Trinity Rep’s Pell Awards Gala
On May 21, we celebrated artistic excellence and honored the legacy of Senator Claiborne Pell at Trinity Rep’s 22nd annual Pell Awards Gala. Trinity Rep’s creative black tie gala is fun, festive, and full of unforgettable moments.
Monday, May 21, 2018
VIP Reception: 6:00pm | Ceremony and Dinner Reception: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
WaterFire Arts Center, 475 Valley St., Providence, Rhode Island
Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Mary McDonnell, Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
A two-time Oscar nominee for Dances with Wolves and Passion Fish, McDonnell’s theater, film and television career has spanned more than four decades with dynamic character portrayals in period and present-day roles, including TNT’s The Closer and Major Crimes, Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica, Donnie Darko, and Sneakers.
“Mary McDonnell’s extraordinary work exemplifies the artist as a socially responsible citizen. Her portrayals of strong women, from Stands with a Fist to President Roslin to Sharon Raydor, have inspired and captivated millions. Trinity Rep is thrilled to honor Ms. McDonnell’s talent and impact with this year’s Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.” – Curt Columbus, Trinity Rep Artistic Director
Read the full announcement here.
Morris Nathanson, Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts
Jeannine Chartier, Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts
Jane S. Nelson, Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts
Learn more about the local honorees here.
Tickets, Sponsorships & Ads
Chairs & Committee
Event Chairs: Sally Lapides & Art Solomon and Jonathan M. Nelson
Honorary Chairs: Clay Pell, Nick & Annie Pell, Tripler Pell & Tawfik Hammoud, Christina Pell Neal, and Eames Yates, Jr.
Event Committee: John Chan, Paul & Libba Choquette, Ann Marie Clarkson, Linda & Steven Cohen, Curt Columbus & Nate Watson, Ruth Dealy, Sally & Joe Dowling, Alison & Larry Eichler, Rebecca Gibel, Laura Harris, Eugene & Brooke Lee, Joe Madden, Suzanne Magaziner, Chris Marsella, Martha Douglas-Osmundson, Tom Parrish, Timothy Philbrick, Kibbe & Tom Reilly, Barbara & Larry Schoenfeld, Judith Stillman, Mindy & Stanley Wachtenheim, Pat Watson, and Herb Weiss
Honorary Committee: Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Congressman David N. Cicilline, and Congressman James R. Langevin
as of 5/14/18
Visionary: Jonathan Nelson & Maya Stendhal
VIP Reception Sponsor: The Providence Real Estate Guy
Producers: Brown University; IGT; Stenhouse Consulting
Directors: Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C.; Buff & Johnnie Chace; Delin Design; Gilbane; Hinckley Allen; Suzanne & Ira C. Magaziner; Sara Shea McConnell; The Murray Family Charitable Foundation; Residential Properties LTD; Russell Morin Catering & Events; Sayles Livingston Design; Barbara & Larry Schoenfeld; Washington Trust Company
Supporters: Liz Chace; CVS Health; John & Yvette Harpootian; Laura Harris; Hayes & Sherry; Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett LLP; Navigant Credit Union; Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP; Starkweather & Shepley; Textron Inc.
Southwest is the official airline of Trinity Rep
About the Pell Awards
Trinity Rep established the Pell Awards in 1997 to honor artists whose artistic careers exemplify the values of Senator Claiborne Pell, one of the principal founders of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Pell Awards honor Senator Claiborne Pell and recognize artistic excellence in Rhode Island, the New England region and nationally. Throughout his life, Senator Pell worked to support the arts and provide new opportunities for artists. He sponsored the landmark legislation that established the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities in 1965 and chaired the Senate Education and Arts subcommittee. The Pell Awards’ criteria include excellence in the artist’s chosen field, work that significantly advances the art form and contribution to the betterment of the community and the world at large through artistic presence and community service.
All proceeds from the Pell Awards Gala benefit artistic programming at Trinity Rep.
For more information, contact Jen Canole, director of development, at (401) 453-9234 or email@example.com
Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis
Oskar & Laurie Eustis
Richard & Sharon Jenkins
Pell Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Arts
Trinity Rep Resident Acting Company
New England Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts
Pell Award/Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in/to the Arts
Elizabeth Z. Chace
Mayor Vincent A. Cianci, Jr.
Joe & Sally Dowling
Mary Paula Hunter
P. William Hutchinson
Elaine Foster Perry
Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in Arts Education
Ruth J. Simmons
Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts
Joseph A. Chazan M.D.
Mihailo “Misha” Djuric
Senator Claiborne Pell
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
J.L. “Lynn” Singleton
Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts
Umberto “Bert” Crenca
Ruth Frisch Dealy
Dorothy Jungels & the Everett Dance Theatre
Thomas Sgouros, Sr.
Gretchen Dow Simpson
Judith Lynn Stillman
Chris Van Allsburg
Keith and Rosmarie Waldrop