Arizona Theatre Company’s 2023 Gala

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We hope you’re still basking in the delightful memories of our recent Gala. We’re excited to announce that the photos from this remarkable evening are now available for your viewing pleasure.

Relive the magic, the laughter, and the elegance by accessing the Gala’s photo album through the link provided below:


Click the link:

  1. Individual image download: Click on the icon that looks like an arrow pointing down at a line on each photo to download images individually. Select where you want the images to download to. This can also be done from a mobile phone. Click the same icon on mobile and follow the on-screen directions.
  2. Download all at once: click on that same icon at the top right of the gallery, under the main header image, to download images all at once. Select where you want the images to download. This function is not available for mobile devices. This will generate a zipped file and you will have to unzip and extract the images once the folder is downloaded in order to access them.
  3. You can share this link and the directions with anyone!

It was your presence and support that made the event a grand success, and these photos capture the essence of our shared moments beautifully.

Feel free to download, share, and cherish these snapshots that reflect the wonderful memories we created together.

Thank you once again for making our Gala an unforgettable affair. We’re looking forward to seeing you at our future events and creating more cherished memories together.

For more information about sponsorships, please contact Paula Taylor, Chief Development & Marketing Officer.

2023 Georgy Award Recipients

Susan and Jeffrey Rein

Susan and Jeff met during the course of their studies at the University of Arizona–College of Pharmacy. After graduation, Susan practiced Pharmacy for many years but Jeff, with his Accounting and Pharmacy degrees, decided to go into management and ended his career at Walgreens as Chairman and CEO

Their first date–December, 1978–was to a performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Arizona Theatre Company (was Arizona Civic Theatre at that time). Susan was so impressed with the show (it got their relationship off to a fabulous start)—entertaining, great acting, excellent costumes, set design and music/lighting—that she accepted his proposal for marriage. They have now been married over 42 years.

“We have supported ATC for many years. Not only are the shows entertaining, but they are thought-provoking and help us understand cultures and perspectives different from our own. Sometimes, the productions make you glad to be alive or they make you sad. The wide range of emotions they elicit are a testament to the power of theater, especially when it is presented in such as professional way as ATC does on a consistent basis.

As long-time residents of Tucson and enthusiastic supporters of all forms of art, we are gratified to be part of an organization that serves Arizona so well. We are honored to receive the 2023 Georgy Award.”

Jack O’Brien

Jack O’Brien, recently Tony nominated for his direction of the new hit musical, Shucked, has also won three Tony Awards for his direction of Hairspray, Henry IV, and The Coast of Utopia. His other recent Broadway credits include Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Carousel, The Front Page, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, It’s Only a Play, Macbeth, The Nance, Dead Accounts, Catch Me If You Can, Impressionism, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tony nom.), Imaginary Friends, The Invention of Love (Tony nomination and Drama Desk winner), The Full Monty (Tony nom.), More to Love, Getting Away with Murder, The Little Foxes, Damn Yankees, Two Shakespearean Actors (Tony nom.) and Porgy and Bess (Tony nom.).

Off- Broadway credits include Tom Stoppard’s The Hard Problem, Pride’s Crossing, and Hapgood (Lucille Lortel Award). Other productions include Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera, Guys and Dolls at Carnegie Hall, Much Ado About Nothing for The Public’s Shakespeare in the Park, Love Never Dies and Hairspray (Olivier nom.) in London, which also saw another revival at the Coliseum in London. Mr. O’Brien was the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre from 1981 till 2007.

He has directed six programs for PBS’s American Playhouse. He is the author of two memoirs, Jack Be Nimble, and Jack in the Box, or How to Goddam Direct, both published by FSG. He lives in Connecticut with an exceptional Norwich terrier named Coda.

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