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Running of the Red Bulls Gala Benefit

We celebrated the start of our 20th anniversary season and honored Julie Taymor and the Axe-Houghton Foundation, with an intimate soirée featuring fine dining, live music & entertainment, and ​a few surprises.

This event is Red Bull’s most significant fundraiser. All proceeds make our work possible. It will also be an unforgettable evening of fun and frolic. 

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Begun in 2009, Matador Awards are given annually to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated extraordinary talent, service, or significant achievements in the Classical Theater. For a list of previous honorees, visit here.

Julie Taymor

Matador Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Classical Theater


Julie Taymor is a director of theater, opera, and film. Films include The Glorias with Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander, Oedipus Rex with Jessye Norman (Emmy Award), Titus starring Anthony Hopkins, the Academy-Award-winning Frida starring Salma Hayek, Across the Universe (Golden Globe and Academy-Award nominations), The Tempest starring Helen Mirren, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Theater includes: The Lion King, which has played over 100 cities in 20 countries on every continent except Antarctica. Its worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box office history for which she won two Tony Awards, M. Butterfly starring Clive Owen, and Grounded starring Anne Hathaway. Operas include The Magic Flute (Metropolitan Opera). Recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.

Presented by HARRY LENNIX

Julie Taymor

George Mayer Award for Extraordinary Service to Classical Theater


Founded almost 60 years ago by Emerson and Ruth Axe to foster and encourage an appreciation of the English language, the Axe-Houghton Foundation supports performing arts and educational organizations that promote the spoken word. With an emphasis on having work heard by an audience, the Foundation funds New York City-based programs primarily in theater but also in arts-related education, poetry, debate and public speaking, and the oral interpretation of literature. The Foundation is proud of its support of Red Bull and is pleased to accept this tribute.  Foundation President Jeffrey Steinman will accept the award.


Axe-Houghton Foundation


Photos by Rebecca J. Michelsen

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