, and Hudes adapted it for the screen. Together with her cousin Sean, Hudes cofounded Emancipated Stories, a project where people behind bars share one page of their life story. See all the Emancipated Stories on Instagram.

Bill Rauch is the inaugural Artistic Director of The Perelman Performing Arts Center, currently under construction at the World Trade Center. His work as a theater director has been seen across the nation, from low-income community centers to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning production of “All The Way” and its sequel “The Great Society,” currently running at Lincoln Center. From 2007 to 2019, Bill was Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the country’s oldest and largest rotating repertory theater. Bill co-founded Cornerstone Theater Company where he served as artistic director from 1986 to 2006, directing collaborations with diverse rural and urban communities nationwide. He directed “Occasional Grace” in multiple Manhattan churches for En Garde Arts.


Tina Landau and Taylor Mac, Honorary Chairs
Joan D. Firestone*, Chair
The Steven Aresty Foundation, Alberta Arthurs, Margot Astrachan, Morey Bean*, Joshua Dachs, Dorothy Dunn*, Susan & Steven Felsher, Agnes Gund, Lisa Gurwitch & Tom Sharpe, Ronald & Amy Guttman*, Andrew D. Hamingson*, Marianna Houston, Carole & Gordon Hyatt, Phyllis Lee*, Joe Melillo, David M. Milch Foundation, Atif Qadir*, Bruce Rayvid* & Karyn Margolis, Lee Riffaterre, Michael Schubert* & Maggi-Meg Reed, Joan Shigekawa, Meg Walker*, Marc Weiss & Nancy Meyer
*denotes En Garde Arts Trustee

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