2017 HCA 10th Anniversary Gala
About the Annual Gala
Since its inception in 2006, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual event has been hailed by Washington Life Magazine as the “most buzzed-about gala” and provides indispensable funds for the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s education and outreach programs, including the annual Free For All. Thanks to the generosity of our gala attendees, the Free For All brings two weeks of free Shakespeare to D.C.-area residents each year. Since Michael Kahn founded the event in 1991, more than 660,000 people—many of whom might not otherwise possess the means to see a full-scale theatrical production—have enjoyed some of STC’s most acclaimed productions completely free of charge through the Free For All.
Tickets & Sponsorship
Purchase tickets or become a sponsor.
For more information, contact Amanda Herman, Special Events Manager, at HCAGala@ShakespeareTheatre.org, or 202-547-3230 ext. 2330.
The 2016 Harman Center for the Arts Gala
On September 25, 2016, the Shakespeare Theatre Company held the Harman Center for the Arts Annual Gala under the gracious patronage of the His Excellency the British Ambassador to the United States and Lady Darroch.
It was a privilege to honor Charles Dance, OBE with the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Theatre, and Donald E Graham with the Sidney Harman Award for Philanthropy in the Arts. The performance, directed by Artistic Associate Craig Baldwin, featured pieces from STC’s 2016-2017 Season Production of Romeo and Juliet; opera singer Kate Aldrich; principal dancers from the San Francisco Ballet Carlo Di Lanno and Vanessa Zahorian; music selections from O’Connor Band; and a performance by Song of the Goat Theatre.
Guests were also treated to a video and musical segment honoring the past twenty-six years of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Free For All. The video, enhanced by opera singer Elizabeth Graham’s performance of “I Can Give You the Starlight,” showcased images of past productions and patrons impacted by the Free For All. Following the video, Henry Baratz and Lizzie Klemperer performed “Come to My Garden,” from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s upcoming 2016-2017 Season Production of The Secret Garden, while students from Shakespeare’s Education Programs recited lines from Shakespeare’s plays.
The vibrant atmosphere of the National Building Museum allowed for a wonderful night of dinner and dancing. It was truly an unforgettable evening that raised indispensable funds for our numerous arts education and community engagement programs.
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