Be a part of the story. A legacy gift to Center Theatre Group will ensure a bright future for the arts in L.A. for generations to come.

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The Ovation Circle

Ovation Circle

The Ovation Circle is a group of passionate and forward-thinking donors like yourself who have made incredible commitments to the future of theatre through legacy giving.

With your gift to Center Theatre Group directly or to our endowment (managed by The Music Center Foundation), you will join the ranks of these extraordinary individuals who have decided to stand up for theatre.

Now is time for you to be part of the story! Take your bow, become a part of the Ovation Circle today.

Have you already included Center Theatre Group in your will or trust, or as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy or retirement account? Tell us about your legacy gift to unlock special benefits.

Notify Center Theatre Group of Planned Gift

Contact the Visionaries Concierge at or 213.972.7466

Your Gift’s Impact in the Community

Can you remember a show that changed the way you see the world? Since the launch of its first education programming in 1971, Center Theatre Group has been introducing young people to live theatre as part of its committed belief in the power of the arts and the necessity for youth to have access to and participate in theatre’s transformative experience. Your gift to Center Theatre Group will help to build more meaningful and interactive relationships with students and audiences by offering multiple points of entry for people of all ages and prior experience to engage with live theatre.

Center Theatre Group continues to support playwrights and theatre makers and is deeply focused on uplifting unique and talented voices of artists from all backgrounds. Center Theatre Group is creating further initiatives to engage theatre artists, including the Creative Collective and the addition of new Associate Artists.

Your Giving Options

Ways to Give The Advantage
Bequest in your will or trust A gift that costs you nothing now
Appreciated securities Avoid capital gains liability and take an income tax deduction
Gift of your retirement plan assets Leave the majority of your estate to your heirs
Charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder unitrust Choose a gift that pays you income
Deferred Gift Annuity Reduce high tax liability now, gain additional income later
Life Insurance Policy Create a long-term gift that won't draw funds from your estate
Charitable Lead Trust Reduce gift and estate taxes and leave more of your assets to your heirs

Receive Your Ovation and Great Benefits

All Ovation Circle members enjoy many Center Theatre Group perks, which include:

  • Prominent recognition in Performances Magazine
  • Prominent Donor Wall recognition
  • Invitations to special events for Ovation Circle members

Irrevocable donations may also receive:

  • Use of the Ahmanson Founders Room and the Founders Rooms at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and Walt Disney Concert Hall
  • Priority assistance with ticketing at all four Music Center resident companies
  • Complimentary membership upgrade and benefits
  • Priority parking at The Music Center

*Eligibility for Music Center benefits begins with present-value gifts of $50,000 and above (Ahmanson Founders Level). Center Theatre Group benefits begin with present-value gifts of $25,000 and above.

Thank You for Investing in our Future

We are endlessly grateful to recognize our contributors who have provided support that safeguards the future of Center Theatre Group. Thank you to all of our Ovation Circle and endowment donors for your commitment to sustaining our work.

The below list reflects legacy gifts made as of October 20, 2022. If your name was misspelled or omitted from this list in error, please contact us at and we’ll fix it right away!

Endowment Gifts


The Ahmanson Foundation
Gordon Davidson Tribute Fund
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Ann & Stephen F. Hinchliffe, Jr.
The Norman and Sadie Lee Foundation
Renee & Meyer Luskin
Martin Massman
John S. Surabian, Jr. and in memory of Faith and Sharon Ann Surabian


The Michael Shaw Jacobs Fund
Patricia Glaser & Sam Mudie
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Simon


Betsy & Harold Applebaum
Judith & Thomas Beckmen
The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation
Maynard & Linda Brittan—Traub-Brittan Family Trust
Center Theatre Group Affiliates
Kenneth Corday
Regina Fadiman
Barbara & Peter Fodor
Ava & Charles Fries
Brindell & Milton Gottlieb
The Hearst Foundation, Inc.
Vicki King
Gloria Lothrop
Richard G. & Virginia L. Martin
The Estate of Frank J. Sherwood
Louise Taper


Moira Byrne Foster Foundation
Margaret Collins
Deborah M. Hyde
Ellen & Michael S. Korney
Dorothy & Richard Sherwood


Abbott Brown
Linda Brown
Greve Foundation
Dr. Tom Hickey
Renata Landres and Family
Levine Foundation
Diane & Leon Morton
The Estate of Anita Mae Hirsh


A and J Davidson Skipper Award Fund
George A. V. Dunning
Carolyn & Kit Lokey
Betty & Sanford Sigoloff

Planned Gifts

Shirley & Irving Ashkenas
W. Lee Bailey, M.D.
Angela Bardowell
Chris & Rose Bauss
Pamela & Dennis Beck
Judith & Thomas Beckmen
The Bennetts
Dr. Adrienne Brandriss
Linda Brown
Allan & Joan Burns
Richard & Norma Camp
Bill Cohn & Dan Miller
Earl & Christine Cory
Zoe & Donald Cosgrove
Mary Levin Cutler
Susan D. Clines & Charles Dillingham
Kirk & Anne Douglas
Elisabeth Katte Harris Trust
Amy Forbes & Andrew Murr
Kiki and David Gindler
Mr. & Mrs. Walter E. Grauman
Susan A. Grode
Virginia Hayes
Sharon L. Henderson
Mr. Kim L. Hunter
Deborah M. Hyde
The Doug Jones and John Sanger Theater Ticket Fund
Richard & Julie Kagan
Arlene M. Kageyama-Chikami
Sarah & Andy Kane
Debra L. Karrenbrock
Dr. & Mrs. Jack Kavanaugh
The Paul Kowal Charitable Foundation
Darell L. Krasnoff
Sandra Krause & William Fitzgerald
Joyce & Kent Kresa
Marla E. Levine
Steven Llanusa & Glenn Miya, M.D.
Carol & Douglas Mancino
George Manet
Meg McComb
Betty McMicken in honor of Jeanette Shammas
Diane & Leon Morton
Merle & Peter Mullin
Isabel F. Newman
Bob & Renee Nunn
Linda S. Peterson
Sally & Frank Raab
Edward L. Rada
Nan Rae
Stuart & Laurie Rice In Loving Memory of Adam Rice
Penelope C. Roeder, Ph.D
Bruce & Randy Ellen Ross
Allyson S. Rubin
Eileen B. Salmas
Wes Schaefer & Cathy King-Schaefer
Elliott Sernel
The Estate of Frank J. Sherwood
Sue & Steve Soldoff
I.H. Sutnick
Paulette Toumazos & Michael Lorenz
Sue Tsao
Carol Vernon & Robert Turbin
Peter & Susan Van Haften
Magda & Frederick R. Waingrow
Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Wallace
Pat Warford
Barry Weiss & Bill Tierney
Susan & William Weintraub
Lauri Weiss
James Blair White
Margaret H. White
Mary J. Witt
Tim Curtis and Shandon Youngclause

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