honoring Nina Totenberg

2019 Arena Stage Gala

  • 2019 Arena Stage Gala honoring Nina Totenberg

    Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    featuring the presentation of the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award to Nina Totenberg

  • Cocktail Reception

    5:30 p.m.

  • Award Presentation and One Night Only performance with Kathleen Turner

    6:30 p.m.

  • Seated Dinner

    8:00 p.m.

  • Online Auction

    Bidding starts
    Tuesday, May 7

2019 Arena Stage Gala honoring Nina Totenberg
Gala Chair Lavern J. Chatman
Honorary Chair Annie Simonian Totah
Emerging Leader Lindsey Brittain Collins

Join us for a sparkling evening of celebration as legendary star of stage and screen Kathleen Turner returns to Arena Stage for a one night only performance! Kathleen is well known for her film roles in Body Heat, Romancing the Stone, as the voice of Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Peggy Sue Got Married. Kathleen has also appeared on stage in Indiscretions, The Graduate, High and received Tony Nominations for her performances in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Arena Stage is delighted to present the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award to Nina Totenberg, in recognition of her ground-breaking reporting in the broadcast world and her continual support of the arts. The Beth Newburger Schwartz Award is awarded annually to a woman in the Washington community whose life and career have made important contributions to our city, not just in the arts, but in all areas of public life. Past recipients have included the award’s namesake, Arlene R. Kogod and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Space is limited.

Mark your calendars! Bidding begins Tuesday, May 7 on several exclusive experiences you don’t want to miss. You don’t need to purchase a ticket to the Arena Stage Gala to participate in the auction, so this is a great way to show your support without leaving the comfort of home.

All proceeds support Arena Stage’s award-winning Artistic Productions and Community Engagement Programs.

If you have any questions please contact Maria Corso at 202-600-4025 or email rsvp@arenastage.org


I/We cannot attend, but wish to support Arena Stage with a tax-deducible donation.


Sponsorship Opportunities

*Note: Arena Stage is forming an Honorary Committee comprised of prominent individuals who have expressed their support and enthusiasm for Arts and Culture in our nation’s capital. Committee Members will include local luminaries and policy makers, artists, corporate executives and philanthropic leaders. There is no additional time commitment required to serve as an Honorary Committee Member of the event. Arena Stage offers this recognition opportunity to all events' sponsors of $10,000 or more. For listing in the event invitation, please confirm your sponsorship by February 25, 2019. For listing in the event program, please confirm your sponsorship by May 3, 2019.

**Sponsorship must be confirmed by February 25, 2019.

Auction Items

Broadway Weekend

Tuscany Experience

A Week at St. Maarten

Custom Designed Gown


Lavern J. Chatman

Annie Simonian Totah

Nina Totenberg

Kathleen Turner

Lindsey Brittain Collins