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Lia Chang: Renee Goldsberry, Frances McDormand, Tim Blake Nelson, Duncan Sheik lend vocal talents for The 52nd Street Project 30th Anniversary Gala Celebrating Willie Reale

On Monday, May 9, 2011, Renee Goldsberry, Frances McDormand, Tim Blake Nelson, Duncan Sheik will lend their vocal talents to celebrate Willie Reale, the founder of The 52nd Street Project, at the 30th Anniversary Gala at ESPACE, 635 West 42nd Street in New York.

Hosted by Lewis Black, the evening will feature songs with lyrics written by Project kids and set to music and performed by adults. The kids are Nicolas Carrero, Edelys Tiana Guerrero, Genesis Hires, Haley Zoe Martinez and Malik Velazquez. Adult songwriters include J. Michael Friedman, Henry Krieger, Rob Reale and Duncan Sheik.

Willie Reale founded the The 52nd Street Project in response to a deepening need to improve the quality of life for New York’s inner-city children. Mr. Reale, an actor, playwright, 1994 MacArthur Fellow, and company member of the Ensemble Studio Theater (EST), used his company privileges to reach out to the children of the neighborhood by creating theatrical endeavors specifically for them. Countless professional theater artists have volunteered their time and talent, being matched up with kids in a series of unique mentoring programs for The 52nd Street Project. The Project’s mission is dedicated to the creation and production of new plays for and by kids between the ages of nine and eighteen that reside in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood in New York City. This was done with the cooperation and support of EST and its across-the-street-neighbor, the Police Athletic League’s Duncan Center. The Project is now an independent not-for-profit organization that creates over eighty new plays and serves over 115 children every year.

The evening begins at 7 pm with cocktails followed by dinner and the show. Tickets are $250 and $500, tables of ten are available for $5,000; $10,000; $15,000; $25,000. They can be reserved by calling John Sheehy at 212-333-5252 x16. For further information, visit:

635 West 42nd St. btwn 11th & 12th Aves)
New York

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Nicholas Galanin featured in SEEING INDIGENOUS Indigenous Art and Media Arts on Film at the National Museum of the American Indian in NY on 5/7
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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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