Lia Chang, Naima Kradjian, Leonard Majzlin, and Kenita R. Miller to Receive 2022 Muse Awards at Prospect Theater’s 2022 Gala: COMING BACK TO YOU on May 1

Prospect is launching their third decade of creating new musicals with their 2022 Gala: COMING BACK TO YOU, on Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the elegant art deco Edison Ballroom (240 W. 47th St., NYC). Anika Larsen and Jose Llana will co-host the evening’s festivities which will include cocktails, dinner, and a special concert performance from 5:30pm – 9:30pm.

Cara Reichel, Producing Artistic Director and a founding member of Prospect Theater Company shared, “We are honoring a spectacular and inspiring group with Prospect “Muse Awards” because they INSPIRE us in our work: Lia Chang, Naima Kradjian, Leonard Majzlin, and Kenita Miller.”

Tickets to the Gala are $350 – $550, and are available via www.ProspectTheater.org. A portion of each ticket is tax-deductible. Proceeds will support Prospect’s mission to bring to life new musical theater by emerging theater artists. Patrons can contribute to the Gala Journal by purchasing an ad congratulating an honoree, or in honor of their favorite Prospect show or artist.

GOLD – $550 Single Ticket / $5000 for a Table of 10
Includes Premium Table / Seating Placement, Gift Bag
($375 per ticket tax-deductible. $3250 per table tax-deductible.)

SILVER – $350 Single Ticket / $3200 for a Table of 10
Includes Gift Bag
($175 per ticket tax-deductible. $1450 per table tax-deductible.)

FESTIVE ATTIRE – Feel free to dress however you feel comfortable for a celebration.  Photos will be taken!
COVID Safety:  Proof of vaccination will be checked at the door.  Masks optional.

Gala ticket purchases are non-refundable, but if for any reason you are not able to attend the price of your ticket may be converted into a full donation.
Questions?  Contact Cara@ProspectTheater.org

PROSPECT THEATER COMPANY is dedicated to fostering and showcasing today’s new voices shaping tomorrow’s musicals. Over two decades, the company has premiered more than 35 musicals in New York City, in addition to new plays and numerous re-inventions of classic works. Reflecting its investment in the future of the field, Prospect leads a variety of developmental initiatives: including an annual Musical Theater Lab for emerging writers, and the IGNITE Series of new musical theater in concert. In 2020, Prospect launched the VISION Series of original music-theater works on film, created for online streaming. In recognition of its enterprising and risk-taking new musical theater, the company has received an OBIE Award grant, and its role as a community anchor for emerging artists that strengthens the quality, diversity, and dynamism of American theater was honored by the American Theatre Wing.

Final Chance to See Jelani Remy, Felicia Boswell, James Harkness, Darius Anthony Harper, and Taylor Symone Jackson in Prospect Theater Company’s Concert Presentation of THE OSCAR MICHEAUX SUITE at 59E59 Theaters

Final week to see Prospect Theater Company’s NOTES FROM NOW through March 20

Jason Ma’s GOLD MOUNTAIN Concert and AfterParty

Lia Chang

LIA CHANG is a Chinese-American actor, a multi-media content producer, an award-winning filmmaker, and a photo activist and documentarian, who lifts up and amplifies BIPOC communities and artists and the institutions that support them.

Lia moved to New York from her home in San Francisco when she was 17 years of age and made her stage debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet. She spent many years working extensively Off-Broadway, including Signature Theatre’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Chicago. Her film work includes Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Last Dragon. The decades of being viewed by others through the narrow lens of “Asian actor” in the industry brought Lia to a turning point, and she picked up her camera, determined to create awareness by documenting the work and the lives of her BIPOC colleagues, resulting in the creation of thousands of photographs and pieces of video. Her photo archives are housed in the AAPI collection in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room under “Lia Chang Theater Portfolio collection,1989-2011” and in the “Lia Chang Photography Collection” in The Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library.

Lia’s awards include the 2000 OCA Chinese American Journalist Award and the 2001 AAJA National Award for New Media. She is also an AAJA Executive Leadership Graduate, a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age, a National Press Photographers Association Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media, and a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

More recently, Lia co-founded Bev’s Girl Films, which makes films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. She executive produced and starred in the indie films Hide and Seek (AA Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Best Actress Nomination), Rom-Com Gone Wrong, and When the World Was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative).

Lia is honored to have worked with Prospect Theater Company on a shared mission of lifting up BIPOC theater artists and creating a more diverse and inclusive musical theater canon. A retrospective of Lia’s photographs will be on view at the Museum of the City of New York later this year, documenting her BIPOC colleagues and contemporaries in the performing arts, which will include photos of Prospect Theater Company artists at work. www.liachang.com, www.liachangphotography.com

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