Introducing our Gala Performers and Speakers

This year’s Gala will feature extraordinary and uplifting speeches and performances, including preview performances from our next mainstage production, JACLYN BACKHAUSFOLK WANDERING.

Over the past six years, FOLK WANDERING has taken developmental steps at Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, Fresh Ground Pepper, and most recently at the University of the Arts’ Polyphone Festival in Philadelphia. At our Gala, we’ll be joined by artists from every step of FOLK WANDERING‘s incredible journey to share never before seen performances from the show.

The performances will be directed by ANDREW NEISLER, with music direction by IAN AXNESS and will feature BLAKE ALLEN, MIKE BRUN, ANDREW BUTLER, ISABELLA CASTALDI, JOEL ESHER, ALIRIA JOHNSON, ROE HARTRAMPF, SUSAN D. MANDEL, KYLE STALSBERG, and ANNIE TIPPE. Plus additional appearances by KIM BLANCK, SETH CLAYTON*, FERNANDO CONTRERAS*, ANDREW FARMER, ALEX FAST, JESSICA FREY*, LENA HUDSON, PRESTON MARTIN, NICOLE WEISS, and more! The entire night will be hosted by our very own NICOLE SPIEZIO, and the evening will close with a very special set from our house DJ, SANAZ GHAJAR.

You’ll also hear from Pipeline Producing Director NATALIE GERSHTEIN, Artistic Director ARI SCHRIER*, Board Members GEOFF BERMAN and RAY DEFOREST, and a few very special words from BEARDO director ELLIE HEYMAN.

This will not be a night to miss. Snatch up your tickets today.