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The Drama League Annual Gala


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Bevin Ross, Gabriel Stelian Shanks, Bonnie Comley
Bevin Ross, Gabriel Stelian Shanks, Bonnie Comley
 

The Drama League Annual Gala

The Drama League's Annual Gala epitomizes the fusion of fun-raising and fundraising for early career directors in the theater industry. Leading this charge are Gabriel Stelian Shanks, Artistic Director since 2001; Bonnie Comley, current President and Board Member since 2009; and Bevin Ross, Executive Director since 2019. This triumvirate successfully steered the 107-year-old non-profit through the pandemic, a remarkable feat not achieved by all arts institutions. Balancing the gravity of live performance recovery with a dazzling party, they've given the industry cause for celebration.

The Gala, now rebranded as "Embrace The Season" since 2021, honors legendary theater professionals and showcases long-running and upcoming shows. The one-night-only event raised awareness and united the industry by featuring Broadway mega-hits alongside previews of future successes. Theater legends pay tribute to honorees through inspiring performances, humorous roasts, and heartfelt speeches, making the Drama League Galas a must-attend celebration.

This year's "Embrace The Season" honored Broadway producer Jeffrey Richards, renowned for his acclaimed revival of Purlie Victorious. With a five-decade career, Richards has championed historically excluded artists and delivered noteworthy productions. Established in 1916, the Drama League has played a pivotal role in shaping the theatrical landscape, supporting early career directors through its successful Directors Project. Alumni of the program have directed one-third of all Broadway shows in the past decade.

Drama League Directors boast an impressive track record with 22 Tony Award nominations, nine wins, and numerous other accolades. Over 100 alumni hold leadership positions in theaters worldwide, directing approximately 1,000 productions each season. In November, they gathered with Bonnie Comley, Bevin Ross, and Gabriel Stelian Shanks for the magical spectacle that is The Drama League Gala, a legendary event featuring champagne toasts, singing, and a celebration of the talent that makes live performance extraordinary.

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Ben Villegas Randle, Sheryl Kaller, Andrew Coopman
Ben Villegas Randle, Sheryl Kaller, Andrew Coopman
 
Bevin Ross
Bevin Ross
 
Andrea Grover, Nick Schwartz-Hall, Bonnie Comley  _
Andrea Grover, Nick Schwartz-Hall, Bonnie Comley
 
Bevin Ross, Mary Jain, Gabriel Stelian Shanks
Bevin Ross, Mary Jain, Gabriel Stelian Shanks
 
Board of Directors
 Jonathan Lonner, Bevin Ross, Kumiko Yoshii, Townsend Teague,
 Trish Chambers, Elena Araoz, Jeffrey Richards, Irene Gandy, Mary Jain, Bonnie Comley, Paula Kaminsky Davis, and Gabriel Stelian Shanks
 
Darin Oduyoye, Sarah Hutton
Darin Oduyoye, Sarah Hutton
 
 Nilan, Ann Kreitman, Ryan Dobrin, Andrew Coopman, Zi Alikhan, Ben Villegas Randle, Nadia Guevara, Melissa Crespo, Maggie Lee, NJ Agwuna, Ibi Owolabi, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks j
Drama League Directors Project Fellows_
 Nilan, Ann Kreitman, Ryan Dobrin, Andrew Coopman, Zi Alikhan,
Ben Villegas Randle, Nadia Guevara, Melissa Crespo, Maggie Lee,
NJ Agwuna, Ibi Owolabi, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks
 
Drama League Staff-Rashad T. Bailey, Andrew Coopman, Maralyn Quinones-Stead,
Drama League Staff-
Rashad T. Bailey, Andrew Coopman, Maralyn Quinones-Stead,
 Anna Evtushenko, Lake Sims-Winfrey, Helen O'Rourke,
Gabriel Stelian-Shanks, Olivia Ragan, Bernadette Norman,
Mike Teele, Bevin Ross and Nilan
 
Helen O'Rourke, Stan Ponte, Bevin Ross
Helen O'Rourke, Stan Ponte, Bevin Ross
 
Ibi Owolabi, Irene Gandy, Jeffrey Richards, Norm Lewis
Ibi Owolabi, Irene Gandy, Jeffrey Richards, Norm Lewis
 
Bevin Ross, Jeffrey Richards, Irene Gandy, Gabriel Stelian Shanks
Bevin Ross, Jeffrey Richards, Irene Gandy, Gabriel Stelian Shanks
 
Catalin Stelian-Shanks, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks
Catalin Stelian-Shanks, Gabriel Stelian-Shanks
 
Paula Kaminsky Davis, Nyle Brenner
Paula Kaminsky Davis, Nyle Brenner
 
Charlie Hansen, Mary Jain, Jessica Hansen
Charlie Hansen, Mary Jain, Jessica Hansen
 
Ken Gold, Kitora Shapiro, Keith Collins, Alex Glaser, Sarah Hutton,Abigail Schree, Kent Anderson
Ken Gold, Kitora Shapiro, Keith Collins, Alex Glaser, Sarah Hutton,
Abigail Schree, Kent Anderson
 

Bonnie Comley, Stewart F Lane, Elizabeth Stribling, Guy Robinson

Bonnie Comley, Stewart F Lane, Elizabeth Stribling, Guy Robinson
 
Kent Anderson, Sarah Hutton
Kent Anderson, Sarah Hutton
 
Kumiko_Yoshii
Kumiko Yoshii
 
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
 
Luigi Caiola, Bonnie Comley
Luigi Caiola, Bonnie Comley
 
Townsend Teague
Townsend Teague
 
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