Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Jose Llana, Ann Harada, Darren Criss, Jenna Ushkowitz, Karen Ziemba, Kristin Chenoweth, Phoebe Strole, Danny Burstein and More set for Dramatists Guild Fund’s 2015 Gala on Oct. 26

The Dramatists Guild Fund’s annual gala, GREAT WRITERS THANK THEIR LUCKY STARS, is at Gotham Hall (1356 Broadway at 36th Street) on October 26th, hosted by actor, musician and Emmy-nominated composer Darren Criss, who will also perform. (cocktail reception at 6:30pm, dinner and celebration at 7:30pm)

Directed by Leigh Silverman (Violet, The Wild Party, Chinglish) with Music Direction by Charlie Rosen, the DGF’s gala features award-winning playwrights, lyricists and composers introducing the stars who brought their work to life on stage, including Stephen Schwartz, Kirsten Childs, Gretchen Cryer & Nancy Ford, Sheldon Harnick, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Laurence O’Keefe & Nell Benjamin, Steven Sater and Benjamin Scheuer.

Karen Ziemba will perform “Old Friend” from GETTING MY ACT TOGETHER AND TAKING IT ON THE ROAD, in a tribute to DGF President Emeritus Gretchen Cryer. SPRING AWAKENING’s Steven Sater will be honored by a performance including Christy Altomare, Gerard Canonico, Blake Daniel, Robert Hager, Brian Charles Johnson, Jose Llana, Frances Mercanti-Anthony, Ben Moss, Eryn Murman, Matt Shingledecker, Phoebe Strole, Jenna Ushkowitz and Remy Zaken.

Other stars set to perform include Kristin Chenoweth, Mo Rocca, Danny Burstein, Ben Platt, Alysha Umphress, Rashidra Scott, Felicia Finley, Ann Harada, and Blake Daniel.

President Andrew Lippa and Executive Director Rachel Routh have also announced that DGF Board members Roe Green & Barbara Olcott have graciously pledged to match up to $100,000 of donations to support DGF’s growing programs for writers at all stages of their careers. To make a tax deductible donation to the Dramatists Guild Fund, visit

The Gala is the most critical fundraising event for the Dramatists Guild Fund, now celebrating 53 years of service to writers across the country through educational programs, writing development opportunities, and emergency aid to dramatists in need. This very special evening pays tribute to legendary writers and recognizes their significant contributions to American theater.

The online auction is live now and features Broadway house seats and backstage tours, handwritten music from Stephen Sondheim and Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, weekend getaways, and more at

Performance only tickets are currently on sale through TodayTix, the official ticketing sponsor of the Gala, at To purchase tickets for the full event, visit

In addition, DGF honors two patrons of the arts and philanthropists Lynne Greene, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc., and Louise Camuto, Chief Creative Officer of Camuto Group. Great Writers Thank Their Lucky Stars also pays a special tribute to composer, lyricist, performer, and President Emeritus of the Dramatists Guild Fund, Gretchen Cryer, for her 10 years of service to dramatists across the country.

The Dramatists Guild Fund is the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. Its mission is to aid and nurture writers for the theater; to fund non-profit theaters producing contemporary American works; and to heighten awareness, appreciation, and support of theater across the country. Each year, DGF awards grants to non-profit theatrical organizations across the country that produce works by American writers, provides emergency aid to writers facing illness or other unforeseen circumstances, and supports numerous educational programs and writing development opportunities for dramatists. For more information visit

Lia Chang

Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Blog, Jade Magazine and

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