Elizabeth Streb & Philippe Petit

Elizabeth Streb & Philippe Petit

Elizabeth Streb founded STREB Extreme Action Company in 1985, which performs in the United States and internationally. Streb has also performed on the Late Show with David Letterman, MTV, ABC Nightly News with Peter Jennings, and Larry King Live. A MacArthur “genius” award winner, she established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in 2003, a factory space in Brooklyn that produces extreme action performances. Her new book is STREB: How to Become an Extreme Action Hero.

Philippe Petit is a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on August 7, 1974. The extraordinary feat was chronicled in the 2008 Academy Award–winning documentary Man on Wire, based on Petit’s memoir To Reach the Clouds.


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

Public programs are made possible, in part, by a major gift from Ann and Jerry Moss.

Additional support is provided by Bronya and Andrew Galef, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelly, an anonymous donor, the Hammer Programs Committee, and Susan and Leonard Nimoy.