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, has been 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 February 2020
$ 25,000 AND ABOVE
Pamela Farr & Buford Alexander
Kimberlee & Mitchell Auslander
Paula A. Dominick
The Schloss Family Foundation
$15,000 – $24,999
American Express
Daniel Simkowitz & Mari Nakachi
Dr. Boaz Salik
Pamela & George Smith
$10,000 – $14,999
Joy & Steven Bunson
Gretchen Shugart & Jonathan Maurer
$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
Cathy Dantchik
Dramatists Play Service
Christ Economos
Debi Feinman
Julie Rosenfeld

Check out our Past Galas!

Past Gala Honorees

2019 Chairman’s Awards Gala

2018 Chairman’s Awards Gala

2017 Chairman’s Awards Gala

2016 Chairman’s Awards Gala