Celebrate the arts: Monday, June 5, 2023
The Pell Awards Gala is back! Celebrating national and local excellence in the arts, Trinity Rep’s signature gala event will take place in Providence at the WaterFire Arts Center and feature unforgettable moments as the theater honors individuals who are committed to bettering the world through art. This year’s event is co-chaired by Kibbe & Tom Reilly and Richard & Sharon Jenkins.
Monday, June 5, 2023: 6:00 pm VIP reception | 7:00 pm Dinner | 8:00 pm Awards Ceremony
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VIP tickets include access to special reception, hosted bar, dinner, priority seating for awards ceremony, and complimentary valet parking
Gala tickets include hosted bar, dinner, awards ceremony, and complimentary valet parking
Tickets and sponsorships are still available! All proceeds benefit artistic, education, and community engagement programming at Trinity Rep. Download sponsor information here.
2023 Pell Award Recipients
TED DANSON and MARY STEENBURGEN, Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
Trudy Coxe, Pell Award for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts
Barnaby Evans, Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts
Suzanne Magaziner, Charles Sullivan Award for Distinguished Service in the Arts
Marta V. Martínez, Rhode Island Pell Award for Excellence in the Arts
Click here to read more about the Lifetime Achievement Award winners.
Click here to learn more about the local winners.
Supporting the Pell Awards
Trinity Rep’s Pell Award Gala provides unique visibility and access opportunities for sponsors. All proceeds from the event support artistic, education, and community engagement programming at Trinity Rep, the Tony Award-winning State Theater of Rhode Island.
Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities at the 2023 Pell Awards Gala.
For more information, contact Jen Canole, director of development, at (401) 453-9234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pell Awards Gala Sponsors
as of 5/18/2023
PRODUCERS: Brown University; Gilbane; IGT; Sweeney Advisory
DIRECTORS: Adler, Pollock & Sheehan; Joseph Chazan, MD & Victoria Veh; Flansburgh Architects; Hinckley Allen; Sharon and Richard Jenkins; The Murray Family Charitable Foundation; Peregrine Group LLC; Kibbe and Tom Reilly; Rhode Island Monthly; Sayles Livingston Design; Starkweather & Shepley Insurance; Textron
SUPPORTERS: BankRI; Barbara Sokoloff Associates; Duffy & Shanley, Inc.; Sara Shea McConnell; The Wheeler School
FRIENDS: Guillaume Bagal and Bobby Gondola; Arnold B. Chace, Jr.; Jim DeRentis – The Providence Real Estate Guy; Dimeo Construction; Joseph L. and Sarah T. Dowling; Alison and Larry Eichler; Lou Giancola and Pamela High; John and Yvette Harpootian; John Palumbo; Merrill Sherman; Arthur Solomon and Sally Lapides; Joan and Paul Sorensen; Curt Spalding and Dr. Patrice Milos-Spalding; Mary Brooks Wall
Pell Awards Event Committee
Sharon & Richard Jenkins and Kibbe & Tom Reilly, co-chairs
Event Committee: Joseph Chazan, MD & Victoria Veh; Leslie & Tom Gardner; Anne Garnett; Sally Lapides & Art Solomon; Jane Lippincott; Joseph Madden; Sara Shea McConnell; John Palumbo; Ken Sigel & Sarah Kelly; Joan Slafsky; Judith Lynn Stillman; Michael J. Sweeney
Honorary Committee: Senator Jack Reed; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Representative David Cicilline; Representative Seth Magaziner
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.
Past Pell Award Honorees
Pell Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts
Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis
Oskar & Laurie Eustis
Indigo Girls (Amy Ray & Emily Saliers)
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
Deloris Davis Grant
Mary Paula Hunter
P. William Hutchinson
Jane S. Nelson
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