MA-YI THEATER COMPANY 28th ANNIVERSARY GALA
APRIL 24, 2017 6 PM TRIBECA THREE-SIXTY
OUR OUTSTANDING HONOREES
Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish — Outstanding Achievement in the Arts
was born in Manila and was the youngest member of Ballet Philippines. She danced with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Ohad Naharin and Joyce Trisler Dance Company. She then joined Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as the first “Filipina”, where she was a principal dancer from 1984-1997. While dancing, Roxas worked with many of the most significant choreographers, including, Alvin Ailey, Katherine Dunham, Jerome Robbins, Talley Beatty, Lar Lubavitch, John Butler, Ulysses Dove and Judith Jamison. Roxas performed in the Emmy award-winning PBS specials “Two by Dove” and Judith Jamison’s “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey”. In 1997, she was featured in Dance Magazine’s cover article and named by Avenue Magazine as one of the 500 most influential Asian-Americans. She performed on Broadway in The King and I as Eliza. She has worked with Anna Deavere Smith at the Graduate School of New York University and was the Movement Coordinator for Smith’s last show “Let Me Down Easy.” She teaches at Tisch School of the Arts through CAP21 and was guest faculty at Harvard University in 2010. She is continuously involved in re-staging ballets of Alvin Ailey’s works and is an integral part of the Ailey legacy. In July of 2014, she choreographed a solo for Yabin Wang, as part of Beijing’s “Dream in Three Episodes”. She is married to Robert Z. Dobrish, a prominent matrimonial attorney in Manhattan.
Frank and LolitaValderrama Savage — Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Education
LOLITA VALDERRAMA SAVAGE
is an internationally recognized artist who has exhibited her artwork across Europe, Asia and the U.S. Born in Manila, Philippines, Lolita received her degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Royal and Pontifical University of Santo Tomas and was granted a scholarship by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to study at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence where she received her Licenza in Pittura. She was one of the acclaimed artists presented at the 1999 World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland. Her one-woman exhibition at the Palazzo Medici-Riccardi Museum in Florence in 2013 was sponsored by the Comune di Firenze, Bloomberg, the Philippine Embassy in Rome,the U.S. Consulate General in Florence and the Provincia di Firenze. In 2014, Lolita was honored by Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for her distinct cultural and artistic accomplishments. Her commitment to art is combined with her passion for languages, diverse cultures, and a tireless dedication to humanitarian causes raising awareness and tolerance for other cultures and creating artistic and educational scholarships for disadvantaged youth. She contributes her time to various community organizations like the Forum for World Affairs, Stamford Historical Society, Alliance Francaise, YWCA of Greenwich, The Urban League of Southwestern Connecticut, The Friends of the Ferguson Library and the Stamford Cultural Development Corporation. She worked at the United Nations and has served many other local and international philanthropic and arts organizations. She was awarded an official citation from the State of Connecticut for her work in the arts and community affairs for creating awareness of high level of culture and education and was among 125 Significant Women of Influence in Stamford by the Historical Society. Presently, Lolita serves as Honorary Chairperson for The Foundation for Filipino Artists, Inc, and on the Advisory Board of Ma-Yi Theater Company. She is an active member of the Societa di Belle Arti Casa di Dante and the American International League of Florence. She lives in Stamford, CT, and in Florence, Italy with her husband, Frank.
has maintained a distinguished career in international banking and investment management working around the globe. A native North Carolinian, Frank earned his B.A.from Howard University and he received his M.A from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In 1963, he joined Citibank as the first African American in its International division serving in New York, the Middle East and Africa. Since then he has held executive positions in Equitable Life Assurance (now AXA), TAW International Leasing, and Alliance Capital Management. He was the Chairman of Alliance Capital Management International and is currently CEO of Savage Holdings. Frank serves as Trustee emeritus of Johns Hopkins University and Chairman emeritus of Howard University’s board of trustees and on the boards of Bloomberg LP having previously served on the boards of the New York Academy of Medicine, Lockheed Martin, Qualcomm, and the New York Philharmonic. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hofstra University and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Howard University. Throughout his career, he has dedicated much of his time and assets to various philanthropic organizations. Presently he devotes much of his resources and time to assisting low income and disadvantaged youth, helping them in receiving a quality college level education and developing successful career tracks. He is married to Lolita Valderrama Savage. The couple are supportive and active in each others’ careers and causes, and are known for their strong support of the arts and cultural and community development. (Cover Photo by: Filbert Kung)