Past Event

Oct 21 | 5:00 pm

8th AnnualWorld Alive! Celebration


Honoring Edwin Lee Gibson
Artistic Excellence Award

Edwin Lee Gibson began his run of 103 professional theatre productions at age 16. He has gone on to receive a 2006 O.B.I.E. Award (Outstanding Performance) and the solo cover of The Village Voice for his portrayal of Oedipus in New York Theatre Workshop's production of The Seven. His work has been noted in publications from the New York Times to Theatre Journal (Johns Hopkins).

In 2017, he was tapped by theatre auteur, Peter Brook (Lord of The Flies, The Mahabharata) to join Brook's company in residence at Theatre Des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, France. In 2018, he took on the role of comedian-activist, Dick Gregory to sold out houses in the solo play, Turn Me Loose at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. In 2019, Mr. Gibson performed in the ArtsEmerson production, Detroit Red and in 2020 recurred the role of "Happy" in Fargo, Season 4 opposite Chris Rock and Jason Schwartzman.

In addition to acting, Mr. Gibson’s illustrious career includes his work as a writer and stand-up comic. He currently stars in the Emmy nominated (Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series) FX television show, The Bear, playing the role of Chef Ebraheim. Mr. Gibson is a member of Actor's Equity, SAG-AFTRA, The Writers' Guild of America and New York Theatre Workshop's Usual Suspects.

Join Us

On October 21, 2023, World Alive is back for its 8th consecutive year!

We hope you will consider joining us at this fantastic event to show your support for ArtsEmerson. Proceeds of the event will support ArtsEmerson’s 23/24 Season. Those funds will assist in the development of ArtsEmerson’s mission through meaningful programming, show development, and community engagement.

The evening will take place at The Revere Hotel beginning at 5PM with registration and a cocktail gathering. Gala guests will also enjoy dinner and a silent auction, followed by an exciting performance of The Book of Life at The Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Immediately following the performance of The Book of Life, gala guests will be invited to join us for a post performance party back at The Revere Hotel with live music by Angelena & The Unit, drinks and dancing.

We are truly grateful for your support of this important event. We hope you will consider joining us this year, as this event provides crucial resources to our annual programming and will help us reemerge in-person stronger than ever. Below you will find the sponsorship opportunities and benefits.

You won’t want to miss this incredible event, and we sincerely hope you will join us. Please contact Shannon at or 617.824.3017 for questions and sponsorship opportunities.



The Revere Hotel | Boston, MA
200 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116


Oct 21, 2023 | 5:00 pm

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