The Drama League
Kenneth Wirth serves as the CEO of First Financial Resources, Ltd., and as the business manager for The Midtown Men, a performance group that includes the four original stars of Jersey Boys. Outside of work, Kenneth Wirth remains actively involved in the community through many board positions, including sitting on the board of The Drama League. This organization undertakes a number of initiatives to transform the relationship between artists and their audiences.
This year, the organization responded to the continued cuts to pubic schools arts education funding by launching a new program for New York high school students. Called New Visions/New Voices, the program provides theater training at no cost after school at the Drama League Theater Center.
Through the program, students interested in drama as a career can learn about the several roles individuals can fill in relation to the theater so that they can make more informed choices about their career paths. The first class taught under the program was called “Theater Directing: Staging Your World” and culminated in scenes from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams performed by students.
The CEO of First Financial Resources Ltd. in Greenwich, Connecticut, Kenneth Wirth is an avid supporter of the theatrical arts and serves on the Board of Directors of the Drama League, an organization that strives to promote the personal, professional, and creative development of artists. Kenneth Wirth and his fellow Drama League personnel are set to hold the organization’s annual Musical Celebration of Broadway benefit gala on February 2, 2015.
A tradition that began in 1994, the Drama League’s gala honors contributions to American theatre by directors and theatrical, musical, and literary artists. Additionally, it acts as a fundraising event for the League’s education programs. The annual event honors a different artist each year, chosen by their commitments to arts education, charitable efforts, and assorted work and projects. In past years, the gala honored artists that include actor Neil Patrick Harris and singer Liza Minelli. A wide assortment of Broadway and Hollywood stars attend the event every year.
The 2015 Musical Celebration of Broadway will honor actor James Earl Jones. A recipient of two Tony Awards, an Emmy Award, and an Academy Award, Jones is likely most known as the actor behind the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Taking place at New York City’s Pierre Hotel, the black-tie evening will include dinner, cocktails, and a star-studded musical spectacle.
Those interested in attending the gala can purchase individual tickets or a full table that seats 10 people. For more information and ticket prices, visit the Drama League’s benefit gala page at http://dramaleague.org/events/gala.