The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York) is the service and advocacy organization for New York City's not-for-profit theatre community. Founded in 1972, A.R.T./New York assists member theatres in managing their companies effectively so they may realize their rich artistic visions and serve their diverse audiences well. Over the years, A.R.T./New York has earned a reputation as a leader in providing progressive services to its members - from shared office and rehearsal spaces, to the nation's only revolving loan fund for real estate, to technical assistance programs for emerging theatres - which have made the organization an expert in the needs of the Off and Off Off Broadway community. The 2010 A.R.T./New York Spring Gala will honor Gretchen Shugart, CEO of TheaterMania, with The Kathy and Howard J. Aibel Award, which is presented to a philanthropist or member of the business community whose work has made creating theatre in New York City easier for artists. Under Gretchen's leadership, TheaterMania.com has become a destination for theatregoers to learn more about what's on stage and where to buy tickets, while serving theatre companies with an integrated system for processing ticket sales, fundraising, and managing patron and donor information. Sigourney Weaver and Jim Simpson, founders of The Flea Theater will also be honored with The Abe L. Blinder Award, which is presented to artists who have had a significant impact on both A.R.T./New York and the theatre community. As Artistic Director, Jim Simpson has been a tireless producer of new works and a nurturer of new talent. Through her work on stage and screen, Sigourney Weaver never misses an opportunity to promote the diversity and talent that often goes unnoticed on the Off and Off Off Broadway stage. Together, this team proves that passion for the theatre does not diminish with the size of the stage. Program 6:30pm Cocktails and Silent Auction 7:30pm Dinner 8:30pm Presentations On-Line Auction Now Open - Click Here To Bid.