Arena Stage Annual Gala

  • Arena Stage Annual Gala

    Tuesday, May 23, 2023

    Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater
    1101 6th Street, SW
    Washington, DC 20024

    Private Sponsor Cocktail Reception
    5:00 pm

    Pre-Show Reception
    6:00 pm

    Award Presentation and One-Night-Only performance
    8:00 pm

    Dessert and Dancing Reception after performance

    Ticket Types:

    $1,200 Ticket

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    $50,000 Diamond Sponsor
    $30,000 Executive Sponsor
    $12,000 Gold Sponsor

Arena Stage Annual Gala Honoring Molly Smith

Event Chairs Jan Adams, Martha Dippell and Danny Korengold

Join us for a sparkling evening to celebrate Arena Stage’s Artistic Director Molly Smith as she accepts the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award. Molly has been Arena Stage’s Artistic Director for 25 years and under her leadership Arena Stage has brought more than 200 productions to life, championing the work of countless emerging and established playwrights. Her directorial work has also been seen Off-Broadway at 59E59 in New York, Portland Center Stage, Canada's Shaw Festival, The Court Theatre, The Old Globe, Asolo Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Trinity Repertory, Toronto's Tarragon Theatre, Montreal's Centaur Theatre, and Perseverance Theater in Juneau, Alaska, which she founded and ran from 1979-1998.

To honor the indelible mark Molly has made on Arena, this Gala will be as unique as she is. Instead of a traditional seated dinner, the night will include festivities and fantastic food throughout the Mead Center and then bring everyone together for one-night-only performance on the Fichandler Stage saluting productions and artists from Molly’s tenure you will not want to miss!

Space is limited.

All proceeds support Arena Stage’s award-winning productions and artistic development projects that are pillars of Molly's legacy.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria Corso at 202-600-4025 or email



(Tax Deductible $1,050)

  • Access for one (1) to the pre-show reception on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
  • One (1) seat at the award presentation and performance on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
  • Invitation to after party for one (1).
  • Complimentary valet parking for one (1).



(Tax Deductible $2,100)

  • Access for two (2) to the pre-show reception on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
  • Two (2) seats at the award presentation and performance on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
  • Invitation to after party for two (2).
  • Complimentary valet parking for two (2).


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


Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate Sponsorship packages are also available, or for more information, please contact Shayla Hines at 202-600-4030 or email

*Note: Arena Stage is forming a Gala 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 a Gala Committee Vice Chair or Member of the event. Arena Stage offers this recognition opportunity to all event’s sponsors of $12,000 or more. For listing in the event invitation, please confirm your sponsorship by March 6, 2023.


Janice "Jan" Adams

Molly Smith

Martha Dippell

Danny Korengold