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Donor Spotlight

Welcome to our Donor Spotlight. Each month we will introduce a donor of ours and let them tell you how The Broad Stage plays a role in their life and why they donate.


MARCH 2019 | BJ DOCKWEILER AND FRANK STIEFEL

BJ Dockweiler and Frank Stiefel, donors since the inception of The Broad Stage, have a conversation about how they became involved and why the theater is important to them.
 
BJ: In 1993 we moved to Santa Monica with our daughters Hannah and Sofie. The plan was to stay “for a year or two” so that Frank could work at his company’s LA office and ease up on the New York/LA commute.
 
Frank: I’m a born and bred stickball hitting New Yorker. BJ made clear at the beginning of our LA stay that she was not interested in moving anywhere. While walking our dog one night we discovered that we each had been wondering about making this short-term move permanent.
 
 
How did you get involved with The Broad Stage?
 
Frank: I was the President of the Santa Monica College Foundation Board when Dr. Piedad Robertson (SMC President) had the vision to convert the Madison elementary school into a world-class stage and cultural center. I thought she was nuts.
 
BJ: We held the first fundraisers in our home. At one event Dustin Hoffman announced “The Madison Project” to the press. At another, we had a Valentines Day fashion show and celebrity poetry reading. Years later I was thrilled to be on the committee that planned the opening night gala.
 
 
What is it about The Broad Stage that brings you back again and again?
 
Frank: For me it’s the surprises. Because The Broad Stage is local and easy we’ll try things as disparate as a National Geographic lecture to a concert by Pussy Riot.
 
BJ: I can’t tell you how often we’ve been home at 6 PM and decided at the last minute to attend a Broad Stage event we know nothing about. At times its intellectually stimulating at other times we’re stomping to the music and dancing in the aisles.


What is the impact that The Broad Stage has had on your life?
 
Frank: At the age of 63 I began making documentaries. I’ve made two films, INGELORE, a portrait of my mother, was honored by the Museum of Modern Art, The International Documentary Association and The Berlin Film Festival. HEAVEN IS A TRAFFIC JAM ON THE 405 won an Oscar in 2018.  Both films premiered at The Broad Stage… It’s my lucky charm.
 
BJ: We’ve introduced The Broad Stage to friends from all over LA and all over the world. They envy that this jewel is in our back yard.
 
 
Why do you donate to The Broad Stage?
 
Frank: While The Broad Stage is an asset to every student at the college and it brings the community together, I have a purely selfish reason for supporting it.  We can attend a gorgeous, world-class entertainment and cultural complex without giving one moment’s thought to how I’m going to beat the traffic.
 
BJ: You don’t want to sit next to Frank in traffic.
 
 
Which Broad Stage shows have been the most memorable?
 
Anna Deavere Smith
Madeleine Peyroux
blackbox @ the edye
Tao Drum Heart
Vaud and the Villains
Trial By Jury
Artist Talks
Nat Geo Live
Diavolo
Our Town


FEBRUARY 2019 | KAY PATTISON

Kay Pattison, long-time donor of The Broad Stage, walks us through her most cherished memories at The Broad Stage.
 
I was born in Anderson, Indiana on a sunny Sunday morning in July, or so I have been told. I started tap dancing when I was 5, then schooling for the requisite number of years, then Goodman School of Theater where I earned a BFA aka (Better Forget About It).  Then out into the real world but still tap dancing. I have three sons, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and have been known to dress up like Harpo Marx.
 
Highlights of my life include meeting and holding an actual conversation with Frank Lloyd Wright and sharing an elevator ride with Eleanor Roosevelt. Ms. Roosevelt said "Hello, I see you are dressed for the weather today".  It was raining and I had on a raincoat, rain hat, and carried a yellow umbrella.  Eleanor had none of the above but a car was waiting for her at the curb. The elevator was located in the Carnegie building and I mean the Deli not the Hall.
 
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It began with a vote…a resounding YES on a 2004 bond issue to build a Performing Arts Center on the grounds of Madison School. What an exciting project. Over the next four years I watched and waited expectantly. Finally, October 2008 the doors opened, I walked in, and the magic happened.
 
My ten years as a Broad Stage member is a mosaic of moments that still live in my “mind’s eye”:
 
The mournful wail of Denis O’Hare as he began his journey through “An Iliad”. It was so shattering and real that the hairs on the back of my neck stood up and that happens a lot at The Broad Stage.
 
Mikhail Baryshnikov in “Man in a Case” falling down the stairs gracefully and elegantly in what seemed to be slow motion.
 
Seven Fingers and their “Cuisine and Confessions”.  Who knew baking banana bread could be so much fun.
 
The night I was chosen to hand a bouquet of flowers to Angela Gheorghiu.  She beamed her enchanting smile at me, although she had to reach so far down to accept them I feared she might fall off the stage.  (Biographical note:  I am short).
 
Vittorio Grigolo finishing an aria prone on the floor.
         
The brilliant Michelle Dorrance, always pushing the boundaries of tap dancing.
 
The night Zap Mama came down from the stage and invited me to dance with her.
 
How Yuval Ron lifted my spirits and had me dancing in the aisle to his joyful music. Not to forget the whirling Dervish.
 
A theater piece called “Every Brilliant Thing” moved me and  now everyday I look for those ordinary things that make life worth living…. coffee and a  chocolate croissant, the hummingbird outside my window, all the shades of green in the world, children playing,  and getting dressed up to go The Broad Stage.
 
I have experienced joy and sorrow sitting in the audience, sometimes on the same evening.  I am so pleased that The Broad Stage is a part of my life and I am part of the life of The Broad Stage.
 
-Kay Pattison
Donor of The Broad Stage

 

JANUARY 2019 | KARA FOX AND STEVE KASS

Kara Fox and Steve Kass, donors of The Broad Stage, are siblings and Santa Monica residents.

Steve’s education, holding degrees in law and business, led him to a career as an investment banker. In 1989 Steve became a member of the Board of Directors of the City of Hope National Cancer Center.  He served as the Medical Center Co-Chair from 1991-1993 and presently serves as Board Emeritus. From 1999-2000 he served as Co-Chair of the Los Angeles District Attorneys Crime Prevention Foundation.  Steve has one son, Jason, who is a lawyer working in Los Angeles.
Kara co-founded Glamour Project in 2008 with Evvy Shapero. Glamour Project serves disenfranchised women who have been abused, neglected and denied life’s gift of kindness.  For more than 35 years Kara meshed her passion for photography with her desire to introduce people to a wide range of artists by serving as Photo Editor of NEWORLD literary review, an electronic magazine.  Her son, J.T. practices law in Los Angeles and her daughter, Jenifer is founder of a blog, The Evolista. (You can follow Kara on Instagram @infinitelyolive)


How did you get involved with The Broad Stage?

Our father loved music, particularly opera. He used to take us to the opera and theatre in New York passing on his love of the performing arts on to us. Whether it be music, dance or improv, the programming at The Broad Stage is perfect for us. We love it all! Each performance is unique, refreshing, entertaining and most of all…a rekindled memory of our father.
 

What is it about The Broad Stage that brings you back again and again?

To keep the support from the public alive The Broad Stage must offer variety and enjoyment.  Music, film, the spoken word…the variety of performing arts at The Broad Stage is unique to Los Angeles. There is something for everyone.  The smile from enjoyment is what we cherish most.  There is never an evening at The Broad Stage where we do not leave the show with a smile and a common thought, “I hope The Broad Stage will bring this back next season.”  Where else but here does the ease of parking and friendliness of the staff co-exist? Where else but here are you welcomed by someone with a smile letting you know that The Broad Stage is happy we are there?
 

What is the impact that The Broad Stage has had on your life?

With more challenges and complexity in our everyday lives the more we value a place where we can go to relax, enjoy and smile.  An evening at The Broad Stage makes the day a joy no matter how long that day may have been.
 

Why do you donate to The Broad Stage?

In this crazy mixed-up world, we all need to make the effort and take the time to have happy moments. We feel it is important to support the arts as they serve to bring us all together in such a positive way. They give us something wonderful to share…experiences to reflect on.  When at The Broad Stage we feel that there is one aspect of life that we all share, one language we all speak, and one emotion that is welcomed by everyone…Happiness.  The Broad Stage never fails to deliver happiness.
 

Which TBS shows have been the most memorable for you?

Our favorites include:
SPEAK: TAP & KATHAK UNITE, was extraordinarily powerful, using sound and movement to meld cultures together. We were so sorry when the show ended.
BORN FOR THIS: The Bebe Winans Story
IMPRO THEATRE, from Jane Austin Unscripted to the Twilight Zone we have seen most and still we are in awe at how this group can turn a simple word into an evening of magic.
As well as JONAS KAUFMANN, ANTONIO LYSY & TOM BEGHIN, and DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM. 

But do not be influenced by us; you will find your own favorites…at The Broad Stage!

                - Kara Fox and Steve Kass
                  Donors of The Broad Stage


NOVEMBER 2018 | ADRIENNE FORST

Adrienne Forst is a TBS donor, volunteer and Chair of the Members Circle.
 
I was born and raised in Los Angeles long before there were freeways, when Sepulveda and Sunset Boulevards had fields of poinsettias, and Barrington Avenue in Brentwood had a series of small sheep ranches. I attended UCLA and taught elementary school music classes. My three children were also born and raised in Los Angeles but have moved away. My daughter lives in North Yorkshire, England and my two boys live in Orange County. I have a 10 year old grandson and a 23 year old granddaughter who currently lives in New York.
 

How did you get involved with The Broad Stage?

My very good friend, Barbara Herman, first introduced me to The Broad Stage. She knew how much I love chamber music and insisted I come to a Sunday morning performance of Beethoven, Bagels and Banter. That was the bait that got me involved with the amazing programs that happen at The Broad Stage. Fortunately, I love all music…except hard rock…and found that I was attending more and more performances. From there I decided I wanted to learn more about the programs, events and how I could do to help. 

 
What is it about The Broad Stage that brings you back again and again?

What brings me back over and over is the variety of programming. I've always loved opera and classical music, which there is plenty of, and when I started to attend the Jazz & Blues series, I discovered I love jazz more than I thought. I found that being a member gave me insight to everything that is presented at The Broad Stage. I also love Broad Fest which allows families to participate in art and music, free of charge, once during the year. I've attended two of these events and realize how valuable it is to the community. Without the arts, our children's lives are not complete.
 

What is the impact that The Broad Stage has had on your life?

I know that there is a program for me to attend almost every month of the year and sometimes twice a month, depending upon my schedule. Because of the intimacy of The Edye and the wonderful medium-sized main stage, I feel a part of every one of the performances. You also can see that the staff recognizes the regular patrons providing the feeling of inclusion. It’s that feeling of family that makes attending the theater a real pleasure.
 

Why do you donate to The Broad Stage?

Certainly, I support many worthy causes. But donating to The Broad Stage has become my main focus. The monies donated each year are supplying the community with much-needed quality entertainment and children across Los Angeles County with educational programs. This is my way of making sure programs like this continue to exist for future generations.
 

Which TBS shows have been the most memorable for you?

This year I really enjoyed the 10th Season Celebration event featuring Josh Groban. Dance Theater of Harlem was also a highlight for me. My favorites are always going to be classical music, whether it's a fabulous soloist, a terrific orchestra, a marvelous opera performance or even a great ballet company. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the 2018-2019 season and seasons to come, knowing that there will always be great programs to attend.

                - Adrienne Forst
                  Chair of the Members Circle
 
 
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