In Tribute to Leonard Nimoy


"...when you see his name on the marquee, you feel good about humanity."
-Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker

Please join us for an all day Star Trek Tribute to Leonard Nimoy on June 29 that starts at 10am and A Celebration of Leonard Nimoy's Life the same day starting at 7pm.

Leonard Nimoy's name has graced the Thalia marquee — now the Leonard Nimoy Thalia — ever since it reopened in 2002, following an extensive renovation made possible by Susan and Leonard Nimoy's transformative gift to Symphony Space. Prior to and since then Leonard was a regular presence in Symphony Space's programs, including many extraordinary readings at Selected Shorts — both at Symphony Space and at the Getty in Los Angeles. He also performed in our 2006 Wall to Wall Stravinsky, convincingly playing the Devil in "The Story of a Soldier." Most recently, we were honored to host in 2013 a production of Leonard's play, Vincent, a one-man play performed by Jean-Michel Richaud in — where else — the Leonard Nimoy Thalia.

Listen to Leonard Nimoy the Devil in "The Story of a Soldier" from 2006's Wall to Wall Stravinsky from Symphony Space Live.

The Leonard Nimoy Thalia

Leonard was a good friend to all of us at Symphony Space, but especially to our founder, the late Isaiah Sheffer. They shared a deep background in Yiddish language and theatre, a love for literature, and a joy in each other's company. Leonard spoke movingly at Isaiah's memorial celebration here at Symphony Space, in 2012, and he recalls fondly his friendship with Isaiah in this video interview with the Yiddish Book Center.

At a recent Symphony Space board meeting, as we paused to reflect on Leonard, one board member, a senior executive at Google, said that, when he was a child watching Star Trek, Leonard profoundly influenced his choice of career, by showing the good and moral force that technology and futurism could be in the world.

There are only a few people who can lay claim to having made Symphony Space what it is today, and Leonard was one of them. We loved him deeply and will miss him forever.

Cynthia Elliott
President and CEO 

Andrew Byrne
Artistic Director 

Leonard Nimoy's final tweet.

Read more about Leonard Nimoy:

  • Yiddish Book Center's Wexler Oral History Project - Leonard Nimoy’s Mame-loshn: A Yiddish Story
    • "Learn more about the man behind Star Trek’s Spock, from his Jewish roots in Boston’s heymish West End neighborhood to his stint working with the world-renowned Yiddish theatre director Maurice Schwartz. Explore our produced shorts, selected from the two-hour interview that follows Leyb’s early years all the way to the present."

  • Symphony Space - Leonard Nimoy's "Vincent"
    • "Leonard Nimoy's critically acclaimed drama begins a few short days after the death of Vincent Van Gogh, as rumors of his death are flying around Paris. As many dismiss the artist as a penniless madman, a frequenter of prostitutes, and a soon to be forgotten artist of trifling quality who took his own life in a moment of insanity, his brother Theo (Jean-Michel Richaud) tells his own version of the story in an attempt to set the record straight."

  • New York ObserverSpock’s Movie Theater
    • “You could see the silents, you could see the Truffauts and the Bergmans and the Fellinis and what have you, and you could see a film that you have always heard about but nobody ever played,” Mr. Nimoy said in a low, gravelly voice. “It would be coming up in about six weeks, and you’d mark the date and say you had to go there that night. It was that kind of place.”

  • The New Yorker - Postscript: Leonard Nimoy
    • "Actors are sometimes imagined as shapeshifters, but, with a few exceptions, Nimoy didn’t really shift. He was given one way of seeming—measured, cerebral, serious, dignified, wry, and slightly naughty—and he showed, over a long career, how rewarding that combination could be. He proved the value of accepting, cultivating, and enjoying one’s own nature. May we all do the same with the selves that we have."

  • The New York Times - For Arts Space, Shabby Charm Turns Sleek