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Welcome to 2018! After a hectic holiday season, we’ve stepped into the New Year energized for a full schedule of festivities. Below, we recap three fun events hosted in our event space and theater.
BrownGirlsLove POWER Day
In early January, Christina S. Brown, founder of LoveBrownSugar, cultivated a day filled with inspiring speakers, workshops, panels, makeovers, and more. Their event, produced alongside Toyota, focused on providing resources for millennial women's success in today's world. You can read more about the day over on their blog, as well as peruse photos from the event. Below are a few of our favorites!
United Airlines Olympic Campaign Kick-Off
In anticipation for the 2018 Winter Olympics, United transformed our event space into a wintry ski lodge that left us awestruck. From the larger-than-life depictions of Team USA athletes and United employees, to the amazing 3D photo backdrop created by Wasabi3D, the evening was a non-stop celebration. United unveiled their commercial campaign, themed "Superheros", to an excited crowd of influencers, press, and internal team members.
Vote Run Lead
Vote Run Lead, the brilliant organization that empowers and trains women to run for public office, hosted their post-Women's March event with us on January 20th. Following the march, a group of over 200 women and men met in our event space for an afternoon filled with panels, networking, and dancing!
As the weather warms up, it's time to begin planning your company Summer parties. There are certain elements we all expect at these events; namely good food, good drinks, and a great venue. When it comes to surprising your coworkers, however, it's easy to feel stumped.
Knowing how much pressure there is to stand out from other events, the HELEN MILLS team collected some fun ideas to help you as your plan not only your Summer parties, but any throughout the year.
Let's get started!
Company Movie Night
Does your team sometimes get burnt out on high-energy, loud parties? Why not switch things up and book a private movie screening for your crew? With 140 seats, the HELEN MILLS Theater offers an intimate, comfortable, and alternative way to spend your company outing.
With HD projection and 5.1 Cinema Surround Sound, you can offer your team a night at the movies without the exorbitant ticket prices, teens on their cellphones, and chatterbox neighbors commenting on every scene.
Gif and Video Booths
Who hasn't attended a party with a photo booth? Whether it be a wedding, Mitzvah, or holiday party, we all have our signature "four poses" down to a science. Yes, photo strips are cute and retro, but in the age of ever evolving technology it's important to take advantage of all the latest and greatest gadgets.
Companies like OM now offer several different types of photo and video booths, offering guests a creative outlet to show off your killer party.
Edible Floral Arrangements
There's no denying that flowers are a beautiful way to instantly liven up the look of your event, but at the end of the evening you experience a crisis over what to do with your left-over arrangements. It isn't always reasonable to have your guests take the centerpieces home with them, and letting hundreds of dollars of flowers get thrown away can feel like a knife to the heart. If this sounds at all familiar, you should check out companies like Baked Bouquet, a "Bakery Florist" that offers sweet treats in the form of floral arrangements.
Baked Bouquet creates stunning creations that will have you guests asking, "These are cupcakes?!"
You've spent time and effort on creating the perfect setup for your party, so why let your tables fade into the background? Our friends at Cerf carry a large selection of LED tables and more to help you create a vibrant affair.
On Saturday, January 14th, HELEN MILLS hosted the LIVE Rock Your Voice, Woman! event.; a daylong seminar aimed at empowering women in finding their voices and transforming the world through their communities, businesses, and personal lives.
Rock Your Voice, Woman! utilized both the theater and event space to bring their message to life. The intimacy and versatility of the venue lent itself to the various aspects of the day’s agenda, and the program featured an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and vendor booths. Through this event, attendees engaged and connected with some of the biggest voices in women’s thought leadership.
The immersive experience guided guests in mapping out a path towards their own aspirations. By the end of the day, the voice of the female community was quite a bit louder!
For three days this week, Live Gathering Tools, Bizbash's new website, hosted their first-ever Global Demo Week at the HELEN MILLS Theater. The event was livestreamed through the Live Gathering Tools platform, a virtual trade show environment complete with a lounge, demo halls, theater with live and on-demand presentations, and more (check it out here). Bizbash CEO and Founder, David Adler, and Jeff Banish hosted with contagious, joyful enthusiasm for events and event tech.
Topics ranged from Event Management, Event Buzzwords, Budgeting, and Mobile Engagement. Each topic was accompanied by expert presentations (available through the Live Gathering Tools platform) led by industry leaders, including: AllSeated, #TWUBS, Bonfyre, Intros, and more.
In it's 11th year, the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) welcomed thousands of tv producers, stars and fans across three venues in New York City. The HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater hosted panels, pilot screenings, happy hours, and networking receptions helping to honor stars in the industry and serve as a meeting place for industry veterans and newcomers.
Participants flocked to Instagram and Twitter to post about the event, leaving an entertaining coverage trail. We picked out a few of our favorite attendee photos and features:
Signage & Event Branding was on point
The 'Big Orange TV' Photo Prop was well-loved
...As Was the Photo Booth
& The Lighting was mesmerizing
Panelists were "SO GOOD"
...Best of All, Even the Men's Bathroom Got a Call Out
About NYTVF Founded in 2005, The NYTVF is a pioneer of the independent television movement, connecting its community of artists with leading networks, studios, agencies, production companies, and brands.
Celebrity makeup artist, image and skin care consultant, Karuna Chani, held her Makeup 101 Master Class at the HELEN MILLS Theater. The workshop focused on educating women in the Indian and South Asian Communities to "love their beauty, enhance their beauty and reap the 'confidence' rewards." Topics included finding the right foundation for your skin tone, highlighting and contouring techniques, and creating a professional look.
Below are photos from the event, courtesy of Tara Sharma Photography.
The HELEN MILLS Theater is proud to have hosted The Boston Conservatory 2015 Graduate Showcase this past Monday, March 16th. Here’s a quote from our client about the showcase:
“The Boston Conservatory's MFA Graduate Musical Theater Showcase is an opportunity for our graduating class of students to perform in New York City for a panel of esteemed theater industry agents and casting directors. The students rehearse long and hard for the Showcase so that they are fully prepared to perform at their very best levels, vocally, physically, and acting-wise. There is a lot at stake here for our students, and some students gain immediate interest from the industry-based guests. The performance serves as their formal greeting to the profession. Regardless of whether or not the students end up signing with an agent immediately after the Showcase, the event has bottom-line value, in that we consistently leave the panel of audience members with a memorable and lasting impression of our students' impressive talents and capabilities. They always impress!”
-Peyton Pugmire, Associate Director of TBC's Theater Division
Here’s a shot from their rehearsal:
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Covenant House and The Royal Central Shool of Speech and Drama in London will be hosting the Crossing Bridges Play Festival on March 22 with the support of HELEN MILLS as well as a line-up of Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners and nominees who donated their time and talents to the project.
Following a successful audition process, Covenant House youth attend a series of master classes in writing, directing, and acting for stage. Four weeks intensive learning culminate in a 24-hour play festival, where the young people will work overnight and alongside professional performers including Brian Carson, Dionne Figgons, Dana Marie Ingraham and Anika Larsen to write, choreograph, direct, produce and perform in their own plays.
Tickets are free, although donations to Covenant House are encouraged and space is limited. For more information about the Crossing Bridges Play Festival, see here. Details on the event below.
When: 7.00pm on Sunday 22 March, 2015
For tickets, visit: https://eventbrite.com/event/14376836505/
Follow the project on Twitter: @CBridgesProject
Congratulations to Damon and Lauren! We are so excited for this wonderful couple that got engaged at the Helen Mills Theater this past Saturday! See below for details about their engagement.
Damon and Lauren’s Story
Damon’s sister tried to set him up with Lauren twice, but it never happened. Then, a couple of months later, Damon and Lauren wound up meeting on J-Date. They hit it off instantly, and two years later, Damon was thinking of a way to propose.
About three weeks before Damon and Lauren’s two year anniversary, Damon started making a movie about his and Lauren’s love story to give her as an anniversary gift. Halfway through making the video, Damon realized the video was really good, and he loved Lauren so much, that now was as good of a time as ever to propose.
But Damon needed a way to add an extra wow factor to his proposal; he wanted to surprise Lauren by playing the video in a theater with a big screen. He also wanted to invite all of his and Lauren’s friends and family to be a part of the surprise (and also help him pull it off!).
That’s when Damon found Helen Mills. After stepping foot into the theater for the first time, he realized instantly that the Helen Mills Theater would provide the extra magic to make the proposal something Lauren would never forget.
On Saturday night, 1/31, Damon and Lauren’s friends and family took their seats at the Helen Mills Theater. They waited anxiously for Damon and Lauren to arrive. With the lights dimmed, and all guests in their seats, Damon and Lauren walked into the theater and Damon’s movie began to play. Here’s a link to the movie that he made: Damon’s Proposal Movie (Aww!)
After the movie ended, Damon got down on one knee and asked the love of his life, Lauren, to marry him. And she said YES! Below are some photos of the happy couple’s engagement. Enjoy!
Looking to plan a unique proposal for your partner? Please contact us so that we can help make it happen!
This past Monday, December 1st, ballet dancer Misty Copeland joined Wall Street Journal subscribers at HELEN MILLS Theater for an exclusive performance and Q&A interview as part of the WSJ+ series. Wall Street Journal Senior Editor and Arts Reporter Pia Cotton led the Q&A (pictured below).
Misty Copeland was recently featured in the inspiring 'I will what I want' Under Armour commercial and is debuting this month as the lead in the American Ballet Theater's Nutcracker at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her performance was simple and truly stunning. See below for a gif of the performance and more information about the Wall Street Journal Plus Series.
The Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog also produced gorgeous videos showing the performance and Q&A. Click here or on the image below for more information and videos:
About WSJ+: A new Wall Street Journal experience exclusively for subscribers. WSJ+ membership is a complimentary addition to your subscription and gives you a range of hand-picked offers and an enviable calendar of events. More here.
Join SPD next Wednesday, November 19th at the HELEN MILLS Theater for an event with David Moretti, the Creative Director of WIRED Italia. David will be talking about how he and his team come up with ideas and concepts for editorial and info-graphics design. You won’t want to miss it!
Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the presentation will start at 7:00 PM. For more information and tickets, please visit the event’s website here.
The Society of Publication Designers has been around since 1965 and its members consist of directors, designers, photo editors, editors and graphic professionals. It is the only organization that specifically addresses the visual concerns of print and online editorial professionals. For more information on SPD, their activities and volunteering opportunities, please click here.
The HELEN MILLS Theater is excited to be a part of the 3rd Annual CBGB Music and Film Festival this week! There will be two film screenings on Thursday, October 9th and talks on Friday, October 10th. Below is the schedule for the upcoming CBGB events held at the HELEN MILLS Theater.
Thursday, October 9th (screenings)
- 7:30PM – “It’s Who You Know” (episodes) More information and tickets are available here.
- 9:30PM – “Find Your Way: A Busker’s Documentary” More information and tickets are available here.
Friday, October 10th (talks)
- 6:00PM – Music Discussions with Galadrielle Allman; Erin Davis & Vince Wilburn Jr.; and Stephen Trask. More information and tickets are available here.
More information about the CBGB Music and Film Festival can be found on their website – cbgbfest.com
On July 25th, we had the first event in a series of events at the HELEN MILLS Event Space and Theater. The morning talk explored the state of data privacy. It was a thought-provoking discussion with delicious pastries, intriguing speakers and presentations. Thank you to everyone who attended, co-producer, Contagious, sponsor Flamingo, and all the great speakers! Below is a quick recap (with pictures!) for anyone who wasn't able to attend or who'd like more information about the speakers, their projects, and additional resources to explore. Enjoy!
Arwa Mahdawi of Contagious (pictured below), moderated the discussion and panel. Arwa is the North American Strategy Director for Contagious and led the quantitative and qualitative research projects on privacy that Contagious recently undertook in conjunction with Flamingo and Opinium. Find the full report here. Arwa can also be found tweeting at ArwaM.
Kyle McDonald is an artist who works with open code. He started off the event by discussing the numerous projects he's worked on includuing one that involved an eavesdropping with a lightbulb that livetweets conversations via Mechanical Turk transcription. More of Kyle's work and thoughts can be found here and here.
Adam Harvey (pictured below, center), is an artist who spoke about his work in developing counter-surveillance designs. His Privacy Gift Shop will be premiering in the fall as part of the NEW INC, a museum led incubator located next door to the New Museum. More about Adam's projects here.
Dee de Lara, associate director of Flamingo, wrapped up the presentations with her talk about work the agency has done on qualitatively studying privacy, what kind of consumers privacy want, and how brands can deliver it. Flamingo's study on data privacy can be found in its entirety here. Learn more about the New York Flamingo team here.
HELEN MILLS is excited to announce the premier of SPLIT/SCREEN at the HELEN MILLS Theater! The multimedia play features performances by Alex Montaldo, jazz composer and pianist Ben Rosenblum, and recording artists Dev Avidon and Alida Rohr. The piece is directed by Michael Williams and written by Monique Witt, a retired international finance attorney turned writer and producer. For a summary of the performance and to learn more about the cast, visit the official play site or see BroadwayWorld.com’s article on the performance.
The HELEN MILLS Theater is a 140-steat theater, screening room and performance space with state-of-the-art projection, sound and lighting systems. See here for more information or contact us about renting the theater.
Location Helen Mills Theater 139 W 26th Street New York, NY 10001 Directions
Dates: November 21st - November 23rd 2013
Tickets: Purchase Tickets Here ($18 General Admission)