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Signature’s Tony

2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award

On June 7th, 2009, Managing Director Maggie Boland and Artistic Director and co-founder Eric Schaeffer were on stage at Radio City Music Hall to receive the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award® on the behalf of Signature Theatre.

Photo: Anita & Steve Shevett.


Signature on the “News Hour”

Signature’s thrilling Tony® weekend was launched on Friday night with a story about Signature, its recent productions, and its 20th anniversary on “The News Hour With Jim Lehrer.”

Tony® Celebrations

The American Theatre Wing and Broadway League hosted a party at Montenapo to honor the 2009 Special Tony Award® recipients. Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer, Managing Director Maggie Boland, Board Chair Sarah Valente and choreographer Karma Camp represented Signature at this event.



While there, the Signature team found themselves mixing with Tony® host and “How I Met Your Mother” star Neil Patrick Harris, screen legend Jane Fonda, and other Broadway luminaries including Martha Plimpton, Christopher Sieber, John Tartaglia and [title of show] creator Hunter Bell.

Eric Schaeffer and Maggie Boland with Neil Patrick Harris. Photo: Anita & Steve Shevett.


Eric Schaeffer with stage and screen star Jane Fonda. Photo: Ann Watt.

Later in the evening… Signature hosted a Tony® party at Inc. Lounge at the Time. Signature staff and board members from the DC area, as well as NY-based actors from Signature shows partied the night away.



Singer and actress Karen Akers with longtime Signature donor Jaylee Mead.


See What I Wanna See director Matthew Gardiner and set designer Adam Koch.


Eric Schaeffer with The Witches of Eastwick star and 2009 Tony® nominee Marc Kudisch.


Giant star Judy Blazer with Saving Aimee star Carolee Carmello.


Saving Aimee’s Florence Lacey and Board Member Marybeth Frazier


Board member Victor Shargai and Group Sales Manager Jackie Carl.


Board member J. Watkins, Development Director Sara Jaffe, and Board member Frank Guzzetta.


Shrek the Musical General Manager James Triner, Eric Schaeffer, and Dreamworks Theatrical producer Bill Damaschke.


Giant actors Jessica Grové and Ashley Robinson.


Eric Schaeffer talking with Spider-Man producer Martin McCallum.

The Awards Ceremony

On Sunday afternoon, Signature staff got ready for the night’s events and took their places in line.

The golden ticket.


Outside the Awards.

Signature Staff at the Tonys® – from left, Publicist Suzanne Stephens, Development Coordinator Emily Hill, Group Sales Manager Jackie Carl and Media Coordinator Megan Roggendorff.


In Radio City Music Hall…

Michael Lynch, Head of Global Sponsorship Management, VISA, Inc., his daughter Dylan, Maggie Boland and Eric Schaeffer backstage at the ceremony.Photo: Anita & Steve Shevett.

David Ostroff, Development Director Sara Jaffe, and donors Jay and Susan Finkelstein.


Development Director Sara Jaffe, Board member Tina Martin, Mita Schaffer, and Development Manager Emily Hill.

Jackie Carl in the auditorium with program in hand.


Music director Jon Kalbfleisch, Karma Camp, and Eric Schaeffer after the award ceremony.

Development Manager Emily Hill with the Award.



Board member J. Watkins and Eric Schaeffer with the Tony® at Radio City.


Meanwhile… back in Shirlington, Signature supporters, staff and artists celebrated with their own chocolate Tony Award®.

A gift from a Signature friend… it spins like the real thing!


The Shirlington party was held at Capitol City Brewery down the street from Signature.


Marketing Director Kevin Bradley, Partial Eclipse composer Matt Conner, Les Misé rables actress Hannah Willman, Board member Steve Rosenberg, and Mike McCarthy of the Capitol City Brewing Co.


Partial Eclipse composer Matt Conner and longtime Signature favorite Eleasha Gamble (Into the Woods).

Click here to watch Eric’s full acceptance speech from the Tony Award® ceremony.