Our Mission

Healing TREE (Trauma Resources, Education & Entertainment) advocates healing from abuse and trauma rather than coping with the symptoms, in order to transform lives and, ultimately, society. We achieve this by providing trauma-focused resources and education and by producing and partnering with relevant film, television, and theatre, empowering the social change necessary to create a healing movement.

Tonight’s Program:

• Red Carpet Entry / Dinner & Dessert Buffet: 7pm-7:45pm
• Evening Welcome from Healing TREE’s Founding Executive + Artistic Director, Marissa Ghavami
• Healing TREE “About Us”
• “Don’t Stop Believin'” – Journey, performed by N’Kenge
• Virtual Greeting from Christina Bianco
• Healing TREE’s Story, Marissa Ghavami
• “Hallelujah” – Leonard Cohen, performed by Marissa Ghavami
• About Healing TREE’s Approved Care Network, Dana Aliya Levinson
• “Tears of a Clown” – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, performed by Jarran Muse
• About Healing TREE’s EMDR Therapy Training, Mahalet Dejene
• “Shida Intervention” and “New Life” – Shida, music & lyrics by Jeannette Bayardelle, performed by Jeannette Bayardelle
• Virtual Greeting from Will Brill
• About Healing TREE’s Silk Screening + Workshop, Amanda Kelly (filling in for Taylor Anthony Miller)
• Virtual Introduction of Silk from Silk director, John Magaro
Silk Trailer
• “Into the Night” – Jeremy & the Harlequins, performed by Jeremy Fury and Craig Bon (Jeremy & the Harlequins Acoustic)
• About Healing TREE’s Newest Short Film on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) from the film’s star, Arjun Gupta
• In-Person Surprise / Virtual Viewing of “A Conversation with David Grand”
• “I Dreamed a Dream” – Les Misérables, performed by Shereen Pimentel
• Virtual Greeting from Emily Althaus
• About Healing TREE’s Partner Film, MASS, from the film’s writer, director and producer, Fran Kranz
• Clip from MASS
• Introducing Healing TREE’s Theatre Company Partnership, Cassidy Layton
• “No One Is Alone” – Into the Woods, performed by Sam Simahk and Erica Spyres
• About Healing TREE’s Fiscal Sponsorships and Trauma Consulting for Arts Projects, Sarah Himadeh
• “The Girl in 14G”- Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan, performed by Marissa Ghavami
• Live Auction hosted by Marissa Ghavami
• “Proud Mary” – Ike and Tina Turner, and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” – Whitney Houston, performed by N’Kenge
• Closing Sentiments from Marissa Ghavami
• Dancing

Talent & Presenters (in order of appearance)*:

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Marissa Ghavami

(she / they)
Founding Executive + Artistic Director

Marissa Ghavami is an Iranian-American, queer artist, advocate and creator based in New York City. …

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(she / her)
Emmy, Grammy & Tony Nominee; Broadway’s  Caroline, or Change

Grammy, Tony and Emmy-nominated and International Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, actress, and producer N’Kenge has incredible …

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Christina Bianco

(she / her)
2x Drama Desk Nom; Funny Girl

From stage to screen, Christina Bianco’s singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the …

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Dana Aliya Levinson

(she / they)
The Gray Man (Netflix), American Gods (STARZ)

Dana is a writer, actor, and transgender media consultant. Favorite acting credits include, television: Toni …

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Jarran Muse

(he / him)
Broadway’s Motown the Musical (OBC), Ain’t Too Proud

Born and raised in New Jersey, Jarran Muse starred as Marvin Gaye on Broadway and …

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Mahalet Dejene

(she / her)
New Amsterdam (NBC), The Undoing (HBO Max)

Mahalet Dejene was born in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. She moved to Baltimore, MD when she …

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Jeannette Bayardelle

(she / her)
Tony Nominee; Broadway’s Girl From The North Country (OBC)

From the Bronx to Broadway and beyond, Tony Nominee Jeannette Bayardelle has traveled to over fifty countries throughout Africa, …

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Will Brill

(he / him)
The OA (Netflix), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)

Will Brill was recently seen off Broadway in Sam Hunter’s A Case For The Existence …

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John Magaro

(he / him)
The Big Short (Paramount), Carol (Weinstein Company)

John Magaro has been working for nearly two decades as an actor on film. Silk …

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Jeremy Fury and Craig Bon

(he / him) & (he / him)
Jeremy & The Harlequins (Acoustic)

It’s easy to feel like there’s not much magic left in the world, especially after …

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Arjun Gupta

(he / him)
The Magicians (SyFy), Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Arjun Gupta’s most recent independent feature Deborah opposite Sophia Bush and Deborah Ann Woll will …

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Shereen Pimentel

(she / her)
Broadway’s West Side Story, The Lion King

Shereen Pimentel starred in the 2020 Broadway revival of West Side Story as Maria. Where …

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Fran Kranz

(he / him)
Julia (HBO Max); Creator of Mass (Bleecker Street)

Fran Kranz wanted to be an actor ever since he landed a leading role in …

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Cassidy Layton

(she / her)
Severance (Apple TV), Hunters (Amazon Prime)

Cassidy Layton is a holistic artist who acts, writes, designs, and generally creates. Some of …

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Sam Simahk

(he / him)
Broadway’s Carousel, Nat’l Tour My Fair Lady

Sam is an actor, writer, and musician. Audiences have seen him on Broadway in Carousel, …

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Erica Spyres

(she / her)
Broadway’s Paradise Square (OBC), Carousel

Erica Spyres is an actor, singer, and fiddle player who originated the role of Amelia …

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Sarah Himadeh

(she / her)
Ramy (Hulu), The Last of Us (HBO Max)

Born in Lebanon in the midst of the 15- year civil war, my family and I were welcomed into Canada, where I was lucky …

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Taylor Anthony Miller

(he / him)
FBI (CBS), Magic City (STARZ)

*Taylor is unable to be here tonight due to unforeseen circumstances. Taylor was born into …

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Erikka Walsh

(she / her)
Broadway’s Once (OBC), Indecent

*Erikka Walsh is not able to be here tonight due to unforeseen circumstances. Erikka Walsh …

Mat Eisenstein
(he / him)
Music Director

Mat Eisenstein (Music Director) is a NYC based Music Director, Pianist, Conductor, Composer,  and Vocal Coach. He has conducted the Broadway productions of Frozen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Something Rotten, Newsies, The Book of Mormon, Elf, Promises, Promises, Next to Normal, Bye Bye Birdie, 13, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Fiddler On The Roof, Avenue Q, 42nd Street, and Les Miserables. He has played keyboards in 50+ Broadway pit orchestras. He can be heard on the Original Broadway Cast recordings of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Something Rotten, Disney’s Newsies, Elf, Promises Promises. Mat’s original music for Piano CD, Surroundings, was released in 2016. For more info, check out: http://www.mateisenstein.com

Michael Kuennen
(he / him)

Michael Kuennen has served as the bassist on Broadway in The Drowsy ChaperonePromises, Promises, Elf, Cinderella and Something Rotten, as well as subbing on over 40 other shows.

Off Broadway credits include Kid Victory, Jolson, Roadside, Road to Qatar among others.

Michael performs frequently at the Central Synagogue Shabbat services in Manhattan. He has also played for the High Holidays at Lincoln Center and the 92nd St Y.

Michael can also be heard on the NBC Live productions of Sound of Music and Peter Pan as well as the soundtrack to the Producers movie.

Michael is married to French hornist Sara Della Posta. Their 13 year old son, Cole, refuses to practice his trombone.

Perry Cavari
(he / him)

Perry’s versatility has kept him as one of the top players on the New York music scene.

Perry’s Broadway credits include:  A Bronx TaleSomething RottenPromises PromisesBig FishBullets Over BroadwayElfLeap Of FaithYoung FrankensteinThe Drowsey ChaperoneFosseOklahoma! –  The ProducersVictor Victoria – and Grand Hotel.

His movie credits include:  Hail, Caesar!My Week With MarilynThe Producers – as well as the Chicago movie soundtrack for which he composed and performed “A Tap Dance” which features Richard Gere –Friday the 13th (parts 1-2-4).

He has been Mr. Norm Lewis’ drummer for the past 8 years and has recently did a 2 city tour with Rufus Wainwright. He also scheduled to do the up coming Broadway Disney production of Hercules.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

With a Special Thanks to the Francesco A. Mascaro Memorial Foundation






Gala Produced by Marissa Ghavami and Associate Produced by Amanda Kelly