Executive Director, William Spencer Reilly, introduces the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Center for Thought & Culture


*mark: performed by George Drance

US concert pianist Anthony de Mare pays tribute to Stephen Sondheim in a fascinating project. De Mare invited composers from a broad variety of genres – from Sondheim’s own world of musical theater to jazz, classical, pop, film and beyond – to “re-imagine” a Sondheim song of their choice as a solo piano piece. Contributing re-composers include Steve Reich, Wynton Marsalis, Jason Robert Brown, Duncan Sheik, David Shire, Nico Muhly, Thomas Newman, Jake Heggie, and more – in total, 36 composers, ranging in age from 30 – 75 and representing seven countries and 29 Grammy, Pulitzer, Tony, Academy and Emmy Awards. “Each of the composers is having a conversation with Mr. Sondheim,” Anthony de Mare told the New York Times, “with his material but also his influence, his musical wit and his craft.”


Thought and culture take center stage as the Archdiocese of New York raises the curtain on THE FULTON J. SHEEN CENTER.

The grand opening of the newest arts center in New York offers a three week festival of thought-provoking theater, film, dance, music, poetry, art, discourse and more. The festival starts September 14th and goes until October 4th, 2015.

The inaugural programming included: An Evening with Jeannine and Jim Gaffigan, offering a sneak peek of upcoming episodes of the TV Land series “The Jim Gaffigan Show”; the New York Premiere of Paramount Pictures’ Captive, starring Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo and Kate Mara; a performance by internationally renowned concert pianist Elaine Kwon; “Step Into the Light,” a showcase of the fastest rising talent on Broadway directed by Ted Sperling, featuring Aaron Lazar (The Last Ship), Alysha Umphress (On The Town) and Analisa Leaming (On the Twentieth Century); a stage production of The Amish Project, a one-woman play about the 2006 West Nickel Mines Schoolhouse shooting, hailed by The New York Times as “remarkable and compelling”; a series of thought-provoking panels with special guests such as former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York; an art walking featuring contemporary and sacred works; and more.

THE AMISH PROJECT was played by Katherine M. Tanner in all seven characters of a fictionalized account of the Pennsylvania school shooting that left ten Amish girls
and the shooter dead. The Amish Project is ultimately an uplifting story about the power of forgiveness.

Thursday & Friday, October 1st and 2nd

THE SPOKEN WORD: Two-time National Poetry Slam winner Anis Mojgani joins fellow bards Jericho Brown and New York State Poet Laureate Marie Howe,
in the first of the Sheen Center’s explorations of the Spoken Word.

Monday, September 28th

TODAY’S TRENDS IN EDUCATION: A Federal, State, and City Perspective has Dr. Timothy McNiff, Superintendent of Schools for the
Archdiocese of New York moderating a panel discussion featuring key representatives from the state and city departments of education.

Sunday, September 27th

AMORE OPERA: The Stars Align when Metropolitan Opera stars Aprile Millo, Francesco Casanova, and rising European star Nicholas Tamagna are joined on stage by
Amore’s exciting roster of emerging talent.

Sunday, September 27th

ELAINE KWON AND FRIENDS: Savor Your Senses is a Listen, Taste, Experience with award-winning pianist Elaine Kwon in the acclaimed music and food/pairing concert series
featuring the edible creations of master chef Ryan Smith. Soprano Angelica de la Riva, cellist Diego Garcia, violinist Annaliesa Place, drummer Dan Weiner, and dancer Annmaria Mazzini accompanies.

Saturday, September 26th

DIVINE MOVEMENT: An Evening of Sacred Dance was a night of four companies from different traditions
sharing the Sheen’s main stage: Avodah, Sakshi, the Trinity Movement Choir, and Omega Dance Company.

Wednesday, September 23rd

“STEP INTO THE LIGHT”: Broadway’s Fastest Rising Talent Takes Centerstage as the Sheen Center launches a new Series concept for those who love to discover
the next sensation of the Great White Way. Aaron Lazar (The Last Ship), Analisa Leaming (The King and I), and Alysha Umphress (On the Town) stars.

Monday, September 21st

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik and Jim GIll in a discussion about New York City politics, faith and the state of our city. 
Sunday, September 20th

Nashville based singer-songwriters Audrey Assad and Vince Scheuerman (AKA “Army of Me”) bring their soulful and
moving songs to the Loreto stage, for an evening of indie folk music.

Saturday, September 19th

The Sheen Center’s panel discussion of Dorothy Day
by the people who know her best on her inspirational work of reaching out to people on the periphery.

Saturday, September 19th

An opening reception featuring talented chefs Sara Bojarski, Danny Newberg, Rose Mcadoo, and Eli and Max Sussman at an event
highlighting the works of contemporary artists Rosalind McGary, Sarah Jane, Hunter Canning, Etty Yaniv, David Nakabayashi, Jenni Lukasiewicz, and Daisuke Kiyomiya.

Friday, September 18th

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Fr. Matt Malone, S.J. lead a conversation on the man
who has captured the attention and imagination of the whole world. With Fr. Jim Martin, S.J.

Wednesday, September 16th

An intimate and hilarious conversation with Jim Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie
on their new television show and their unique take on family life. Hosted by Father John Morris.
Tuesday, September 15th

The Sheen Center screens CAPTIVE, a blockbuster starring Kate Mara (House of Cards) as recovering addict Ashley Smith
who is held hostage in her own apartment by a violent escaped convict played by Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo.

Monday, September 14th

David Oyelowo star of “Selma” and Paramount Pictures’ upcoming release, “Captive”,
does a shout out for New York’s newest arts center, The Sheen Center for Culture and Thought.