Sat, Nov 03 2018

2018 Vanguard Theater Company Dream Gala,

Montclair, New Jersey, United States Montclair, New Jersey, United States
4 Sponsors Confirmed
TeeRico by Lin Manuel Miranda
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
Seton Hall University
Investors Bank Foundation

  • About the event

    Join Vanguard Theater Company at its November 3, 2018 Gala, celebrating D.R.E.A.M., Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship. In addition to a festive night of dancing, dining, performances and a live auction, we will celebrate the following people/businesses that exemplify our mission:

    • Diversity: Nadine Wright-Arbubakrr, founder of Nassan’s Place http://www.nassansplace.org/;
    • Reciprocity: Reverand Ann Ralosky and the First Congregational Church of Montclair, http://fccmontclair.org;
    • Education: Montclair Film, http://montclairfilm.org;
    • Awareness: Tee-Rico, by Lin Manuel Miranda, https://www.teerico.com/;
    • Mentorship: Dr. Janice Johnson Dias and the GrassROOTS Community Foundation, https://grassrootscommunityfoundation.org/

    Why should you sponsor?

    Align your brand with Vanguard Theater Company, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit producing original, collaborative and re-imagined works of theater.  Dedicated to D.R.E.A.M. - Diversity, Reciprocity, Education, Awareness and Mentorship.  A truly multi-racial company, Vanguard is committed to  imaginative, non-traditional, multi-cultural casting, and professional artistic mentorship.  Help us be the change we wish to see in the world!  Vanguard Theater Company's year-round programming is made possible through generous support from TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda; The New York Community Trust; Seton Hall University; Investors Bank; collaborations with Montclair Film, and the generosity of many individual donors.  For more information about Vanguard Theater Company, visit www.VanguardTheaterCompany.org

    Jessica Sporn

    Jessica Sporn, Managing Director, joined Vanguard after 20 years with Gas Lamp Players, which she incorporated as a not for profit in 2007 and helped grow to a robust, year-round performing arts company in residence in the Glen Ridge School District.

    In her years with Gas Lamp Players, she developed a strong reputation as an arts leader, creating a legacy of excellence and community involvement through producing musicals, developing educational and scholarship programs, and contributing to enhancements of the Glen Ridge performing arts facilities.

    ​A former litigator with the prestigious lawfirm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Jessica is also an accomplished visual artist, who offers classes online and in her studio, and creates stencils, stamps and Judaica products, among other pieces. Originally an actress, she switched to law after becoming involved in politics. Then, after her first daughter was born, she turned her love of art into a career.  

    Recently, she designed the artwork for Lin-Manuel Miranda's campaign to assist Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and previously designed artwork for Miranda after the Orlando shooting in June, 2016.

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  • 251-500 attendees expected

    50% Male Attendees

    50% Female Attendees

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