NYU Tisch School Gala Preview


Liza Chasin, Steve Tisch, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone, Bill Paxton and Others Preview West Coast Gala for NYU Tisch School of the Arts


On a glorious spring night in Los Angeles, Steve Tisch welcomed producer Olivier Stone, actor Bill Paxton (“Big Love”) and other supporters of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts to his home to hear details of the school’s upcoming gala. Tisch is chairman of the New York Giants and a producer of such films as “Forrest Gump,” “American History X,” and “Risky Business.” 

According to Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell, the gala – slated for Oct. 28 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel – is the second-ever on the west coast. Campbell is vice-chair of President Barack Obama’s Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

As distinguished alumni gathered in the garden overlooking the city, Campbell announced producer Liza Chasin as a gala honoree, along with others yet to be named. As president of U.S. production at Working Title Films, Chasin has been executive producer of “Les Miserables,” “Anna Karenina,” “Frost/Nixon,” “Fargo,” and other films. 

Jason Tam, Bill Paxton
Guests also included Larry Mark, Jack Rapke, Brad Walsh, Susan Cartsonis, Tom Lassally and Jason Tam, who lent his talents to the reception. Tam has had leading roles in Broadway productions of “A Chorus Line,” “Les Miserables” and “Lysistrata Jones.”  

Clearly proud of the school’s graduates, Campbell said, “We tell our kids it isn’t about getting a job. It’s about getting your work out there – not just one time, but making a life for yourself.”


Top photo: From left, honoree Liza Chasin, party host Steve Tisch, Dean Mary Schmidt Campbell and distinguished alum Oliver Stone at the preview for the NYU Tisch School Gala (photo: Alex J . Berliner/ ABImages

Second photo: Jason Tam, left, and Bill Paxton, right, at the cocktail reception to announce the west coast NYU Tisch School Gala (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ ABImages)

Third photo: Zoe Taylor, left, and Gela Taylor, right, at the preview of the west coast NYU Tisch School Gala (photo: Alex J. Berliner /ABImages)


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NYU Tisch School Gala Preview

Published June 12, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA