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Parents' Council

Congratulations – your child is a Tisch student! What’s next?

Join other parents as you navigate Tisch and NYU, and learn more about what it means to be the parent of an artist. The Tisch Parents’ Council brings together parents of current students and alumni from around the world to share perspectives and serve as ambassadors in support of the school.

To learn more about the Parents' Council, contact Sharon Peterson

Parent Resources

Our Mission

  • Provide and/or secure financial support to the Tisch School;

  • Represent the parent perspective by offering feedback and communicating concerns to Tisch;

  • Welcome other parents to the Tisch community and the University through campus and regional events;

  • Help identify new prospective parent members;

  • Volunteer to mentor and/or provide internships for current students; and

  • Host Tisch or NYU regional events.


A minimum gift of $5,000 to any program or fund within the Tisch School qualifies for 12-month membership from the date of the gift. Parents may support the Tisch Parents' fund, scholarships, or an aspect of their child's department -- such as production funds for the Drama or Film & TV departments. 

In the past three years, Tisch parents have donated over $7M to funds such as scholarships, pipeline programs, production funds, funded internships, alumni mentor programs, and unrestricted funds at the discretion of the school’s leadership. All this to say that parents' philanthropic support is critical to the education we offer here.


Three to four meetings and/or social gatherings in New York and Los Angeles each year provide great opportunities to exchange ideas and perspectives on parenting an artist in training as well as chances to meet the school's leadership, faculty, and distinguished alumni. Members also receive invitations to attend exclusive events.

Parents' Council Members By Region

**Chairs | *Co-Chairs, Parents of Alumni

Georgia & Gerald Curatola (New York, NY)
Rosemarie & Joseph DiLorenzo (Farmingdale, NY)
Palma D’Orazio & Pierre Bree (New York, NY)
Elizabeth Breen & Jack Welch (Weston, MA)
Lisa & Brian Enslow (Chatham, NJ)
Nora & Alexander Falk (Marblehead, MA)
Michael & Jennifer Freitag (Cos Cob, CT)
Ellen Stern Garland & Eric Garland (New York, NY)
*Lena & Rob Gelenberg (Blue Bell, PA)
Paula & Jonathan Gordon (Andover, MA)
Beverly & Brodie Johnson (Greenwich, CT)
Ed Krapels & Sarah Emerson (Andover, MA)
Adele & Jody Laboz (Brooklyn, NY)
Jude & Bill Lang (Bala Cynwyd, PA)
Liana Makkos (New York, NY)
Rob Martin (New York, NY)
Betty Ann Caravella & Kevin Morris (Port Washington, NY)
Monica Muhart (Bedford, NY)
Robin & Nick Politan (New York, NY)
Christina & Jeff Sagansky (New York, NY)
John & Alissa Sebastian (Wellesley Hills, MA)
Ellen & Bruce Shain (South Hamilton, MA)
Karen & Marc Spector (Roslyn, NY)
Tracy Stein & Marco Masotti (Mount Kisco, NY)
Lance Stuart & Jessie Furness (New York, NY)
Valentine Talland & Nagesh Mahanthappa (Cambridge, MA)
Jon & Jeannette Tullis (Haverford, PA)
Jeri & Simon Turner (Rye, NY)

Alexandra & Scot Ackerman (Jacksonville, FL)
Matthew & Anne Bean (Atlanta, GA)
Sarah Bhutta & Afzaal Akhtar (Boca Raton, FL)
Liz Alicea-Velez & Ismael Velez (Weston, FL)
Arlene & Wayne Chaplin (Miami Beach, FL)
Stacey & Fernando Donayre (Miami, FL)
Amy & Frank Garrison (Nashville, TN)
Susan Keating & Norman Worthington (Sarasota, FL)
**Patricia & Walter Moore (McLean, VA)
Reta & Robert Peery (Atlanta, GA)
*Joyce Ulrich & Hank Stewart III (Ellicott City, MD)
Kathleen & Charles Van Horn (New Orleans, LA)

Molly & Sean Durkin (Chicago, IL)
Catherine & David Durning (Winnetka, IL)
Carol & Chris Jakubik (Lake Forest, IL)
Mary & Brian Katz (Paducah, KY)
Kelly & John Waller (Chicago, IL)
Carol & Keith Yuster (Highland Park, IL)
Ronna & Steven Zoll (Chicago, IL)

Lara Baumgarten (Los Angeles, CA)
Spencer Baumgarten (West Hollywood, CA)
Cynthia & Alan Berkshire (Los Angeles, CA)
Jim & Francesca Cervantes (Lafayette, CA)
Michael & Rebecca Costello (Mercer Island, WA)
Patty Elias & Michael Rosenfeld (Santa Monica, CA)
Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton (Pacific Palisades, CA)
Michael Duggan & Karey Burke (Santa Monica, CA)
Darla & Patrick Flanagan (Greenbrae, CA)
Jana & Rob Fore (Hillsborough, CA)
Debra & Steven Geist (Manhattan Beach, CA)
Carol & Benjamin Greenspan (Mill Valley, CA)
Gayle Pereira Higgins & Harold Higgins (San Clemente, CA)
Jolie & Jon Jashni (Beverly Hills, CA)
Rise Johnson (Rancho Santa Fe, CA)
Sally & Barry Karlin (Atherton, CA)
Lisa & Brian Kessler (Pacific Palisades, CA)
Mark & Stefania Magidson (Los Angeles, CA)
Noela & Dimitris Nakos (Palo Alto, CA)
Nina Palmer & Steve Sheldon (Northridge, CA)
Janan & Francis Pisano (Trabuco Canyon, CA)
Tamara & Joel Podolny (San Francisco, CA)
Lisa & Peter Rosenberg (Kentfield, CA)
Monica & Philip Rosenthal (Los Angeles, CA)
Dan Roston & Stacey Halpern (Newport Coast, CA) 
Annie Marie Santos (Woodbridge, CA)
Genny & Klaus See-Tho (Palo Alto, CA)
Dori Schnitzer & Mark Brown (Portland, OR)
Juana Schurman & Tony Ligamari (San Francisco, CA)
Judith & David Shore (Beverly Hills, CA)
Nancy Travis & Robert Fried (Los Angeles, CA)
Judith & Tom Tullie (Del Mar, CA)
Wendy & Jeff Turk (Los Angeles, CA)
Pauletta Washington (Toluca Lake, CA)
Vanna White (Los Angeles, CA)
Susan Z. Williams (Beverly Hills, CA)
David Williams & Courtney Eller-Williams (San Anselmo, CA)
Jane & Raymond Wurwand (Los Angeles, CA)

Aida & John Dieck (Austin, TX)
Brian & Sharon Ainsworth (Dallas, TX)
Beatriz Fontoura & Daniel Nussenzveig (Dallas, TX)
Carol & Michael Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK)
Suzanne McFayden (Austin, TX)
Doug & Gwen Parker (Dallas, TX)
Bronwyn & David Sergi (San Marcos, TX)
Caroline & Jack Williams (Fort Worth, TX)

Olivier Croonenberghs & Arielle Besson (Belgium) 
Nerida & Tom Hackett (Australia)
Paul Hollands & Maria Wiesner (Canada)
Wendy Davis Johnson & Gordon Johnson (Bermuda)
Steven Sampson (France)