La MaMa's founder, Ellen Stewart, often called La MaMa her “pushcart.” When she first came to New York in the 1950’s as an aspiring fashion designer, she became friends with Abraham Diamond, the owner of a fabric shop on Delancey Street. “Papa Diamond” as Ellen called him was a Romanian immigrant who had moved to New York City at the age of 11 and operated a pushcart selling fabric, before opening his shop. He told Ellen that she should find her own pushcart and if she pushed it for other people it would take her where she wanted to go. La MaMa was Ellen’s pushcart.
As a member of our Pushcart Circle, you are the force that keeps La MaMa moving forward. It is La MaMa’s highest level of giving and reflects your strong belief in La MaMa as a cultural organization dedicated to giving opportunities to under-represented artists, and taking risks on new work.
Help La MaMa continue to be the vibrant, global home for artists that Ellen Stewart built here on the Lower East Side!
To become a member of the Pushcart Circle, please contact Managing Director, Mary Fulham at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be a Bellringer!
Bellringers can ring the bell at the start of a performance!
Our founder Ellen Stewart rang the bell before the start of every performance to bring the audience together. In this moment, everyone knew that they were part of a community who believed in the power of art to communicate across boundaries of race, language and culture.
Help us to keep our ticket prices low, provide time and space for artists to take risks on new work, and to maintain a support staff and technical crew for the more than 60 productions presented here each season. Ring the bell at La MaMa!