Women's Committee

The Women’s Committee of Washington Performing Arts was organized in 1969 in response to a need for community outreach. We are one of the earliest-formed volunteer organizations for women in the Nation’s Capital which focuses on community service through the performing arts and support high quality main stage performances.

Washington Performing Arts founder and noted impresario Patrick Hayes and the late local arts patron Barbara Mackenzie Gordon envisioned a community of Washington Performing Arts supporters and gave the Women’s Committee its early years of inspired leadership. By design, it is comprised of women of varied ethnicities to advocate for Washington Performing Arts.

Members of the Women’s Committee are involved in exciting and impactful activities:

Washington Performing Arts Annual Gala and Auction
The Women’s Committee selects Chairs to collaborate with Washington Performing Arts to stage this festive, annual event. Members also donate and solicit valuable items for the Silent Auction and serve as Hostesses.

Enriching Experiences for Seniors  
Women’s Committee members work with Washington Performing Arts to plan, schedule, and audit musical performances at senior centers throughout the program year, reaching as many as 3,000 seniors annually. Members also participate in an Annual Holiday Gift Collection for the residents of the Unique Residential Care Center. Learn more.

Embassy Adoption Program 
Women’s Committee members interact with fifth and sixth grade teachers and students in D.C. Public Schools during programs presented by diplomats and global partners. We further assist with the students’ year-end presentations, as well as with the annual Mini United Nations held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Learn more.

Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition 
The Women’s Committee helps Washington Performing Arts to coordinate the annual, day-long live competition and subsequent awards ceremony. We provide scholarships for 1-2 finalists and sponsor an event featuring their performance(s). Learn more.

Washington Performing Arts Main Stage Programming 
Women’s Committee members are Washington Performing Arts donors and support its main stage performances via annual subscriptions and individual ticket purchases. Washington Performing Arts also provides Committee members with complimentary or discounted tickets for some performances! Explore the season.

Bird Room at the John F. Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts 
For Washington Performing Arts main stage performances presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Committee volunteers join Kennedy Center volunteers as Bird Room Hostesses. Washington Performing Arts provides complimentary tickets for Women’s Committee volunteers!

Comcast Lounge at the Music Center at Strathmore 
For Washington Performing Arts main stage performances presented at the Music Center at Strathmore, Women’s Committee volunteers serve as Comcast Lounge Greeters. Washington Performing Arts provides complimentary tickets for the volunteers!

Women’s Committee Living Legacy
In 2011, the Women’s Committee established the Living Legacy Program to support the Washington Performing Arts Legacy Society. Members contribute to the fund in honor of friends, a loved one’s memory, or to celebrate life cycle events.

And More!
In addition to these rewarding activities and our monthly meetings, Women’s Committee members schedule public outings to see current art exhibitions, dine at hot-ticket restaurants, have private women’s boutique visits and more!

If you would like additional information about the Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee, contact Meiyu Tsung at mtsung@washingtonperformingarts.org or by calling 202.533.1880.

2017-2019 Washington Performing Arts Women's Committee

Shebbie Robinson Rice, President
Arleen Kessler, 1st Vice President
Dina Lassow, 2nd Vice President
Stacie Fabre, Treasurer
Lorraine Paladino Adams, Assistant Treasurer
Vinetta Jones, Recording Secretary
Denise Rollins, Assistant Recording Secretary
Beverly Bascomb, Corresponding Secretary
Albertina Lane, Immediate Past President
+Barbara Mackenzie Gordon, Founding President

Alison Arnold
Ernestine Arnold
Toni Baker
Sylvia Belton
Bunny Bialek
Patricia Bonds
Francesca Britton
Gwendolyn Brown
Elsie Bryant
Charlotte Cameron
Changamiré
Claire Cherry-Ruiz
Carleene Dei
Jan DuPlain
Linda Fotis
Naomi Freeman
Rosetta Freeman
Jannes Waples Gibson
Linda Goldman
Paula Goldman
Rosemarie Harris
Ruth Reed Hodges
Ray Hoffman
Marilyn Jarvis
Enid Johnson
Madelyn Elise Johnson
Anna Faith Jones
Edna Robinson Jones
Helen Jones
Janet Kaufman
Elaine Kolodny
Eleanor Leak
Cheryl Long
Fairlie Maginnes
Hilda McIntosh
Glendonia McKinney
Claudia McKoin
Cheryl McQueen
Diana McRae
Annette Morchower
Paulette Nehama
Njambi
Brenda Parker
Susan Rao
Debbie Rayford
Elaine Rose
Rita Segerman
Deborah Sewell
Madeline Shapiro
Wendy Shapiro
Billie LaVerne Smith
Therrell Smith
Leah Tavens
Gloria Thrasher
Brenda Vaughan
Diana Johnson Veilleux
Gladys M. Watkins
Carolyn Ross Wilson
Bette Davis Wooden
+ deceased