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Associate Director of Development


Join us for what promises to be an unforgettable night featuring Matthew Morrison and honoring Ann Sheffer plus Broadway's best coming together to celebrate the Playhouse. An early reservation guarantees you’ll get the best seats in the house!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

5:45pm Cocktail Party and Silent Auction
7:00pm Honoring Ann Sheffer
7:15pm Performance by Matthew Morrison
8:30pm Benefactor and Patron Dinner
10:00pm Auction Closes

- Black tie optional
- Silent Auction with tablet bidding throughout the evening
- Valet parking will be provided

Benefactor Tickets - $2,500 per person ($25,000 Table, 10 Tickets)
Includes red carpet welcome, silent auction and cocktail party with special guests, highest priority seating at performance, and a post-performance dinner with the artists.

Patron Tickets - $1,000 per person ($10,000 Table, 10 Tickets)
Includes red carpet welcome, silent auction and cocktail party with special guests, priority seating at performance, and post-performance dinner with the artists.

Westport Country Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation and contributions are tax-deductible, less the value of goods and services received, as provided by law. Estimated value of goods and services is $190 per person at the Benefactor level and $140 per person at the Patron level.

For more information please contact Aline O’Connor, associate director of development, at 203-571-1138, aoconnor@westportplayhouse.org

Matthew Morrison

Gala headliner Matthew Morrison is a versatile actor who is recognized for his work on stage and on screen. Morrison most recently starred as “J.M. Barrie” in the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland. Morrison received two Drama Desk nominations for his role, and won the category of Favorite Actor in a Musical in the Broadway.com Audience Awards. Morrison was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Light in the Piazza, and received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for 10 Million Miles. He also starred in the Tony-winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center Theater.

In 2015, Morrison wrapped the final season of Fox’s musical comedy series, “Glee,” where he starred as the director of the glee club, “Mr. Schuester.” For “Glee,” Morrison received an Emmy nomination in 2010 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, and Golden Globe nominations in 2010 and 2011 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical. The show received the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical in 2010 and 2011. Morrison also was a guest star on CBS’s “The Good Wife,” where he played U.S. Attorney Conor Fox through the series finale.

Morrison released a self-titled album in 2011, which featured guest artists including Sting, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Sir Elton John, followed by an album of Broadway standards, “Where It All Began,” in 2013. He starred in the film, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” with Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, and Dennis Quaid; hosted and narrated the PBS special, “Oscar Hammerstein II - Out of My Dreams”; and was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black’s play, ‘8,” a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

Morrison studied musical theater, vocal performance, and dance at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He made his Broadway debut in Footloose, but his big break came as heartthrob Link Larkin in Hairspray

Ann Sheffer

Ann Sheffer’s history with the Playhouse began when she became an usher at age 15. The Board of Trustees is now thrilled to celebrate her for the many iterations of her leadership at the Playhouse over the past five decades. She served as a trustee for 16 years and was a lead champion for the Playhouse Building Campaign, with a special interest in preserving its history and cultural significance.

Ann has been deeply involved in private, foundation, and government funding for the arts, on national, state, and local levels. Her family has been involved in Westport for three generations, and Ann - though now bicoastal - continues her active support of all things Westport, especially those relating to the cultural life of the community.