STC Gala

Since its inception, STC’s annual celebration has been hailed by Washington Life as the area’s “most buzzed-about gala, raising critical funds for STC’s year-round artistic, education, and community programs.

STC's 23/24 Gala
All The World's A Stage: Celebrating the US/UK Relationship
Monday, APR 15, 2024 at The Anthem

The unique relationship between the US and the UK has endured over the centuries, reflected in our common language, ideals, and democratic practices, and Shakespeare has had an outsized, ongoing influence on all three. STC’s irrepressible Artistic Director Simon Godwin and a cast of internationally acclaimed artists and celebrities bring you an evening of inspiration and entertainment alongside a glittering assembly of VIPs, politicians, and leaders from both sides of the Atlantic.

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Honorary Co-Chairs: The British Ambassador, Dame Karen Pierce DCMG & Sir Charles Roxburgh KCBCo-Chairs: Melissa Moss & Michael Paese

Internationally acclaimed actor Indira Varma will be honored with the William Shakespeare Award for Classical Acting (aka “Will Award”), presented to her by Tony Award-winning actor Ralph Fiennes, her co-star in STC’s production of Macbeth, which will be playing in Washington April 9 through May 5.

Multiple Tony & Emmy Award-winning actor Judith Light and celebrated actor John Lithgow will both receive STC Lifetime Achievement Awards. STC will also present the theatre’s inaugural Sea Change Award to someone who has made an impact on theatres. Former congresswoman and President of the Harman Family Foundation Jane Harman will present the award.

The evening will also feature performances by Broadway’s Jordan Donica, fresh from his Tony-nominated performance as Lancelot in Camelot and the BBC’s Katty Kay as the evening’s emcee.

Will on the Hill

For two decades, a bipartisan cast from Congress and other political VIPs performs a light-hearted skit inspired by Shakespeare each spring to support arts education while exemplifying the values of collegiality and civic engagement.
“Each spring, members of Congress and the media are invited to show off their acting skills (or lack thereof). To play or not to play, that is the question.” — NBC Washington

“I would suggest putting “Will on The Hill” on your calendar for next May if you want to enjoy a fun night in the theater, see members of Congress act silly intentionally, and help bring Shakespeare to the young people of greater Washington.” — The Washington Blade

Mock Trial

“A Washington wonk’s dream.” — THE NEW YORK TIMES

Legal issues permeating the work of Shakespeare have inspired STC’s popular Mock Trials for almost three decades. Showcasing nationally acclaimed lawyers making their arguments before a bench of Supreme Court and other distinguished justices and a jury of audience members, the law has never been more fun!

Tickets to the event often sell out in minutes due to the legal talent on the stage, which over the years has included jurists such as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Brett M. Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Ketanji Brown Jackson and the Honorable Suzanne Côté from the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as Circuit Judge Merrick B. Garland, Judge David S. Tatel, Judge Thomas B. Griffith, Judge Patricia A. Millett, Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard, Judge Robert L. Wilkins, and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

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