These things don’t build themselves.

Can you help me fly?
Complicated Question. Simple answer.
If the person asked is a
 genius at
design and engineering and can take
Elizabeth’s high flying ideas
and get them off the ground.
You can meet and celebrate with him 

Monday, May 15, 2017

2017 Action Maverick Award presented to

Neil A. Mazzella

President and Founder, Hudson Scenic Studio

Presentation by Julie Taymor, Director, Playwright and Designer

Event Co-Chairs

Craig Tooman and Jill Crawford

Honorary Event Chair

Susan Hilferty, Set and Costume Designer


Kate Clinton, Author, Actress, Humorist, Activist and Social Mediatrix

Event Co-Chairs

Craig Tooman and Jill Crawford

Honorary Event Chair

Susan Hilferty, Set and Costume Designer


Kate Clinton, Author, Actress, Humorist, Activist and Social Mediatrix

7:00 pm 

8:00 pm
Seated Dinner, Special Performance and Award Presentation

51 North 1st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249


Virtual Auction Powered by Paddle8

Preview begins Friday, May 5th. Bidding begins Friday, May 12th.
Action Architect
Elizabeth Streb

Visionary Sponsor
Andrea Woodner* and Allison Kavey


Extreme Action Heroes
Hudson Scenic Studio
Hudson Theatrical Associates

Action Ace
Bloomberg Philanthropies
Select Equity Group

Dan Allen
Marcy Carsey
Kerry Clayton and Paige Royer
Laura Donnelley
Steven Feldman
Joe Hall
Dorothy Lichtenstein
Anh-Tuyet Nguyen and Robert Pollock
Edmondo and Miyako Schwartz
Craig Tooman* and Jill Crawford
Jed Walentas


Risk Takers
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams+
Amy Aquino and Drew McCoy
Cris Arguedas and Carole Migden
Alberta Arthurs
Cheryl* and Max Batzer
Elaine and Norm Brodsky
Susan Chin and Charles McKinney
Kimberly Connor

Disney Theatrical Productions
The Dodgers, A Bronx Tale, and Summer: TheDonna Summer Musical
Sam Ellis
Eve Ensler
Paula Gifford and Chris McKenzie
Agnes Gund
New York City Council Member Stephen Levin+
Hon. Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council+
Helen Marden
Harry Mizrahi
Susan Nimoy
Nelle Nugent
Robert* and Lucy Reitzfeld
Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna+
Donald J. Rose, M.D. and Victoria Lasdon Rose
SHoP Architects
Signature Bank – Tom Kasulka
Elizabeth Streb* and Laura Flanders
John Charles Thomas* and Emily Russell
New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer+
Claire Weisz and Mark Yoes
Richard Willard and Jon Nakagawa

Brian Berkopec
Lewis Black
Michelle Byrd
Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio
Danita Geltner and Thomas Gentile
John Lowell
Michael Mullman
Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel
Rose Brand
Joyce Pomeroy Schwartz
Julie Scelfo and James Cavoli
Ruth Lande Shuman
William Siroty
Suzanne Shaker and Pete Dandridge
Catharine Stimpson and Elizabeth Wood
Patsy Tarr
Suzanne Weil


Benefit Auction Artist Committee
Marina Abramovic
Heather Carson
Merce Cunningham
Nicole Eisenman
Ellen Harvey
Roni Horn
Annie Leibovitz
Tom Otterness
Lucy Reitzfeld
Robert Reitzfeld*
Sebastião Salgado
Pat Steir
Elizabeth Streb
Michelle Stuart
Adam Weinberg
Andrea Woodner*
Dustin Yellin
Mark Yoes


*Member STREB Board of Directors
+Honorary Committee Member
List as of May 3, 2017
 This award celebrates those transgressive action specialists whose seemingly reckless journeys are, in reality, a society’s insignia for bravery and courage. These action maverick heroes exist as a constant and eternal reminder of all the moves yet left to do.

What is an Action Maverick?

An original. A person that breaks the rules, re-interprets or establishes new parameters of their craft. New artistic, educational, scientific visions. A risk taker. A hero.

The Action Maverick Award Benefit celebrates the bravery, strength, courage, openness and interdependence that both SLAM and STREB embody. It manifests the possibilities inherent in a unique place like SLAM. Funds raised from the Action Maverick Benefit support free and low cost SLAM programming, numerous community partnerships and creative collaborations that change lives. Each year at SLAM, 6,000 artists and students of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds push internal and external boundaries to create a unique and growing community through Extreme Action.

Past Action Mavericks

2017 Neil A. Mazzella
2016 Laurie Anderson
2015 Dean Potter
2014 Bill T. Jones & Bjorn Amelan
2013 Snohetta
2012 Bettina Drummond
2011 Diana Nyad

2010 Trisha Brown
2009 Cheryl Stearns
2008 Hugh Herr
2007 Noe and Ivan Espana
2006 Philippe Petit
2005 John and Sage Cowles