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Looking Back

As we reflect on the arc of 2019/20 at Washington Performing Arts and in the world, we are astounded by our collective resilience, creativity, and generosity as a community.

Thank you for all the ways you “made it happen” with us in a truly extraordinary year. Many of you had already extended your support to Washington Performing Arts in the fall of 2019, when we were in our usual rhythm of anticipating performances onstage, creative instruction in the classroom, and impactful events in our community. And then the world turned upside down.

As you will recall, the spread of the pandemic and necessary public health restrictions implemented on March 11 challenged us to transform our 600-person Gala from live to livestream in 3 amazing days. We pivoted, and you responded. And then you kept responding.

Over the course of the six months that followed in 2019/20, you rallied in giving to our Champion Fund (read more): making new gifts, converting the value of your cancelled performance tickets to donations, sustaining your support for our Gala in the wake of its transformation to an online event, and sustaining your sponsorship support for our performances that were cancelled.

As you were sustaining your support, we were sustaining our mission.

We carried forward creating new online curriculum in partnership with D.C. Public Schools, we found new methods to support our artists associated with the 2019/20 season financially and through unique virtual platforms for their artistry in the lockdown, and we sought creative ways to bring the totality of our mission online and directly to you through Home Delivery (explore). These hours and hours of free content on our online platform were also made accessible across our community and beyond through partnerships with public schools and public libraries—barriers were razed.

As we look ahead to 2021, we have affirmed our longstanding values in every facet of our work and activity. We are intensifying our focus on our guiding principles (see here): accessibility and inclusivity of our programs, a lens that extends from local to global through our signature programs, and embracing the power of partnership.

We have not done this alone—impact is never achieved in isolation. We are very grateful to our Board of Directors (see), Junior Board (see), Women’s Committee (see), partners, artists, teaching artists, students and their families, and our audiencesin person and onlinefor making 2019/20 sing in ways we couldn’t have imagined possible.

And we are grateful to you. YOU have been fundamental to our ability to survive and thrive—and now we look forward (watch). Thank you for championing the arts as a unifying force.


Your Impact in 2019/20

End of Fiscal Year Impact

These statistics reflect activities between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.
Washington Performing Arts has continued to expand on these activities in our 2020/21 Season.


Special Thanks

The list of donors below reflects all those individuals, corporations, foundations, and government entities that made gifts totaling $500 or more in support of Washington Performing Arts between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.


Board of Directors

 Washington Performing Arts is grateful for the extraordinary leadership and partnership of our entire Board of Directors during this critical period. Together with their families, our Board of Directors led our 2019/20 Season with invaluable support, both financial and intangible, in empowering Washington Performing Arts to survive and thrive.

Board member names appear in bold below. This list represents members of the Washington Performing Arts Board of Directors in the 2019/20 Season.

Her Excellency Shaikha Aisha AlKhalifa, Spouse of the Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Mr. Jeffrey Bauman and Ms. Linda Fienberg

Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib

Charlotte Cameron and John Marshall

Trista L. P. Colbert and Theodore Colbert

Mr. Brian Coulter and Mrs. Jennifer Coulter

Betsy and Robert Feinberg

Mr. Brad Figel and Mrs. Joyce Figel

Mr. Burton J. Fishman and Mrs. Anne Fishman

Mr. Morton Funger and Mrs. Norma Lee Funger

Tom Gallagher

Ms. Felecia Love Greer

Mike and Luanne Gutermuth

Mr. Jay M. Hammer and Mrs. Robin Hammer

Mr. Daniel Heider

Ms. Susan B. Hepner

Grace P. Hobelman

Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman

Dr. J. Stephen Jones and Mrs. Kathryn Jones

Edward and Arleen Kessler

 Ms. Janice J. Kim and Mr. Anthony L. Otten

Thomas J. Kim and John F. Olson

Ms. Kelly King Dibble

Rob Liberatore and Debra Kraft Liberatore

Ms. Leslie Luxemburg

Mr. David Marventano and Mrs. Jessica Marventano

Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather

Mr. Camden Miller

W. Stephen Piper and Diane E. Piper

Dr. Irene Roth and Dr. Vicken Poochikian

Mr. James J. Sandman and Ms. Elizabeth D. Mullin

Dr. Marc Schlosberg and Dr. Doreen Moreira

Ami Scott and Lucius Outlaw III

Peter Shields and Ace Werner

Mr. Naboth van den Broek and Ms. Lisa Pearlman

Mr. Reginald Van Lee

Mary Jo Veverka

Philip R. West and Barbara Yellen


Community of Supporters


$100,000 and above

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Betsy and Robert Feinberg

Tom Gallagher

Mrs. Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated

Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather

National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program/US Commission of Fine Arts


$50,000 – $99,999


Susan S. Angell

Mr. Jeffrey Bauman and Ms. Linda Fienberg

Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts

Galena-Yorktown Foundation

National Endowment for the Arts

Park Foundation

Mr. Bruce Rosenblum and Ms. Lori Laitman


$25,000 – $49,999


Altria Group

Lyn and Barry Chasen

Trista L. P. Colbert and Theodore Colbert

Fluor Corporation

Dr. J. Stephen and Mrs. Kathryn Jones

Thomas J. Kim and John F. Olson

Pepco, An Exelon Company

Mrs. Jeanne W. Ruesch

Ami Scott and Lucius Outlaw III

Mary Jo Veverka


$15,000 – $24,999

Anonymous (2)

Her Excellency Shaikha Aisha AlKhalifa, Spouse of the Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Dan Cameron Family Foundation, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Coulter


Encompass Supply / Rudy Burwell and Mona Mohib

Mr. and Mrs. Burton J. Fishman

Glenmede Trust Company

Ellen and Michael Gold

Philip L. Graham Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Jay M. Hammer

Mr. Daniel Heider

Ms. Susan B. Hepner

Grace P. Hobelman

Estate of Mr. Charles E. Hoyt

Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman

Rob Liberatore and Debra Kraft Liberatore

Northern Trust

W. Stephen and Diane E. Piper

Prince Charitable Trusts

Dr. Irene Roth and Dr. Vicken Poochikian

Mr. James J. Sandman and Ms. Elizabeth D. Mullin

Mr. Hubert M. Schlosberg

Drs. Marc Schlosberg and Doreen Moreira

Peter Shields and Ace Werner/Wiley

Linda and Isaac Stern Charitable Foundation

Stillwater LLC / Ms. Janice J. Kim and Mr. Anthony L. Otten

Mr. and Mrs. John V. Thomas

Mr. Reginald Van Lee

Washington Gas

Wells Fargo

Philip R. West and Barbara Yellen


$10,000 – $14,999

Alfred Street Baptist Church

Mr. Stanley Asrael

Mr. Peter Buscemi and Ms. Judith Miller

Kathryn and Kenneth Chenault

FedEx Corporation

Robert and Arlene Kogod

Estate of Marvin C. Korengold

Mary and Chris Mahle

Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation

Doris Matsui and Roger Sant

Scott Miller and Sharon Virts

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Milstein

Dr. Robert Misbin

The Hon. Mary V. Mochary and Dr. Philip E. Wine

Ourisman Automotive of VA/Mr. Daniel L. Korengold and Ms. Martha Dippell

Billy Rose Foundation

Gordon and Lisa Rush

Ruth and Arne Sorenson

Thrasher Koffey Foundation, in loving memory and honor of Gloria Thrasher

Mr. Marvin F. Weissberg

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Young


$5,000 – $9,999

Anonymous (2)

The Rona and Jeffrey Abramson Foundation

Dr. and Mrs. Clement C. Alpert

Ms. Betty Bullock and Mr. John Silton

Dr. Mark Cinnamon and Ms. Doreen Kelly

Mr. Eric Collins and Mr. Michael Prokopow

Ms. Josephine S. Cooper


Ms. Nancy McElroy Folger

Mr. Michael Frankhuizen

Mrs. Paula Seigle Goldman (W)

Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Graage

Graham Holdings Company

Ms. Felecia Love Greer

Mike and Luanne Gutermuth

Lucia and Fred Hill

Kanter Kallman Foundation

Ms. Betsy Scott Kleeblatt

Latino Economic Development Center/District of Columbia Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Small Business Recovery Microgrant

Judith A. Lee, Esq.

Ms. Lydia Micheaux Marshall

Mr. and Mrs. David O. Maxwell

John and Joan McAvoy


Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Polinger

Reed Smith

Ms. Pamela Sutherland

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Tommer

Mr. and Mrs. Stefan F. Tucker

The Venable Foundation

Maria Voultsides and Thomas C. Chisnell, II

George Wasserman Family Foundation

Gary and Silvia Yacoubian


$2,500 – $4,999

Anonymous (3)

William Alsup and Sunny Jung Alsup

Ms. Barbara Anderson

Ms. Jenny Bilfield and Dr. Joel Phillip Friedman

Dr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Danks

Mr. John Driscoll

Mr. Adam Farra

Drs. Elliot and Lily Gardner Feldman

James A. Feldman and Natalie Wexler

Ms. Michelle Floh

Alison Francis

Dr. Justin and Mrs. Heather Frank

Mr. Donald and Mrs. Irene Dunn Gavin

GRF CPAs & Advisors

Paul Gourdin & Joanne Weiss

Mr. Stephen Graham

Maria J. Hankerson, PhD

Victor and Diane Hoskins

Mr. and Mrs. David T. Kenney

Arleen (W) and Edward Kessler

Ms. Kelly King Dibble

Jane Mary Kwass

Sandra and James Lafond

Ms. Grace Yinhsiu Lin

Judie and Harry M. Linowes

Mr. Benjamin Martin and The Martin Family Charitable Foundation

Mr. Camden Miller

Dr. William Mullins and Dr. Patricia Petrick

Adam Clayton Powell III and Irene M. Solet

Elizabeth Racheva and Danail Rachev

Mrs. Lynn Rhomberg

Ms. Cara D. Rhone

Patricia Roberts and Bill Foster

Denise Rollins (W)

Sanders Foundation

Steven and Gretchen Seiler

Daniel and Sybil Silver

Mr. Theodore Thorpe, III

 Mrs. Annie Totah

Van and Eddi Van Auken

Mrs. Judith Weintraub

Christie and Jeff Weiss

Ms. Maggalean W. Weston

Kyle Winkfield and Ashley Adams

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Winter

Christopher Wolf, Esq.

Louisa Woodville and Nigel Ogilvie

Jackie Zins and Gerson Zweifach


$1,500 – $2,499


Mr. and Mrs. (W) Edward Adams

Ms. Rebecca Allen

The Amphion Foundation, Inc.

Ambassador and Mrs. Tom H. Anderson, Jr.

Ann and Russel Bantham

Lisa and James Baugh

Dr. and Mrs. (W) E. DeVaughn Belton


Ms. Samantha Ching

Peter and Elinor Crane

Nancy R. Dodge

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Epstein

Marietta Ethier, Esq.

Mr. and Mrs. James Everett

Danielle Heyman Feist

Mrs. Rhona Wolfe Friedman and Mr. Don Friedman

Ms. Jannes Waples Gibson (W)

Mr. and Mrs. (W) William L. Goldman

Mr. Corey Griffin

Dr. and Mrs. (W) Joseph E. Harris

Ms. Joanne E. Hill

Institute for Education

Glen M. Johnson

Carol G. Kaplan

Mr. and Mrs. Steven Kaplan

Ms. Heather Kaye

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Kilcarr

Mr. Gary Knell and Ms. Kim Larson

Ineke and Peter Kreeger, In memory of Carmen and David Kreeger

Simeon M. Kriesberg and Martha L. Kahn

Mr. and Mrs. Richard F. Larkin

Joan S. Leonard

Mr. Patrick Linehan

Dr. Joseph May and Mr. Brian Pesin

Ms. Andrea Messina

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Special Presenter Initiatives program, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Dr. and Mrs. Franklin Moses

Ms. Leanne Myers

 The Nora Roberts Foundation

Dr. Marian Osterweis

Mr. Trevor Potter and Mr. Dana Westring

Hunter and Elizabeth Rawlings

Ms. Lynn Rhinehart

Tom and Kelicia Rice

Rosemarie Rinn and Dennis McKearin

 Linda Rosenfeld and Fred Krosner

Deborah F. Rutter

Ambassador A. Sarukhan and Mrs. V. Valencia Sarukhan

Lena Ingegerd Scott and Lennart Lundh

Ambassador Theodore Sedgewick

Alison and John Shulman

Dr. Margaret Simms and Dr. Charles Betsey

John Staelin and Elizabeth Locke

Mr. Sanford and Dr. Beth Ungar

Drs. Anthony and Gladys (W) Watkins

Edward Wheeler and Kelly Baxter

Dr. Adelaide and Mr. A. Duncan Whitaker


$1,000 – $1,499

Anonymous (6)

Mr. and Mrs. James B. Adler

Ms. Ernestine Arnold (W)

Paul Ashe

Ms. Eve Bachrach

Patricia Bauman and the Hon. John Landrum Bryant

The Honorable Charles N. Brower

Rebecca and Winston Chang

Dr. and Mrs. Abe Cherrick

Mr. Anthony E. DiResta

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dungan

Mr. Alan Edelman

Mr. C. Lorenzo Evans, III

Ms. Margaret Fallon

Mr. and Mrs. Brad Figel

Ms. Anna Forgie

Benjamin and Christina Fuller

Ms. Marthalia Garrett

Greater Washington Community Foundation

Ms. Andrea Grimaldi

Natalie Groom

Cassidy Grunninger

Ms. June Hajjar

Ms. Audrey Hipkins

Maggie Hurwitz

Gbenga Ige

Mrs. Madeleine Jacobs

William S. Janes

Mr. Jake Jones and Ms. Veronica Nyhan-Jones

Mrs. Lois Jones

S. Kann Sons Company Foundation

Ms. Angela C.Y. King

Mr. William Korengold

Mr. and Mrs. John Koskinen

Ms. Tiffany Lancaster

Mr. Andrew Lee

André O. Lewis

The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation

Jacqueline R. London

Ms. Wendy Luke

Ms. Leslie Luxemburg

Chase & Chris Maggiano

Mrs. Ingrid B. Meyer

Ceylon Mitchell, II

Mrs. Jean Moore

Mr. and Mrs. (W) Adrian L. Morchower

Haley Morrisson

Melanie and Larry Nussdorf

Ms. Alyssa O’Connor

Ms. Liz Oyer

Ms. Jean Perin

Ms. Hope Porter

The Honorable and Mrs. Stephen Porter

Ms. Patricia Richards

Elaine Rose (W)

Ms. Toam Rubinstein

Ms. Helen Santoro

Arjun and Ami Shah

Ms. Grace Shen

Mr. Jonathan Sidhu and Ms. Malathi Nayak

Mr. J. Knox Singleton and Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons

Mr. Jonathon Sorge

Kerrien Suarez

Ms. Leah Tavens (W)

Ms. Kristen Taylor

Ms. Ebony Thomas

Mr. Peter Threadgill

Manasi Tirodkar and Ajay Rao

Ms. Raleigh Wheeler

Mr. James Yap

Mr. Kevin Yen


$500 – $999

Anonymous (3)

Mr. and Mrs. Sanford Ain

Mr. Daniel Arnaud

Brooke Lamell Bartolome and Ben Bartolome

Ms. Beverly Bascomb (W)

George and Barbara Beach

Robert and Arlene Bein

Mr. Philip Bernstein

Matt and Melanie Blunt

Ms. Francesca Britton (W)

Mr. and Mrs. Hans Bruland

Dr. and Mrs. Boyd L. Burris

Ms. Aja Claire Byrd Lumumba

Mr. John Chester

Drs. Judith and Thomas Chused

Mr. Steven Coe

Ms. Joyce B. Cofield

Mr. Alan L. Cohen

Mr. John W. Cook

Dr. and Mrs. Milton Corn

Ms. Sandra Cummins-Haid

Mr. Steven Damato

Carleen H. Dei (W)

Mr. Andrew Dibble

Ambassador Maguy Maccario Doyle

Dr. Mary Ann P. Dubner

Dr. Carol Ann Dyer

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dyer

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Eagle

Mr. Jason Eaglin

Mr. John Edelmann

Colin & Lee England

Ms. Alison Francis

Ms. Catherine French

The Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ms. Jessica Gladstone

Dr. Robert J. Gottschall and Ms. Yukiko Tani

Cab and Susan Grayson

Jay Haddock Ortiz and Hector Torres

 Mr. Jack E. Hairston Jr.

James McConnell Harkless, Esq.

Ms. Harriett Harper

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Helfstein

Mrs. Ruth Hodges (W)

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Howard

Mr. R.C. Howes

Ralph N. Johanson, Jr., Esq.

Ms. Kyuree Kang

Mr. E. Scott Kasprowicz and Ms. Elizabeth Thorsey

Mr. and Mrs. Sherman E. Katz

Susan Kneller and Donogh McDonald

Dr. Allan Kolker

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene I. Lambert

Ms. Albertina D. Lane (W)

Ms. Dina Lassow (W)

Eleanor M. Leak (W)

Dr. Jeffrey Levi

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Lindsay

The Honorable Cheryl M. Long (W)

Mr. Kendall Lott

Mr. James Lytle

Mr. Daniel Marcus and Dr. Maeva Marcus

Mr. and Mrs. (W) Rufus W. McKinney

Ms. Cheryl C. McQueen (W)

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Merchlinsky

Lindsey Merritt

Mr. Hilary Miller

Cynthia Mordaunt-Rosborough

Mrs. Paulette Nehama (W)

Ms. Rafia Simaan

Don and Karen Norman

Esther and Michael Ochsman

Paragon Title

Richard Price and Yung Chang

Mr. Mark Radke and Ms. Helen Chaikovsky

Henry & Anne Reich Family Foundation

Shebbie R. (W) and William S. Rice, III

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Schultz, In memory of Mr. H. Marc Moyens

Mr. and Mrs. (W) Bernard Segerman

Dr. Deborah Sewell (W)

Dr. Deborah J. Sherrill

Kevin Sheys

Mr. Charles Stark

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stevens

Mr. Marc Stone

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Stusnick

Mr. Akio Tagawa

Mr. Wesley Thomas and Mr. Eric Jones

Sara Trautman-Yeğenoğlu and Ferit Yeğenoğlu

Meiyu Tsung and Curtis Chang

Chengbiao Tu & Xinyun Gong

Leif Ulstrup

Washington Performing Arts Women’s Committee

Ms. Martha Watanabe

Wolfgang and Carol Wawersik

Dr. and Mrs. Allan Weingold

Ms. Maria Weissman

Roger J. Whyte II

Kathe and Edwin D. Williamson

Carol Weiner Wilner

Mr. and Mrs. (W) James D. Wilson

Njambi (W) and Earl Wynn

(W) Womens Committee Member


In Kind

Mrs. Mary Abel Smith

Alexandria Restaurant Partners

Alfred Street Baptist Church

Alice + Olivia



American Son

Arena Stage

Arnold & Porter LLP

ArtSoul Studio

Embassy of Australia

Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Jeffrey Bauman and Linda Fienberg

Best Buns Bakery & Cafe

Bialek Environments

Boone & Sons Jewelers

JNai Bridges

Yefim Bronfman

Hans Bruland

Busboys and Poets

Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits

Cathedral Choral Society

Embassy of Chile

Choral Arts

Conrad Washington DC

The Cookery

Copperwood Tavern

CorePower Yoga

Corporate Wheels

Courtyard by Marriott

The Darcy

Discern Health

The Doyle Collection

E&G Group

Embassy of Finland

Eyemagination Imaging | C-Suite Pics

Filthy Rich of DC

Mr. Burton J. Fishman

Fords Theatre

Four Seasons

Embassy of France

Galleria Dental Aesthetics

The Girl & The Vine

The Hay-Adams Hotel

The Hazelton Hotel

The Heider Group at TTR | Sothebys International Realty

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens


Embassy of Italy

Embassy of Jamaica

The Jefferson, Washington DC

John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts

Joy of Motion

Karins Florist

Karma by Erwin Gomez

The Knickerbocker

Knot Standard

Vinay Kumar

Larkin Lane

Lebanese Taverna

Little Leaf

Lord & Taylor

Lubin Portrait Studio

Luigi Parasmo Salon and Spa

Wendy Luke/The HR Sage

The Metropolitan Opera

M3 | Mitchell Media & Marketing, LLC

Jacqueline Badger Mars

Mars, Incorporated

Mele Bistro

Middleburg Film Festival


Monumental Sports

Mosaic Theater Company of DC

National Geographic Museum

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands


Orangetheory Fitness Falls Church

Osteria da Nino

Paul Stuart

PBS Newshour

The Phillips Collection

The Pilates Room

W. Stephen Piper and Diane E. Piper/BORSA Bag

 Politics and Prose Bookstore

Renée Fleming

Republic Restoratives Distillery


Ree Rinn

Ristorante i Ricchi

RJ Whyte Event Production

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Round House Theater

Royal Norwegian Embassy

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

The Setai, Miami Beach

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Shiloh Baptist Church

Signature Theatre

Sinfonia Gulf Coast

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore

Siroc Restaurant

Embassy of Spain

Spey Co.

Spicewalla Brand

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The Still Point

The String Queens


Veronica Swift

Syzygy Events International

Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO)


Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Three Creeks Winery

Total Wine & More

Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Vegetable & Butcher

Vermont Avenue Baptist Church

The Wagner at the Battery, New York

Wardman Wines

Washington Gas

Washington Performing Arts Womens Committee

Washington Spirit

Dr. Gladys Watkins

Wheat and Poetry LLC


Woman-Owned Wineries

Woodmont Grill

Zuri Dresses



Washington Performing Arts is grateful to every donor who makes a gift to Washington Performing Arts, including supporters of our Champion Fund. The list above represents all supporters of $500 or more in 2019/20. List complete and final as of August 31, 2020.


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