Herb Engert and EY to receive the 2019 Ally Award at 36th Annual Drama League Benefit Gala on October 28
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:37 pm EDT 10/07/19




The Drama League (Artistic Director, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks; Executive Director, Bevin Ross) has announced that EY is the 2019 recipient of The Drama League’s Arts Ally Award, to be presented to Herb Engert at the 36th Annual Drama League Benefit Gala. The black-tie evening, also honoring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster, will take place on Monday, October 28, 2019 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in New York City at The Plaza (768 Fifth Avenue).

Sceneworks Studios is Sponsor of the 2019 Drama League Benefit Gala. Art Lab LLC is a Supporter of the 2019 Benefit Gala. MAC Cosmetics is the Official Make-Up Partner of The Drama League. The 2019 Drama League Benefit Gala Chairs are Mary Jain and Joseph Pizza. Leadership support for the 2019 Benefit Gala is also provided by its Vice Chairs: Anna May & Tim Feige, Meg Fofonoff of Art Lab LLC, Kathy & Ken Henderson, Una Jackman & Jay Alix, Stan Ponte & John Metzner, Iris Smith, and JoAnn & John Weisel. The Benefit Gala Committee members are Bonnie Comley & Stewart F. Lane, Bill Damaschke, Leslie C. Feldman, The Leo Shull Foundation for the Arts, and Sotheby’s International Realty.


Herb Engert is the Office Managing Partner for the New York City (NYC) office of Ernst & Young LLP. In this role, he is responsible for the overall client service and internal management of the EY US member firm’s headquarters and largest office, with over 10,000 professionals. His goal is to connect the thousands of dynamic professionals to area clients and continue to embed EY into the fabric of the NYC business and social communities. Prior to his current role, Herb served as the EY Global Private Equity Leader and the EY Americas Growth Markets Leader.

Herb is a true believer in authentic leadership and is committed to making an impact on diversity and inclusiveness — including LGBTQ+ equality — in the workplace, youth mentorship and next generation talent. He is also passionate about entrepreneurship and is actively involved with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Endeavor and The Kauffman Foundation. Under Herb’s leadership, the NYC office has seen the formation of an Arts Club, a community of EY Professionals interested in exploring the breadth of art offerings in our city from museums and galleries to theater and dance. Herb is a board member for The Roundabout Theatre Company and is on the National Committee at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

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The Drama League Benefit Gala raises funds to support the organization’s programming and educational initiatives, including The Drama League Directors Project. This award-winning initiative, which began in 1984 and whose alumni now number over 300, has been instrumental in launching the careers of many acclaimed theater directors including Tony Award winners Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown), Rebecca Taichman (Indecent), Christopher Ashley (Come From Away), Sam Gold (Fun Home), Diane Paulus (Waitress; Jagged Little Pill), Pam MacKinnon (The Parisian Woman), Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch; Burn This), and John Rando (Gettin’ The Band Back Together); Tony Award nominees Alex Timbers (Beetlejuice; Moulin Rouge! The Musical); Mark Brokaw (Heisenberg), and Moritz von Steulpnagel (Present Laughter); as well as OBIE and Emmy Award winners Lila Neugebauer (The Waverly Gallery), Anne Kaufmann (Marvin’s Room), Lear deBessonet, and R.J. Cutler*, to name a few. ‘Drama League Directors’ have been honored with Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Obie, Peabody, Drama Desk, GLAAD, Drama League, New York Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics, Evening Standard, Lucille Lortel, Bessie, Princess Grace, Garland, Drama-Logue, Barrymore, Helen Hayes, Elliot Norton, and Joseph Jefferson Awards, and have directed films and plays that received Academy Award nominations and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Drama League of New York advances the American theater by providing a life-long artistic home for directors and a platform for dialogue with, and between, audiences. Since 1916, The Drama League has been at the forefront of the American theater community, with initiatives to promote artistic development and audience engagement. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuously-operating, not-for-profit arts advocacy and education organizations. Through its programming, The Drama League serves over 3,000 artists and 15,000 audience members each season with over 150 events and programs. More information can be found at www.dramaleague.org.

For additional information about The Drama League and upcoming events, please call (212) 244-9494, e-mail info@dramaleague.org, or visit the website at www.dramaleague.org.

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