We're Back!

Join us June 20th, 2022 at 7:30pm

Gershwin Theater, NYC

Arts for Autism is a one night annual Broadway benefit concert where the biggest names on Broadway join performing arts students from around the country onstage at the Gershwin Theater, home to Broadway's production of Wicked.

After cancelling our 2020 concert and presenting a virtual concert in 2021, we are thrilled to be back at the Gershwin this year! We will perform, spread acceptance, and inspire compassion, kindness, and understanding for those impacted by autism. We hope you'll join us for this evening celebrating hope and new beginnings as we look forward to a brighter future for all. 

About Us

Who does the concert benefit?

In the past, the concert has benefited Autism Speaks. Over the past year some supporters have expressed concern about where the money was donated. In response, we established an advisory board with members that are connected to our event and/or from the autism community that will meet and have full authority to vote and decide where the money is donated. It is likely that the money will be divided and granted to more than one organization or project. They are currently meeting to make those decisions and we will post information on our website as it becomes available. We are excited to see where they decide to make an impact to support the autism community this year and beyond! 

THE 2022 BROADWAY CAST

CREATED BY:


Natalie Malotke - Director

Paul Staroba - Musical Director

Jacque Carnahan - Artistic Director

Michael Holzer - Producer

Stay tuned for more performer announcements coming soon....

Abby Mueller

Six

Beautiful

Beetlejuice

Spongebob

Kelvin Moon Loh

Dear Evan Hansen

Zachary Noah Piser

Spongebob

13, the Musical

Brynn Williams

Hannah DelMonte

Fiddler on the Roof

Kenneth Francoeur

Jersey Boys

Jessica Freedman

New World Stages

Melanie Goerlitz

Carnegie Hall

Jillian Jameson

The Sound of Music

Jayson Kerr

Evita

Jennifer Lorae

Parade

DeMond Nason

Walmartopia

Danielle Erin Rhodes

Irish Repertory Theatre

Avenue Q

Eric Van Tielen

Les Miserables

Laura Snell

SPECIAL GUEST: STEPHEN SCHWARTZ

We are thrilled to welcome American musical theatre lyricist and composer Stephen Schwartz as a special guest this year! Stephen has written such hit musicals as GODSPELL, PIPPIN, and right at the Gershwin theater...WICKED. He has contributed lyrics for a number of successful films, including POCAHONTAS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, and ENCHANTED. Schwartz has won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics, four Grammy Awards, three Academy Awards and has been nominated for six Tony Awards. He received the 2015 Isabelle Stevenson Award, a special Tony Award for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent.

Stephen Schwartz

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ELAINE HALL

Referenced by the New York Times as the “child whisperer,” Elaine Hall had a successful career in Hollywood as a TV and film acting coach. Her life changed dramatically when her son, adopted from a Russian orphanage, was diagnosed with autism. When traditional therapies did not work for him, she developed an innovative, creative methodology to reach him. These methods now evidence-based, became the backbone of The Miracle Project® a fully inclusive, expressive, performing arts, and social skills program which was profiled in the HBO Two-Time Emmy winning film Autism: The Musical and in Autism: The Sequel. Elaine’s work is endorsed by leading autism experts and replicated across the globe. 

Considered a pioneer in creating neuro-diverse theater, film and religious education programs, Elaine has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, The Jewish Journal, Ha Aretz, The Mighty, the Huffington Post, and has appeared on CNN, CBS, NPR, HBO, Today.com, OWN, among others.


Elaine, who identifies as neurodiverse herself for her sensory sensitivities and different way of thinking, lives in Santa Monica, California with her husband Jeff Frymer, a marriage and family therapist. Her son, Neal Katz, uses his iPad as a communication device and has given presentations with her across the country.’ She has received numerous honors for her work and was named on the Forward 50’s list of Remarkable People doing Remarkable things in 2020. Elaine is committed to changing the way the world perceives ‘ability.’

MORE SPECIAL GUESTS:

After falling in love with acting in school musicals, Naomi Rubin began her professional acting career in 2018 when she was cast in a recurring co-star role as "Noelle" on seasons 2, 3, and 4 of the Netflix series "Atypical." In addition to the Netflix series, Naomi co-stars as “Ellie” in Jason Katim’s new 2022 comedy-drama “As We It” on Amazon. In 2021 she was thrilled to be cast as a You Will Be Found montage performer in the film adaptation of “Dear Evan Hansen.”


An LA native and company member of “The Miracle Project” since 2018, Naomi is on the autism spectrum and credits her neurodiverse thinking for the ability to imagine characters and animate their emotional universe.




When she's not acting or singing, Naomi can be found volunteering with rescue cats at Perry's Place, obsessing over the Marvel Universe and Broadway musicals, and championing social justice.

Actionplay is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.


Actionplay helps to develop life skills in a fun-filled and supportive environment where participants thrive. Through our innovative programs, outreach, trainings and professional development, Actionplay strives to build a more inclusive world.


Naomi Rubin

Action Play

Past Performers and Speakers

Kelli O'Hara

Tony Award Winner

The King and I

Christopher Jackson

Tony Award Nominee

Hamilton

Stephanie J. Block

Tony Award Winner

The Cher Show

Adrienne Warren

Tony Award Winner

Tina, the Tina Turner Musical

Andrew Duff

TV: As We See It

Denée Benton

Tony Award Nominee

The Great Comet

Max von Essen

Tony Award Nominee

An American in Paris

Elizabeth Stanley

Tony Award Nominee

Jagged Little Pill

Jennifer Laura Thompson

Tony Award Nominee

Urinetown

Kerry Magro

Award Winning

Professional Speaker


Teal Wicks

The Cher Show, Wicked


Jelani Remy

Ain't Too Proud


Mickey Rowe

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Betsy Wolfe

Waitress, Falsettos


Adam Jacobs

Aladdin, Les Miserables


Kelvin Moon Loh

Beetlejuice, Spongebob


Who's Who

Every year dozens of Broadway performers lend their time and talents to our event. Check out our program archives to find all your favorite stars!

STARS FROM THE FOLLOWING HIT SHOWS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN ARTS FOR AUTISM

Ain't Too Proud

Hamilton

Dear Evan Hansen

Aladdin

Tina, The Tina Turner Musical

Freestyle Love Supreme

Six

The Cher Show

Wicked

The Lion King

Book of Mormon

Beetlejuice

Waitress

My Fair Lady

King Kong

Rent

13 The Musical

Matilda

Les Miserables

The Bridges of Madison County

The King and I

Newsies

Falsettos

Side Show

Bright Star

Shuffle Along

Jersey Boys

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Finding Neverland


Once

In The Heights

Motown The Musical

Rocky

Pacific Overtures

Bye Bye Birdie

Murder for Two

Raisin

Spongebob

Rocky

Motown The Musical

 Bandstand

South Pacific

SISTAS: The Musical

Bring It On

Meet the Creative Team

Paul Staroba

Musical Director 

Benefit Advisory Board

Our newly established advisory board will oversee the granting of funds raised at the Arts For Autism benefit concert.  The board was formed in 2022 in response to community feedback about where money raised is being donated.  We are excited to see where they decide to make an impact to support the autism community this year and beyond!  Check our site later this summer for updates.

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS:

Christine Biernacki: Attorney and Mom of two autistic children 

Deborah Bonomo: Speech Language Pathologist 

Andrew Duff: Autistic actor from the new TV series; As We See It

Jill Frutkin: Actor and creator of theater curriculum for Stages on the Sound

Jayson Kerr: Broadway Actor

Andy Paris: Emmy nominated actor and writer known for The Laramie Project and Uncommon Sense

Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg: Pediatrician and mom of autistic son

Correy West: Broadway Actor 

"This event to me is special because it shows that there isn't one way to tell a story. The power of song. The power of dance. It has a farther reach than just entertainment. We can do something. We can do something really important."


- Kelvin Moon Loh, The King and I & Spongebob

Broadway Benefit Concert Arts for Autism 2019

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DID IN OUR LAST LIVE SHOW

180

STUDENTS

47

PROFESSIONAL ARTISTS

$46,582.83

RAISED TO SUPPORT

THOSE WITH AUTISM

1

NIGHT

1200

PEOPLE IN ATTENDENCE

*Since the inception of Arts for Autism, $166,582.83 has been raised to support the Autism community.

"I believe all people need to be respected and accepted for who they are."

- Laura Osnes, Two-Time Tony Award Nominee, Cinderella & Bonnie & Clyde

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info@artsforautism.net

917-475-4580

Presented By

Educational Travel Adventures (ETA) and Believe NYC