• Arena Stage Annual Gala

    Wednesday, May 22, 2024

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

    Sponsor Reception
    5:00 pm

    Cocktail Reception with Unique Artist Experiences
    5:30 pm

    Seated Dinner
    7:00 pm

    Award Presentation and Musical Performance
    8:30 pm

    Reception and Dancing following performance

    $1,200 Pearl Ticket

    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    $50,000 Diamond Sponsor
    $30,000 Sapphire Sponsor
    $12,000 Emerald Sponsor
    $6,000 Ruby Sponsor

Arena Stage Gala Welcoming Hana S. Sharif

Event Chairs Nicholas Goad and Alethia Jackson

Join us for a Gilded Age celebration to toast Arena Stage! The evening will feature a cocktail reception with unique artist experiences, a seated dinner, an unforgettable performance and award presentation on the Fichandler Stage with Symone Sanders-Townsend as Master of Ceremonies, and a reception at the end of the night with dancing and late-night treats.

We are delighted to present the Beth Newburger Schwartz Award to the Honorable Marcia L. Fudge. Throughout Fudge’s illustrious career in public service, she was elected the first female and first African American mayor of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, served as U.S. Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Ohio from 2008 to 2021, was the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, and was 18th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Past recipients have included the award’s namesake Beth Newburger Schwartz, Arlene R. Kogod, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Nina Totenberg, Melanne Verveer and Molly Smith.

This evening will also feature an exclusive musical performance from Tony Award winner Patina Miller. Miller has been on Broadway in the revival of Pippin, the revival of Into the Woods and Sister Act. Her television credits include Raquel Thomas in the STARZ original series Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Daisy Grant in the CBS hit drama Madam Secretary, and Charlotte Jenkins on the PBS Civil War-era drama Mercy Street. She made her feature film debut as Commander Paylor in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, reprised her role in the final installment of the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, and has also starred in The Many Saints of Newark.

Space is limited.

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

To purchase tickets, please select your ticket type below:


(Tax Deductible $1,050)

  • One pre-show reception, dinner, award presentation, performance and after party ticket
  • Complimentary valet parking


(Tax Deductible $75)

  • One award presentation, performance and after party ticket
  • Complimentary valet parking


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


Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate Sponsorship packages are also available. For more information, please contact Shayla Hines-Graham at 202-600-4030 or email shines@arenastage.org.

*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 sponsors of $12,000 or more. For listing in the event program, please confirm your sponsorship by April 25, 2024.


Patina Miller

Hon. Marcia L. Fudge

Symone Sanders-Townsend

Nicholas Goad

Alethia Jackson