Events DC & Theatre Washington Launch Backstage at the Helen Hayes Awards

The three-part series is executive produced by Bonnie Nelson Schwartz, founder of the Helen Hayes Awards, and hosted on GATHER by Events DC spotlights DC’s outstanding professional theatre community. 

The short films celebrate the safe and highly anticipated reopening of the District’s theaters and provide an entertaining and personal look into the lives that have made DC the second largest and most successful theatre community in the nation.

View Backstage at the Helen Hayes Awards.

Episode 1: Roz White and William Knowles
Available December 7, 2021
Roz White, actress, vocalist and teaching artist with composer, performer, and music director William Knowles discuss their shared history in #dctheatre including at MetroStage, Alexandria Virginia. Filmed at the historic Anacostia Playhouse in DC

Episode 2: Maria Manuela Goyanes
Available December 15, 2021
Emika Abe, Managing Director of DC’s Woolly Mammoth Theatre talks with Maria Manuela Goyanes, the second-ever artistic director at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, nationally known for producing new work and original productions

Episode 3: Debbie Allen
Available December 22, 2021
Alicia Adams, Vice President of International Programming at the John F. Kennedy Center interviews Debbie Allen, prominent dancer, director, actress, filmmaker, and recent recipient of both the Kennedy Center Honors and the Emmy’s Governor Award

Special Thanks
Theatre Washington would like to extend special thanks to board members Jan DuPlain and Bonnie Nelson Schwartz (founder of the Helen Hayes Awards) for their hard work and support on this project. 

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