Over 250 Friends, Advocates, Supporters Celebrate Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse’s 40 Years of Creative Excellence at San Diego REP Ruby Reunion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 13, 2016):  More than 250 supporters, advocates, friends and donors of San Diego Repertory Theatre celebrated its 40th anniversary and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse’s four creative decades at the REP Ruby Reunion on Sunday, June 12, raising over $100,000 for programming and operations. 

Co-chaired by Honorary Chairs Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Ruby Reunion Chairs Dea and Osborn Hurston and Event Committee Co-Chairs Sachiko Kohatsu and Marilyn Haring, among the community leaders in attendance were Dede and Mike Alpert, Danah Fayman, Suzanne Hess, Leonard Hirsh and Barbara Hoffer, Jeffrey and Shelia Lipinsky, Darlene Gould Davies and Paul Marshall, Julie and Tom Karlo, Joani Nelson, Pam Slater-Price and Hershell Price, Jay and Julie Sarno, Rhonda and Scott Schmidt, Gia and Steven Stuckey, Molli Wagner, Svetlana and Matthew Weil, Kit and John Wells, and Chris and Pat Weil.

“What an incredible evening for The REP, for Sam Woodhouse and for the future of one of San Diego’s most important arts institutions,” said Ruby Reunion Chair Dea Hurston.  “The passionate community support represented at the REP Ruby Reunion demonstrates the widespread respect for what Sam and The REP have achieved over 40 years.  We look forward to the years ahead.”

During the past 40 seasons, San Diego REP has earned more than 200 awards for artistic excellence, produced 286 productions, 49 world premieres, 51 main stage productions by Latino playwrights and 23 plays written by or about African Americans.

Today, The REP hosts more than 550 events and performances each year by The REP and other local and regional companies.

In heartfelt remarks to those on hand, Woodhouse expressed his deep appreciation for the support he and The REP have received over the years, and for the leadership of the Board of Trustees and Managing Director Larry Alldredge.  He also announced that The REP would be embarking on a three-phase, three-year $7 million capacity building campaign entitled Setting The Stage, Creating The REP of Tomorrow, Today.

“We are excited about the Setting The Stage campaign, and what it will allow The REP to secure it’s financial and creative future,” stated Managing Director Larry Alldredge. 

Woodhouse explained, “The campaign requires $7 million dollars in philanthropic contributions phased in over three years. This includes a $3 million dollar endowment that ensures we will always have the financial resources to support artistic leadership that upholds the REP mission.”

Community leader and philanthropist Suzanne Hess will chair the Setting The Stage campaign. Joining Hess on the Campaign Cabinet are Communications Committee Chair Douglas Friedman, Director of Creative Services at KUSI Television; Donor Reengagement Committee Chairs Dea and Osborn Hurston, an arts advocate and former City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture commissioner; and Strategic Oversight Committee Chair Robert Blum, CPA, Managing Partner, Blum & Clark, LLP.

Plans for the future include creating a Virtuosity Fund to support extraordinary artists or artistic ventures for extended major residencies, special guest appearances, added rehearsal times and one-of-a-kind projects; launching a program to commission 10 new plays; an annual Latino new play festival; and developing a new Educational Theatre Partnership to put local students on The REP stages.

About San Diego REPertory Theatre

San Diego Repertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego Repertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, The REP has produced 46 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented The REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego Repertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego Repertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/sandiegorep) and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP).



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