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Georgia Stitt Honored at Inaugural ASTEP Gala

The event, conceived and directed by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, was hosted by Tony Award winner Andrea Martin.

Georgia Stitt (right), seen with Jason Robert Brown, was honored at ASTEP's inaugural ASTEP and Friends gala.
(© Shira Friedman)

ASTEP (Artists Striving to End Poverty) held its first ever ASTEP and Friends gala on Monday, April 23, honoring the activism of composer and lyricist Georgia Stitt (Snow Child). Tony Award winner Andrea Martin hosted the event at Feinstein's/54 Below.

ASTEP founder Mary-Mitchell Campbell (at the piano) and gala host Andrea Martin
(© Shira Friedman)

The evening was conceived and directed by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, with most of the program honoring Stitt's body of work. Featured performers included Joel Perez (Fun Home), Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Laura Osnes (Bandstand), Mean Girls stars Erika Henningsen and Grey Henson, Sean Green Jr. (Hamilton), and Tony Yazbeck (The Beast in the Jungle). Attendees for the evening included Dear Evan Hansen's Taylor Trensch, Drew Gehling (Waitress), Jason Robert Brown (The Bridges of Madison County), and more.

Mean Girls stars Erika Henningsen and Grey Henson
(© Shira Friedman)

ASTEP was conceived by Broadway musical director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had — their art. With programs as local as New York City and as global as India and South Africa, ASTEP volunteer artists teach in schools and community organizations, serving youth affected by refugee status, homelessness, gun violence, the justice system, HIV/AIDS, and systemic poverty.

ASTEP's Astep and Friends gala participants
(© Shira Friedman)

The event raised more than $90,000 that will go towards bringing arts programs to underserved youth in the US and around the world.

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