2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony 

June 17, 6:30pm ET


Join us for Working Theater’s 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony honoring Mario CilentoPresident of the New York State AFL-CIO. A longtime friend of Working Theater, Mario’s dedication to the people who make up our workforce exemplifies our mission to champion working people’s voices and bridge the gap between the arts, labor and community.

This one hour event will benefit Working Theater’s 36th Season of creating theater for, about and with working people, and will include musical performances from Working Theater Alum, special raffles, tributes giving voice to essential workers in New York and much more. RSVPs open in May, so mark your calendars now and get ready to join us for this special evening!

If you are interested in event sponsorship or ad placement, please contact Laura Monarque at laura@theworkingtheater.org. 

Mario Cilento has a long history of fighting for working men and women. His work at the New York State AFL- CIO began in 1992; he was elected president in 2011. Under his leadership, the New York State AFL-CIO has secured several protections for workers across New York State in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Janus v AFSCME, including preserving a public employee’s right to join a union and protecting their rights after they have joined. Additional legislative victories include: historic labor standards on renewable energy projects, labor peace as an ongoing condition of licensure for adult-use cannabis, additional funding for the Child Care Facilitated Enrollment program, the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act which gives farmworkers labor rights including the right to organize, a mandatory day of rest, and the right to overtime pay; the ground-breaking Paid Family Leave legislation; a $15 per hour minimum wage; the permanent reauthorizations of the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund to aid the thousands of brave men and women who risked their own lives to help in the rescue and recovery after 9/11; the first increase in unemployment benefits in 14 years with historic indexation; a 50 percent boost in the minimum workers’ compensation benefit; and passage of the Safe Patient Handling Act. President Cilento graduated from Fordham University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

About the Annual Awards Ceremony

Every Spring, Working Theater hosts a gala event honoring a few extraordinary New Yorkers for bridging the gap between the arts, labor and community. This inspiring evening consists of a cocktail reception, entertainment, dinner and a ceremony honoring those individuals whose work embodies the values and mission of Working Theater.

Click here to view past honorees