Cynthia and Christine
Monday, May 17, 2021
STREB’s Action Maverick Award Benefit celebrates the heroes who inspire us, and serves as our signature fundraising event, helping us to pursue our mission and sustain our entire organization. Funds raised support Elizabeth Streb’s groundbreaking work through the STREB Extreme Action Company’s performances, which take place at our home in Brooklyn and around the world; our educational partnerships and community engagement programs that inspire and empower the Action Heroes and leaders of tomorrow; and, it ensures accessibility by supporting our scholarship and ticket subsidy programs.
This year, while we won’t be able to meet in person, we are still planning some fabulous remote festivities and need your support now more than ever. 
For more information, to get involved, or to donate contact Shannon Reynolds at
Jacqueline Woodson
Toshi Widoff-Woodson
Lynne Meadow
Kate Clinton

Elizabeth Streb

Visionary Sponsors

Andrea Woodner* & Allison Kavey

Extreme Action Heroes
George Loening & Kimbrough Towles
Neil A. Mazzella* /HUDSON Scenic Studio, Inc.
Ellen Poss
Select Equity Group
Action Aces
Select Equity Group
Dan Allen
Kerry Clayton & Paige Royer
Craig Tooman* & Jill Crawford
Risk Takers
Gerry & Hank Alpert
Cris Arguedas & Carole Migden
Jody & John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation
Hugo Barreca
Kim Conner & Nick Groombridge
Steven Feldman & Gina Love
Paula Gifford & Chris McKenzie
Agnes Gund
Dr. Donald & Victoria Rose
Paul Wolf & Carolina Sacio
Susan Allee
Aberta Arthurs
Elaine & Norm Brodsky
Liz Diller & Ric Scofidio
Marian Godfrey
Michael & Marjorie Stern

List as of April 19, 2021

Food and beverages for the event provided by our in-kind sponsors:


Support Levels

Premier Table for ten guests. Listing as Leadership Committee on the event’s printed materials and web site, and verbal acknowledgement at the event.

VIP Table for eight guests. Listing as Leadership Committee on the event’s printed materials and web site, and verbal acknowledgement at the event.

ACTION ACE ($10,000)
Tickets for six guests. Listing as Leadership Committee on the event’s printed materials and web site.

DAREDEVIL ($5,000)
Tickets for four guests and listing in the event’s printed materials.

RISK TAKER ($2,500)
Tickets for two guests and listing in the event’s printed materials.

FRIEND ($750)
Ticket for one guest and listing in the event’s materials.

About our 2021 Action Maverick Award Honorees

Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni met while working at the Alliance for Quality Education. Cynthia formerly served as the spokesperson for the organization, which Christine helped found. In addition to their advocacy on behalf of equality in education, they also work in tandem for LGBTQ+ rights. Most proudly they played a crucial role in 2010 and 2011 with Fight Back NY, targeting and removing from office NY State Senators who refused to vote for Marriage Equality. They are deeply involved in supporting progressive candidates for office, esp in NY State. Both are graduates of Columbia University, where Marinoni studied Economic Development and where Nixon studied English Literature, at Barnard. They live in downtown NYC and are the parents of Sam, Charlie and Max.


Cynthia Nixon is an Emmy®, Tony® and Grammy® Award winner who began acting professionally at the age of 12. A proud NYC public school graduate, she has been a longtime activist for better funding for public schools, abortion rights, LGBTQ equality, and cancer awareness. In 2018, Nixon ran for Governor of New York State. Her campaign successfully placed issues of racial, economic and gender inequality front and center. 

She was seen this fall in Ryan Murphy’s mega-hit series RATCHED and is currently in production on Julian Fellowes’  HBO series THE GILDED AGE. Her two Tony awards are for RABBIT HOLE and THE LITTLE FOXES. In 2009 Nixon was awarded the Best Spoken Word Grammy for her recording of Al Gore’s AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH.   

Nixon has appeared in many films. Some favorites include LITTLE DARLINGS, AMADEUS, JAMES WHITE, and A QUIET PASSION in which she played Emily Dickinson. Nixon is best known as Miranda Hobbes in HBO’s celebrated series SEX AND THE CITY, a role that garnered her the first of her two Emmy Awards. She then went on to co-star in the two wildly successful SEX AND THE CITY films. This June she will revisit the character on HBO in a newly imagined version of the original series. 

Christine Marinoni hails from Bainbridge Island, WA. She spent a year and a half teaching English in Nicaragua after graduating from Seattle University. Her career in community organizing began when she moved to the Bronx in 1990 and organized residents there to fight for affordable housing. In 1993 she attended the Columbia School for International and Public Affairs earning her master’s degree. After graduation, Marinoni became the director of the Parent Organizing Consortium, a city-wide coalition of community organizing groups fighting for increased resources for NYC’s low-income schools.

In 1998 she helped create the Alliance for Quality Education, a statewide coalition focused on changing NY’s school funding formula to provide equitable resources for low-income school districts. In 2003 she went to work for SEIU 32BJ, running the union’s signature campaign to unionize thousands of security officers citywide and win better pay and working conditions. 

After a hiatus to focus on home life and motherhood, Marinoni was recruited to work on the first Mayoral campaign of Bill de Blasio in 2012. In 2014, Christine went to work for the de Blasio administration, serving as a Senior Advisor for Community Partnerships.  Splitting time between City Hall and the Department of Education, Christine helped design and implement key Mayoral education initiatives including Pre-K for All and Community Schools, and the restructuring of the DOE’s family and community engagement practices. In addition to her professional life, in 1995 Christine opened the Rising Cafe coffee shop and bar in Park Slope Brooklyn, which served the LGBTQ community for seven years. 

Benefit Art Auction

A Benefit Art Auction in connection with STREB’s annual Action Maverick Award Benefit offers works from an array of artists including Laurie Anderson, Jasper Johns, Roni Horn, Tom Otterness, Merce Cunningham, Tracey Moffatt, and Pat Steir.
Funds raised from the sale of these art works will directly support: MacArthur “Genius Award” winning choreographer, Elizabeth Streb’s groundbreaking work; the STREB Extreme Action Company’s virtuosic performances; educational and community engagement programs that inspire and empower the Action Heroes and leaders of tomorrow; and scholarship and ticket subsidy programs which ensure accessibility to all.Bidding is open exclusively on iGavel Auctions and will close on
Monday, May 25th @ 3pm EDT.
Laurie Anderson
Dotty Attie
Gretchen Bender
Stephanie Berger
Richard Bosman
Trisha Brown Company
Antonia Contro
Merce Cunningham
Deborah Czeresko
Craig Dykers
Lois Greenfield
Roni Horn
Jasper Johns
John Kelly
Robert Kushner
Tracey Moffatt
Joseph Nechtaval
Tom Otterness
Robert Reitzfeld
Lucy Reitzfeld
Hope Sandrow
Annie Sprinkle
Bobby Silverman
Pat Steir
Jonathan Wahl
Joni Werhli
Andrea Woodner

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.

Action Mavericks Honorees

2020 Joshua Ramus
2019 Nona Hendryx and Barbara Hillary
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