ABOUT THE SPECIAL HONOREE ... DEBRA ANN BYRD | Ms. Byrd is the Chief Executive and Producing Artistic Director of Take Wing And Soar Productions. She has guided the company's growth from its birth in 1999 into a viable support organization serving women, youth, classical artists of color and theater arts groups throughout New York. As an actor, producer, arts manager, and business leader she has received more than 20 awards and citations, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 Editions of Who’s Who In The World and Who’s Who of American Women; and is the recipient of the 2009 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award and the 2006 Josephine Abady Award for Excellence in “Producing works that foster diversity”. This award winning theater arts professional received a BFA Degree in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College. Debra Ann graduated from the 2001 NYSF Shakespeare Lab at The Public Theater, the 2005 Arts Leadership Institute, at Teacher’s College/Columbia University, and completed producer training with The Broadway League at the 2007 Commercial Theatre Institute.
ABOUT THE EVENT CHAIR ... STEPHEN C. BYRD | Mr. Byrd formed Front Row Productions, Inc. which is dedicated solely to producing quality theatrical productions, and has a slate of major theatrical projects in the works. As the Producer of the first African American Broadway production of Tennessee Williams’ CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, which was the biggest grossing Play on Broadway in 2008, he subsequently transferred the Production to London’s West End, where he replicated the same success as the only African American Producer to ever win the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for The Best Revival of A Play. Byrd and his producing Partner Ms. Alia Jones have brought the Pulitzer Prize winning A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE to Broadway last year 2012 for another successful run on Broadway, and are preparing to take it to London’s West End for the Spring of 2013. Additionally, Byrd and Jones are part of the A TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL producing team. Byrd and Jones are planning on future productions in both Brazil and South Africa. He is a member of The Broadway League, and The Society Of London Theatre. | Photo Lisa Pacino Under The Duvet Productions NY ©
Stephen C. Byrd
HONORARY BENEFIT COMMITTEE
Pauletta Pearson Washington
Hon. Theresa Freeman
Board Of Directors
Hon. David Weaver | Chairman
Hon. Debra Ann Byrd | President
Brigitte Waites | Secretary
Stephanie Berry | Treasurer
TAKE WING AND SOAR
TENTH ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION
Saturday, May 11, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Red Carpet Photo & Video Press Event | 5:30pm
Silent Auction, Dinner, & Presentation | 6:00pm
THE WOMEN OF SHAKESPEARE
Performed by The TWAS Classical Actors of Color
The World Famous
656 WEST 125TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10027
The Board of Directors of Take Wing and Soar Productions cordially invite you to join us for the Take Wing And Soar Tenth Anniversary Gala Celebration FEATURING: a Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction, Soul Food Dinner, with special honors bestowed upon Take Wing And Soar’s Founder Debra Ann Byrd, followed by Dessert & Dancing to the soulful sounds of the Cotton Club All-Star Jazz Band.
Tickets are $100 [ All proceeds will benefit Take Wing And Soar Productions' mission driven programs and projects]
Space is limited! For reservations call OvationTix at 212.351-3101 to book your seats or for more information call 212.696.6575.
Kindly RSVP by April 27th - 2013