We always encourage putting pen to paper, but this time, we have a very specific reason: it’s time to mark your calendars! The DGF Gala, our most glamorous night of the year is approaching fast—an evening dedicated to celebrating the work of legendary writers and significant contributors to American theater. There are several ways to support DGF and the gala this season, and we’re giving you the First Look here, so you may step into your greatest role as a member of this community yet…
FIRST things first…
Simply put, the Gala is the most critical fundraising event for the Dramatists Guild Foundation each year. We work to create a special evening for guests, honorees, and our supporters near and far.
This year’s theme is First Look! At the gala, we’re offering early glimpses of performances from recently- and soon-to-be-opened shows. You can expect appearances from Jagged Little Pill, Be More Chill, The Lifespan of a Fact and The Prom! Follow us @dgfound for announcements of our additional Gala performers, participants, and host.
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Above all, the Gala is our way of saying thank you for the continued support of emerging writers and creators: the future of American theater. And we are thrilled to announce this year’s honorees:
Beloved writer, lyricist and composer Sheldon Harnick (She Loves Me, Fiddler on the Roof) and esteemed patrons of the arts John Demsey (Estée Lauder Companies’ Executive Group President) and Faith Hope Consolo (Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group).
These three honorees are leaders in their industries and also leaders in giving back. They are generous, inspiring, and committed to the growth and support of artists.
Our DGF president Andrew Lippa shared what many of us are feeling: “It is a privilege to honor them all at our Gala in November. These three honorees have left their mark on theater and the arts in myriad ways. Personally speaking, as both a writer and President of DGF, Sheldon’s impact on my life has been immense.”
Sheldon’s career has had an impact on the work and lives of countless artists, and audiences. This got us thinking about the actions and contributions of theater patrons that have had a ripple effect far beyond the context of their work. Consider honoree John Demsey: John Demsey also serves as M·A·C Cosmetics Brand President and as Chairman of the M·A·C AIDS Fund, fostering relationships between the M·A·C Cosmetics artist relations team and the Broadway community. He has partnered with a variety of productions, integrating M·A·C Cosmetics’ into such favorites as Wicked (where else would Elphaba get her signature green?), The Wedding Singer, Grease, Follies, Into the Woods, Jekyll & Hyde, On the Town, The Wild Party, Sweet Charity, Torch Song, Anastasia, Beautiful, Summer, and SpongeBob SquarePants.
Each show’s signature look has a critical impact on the way we experience the stories.
What’s more, we honor the support of theater-lovers, the actions of whom can have an unparalleled impact on the future of theater. Honoree Faith Hope Consolo shared this with us: “In my life and career, I have had the chance to be a part of many thrilling stories. I support DGF because they are helping talented writers across the country expand our sense of what’s possible in the world.”
There’s no upper limit on how many stories can be told, how many people can be affected by the power of a story, and what theater can do to inspire the world. That’s what our annual Gala is all about.
FIRST come FIRST served
So how can you get involved? In addition to our table tickets, we are selling a limited number of tickets to the Gala Show! This is an incredible opportunity to see the performers who have impacted you in a celebratory setting, sharing the work that inspires them.
As you know, we’re committed to nurturing the work of writers at all levels of their career. In supporting the creators of today, we can protect the stories of tomorrow.
Are you as excited as we are yet?! For tickets to the Gala (or the show!), please visit: https://dgf.org/events/gala/, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call: 212-878-6646.