2020 Chairman’s Awards Gala

The 2020 Chairman’s Awards Gala, honoring Bruce E. Whitacre and Kelli O’Hara, originally scheduled for Monday, March 30, 2020 at The Edison Ballroom, was canceled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and to support citywide efforts to reduce the spread of the virus.
The public safety and health of our community is our top priority. Like our 19 theatres across the country, we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and like them, we rely on the generosity of our community. We hope you will join us in supporting America’s great theatres now. Gifts made toward our gala today help us create access and opportunity in our theatres across the country.
In this extraordinary time, performing arts organizations are facing unprecedented challenges. Theatre matters all the time, and especially in times of uncertainty.


Theatre Forward Chairman’s Awards Gala

All proceeds benefit Theatre Forward’s founding theatres, 10 leading regional theatres across America and the education programs at all 19 of our member theatres

Kelli O’Hara | Theatre Artist Award
Bruce E. Whitacre | Theatre Forward Leadership Award
Gala Chair
Paula Dominick
Gala Co-Chair
Auction Sponsor
Southwest Airlines
Journal Chair
Richard K. Greene, Citi

Gala Committee

As of April 2020
$ 25,000 AND ABOVE
Pamela Farr & Buford Alexander
Kimberlee & Mitchell Auslander
Paula A. Dominick
The Schloss Family Foundation
Wells Fargo
$15,000 – $24,999
American Express
Dr. Boaz Salik
Daniel Simkowitz & Mari Nakachi
$10,000 – $14,999
Joy & Steven Bunson
Gretchen Shugart & Jonathan Maurer
Pamela & George Smith
$2,500 – $9,999
Tracey & Bruce Ewing
Jennifer & Alan Freedman
Roe Green Foundation
Bonnie & Frank Orlowski
Raja Sengupta

Evelyn Mack Truitt
UP TO $2,499
Tom Andrews
Jay Bryant

Cathy Dantchik
Dramatists Play Service
Christ Economos
Debi Feinman
William D. Latza
Maier Foundation Inc.
Richard Nagrodsky
Julie Rosenfeld
Daryl Roth
Michael Wall
Judy Weddle