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Backstage at the Geffen is our signature annual fundraiser, where we honor key entertainment industry figures who have made their indelible philanthropic mark on the community. One of our most anticipated events of the year, Backstage at the Geffen provides an intimate setting for guests to enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most prominent celebrities in Hollywood, as well as surprise, unannounced performances that span the live arts spectrum. Following the program, guests are treated to a private gala party with libations, food and live entertainment on the beautiful Geffen Playhouse grounds. All funds raised support the Geffen’s ongoing commitment to bring the power and inspiration of the arts to youth and adults in communities across the patchwork of Los Angeles.
Past storytellers and honorees include Dave Chappelle, Helen Mirren, Billy Crystal, Quincy Jones, Julie Andrews, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Garner, to name just a few. Stay tuned for Backstage at the Geffen’s 2020 announcement and purchase your seats early - this event sells out quickly!
Jessica Brusilow Rollins
Director of Education Partnerships & Donor Relations
Backstage LIVE at the Geffen is a virtual benefit honoring Diane Keaton, Gloria Calderón Kellett, and Frank Mancuso—entertainment industry figures who have made their indelible philanthropic mark on the community.
Backstage at the Geffen Honorees
2019 Backstage at the Geffen
Honoring Lily Tomlin & Harry Belafonte
2018 Backstage at the Geffen
Honoring Dick Van Dyke & Lin-Manuel Miranda