Past Benefits


As we brought our 25th Anniversary season to a close, we celebrated many of the collaborators and artists that we’ve worked with over the years including Janet Eilber, Martha Graham Dance Company; Bill T. Jones, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company; Ann Hamilton; Susan Hughes; Jefferson Mays; Tom Nelis; Megan Wanlass; Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can; and our next collaborator, Elizabeth Streb. Beginning with cocktails and dinner at UrbanGlass, the evening showcased our production of The Bacchae at the BAM Harvey Theater. The evening concluded with an after-party with dancing, drinks and desserts.


For 25 years SITI Company has been changing the lives of artists and audiences, and has in turn been transformed by countless mentors, collaborators and friends. This year we honored Joseph V. Melillo: BAM Executive Producer, kindred spirit and artistic visionary. Beginning with dinner on the Fishman stage and a one-night-only performance by the SITI Company of the audience ballet from Cabin Pressure, the evening concluded with an after-party with dancing, drinks and desserts.


SITI Noir was made up of two events that allow us to celebrate SITI’s 24 years with as many of our friends and supporters as possible.  Those who attended both, the Martini Party and the Noir Dinner honoring Julie Taymor and Elliot Goldenthal, experienced SITI Company’s artistry in unique ways. Both events featured specially curated encounters with SITI’s artists, along with cool cocktails and fabulous company. 


SITI Company returned to BAM for the sixth time with Steel Hammer, our collaboration with Pulitzer Prize winning composer Julia Wolfe and the Bang on a Can All Stars. SITI Company was delighted to honor Kristy Edmunds, who as an artist, teacher, curator and artistic director, holds a reputation for innovation and insight in the presentation of contemporary art in all disciplines. During her long and storied career, Kristy has maintained a fruitful and deeply-valued relationship with SITI, bringing us to the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the Melbourne International Festival, the Park Avenue Armory, and now the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.


SITI Company was delighted to honor Jon Jory at its Autumn Benefit. As the longtime Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Jon founded the influential Humana Festival of New American Plays that continues to this day to celebrate the art of the American playwright. In addition to exerting an enormous impact on the American theater landscape over the past decades, Jon also generously helped SITI Company to come into its own during its early years.

2013 - 20th Anniversary Benefit

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, SITI Company’s anniversary season culminated in a 20th Anniversary Celebration & JAM.  This event allowed us to honor 20 individuals whose unwavering support, energetic spirit, and trustworthy guidance helped us reach this seminal milestone at the BAM Fisher.


Nearly 200 people attended a performance of Hotel Cassiopeia at BAM and our supper/celebration afterward. Renowned string ensemble Ethel played, toasts to the company from theater luminaries Oskar Eustis and Paula Vogel set a wonderful tone, and food and drink from Great Performances Catering was a hit.


The Jewish Museum and SITI Company gathered for a one-night-only performance of An Evening with Sarah Bernhardt in celebration of the exhibition Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama. Anne Bogart directed the evening’s events, which featured readings by Lynn Cohen, Cherry Jones, Ellen Lauren and Debra Winger with soprano Lauren Flanigan. Carol Ockman and Kenneth E. Silver were the masters of ceremonies. After the performance Anne Nickel Curtin hosted a reception in her home.


We hosted a benefit at Classic Stage Company and Café Deville in conjunction with our run of Death and the Ploughman. SITI friend and former Company member Jefferson Mays was the honoree. The evening included a live and silent auction, food and drink, dancing and a musical tribute to Mays by our own Ellen Lauren.


We hosted a benefit at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in conjunction with our run of bobrauschenbergamerica. Playwright and Company member Charles L. Mee was the honoree. Richard B. Fisher and Jeanne Donovan Fisher served as co-hosts. The evening included a silent auction, food and drink, and dancing till the wee hours.