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DANCE NEWS: STREB Announces 2021 Action Maverick Award Honorees

DANCE NEWS: STREB Announces 2021 Action Maverick Award Honorees

Published on April 5, 2021
Photo credit: Bruce Glikas / Getty Images

Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni To Be Honored at The 2021 Action Maverick Award Benefit

STREB, the company known for its choreographed feats of physicality, scientifically planned chaos, strength, risk, grace, and elegance, founded by MacArthur Fellow Elizabeth Streb, will honor education advocates Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni at the organization’s 2021 Action Maverick Award Benefit. The event will take place virtually over Zoom, on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 7PM, and will be hosted by citizen comic Kate Clinton. The event will feature remarks from artistic director Elizabeth Streb as well as the evening’s Co-Chairs, award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson, STREB student-alum Toshi Widoff-Woodson, and Manhattan Theatre Club’s artistic director Lynne Meadow, along with a performance by the STREB Extreme Action Company, and other interactive elements. Though attendance will be virtual, guests will enjoy food and drink via a boxed delivery from HelloFresh and Curious Elixirs, two of the event’s sponsors.

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The Action Maverick Award Benefit celebrates individuals who inspire STREB, and serves as the organization’s signature fundraising event to support the work of the STREB Extreme Action Company’s performances, which typically take place at the company’s home in Brooklyn and around the world; its educational partnerships and community engagement programs that inspire and empower the Action Heroes and leaders of tomorrow; and the scholarship and ticket subsidy programs which support the organization’s access to all. The evening will include an art auction featuring works from Laurie Anderson, Jasper Johns, John Kelly, Pat Steir, and Tom Otterness, among others.

Acclaimed actor, activist, and 2018 NY gubernatorial candidate, Cynthia Nixon and community organizer and public service veteran Christine Marinoni met while working at the Alliance for Quality Education—a statewide coalition focused on changing NY’s school funding formula to provide equitable resources for low-income school districts—which Christine helped found, and for which Cynthia served as spokesperson. In addition to their advocacy on behalf of equality in education, they work in tandem on behalf of LGBTQ+ rights, crucially with Fight Back NY, and in supporting progressive candidates for office. 

Elizabeth Streb. Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

“We, at STREB, jump off edges that are high above the ground, and we fly off those ledges,” says Elizabeth Streb. “We feel aligned with the bravery of Cynthia and Christine. We don’t have their knowledge, nor do we hold their areas of expertise, but our metaphor alignment is vivid. As STREB does with action, Cynthia and Christine strip the impossible away through their advocacy, and we are thrilled to honor them as our 2021 Action Mavericks.”

Event sponsorships and individual tickets are available on STREB’s website at

STREB’s 2021 Action Maverick Awards Benefit:

Monday, May 17, 2021, 7PM

Tickets and sponsorships:

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