Hartford Stage Gala

Join us for a one night only event featuring a musical performance
by the legendary Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winning

André De Shields


This annual fundraiser is in support of Hartford Stage’s
artistic and educational programming.

Saturday, May 11, 2024

at Hartford Stage, 50 Church Street


Experience our theater like never before!

Enjoy open bars, food stations, auctions, live music, dancing, and more!
Dress your best — sparkles encouraged!

6pm — VIP Reception (Must purchase VIP level ticket)
8pm — Program featuring André De Sheilds
9pm — After Party! Savage Pianos is back by popular demand to get you on the dance floor.
Enjoy open bars, food stations catered by DORO, your chance to win diamonds…and more!

Tickets available now!


Be a row host! — $4,500 Sold Out!
Want to invite guests to join you? Purchase a row of 6 in our VIP seating area to enjoy the show and celebrate together.

VIP Ticket — $750
Includes 6 pm cocktail party with special guest artists and
exclusive silent auction, prime seating for the performance, plus the after-party.

Preferred Ticket — $500
Doors at 7:30 pm. Includes preferred performance seating and after-party.

Supporter Ticket — $200-$300
Doors at 7:30 pm. Includes performance and after party.


Trips • Dining • Entertainment • Theater Memorabilia & more!

Auction closes on May 11 at 10 pm

Gala Committee

Shari & Michael Cantor, Chairs

Brennden Colbert · Alana Curren
Jennifer DiBella · Dana Greenberg
Emily Harrington · Annie Hildreth
Jackie Iacovazzi · Brittnee Johnson-Colbert
Steven Lewis · Kaitlin Librizzi
Jessica Lister · TJ Noel-Sullivan
Alex Pilon · Esther Pryor
Claire Stermer · Judy Thompson
Joan Trammell · Josye Utick
Nicole Vitrano · Alia Walwyn-James
Patty Willis

Sponsorships are
available now!

Please contact Jennifer at jlevine@hartfordstage.org
or 860-520-7249 for more details.


In a career spanning fifty-five years, André De Shields, at age 78, has distinguished himself as a legendary actor/activist, iconic philanthropist, and Broadway deity. He endeavors to restore majesty, elegance and literacy to the Black Thespian’s toolbox; to advocate for long term survivors of HIV and AIDS; and to champion the legacy of the Wellderly (elderly individuals who continue to kick butt). Since 1989, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at various colleges and universities. As Philanthropist, he founded the André De Shields Fund at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to benefit those students who experience cultural marginalization. The ninth of eleven children reared in Baltimore, Maryland Mr. De Shields is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA and SDC. 

Mr. De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Grammy and Tony Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his unanimously critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown.  Prior to his Tony Award, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz (title role),Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony nom.), andThe Full Monty (Tony nom)