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  • You Never

    know who will show up...

  • Perform

    Or Tell a Story...

  • Or steal
    the show!

    • You Never

      know who will show up...

    • Perform

      Or Tell a Story...

    • Or steal
      the show!

      Backstage at the Geffen

      Backstage at
      the Geffen

      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. 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.

      Backstage 2021:
      Under the Stars

      Backstage 2021:
      Under the Stars

      PRESENTING SPONSORS

      Saturday, August 7, 2021


      Mark your calendar. Theater is about to return to Los Angeles and we're ready to celebrate in style!

      Le Conte Avenue will be transformed into an intimate, outdoor fine dining and theater experience for 216 guests with the Geffen Playhouse as the beautifully lit backdrop. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner by Chef Abigail Chilton of Alligator Pear Catering, followed by a performance of music, dance, and intimate theater stories by secret celebrity guests. It's one of the most sought-after tickets in town.

      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.

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      Jessica Brusilow Rollins
      Director of Institutional Giving
      310.208.6500 x141

      Danielle Bearden-Mead
      Director of Individual Giving
      310.208.6500 x113

      2021 Honorees

      Amanda Gorman

      ARTISTIC IMPACT AWARD

      A Los Angeles native who discovered her voice through poetry, storytelling and performance, Amanda Gorman is using her genius to change the world. At just 23 years old, she is the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. History; enamoring the nation with her performance of her poem "The Hill We Climb." Years earlier, while still a student at Harvard, she was appointed the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate by Urban Word. She is a committed advocate for the environment, racial equality, and gender justice. Her activism and poetry have been featured on the Today Show, PBS Kids, and CBS This Morning, and in The New York Times, Vogue, Essence, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

      Hon. Nicole Avant & Ted Sarandos

      DISTINCTION IN SERVICE AWARD

      Ted and Nicole first met at an event organized by Nicole in her role as a finance co-chair of Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign. Nicole became the first Black woman and the youngest US Ambassador to the Bahamas. As Ambassador, Nicole focused on five priority initiatives: Education, Alternative Energy, Economic and Small Business Development, Women’s Empowerment and Raising awareness of the challenges facing people with disabilities. Nicole recently produced the acclaimed and award-winning documentary The Black Godfather.

      Ted Sarandos has been a game-changer in the entertainment industry for the last two decades. As Co-CEO and Chief Content Officer for Netflix, his revolutionary vision has led the streaming platform to critical acclaim with 15 Oscars, 114 Primetime Emmys, 22 Golden Globes, 22 BAFTAs (12 for Film & 10 for TV)! Ted’s inventive creativity launched an entirely new entertainment medium and has reimagined how audiences view stories. He is amplifying diverse, underproduced voices and creating immeasurable opportunities for storytellers around the world.

      We're Taking Over The Street

      We're Taking
      Over The
      Street

      In-Person Packages

      $75,000 Donation

      • 1 VIP Private Table for 10 Guests for the Backstage Show & Dinner
      • 3 Diamond Tribute Journal Pages
      • 4 VIP Orchestra Seats for all Gil Cates Theater Opening Nights + 2 VIP Seats for all Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater Opening Nights for one year
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      $50,000 Donation

      • 1 VIP Private Table for 8 Guests for the Backstage Show & Dinner
      • 2 Platinum Tribute Journal Pages
      • 4 VIP Orchestra Seats for all Gil Cates Theater Opening Nights for one year
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      $30,000 Donation

      • VIP Seats for 6 Guests for the Backstage Show & Dinner
      • 2 Platinum Tribute Journal Pages
      • 2 VIP Orchestra Seats for all Gil Cates Theater Opening Nights for one year
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      $20,000 Donation

      • VIP Seats for 4 Guests for the Backstage Show & Dinner
      • 1 Gold Tribute Journal Page
      • 2 VIP Orchestra Seats for two Gil Cates Theater Opening Nights for one year
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      $10,000 Donation

      • VIP Seats for 2 Guests for the Backstage Show & Dinner
      • 1 Gold Tribute Journal Page
      • 2 VIP Orchestra Seats for one Gil Cates Theater Opening Night for one year
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      Streaming Packages

      $3,000 Donation

      • VIP Stayhouse Party Pod — Party gift boxes for you and your guests, includes wine, treats, and fun surprises.
      • 1 Silver Tribute Journal Page
      • Up to 5 links to share with your friends
      • Exclusive access to an interactive virtual lobby and red carpet, plus a keepsake photo of you and your guests
      • 2 VIP House Seats to any show for one year
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      $300 Donation

      • Watch the Backstage show live with a bottle of our signature Backstage wine
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      HONORARY CO-CHAIRS

      Ann & Jim Gianopulos, Jazmyn Simon & Dulé Hill, Cindy & Alan Horn, Quincy Jones, Loretta Everett Kaufman & Victor Kaufman, Gloria Calderón Kellett & David Kellett, Lyn & Norman Lear, Mellody Hobson & George Lucas, Fay & Frank Mancuso*, Madeline & Bruce Ramer*, Barbara & Richard Sherman

      *Founding Trustees


      EVENT COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS

      Merle Dandridge, Adi Greenberg, Loretta Everett Kaufman, Linda Bernstein Rubin

      Support
      Our Theater

      Support
      Our Theater

      Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen maintains extensive education and community engagement programs, designed to involve young people and the community at large in the arts.

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      Support
      Our Theater

      Support
      Our Theater

      Geffen Playhouse has been a hub of the Los Angeles theater scene since opening its doors in 1995. Noted for its intimacy and celebrated for its world-renowned mix of classic and contemporary plays, provocative new works and second productions, the not-for-profit organization continues to present a body of work that has garnered national recognition. Proudly associated with UCLA, the Geffen maintains extensive education and community engagement programs, designed to involve young people and the community at large in the arts.

      RESERVE YOUR PACKAGE DONATION ONLY