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Joel Sartore

National Geographic Nature Photographer

From Noah to Now: The Photo Ark

January 19, 2022 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Award winning ​National Geographic​ photographer Joel Sartore takes us on his worldwide adventures, camera in tow, to share his incredible experiences building the Photo Ark, a 25 year effort to document 12,000 vanishing species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. Sartore’s international travels as a National Geographic photographer came to a halt when his wife was diagnosed with cancer, prompting him to stay home and photograph animals at his local children’s zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska. This local pursuit ultimately led to an international project, the Photo Ark, that once fully developed will house the world’s single largest collection of animal studio portraits. Besides publishing over 10 books, including ​The Photo Ark Vanishing: The World’s Most Vulnerable Animals,​ Sartore is a regular contributor to CBS’s ​Sunday Morning​ and was recently featured on ​60 Minutes.​ ​ ​This modern day Noah shares entertaining stories and exhilarating photos collected during his lifelong quest to save species and habitats.

Special Event


Written by Eric H. Weinburger and Elaine Bromka

October 13, 2021 | 10:30am | Online

Exclusive for Early Season Ticket holders and Sponsors

Tea for Three is an online Vimeo play followed by a live Q&A with Elaine Bromka, Emmy® award-winner, star and co-writer. A witty, charming recreation of the reminiscences of three memorable First Ladies, Tea for Three chronicles the legacies of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as they prepare to leave the White House.

Season Ticket holders who purchase by September 22, 2021 will be contacted via email to register for the show. On the day of the presentation (October 13, 2021), registrants will receive a non-shareable link to the Vimeo play and directions for getting on the Question-and-Answer Webinar with Elaine Bromka following the play.

Acclaimed American actress Elaine Bromka is known for co-writing the one-woman play Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty with Eric H. Weinberger, in which Bromka portrayed First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Her thirty-plus year career has included appearances in numerous movies and television programs as well as on and off-Broadway productions. Bromka is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College and a faculty member at Smith and NYU.

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