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Columbia University School of the Arts

Paul Libin

Paul Libin


Honoring Shelia Nevins and Paul Libin for Lifetime Achievement

Hugh Hayden for Excellence in Creative Arts


Monday, March 25, 2024
Low Memorial Library, Columbia University

535 West 116th Street, New York, N.Y.


On March 25, 2024 Columbia University School of the Arts will honor three distinguished individuals Sheila Nevins, 
Paul Libin, 
Hugh Hayden. 

Katharina Otto-Bernstein (Chair of the School of the Arts Dean’s Council) and Barbara Whitman (Event Chair) will host the evening with Sarah Cole (Interim Dean). 

The evening will support the School’s mission to push the boundaries of creative expression, contribute to society, and help to shape a better world

 Columbia University School of the Arts awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts and Writing and the Master of Arts degree in Film and Media Studies.

 It also offers an interdisciplinary program in Sound Art and maintains a strong commitment to undergraduate education in the arts by offering majors in Creative Writing, 

Film and Media Studies, and Visual Arts that lead to the Bachelor of Arts, awarded by Columbia College and the School of General Studies.



WHEN:                        Monday, March 25, 2024

                                    6:30 pm Cocktail Reception  

                                    7:30 pm Dinner / Entertainment / Awards



WHERE:                       Low Memorial Library, Columbia University

                                    535 West 116 Street, New York, New York


Paul Libin for Lifetime Achievement

A Broadway industry leader, Libin is renowned for his visionary and innovative contributions spanning six decades as a prolific producer and theater executive shaping the landscape of American theater. (Full bio below)


Shelia Nevins for Lifetime Achievement

Nevins is Executive Producer for MTV Documentary Films and former President of HBO Documentary Films and Family Programing. She has earned numerous awards, leaving an indelible mark on the cinematic landscape. (Full bio below)


Hugh Hayden for Excellence in the Creative Arts

Hayden is a highly regarded contemporary artist renowned for his thought-provoking sculptures that explore themes of identity, culture and the environment. (Full bio below)


CHAIRS:                       Katharina Otto-Bernstein and Barbara Whitman

CO-CHAIRS:                 Ramona Bronkar Bannayan, Hal Luftig, Patricia Sovern

VICE CHAIRS:              Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Joseph P. Benincasa, Sarah Bernstein, Alex Gibney,

                                      H. Hartley du Pont, Robert Wankel, Roger Ross Williams


For ticket information contact Monica M. Marchese at (212) 854-7724 or




Columbia University School of the Arts awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Film, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing and the Master of Arts degree in Film and Media Studies; it also offers an interdisciplinary program in Sound Art and maintains a strong commitment to undergraduate education in the arts by offering majors in Creative Writing, Film and Media Studies, and Visual Arts that lead to the Bachelor of Arts, awarded by Columbia College and the School of General Studies.


The School is a thriving, diverse community of talented, visionary, and committed artists from around the world, plus faculty comprised of acclaimed and internationally renowned artists, film and theatre directors, writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, playwrights, producers, critics and scholars. The School marked the 50th Anniversary of its founding in 2015. In 2017, the School opened the Lenfest Center for the Arts, a multi-arts venue designed as a hub for the presentation and creation of art across disciplines on the University’s new Manhattanville campus. The Lenfest hosts exhibitions, performances, screenings, symposia, readings, and lectures that present new global voices and perspectives, as well as an exciting, publicly accessible home for Columbia’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.


Paul Libin


Theater producer Paul Libin was born in Chicago in 1930. From 1953-1955, he served in the U.S. Army in Fort Hood, Texas, where he founded his first theater and directed his first play, Sidney Kingsley’s Detective Story. He attended the University of Illinois and Columbia University, graduating from Columbia’s School of Dramatic Arts in 1956 with the Gertrude Lawrence Award for acting. Many years later, he returned to teach in the School of the Arts Graduate Program.


Libin’s first job on Broadway was as a production assistant to scenic designer Jo Mielziner. Soon after, he found success as a stage manager and, later, as a producer. In 1958, he produced his first show, an Off-Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at the Martinique Theater. He joined Theodore Mann in running Circle in the Square in 1963, and they produced together for 49 years.


As president of Circle in the Square Theatre and Theatre School, Libin mounted more than 250 productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and on tour. He is the recipient of the 2013 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, eleven other Tony Awards as a producer, the Eugene O’Neill Medallion, and the Eugene O’Neill Foundation Tao House Award. He was invited into Jujamcyn Theaters in 1990 by Rocco Landesman and continued his work there until he retired as Jujamcyn’s Executive Vice President and Producing Director in 2017. He served as President of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS for 24 years, was a past Chairperson of The Broadway League, a 2016 inductee to the Theater Hall of Fame, and recipient of a 2023 Broadway League Lifetime Achievement Award.


Sheila Nevins

Sheila Nevins, who earned her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from Yale University School of Drama in Directing, is an Executive Producer for MTV Documentary Films. She is the former president of HBO Documentary Films and Family Programming, where she was responsible for overseeing the development and production of more than 1500 programs.

Nevins has received 32 Primetime Emmy® Awards, 35 News and Documentary Emmys® and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries won 26 Academy Awards® and the series Cinemax Reel Life has featured a number of award-winning documentaries, including Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien, an Oscar® winner in 1997. In addition, Nevins has been honored with numerous career achievement awards, including the 2018 Realscreen Legacy Award and the 2017 DOC NYC Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the recipient of the Governor’s Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is a NYU Tisch School of the Arts Honoree. Other awards include: a Gotham Awards Tribute; an Emmy® Lifetime Achievement Award (the first time the National Television Academy awarded a documentarian); a 1999 Personal Peabody Award, Women in Film’s Lucy Award, and the National Board of Review’s Humanitarian Award. Nevins was inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame in 2000.


Nevins is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Producers Guild of America and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She is the New York Times bestselling author of You Don’t Look Your Age…and Other Fairy Tales, published in 2017 by Flatiron Books.


Hugh Hayden

Hugh Hayden’s practice considers the anthropomorphization of the natural world as a visceral lens for exploring the human condition. Hayden transforms familiar objects through a process of selection, carving, and juxtaposing to challenge our perceptions of ourselves, others, and the environment. Raised in Texas and trained as an architect, his work arises from a deep connection to nature and its organic materials. Hayden utilizes wood as his primary medium, including objects as varied as discarded trunks, rare indigenous timbers, Christmas trees, or souvenir African sculptures.

Hayden has exhibited throughout the United States and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include public art installations at the de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA (2023); Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York, NY; North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; and Dumbarton Oaks Gardens in Washington, DC. He is the recipient of many residencies and holds positions on advisory councils at Columbia University School of the Arts, Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, and Cornell College of Architecture Art and Planning. His work is part of public collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, Miami, FL, de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ; and more.

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