NYU Tisch School GALA LA

Liza Chasin, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Oliver Stone
NYU Tisch School Heads West to Honor Oliver Stone and Liza Chasin at “Scene Change L.A.”



For the 2013 Tisch GALA, “Scene Change L.A.,” New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts headed west. 

The result? More than 350 alumni, parents of students and others turned up, paying $1,000 and up per ticket and raising a whopping $1 million.

The Gala, which took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, honored distinguished alumni Oliver Stone, a three-time Oscar-winner, and Liza Chasin, president of U.S. production at Working Title Films.

Chandra Wilson of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Steve Kazee from the Broadway show “Once” hosted the affair, with Michele Herbert; Monica Devereux and Chris Columbus; and Sheri and Howard Schultz serving as dinner co-chairs.

In a ballroom transformed for the night into a New York cityscape, Tisch students saluted the Big Apple in song and dance. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning Kazee then performed “Falling Slowly,” from the Tony and Grammy Award-winning Broadway show, “Once.” Lest anyone think that isn’t enough awards going into one number, just know that the song in the movie version of “Once” won an Academy Award, too. 

Steve Tisch, Mary Schmidt Campbell
During formal ceremonies, honorary chair Steve Tisch welcomed guests, followed by Kazee’s introduction of Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley. Langley presented the Tisch Big Apple Award to Chasin. 

“If you want to go in the business, go to LA,” Chasin recalled hearing, when she was exploring educational alternatives. “If you love film go to Tisch.”

Stanley Weiser presented the Tisch Big Apple Award to his writing partner Oliver Stone, who said he enrolled in Tisch because he “loved the idea of watching movies all day and getting credit for it.”  

“When Tisch students become Tisch graduates, they repay us over and over,” Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell said.  “They have won every possible accolade, from the Oscar to the Pulitzer Prize.  They work in film, television, theatre and dance.  They consistently challenge and change the face of digital media and games. They are recorded music entrepreneurs, photographers and performance, cinema and arts politic scholars.  They have changed the way we think about some of the central ideas of our time.  Chances are their work has touched you in some way.”


Donna Langley
Top photo: Mary Schmidt Campbell, dean of the Tisch School of the Arts Mary Schmidt Campbell, center, with honorees Liza Chasin and Oliver Stone at the NYU Tisch School Gala LA (Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Second photo: Honorary gala chair Steve Tisch with dean Mary Schmidt Campbell at the NYU Tisch School Gala LA  (Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Third photo: Donna Langley, chairman, Universal Pictures, onstage at the NYU Tisch School Gala LA  (Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Fourth photo: Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell, center, with hosts Steve Kazee and Chandra Wilson at the NYU Tisch School Gala LA (Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)



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NYU Tisch School GALA LA

Published Oct. 30, 2013 – Society News LA