May 15, 2019
AMA 2019

Nona is a music icon, artist extraordinaire and 1/3 of LaBelle (Lady Marmalade). A writer of socially conscious and illuminating message songs, Nona is also the Ambassador for Music in Artistry at Berklee College of Music.

Barbara is the first African American woman on record to reach both the North and South Poles. The North at age 75 the South at age 79! A true Action Maverick, she has been the subject of profiles on NBC News and

Schuyler Allen
Christina Burns & Isaac Henderson
JoAnn Chase

Kate Clinton


7:00 p.m.
8:00 p.m.
Seated Dinner, Special Performance and Award Presentation



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Action Architect
Elizabeth Streb

Visionary Sponsor
Ellen Poss
Andrea Woodner* & Allison Kavey

Extreme Action Heroes
HUDSON Scenic Studio▪ Theatrical Associates*

Action Aces
Marcy Carsey
Bob* & Sylvie Fitzpatrick
Select Equity Group
Two Trees Management

Dan Allen
Auvere & Peryton
Kerry Clayton & Paige Royer
Kimberly Conner & Nick Groombridge
Stosh Mintek
Anh-Tuyet Nguyen & Robert Pollock
John Charles Thomas* & Emily Russell
Craig Tooman* & Jill Crawford

Risk Takers
Leslie Belzberg
Elaine & Norm Brodsky
JoAnn Chase
Susan Chin & Charles McKinney
Denham Wolf Real Estate Services, Inc.*
Liz Diller & Ric Scofidio
Paula Gifford & Christopher J. McKenzie
Agnes Gund
Carole Migden & Cris Arguedas
Eric Price
Dr. Donald & Victoria Rose
Julie Scelfo & James Cavoli
Claire Weisz & Mark Yoes

Susan Allee
Gerry & Hank Alpert
Alberta Arthurs
Christine Chen* & Adam Ingrassia
Hesu Coue-Wilson & Edward Wilson
Eve Ensler
Samantha Fantauzzi
Laura Flanders*
Dana Jones
Ashley Kreisler
Friedrike Merck
Gayle Jennings O’Byrne
Rosalind Petchesky
Pat Steir & Joost Elffers
Catharine Stimpson & Liz Wood
Gordon VeneKlasen


Laurie Anderson
Richard Bosman
Antonia Contro
Merce Cunningham
Jane Dickson
Kate Fisher
Danita Geltner
Lois Greenfield
Lee Jaffe
Russell James
Jasper Johns
John Kelly
Mary Miss
Tracey Moffat
Tom Otterness
Philippe Petit
Lucy Reitzfeld
Robert Reitzfeld*
Hope Sandrow
Nancy Spero
Pat Steir
Michelle Stuart
Ai Weiwei
Andrea Woodner*
Dustin Yellin

*Member of STREB Board of Directors
List as of May 1, 2019

In Kind Sponsor

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.

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Past Action Mavericks

2018 Billie Jean King & Ilana Kloss
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

 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.