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PlayMakers Gala

You’re invited to raise the curtain and light the lights at…

PlayMakers Backstage Pass Gala

Explore every corner of our facility, enjoy delicious food, mingle with amazing PlayMakers artists, and dance the night away – all for a great cause, all with a cocktail in hand!  

Saturday, April 29, 2023

Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art 

120 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 

6:00 PM – Spotlight Experience Begins  

7:30 PM – Footlight Experience Begins 

After a three-year hiatus, we’re thrilled to announce the return of the PlayMakers Gala in a brand-new “backstage pass” format! This year’s event will embrace our theatricality and what makes PlayMakers a unique space in Chapel Hill. This intimate affair begins backstage in our scene shop with custom cocktails by Infinium Spirits, curated wines by Glasshalful, and a unique culinary experience by Snap Pea Catering. Then, join us in the Paul Green Theatre for dancing, entertainment, a chance to win incredible prizes, and an exclusive performance by Golden Globe-winning actress Kathleen Turner

You have the opportunity to experience the Backstage Pass Gala in two ways!  

Creative cocktail attire is encouraged! We recommend guests bring comfortable shoes for backstage tours. 

Director and Designer Event Sponsorships begin at $5,000. (A limited number of sponsorships are available)

Questions? Contact Kymberly Burkhead-Dalton, Director of Development, at or 919-962-4846 for more information.   

All proceeds benefit PlayMakers’ artistic, outreach, and education programs. 


Director: Zachary Howell and Garrett Hall; Wyndham Robertson; Susan and Dustin Gross 

Designer: College of Arts & Sciences; Office of the Chancellor, UNC Chapel Hill; Patrick Brennan and Lillian Jenks; Linda Butler; Betsy Blackwell and John Watson; Paula Noell and Palmer Page

Liquor generously provided in-kind by Infinium Spirits; wines generously provided in-kind by Glasshalfull. 

Host Committee:

Paula Noell, Co-Chair 

Amy Guskiewicz, Co-Chair 

Amir Barzin  

Anna Barzin 

Betsy Blackwell 

Patrick Brennan  

Linda Butler 

Anne Dusek 

Randi Emerman 

C. Hawkins 

Tracey Vann Hawkins 

Zach Howell 

Lillian Jenks 

Kimberley Kwok 

Debra Lampley 

Stuart Lascelles 

Diane Robertson 

Wyndham Robertson 

Kira Royal 

Jackie Tanner