Thespians Go Hollywood is the annual benefit in Los Angeles that supports theatre education programs for schools in need by bringing together film, theatre, and television professionals, and current high school students.
The 2019 gala honored the inimitable Bernadette Peters while celebrating the impact of theatre education. She was presented with the first annual Craig Zadan Theatre for Life Award, which recognizes an individual who has dedicated their life to promoting and preserving the joy of theatre, inspiring young artists, and leaving a lasting impact on generations to come.
The co-chairs are Robert Greenblatt, Chairman Warner Media Entertainment and Direct to Consumer, and film and television producer Neil Meron.
Read about last year’s event honoring the life and work of the late Craig Zadan, who with his producing partner Neil Meron, were honored for their body of work.
The 2019 Broadway Back to School benefit gala was a tremendous success!
The Educational Theatre Foundation honored Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman with the Broadway Back to School Award for their masterful and generous work. In their acceptance speech, Shaiman and Wittman affirmed the work of teachers and the influence of the Thespian Society on their collaboration.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, a significant charitable partner for two decades, was honored with the Standing Ovation Award.
Broadway Back to School reflected the diversity and inclusion of school theatre and allow so many talented artists and students to showcase their love of theatre.
This inspiring evening showed the importance of access to school theatre for all students as Broadway stars, International Thespian Society students, and an audience of theatre education supporters joined together in a packed house, raising more than $155,000 for a great cause.
On behalf of Hunter Bell and Kim Rogers event co-chairs, the Broadway Back to School committee, and all the underserved students who will benefit from this event, thank you!