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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. All funds raised support the Geffen’s ongoing commitment to bring the power and inspiration of the arts to youth and adults in communities throughout Los Angeles.
Past storytellers and honorees include Amanda Gorman, Helen Mirren, Billy Crystal, Quincy Jones, Julie Andrews, Tom Hanks, Clint Eastwood, Kristin Chenoweth, Samuel L. Jackson, Steve Martin, Carol Burnett, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Morgan Freeman, and Jennifer Garner, to name just a few.
We look forward to seeing you next year for Backstage at the Geffen in May 2023. Click here to be notified for more information.
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* Backstage at the Geffen Committee and Honorary Chairs** Backstage at the Geffen Supporters† Geffen Playhouse Board of Directors, Trustees & Advisory Board
Thank you to our in-kind sponsors for their incredible generosity and support of the arts:
2022 Backstage at the Geffen
Honoring Rita Moreno and Sherry Lansing
2021 Backstage at the Geffen
Honoring Amanda Gorman, Hon. Nicole Avant & Ted Sarandos
2019 Backstage at the Geffen
Honoring Lily Tomlin & Harry Belafonte
2018 Backstage at the Geffen
Honoring Dick Van Dyke & Lin-Manuel Miranda
Backstage at the Geffen Honorees
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.