Thank you to everyone who made Gala 2021 a success!
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Thank you to our Gala Chairs Andrew and Sheryl Kaplan
Hayley Hanson and Todd McGuire our Gala Vice Chairs
KCRep Executive Director Angela Lee Gieras
And Artistic Director Stuart Carden
With special thanks to Kim Martin-Cotten and the KCRep Artistic Team
For a fabulous and successful event!
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2021 Gala Chairs
Andrew and Sheryl Kaplan
2021 Gala Vice Chairs
Hayley Hanson and
2021 Gala Sponsorship Committee Members
Sarah Henshaw Baum
Timothy J. Marchesi
John R. Phillips
Brad Sprong, Chair
Thanks to our Sponsors
The McDonnell Foundation, Inc.
Ellen & Irv Hockaday
G. Kenneth & Ann Baum
Linda & Topper Johntz
Americo Life, Inc.
Sarah & Jon Baum / The George K. Baum Family Foundation
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
Burns & McDonnell
Jeff Dobbs & Roshann Parris
Ford Motor Company Fund
Deanna & Greg Graves
Laura & David Hall
Halls Kansas City
Husch Blackwell LLP
JE Dunn Construction Company
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Lockton Companies, LLC / David Nelson & Angela Turpin
Matt & Jessica Ralston
Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts - Commerce Bank, Trustee
Bert & Sue Trucksess
Teresa & Tom Walsh
Dana Abraham & Chuck McCann
Pete B. Browne & Julie Walker-Browne
Herb & Bonnie Buchbinder
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Bunni & Paul Copaken
Country Club Bank
FCI Advisors and Midwest Trust
Dave & Geri Frantze
Gautreaux Family Fund
Scott & Suzy Hall
H&R Block, Inc.
Mark & Mary Jorgenson
Andrew & Sheryl Kaplan
Kissick Construction Co. Inc.
Timothy J. Marchesi & John D. Lawrence / DeMarche
Bill & Barbara Nelson Family
Diane & John R. Phillips
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Jo Ann & William D. Sullivan
VanTrust Real Estate, LLC
Susan & Jason Waldron
Brancato’s Catering and Events
Swoon Cookie Crafters
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Our virtual celebration took you from "woe to whoa!" by featuring the following entertainment by many of Kansas City’s favorite performers, as well as newcomers from the UMKC Conservatory MFA Theatre program, including:
Walter Coppage and Vanessa Severo as hosts, actors Chioma Anyanwu and Mark Robbins performing a spoken word piece that highlights the impact our dark theatres have had on so many, and a musical celebration directed by KCRep Musical Director Anthony Edwards that will feature singers Darrington Clark, Lauren Braton, Joe Carr, Allison Jones, Noah Lindquist, and Shon Ruffin and UMKC students Jessica Andrews, Meredith Noel Johnson, Marisa Tajeda, and Franklin Wagner. And no Gala would be complete without an auction! Scott Jones of Raising Paddles is honored to partner with KCRep as Fundraising Auctioneer & Special Event Consultant. Scott is a Nationally Certified Auctioneer and the only auctioneer in the world to have earned the prestigious certification of Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) and one of only 200 Benefit Auction Specialists.
Thanks to our Emcees
Walter CoppageKCRep: Pride & Prejudice, Welcome to Fear City, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Fences, A Raisin in the Sun, A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird, Carter’s Way. Regional: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time (Portland Center Stage), Radio Golf (Studio Theatre DC). Local: Master Harold And The Boys, Hamlet, A Lesson from Aloes (KCAT); The Mountaintop, How to Steal A Picasso, Water by the Spoonful, The Clean House, Ruined (Unicorn); Becoming Martin, Our Town, The Miracle Worker, My Children My Africa, The Giver, Frankenstein, Valley Song (Coterie); Amadeus (Spinning Tree Theatre). TV: “Detroiters” (Comedy Central/Guest Star), “Chicago Med” (NBC), Gone in the Night (CBS), A Deadly Vision (ABC), The Only Witness (Lifetime) 12 Days of Giving (UP), All Roads Lead Home (Showtime), Truman (HBO). FILM: All Creatures Here Below, Jayhawkers, In the Wake of Ire, Goodland, The Profit, Destination: Planet Negro, The Only Good Indian.
Vanessa SeveroKCRep: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Frida...A Self Portrait (2020 Kilroys List, Playwright), Sex with Strangers, Vanya Sonia Masha and Spike, August: Osage County, Cabaret, Roof of The World, Lot’s Wife, A Christmas Story: The Musical, A Christmas Carol. Local:Desdemona, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Death And The Maiden, Blithe Spirit, Taking Sides, and Hamlet(The Kansas City Actors Theatre); The Revolutionists, Venus In Fur, Men on Boats, Motherf**kerwith the Hat, The Clean House (Unicorn Theatre); Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); The Miracle Worker (The Coterie); Annapurna, Black Bird, Burn This (The Living Room Theatre); Black Pearl Sings!, West Side Story (Spinning Tree Theatre). Ms. Severo is the recipient of the 11th Round of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships, 2017. AEA Member
Vanessa Severo has studied at Missouri State University, as well as The American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. She is the recipient of the TCG 11th Round of the Fox Foundation resident Actor Fellowships, 2017. She has performed for the past 12 seasons at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and is certified in Suzuki Method, and Viewpoints under the instruction of Ellen Lauren, SITI company. She is the playwright and actor of 'Frida...A Self Portrait’ (2020 Kilroys List) a one woman production about the tumultuous and brilliant life of Frida Kahlo. Vanessa is passionate about utilizing the element of Suzuki method in her work to challenge the boundaries of storytelling, and explore the depths of movement, composition, and the power of stillness.