Architect’s rendering—technical systems omitted for clarity. © Peter Pennoyer Architects



We are delighted to unveil the new design plans for the John Drew Theater. Overseen by the award-winning Peter Pennoyer Architects, a leader in the renovation and preservation of historic architecture, in consultation with globally-recognized theater design experts Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, the plan breathes new life into our near-century-old theater.

Striking a balance between innovation and preservation, the new design will bring the theater’s functionality up to contemporary performance needs while maintaining key elements of its historic design; this includes the restoration of the stage’s scalloped proscenium frame, part of the theater’s original design by Aymar Embury II and only recently uncovered during structural exploration. The theater’s much-beloved circus-tent ceiling motif and iconic balloon chandelier will remain; non-original elements, including moldings and wallcovering, will be updated to more closely reflect the theater’s elegant 1930’s design.

We look forward to inaugurating our renewed theater in winter 2023/24. As part of our facility-wide capital improvements project, renovation is underway to our museum, education center, administrative offices, and gardens at 158 Main Street, which will reopen next summer with an exciting line-up of programs. We can’t wait to welcome you back!




In Fall 2022, Anthony Madonna, Guild Hall’s Patti Kenner Senior Associate for Learning + Public Engagement, was accepted into the Beth Morrison Projects (BMP) Producer Academy. 25 participants were selected from nearly 350 applicants to join the program, with full scholarships funded by the Mellon Foundation, which awarded a $485,000 grant to support the development of the BMP: Producer Academy for the next three years. BMP’s mission is to assemble a multifaceted cohort of producers with not only artistic and producing aspirations but larger goals to impact the performing arts field as a whole. A finalist group of 42 candidates were interviewed to narrow down to the 25 chosen participants.

“This program has been an incredible opportunity to learn from industry professionals, both within BMP and other leading producers/presenters, and the producer cohort. I am especially grateful that the program centers on an artist-led producing style – questioning traditional models and providing a tool kit to ensure that an artist’s vision is at the forefront of all production decisions.”

Anthony Madonna



What’s your name? Anthony Madonna

Where are you from? New Hyde Park, New York

What’s your role at Guild Hall? I’m the Patti Kenner Senior Associate for Learning + Public Engagement

Where did you go to school and what did you study? Guildhall School of Music & Drama (London, UK): Master of Music, Leadership

Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ): Bachelor of Music, Music Education & Vocal Performance

What’s your favorite Guild Hall program of all time? It’s a three-way tie! (1) A Thousand Thoughts by Sam Green and the Kronos Quartet (2) ugo rondinone: sunny days (3) The Missing Element

What’s your passion? I am most excited when work engages various levels of artists and connects with the communities of a single area. I am lucky that this is core to the work at Guild Hall. I cherish the opportunities to present and support the works of students and professional artists together, whether in the galleries, on stage, or through workshops with our Resident Artists.



Florence Fabricant’s beloved Stirring the Pot hit the road this year at four dynamic off-site locations. The series began on August 7 at the new Montauk outpost of the high-profile Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta’s with owner Brandon Hoy. The second installation, at Sagaponack Farm Distillery on August 21, featured Farmer/Manager Marilee Foster and Head Distiller Matt Beamer. Next, it was off to Hayground School in Bridgehampton on August 28 with world-famous Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, including a ratatouille-making demonstration and sampling inspired by his new cookbook Vegetable Simple. The series came to a close on November 12 at the new Carissa’s Bakery in Sag Harbor with Carissa Waechter and head baker Denis Bernard for a holiday pie-making demo. Yum!



Earlier this month Executive Director Andrea Grover and Chief Philanthropy Officer Kristin Eberstadt headed south to Art Basel in Miami. There they met up with many of Guild Hall’s patrons and took in everything Miami had to offer. Check out some of their favorite moments in photos. Who’s coming with us next year?

Andrea’s Favorite Moment: When Carlos and I added our heartbeats to Pulse Topology by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer at Superblue during a tour with curator Kathleen Forde.

Kristin’s Favorite Moment: Running into people from my past, present, and hopefully future! Art connects all the dots.



“Guild Hall and specifically the Teen Arts Council is my second home. A place and community that allows for us to explore the arts and be creative while being supported by the other amazing and talented people in GH/GHTAC.”

Kym Bermeo, 2021 Guild Hall Teen Arts Council Member

This holiday season, please consider giving generously to our Annual Fund. With your gift, we can accomplish so much, including the growth of our vital Teen Arts Council. Help us raise $62,000 by December 31. Thank you from all of us at Guild Hall!


Architect’s rendering of the John Drew Theater—technical systems omitted for clarity. © Peter Pennoyer Architects

Anthony Madonna. Photos by Jessica Dalene

Carissa Waechter, Florence Fabricant, and Denis Bernal. Photo: Rossa Cole

Renee Cox and Toni Ross at the home of Barbara and Richard Lane in Miami. Photo: Kristin Eberstadt

Guild Hall Teen Arts Council Members Amaia Astorr, Nicole Seitz, and Brianna Call at the Spooky Silent Dance Party. Photo: Jessica Dalene



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