38th Annual Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards Dinner - Guild Hall
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38th Annual Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards Dinner

Music From The Sole performing at the 2023 Academy of the Arts Awards Dinner. Photo: Jessica Dalene

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We proudly present the 38th Annual Academy of the Arts Achievement Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at The Rainbow Room, New York City. The Academy of the Arts is a community of over 200 of the nation’s most accomplished artists and creative professionals who lend their talent and expertise to Guild Hall. 

This year, we honor Daryl Roth with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Performing Arts and Nancy and Howard Marks with the Special Award for Leadership and Philanthropy. We are also delighted to recognize our newest inductees to the Academy of the Arts: Uri Berliner, Cynthia Daniels, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Sunny Hostin, Fern Mallis, Susan Meiselas, Carl Safina, Marcus Samuelsson, Hank Willis Thomas, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Rufus Wainwright, and Carrie Mae Weems.

We are delighted to announce that Academy President Eric Fischl will serve as the evening’s host, and guests will be treated to an intimate performance by the legendary Bernadette Peters.

We hope you will join us for this magical evening.

Please contact Kendra Korczak, Director of Events and Corporate Relations, at events@guildhall.org or call 631.324.0806 x116 with any questions.

Tickets are not refundable. The non-deductible amount per ticket is $175.00.

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  • Daryl Roth

    Daryl Roth is a 13-time Tony Award-winning Broadway producer and leading innovator in the American theatre, with a career spanning over three decades. Credited with some of the most thought-provoking productions in New York City and throughout the world, Ms. Roth has brought to the stage the works of many of our greatest dramatists, including Edward Albee, Paula Vogel, and Nilo Cruz; has helped shepherd the careers of new playwrights; and is the force behind the Tony and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical Kinky Boots (Broadway, U.S. Tour, London, Toronto, Australia, Korea, Japan). 

    Ms. Roth is honored to hold the singular distinction of producing 7 Pulitzer Prize-winning plays: Anna in the Tropics; August: Osage County (2008 Tony Award); Clybourne Park (2012 Tony Award); How I Learned to Drive; Proof (2001 Tony Award); Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; and Wit. She champions stories that connect to the wider world through the stories they tell and is particularly drawn to themes that include issues of gender and identity, family dynamics, stories with strong women at the core, and those that reflect her Jewish heritage. Among the more than 130 shows she has produced both on and Off Broadway include Larry Kramer’s seminal play about the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart (2011 Tony Award); Paula Vogel’s award-winning play Indecent; Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron’s international hit play Love, Loss, and What I Wore; and Gloria: A Life, a play about the iconic Gloria Steinem. Other prominent productions include Absolute Brightness; Angels in America; Between the Lines; Buyer & Cellar; Company; Curtains; Funny Girl; Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia; Into the Woods; It Shoulda Been You; The Kite Runner; Life of Pi; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; War Horse; and The Year of Magical Thinking.

    Ms. Roth was at the forefront of creating philanthropic partnerships that reflect and respond to themes from her productions; inspiring audiences and supporting and raising awareness for organizations. Some examples include W;t (New York Hospital); Love, Loss, and What I Wore (Dress for Success); The Normal Heart (Human Rights Campaign, Friends in Deed, amfAR, and The Actors Fund); Kinky Boots (True Colors Fund); and Life of Pi (World Wildlife Fund).

    She strongly believes in supporting the next generation of playwrights, directors and designers, and since 1996 has been honoring a gifted theatre artist with the Daryl Roth Creative Spirit Award, providing them with financial support as they develop new works in an artistic residency. She also mentors early career producers, sharing her experience and advice as they forge their own paths.

    The Daryl Roth Theatre, the landmark Off-Broadway venue on Union Square, opened its unique main theatre space in 1996 with the iconic De La Guarda, which with Fuerza Bruta, played an exceptional combined 14 years. Other extraordinary productions include Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself; Hannah Gadsby’s Douglas, Gloria: A Life; and Cyrano. It is currently home to the hit musical Titanique. The theatre was the first performing arts venue to reopen its doors in post-pandemic New York with Blindness, which premiered in March 2021.

    In the intimate DR2 venue, she has presented such critically acclaimed shows as All the Devils Are Here, Everything’s Fine, and Accidentally Brave. The DR2 Kids programming introduces our youngest patrons to the theatre, with shows including Dear Edwina, Paddington Bear, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar

    Dedicated to supporting a number of non-profit organizations, Ms. Roth is a Trustee of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Lincoln Center Theatre.   Honors include The New Dramatists Outstanding Career Achievement Award; New York Living Landmarks Award; and the Lucille Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award. She is proud to have been inducted into the 2017 Theatre Hall of Fame and be named to Crain’s 2019 “50 Most Powerful Women in New York.”


    Photo: Jim Cox

  • Howard and Nancy Marks


    Howard Marks has been the co-chairman of Oaktree Capital Management since its formation in 1995. Mr. Marks has been responsible for ensuring the firm’s adherence to its core investment philosophy; communicating closely with clients concerning products and strategies; and contributing his experience to big-picture decisions relating to investments and corporate direction. From 1985 until 1995, Mr. Marks led the groups at The TCW Group, Inc. that were responsible for investments in distressed debt, high yield bonds, and convertible securities. He was also Chief Investment Officer for Domestic Fixed Income at TCW. Previously, Mr. Marks was with Citicorp Investment Management for 16 years, where from 1978 to 1985 he was Vice President and senior portfolio manager in charge of convertible and high yield securities. Between 1969 and 1978, he was an equity research analyst and, subsequently, Citicorp's Director of Research.

    Mr. Marks holds a B.S.Ec. degree cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a major in finance and an M.B.A. in accounting and marketing from the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago, where he received the George Hay Brown Prize. He is a CFA® charterholder.

    Mr. Marks is an Emeritus Trustee and member of the Investment Committee at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is a member of the Investment Committee of the Royal Drawing School in London. He also serves on the Shanghai International Financial Advisory Council and the Advisory Board of Duke Kunshan University and is an Emeritus Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, where from 2000 to 2010 he chaired the Investment Board.


    Nancy Marks graduated from New York University and Columbia Graduate School. She is the award-winning author of the children’s book, "Just As You Are: The Story of Leon and Sam". Nancy was also a portrait artist and Chairman of the fashion house Sies Marjan. She serves on the Boards of the Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research, the Melanoma Research Alliance, the Foundation for Art Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) and the Royal Drawing School in London. Nancy is a Trustee at the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

    Photo: Clint Spaulding/PatrickMcMullan

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