Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre

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National Corporate Theatre Fund (NCTF) held its Annual Chairman's Awards Gala and benefit on Monday, April 20 at New York's Cipriani's Pegasus (30 Rockefeller Plaza). This year, NCTF Chairman James S. Turley, Chairman & CEO of Ernst & Young, honored Jane Fonda (returning to Broadway this season in 33 Variations), producer John Breglio (the recent revival of A Chorus Line) and USA TODAY. Accepting the award on behalf of the USA TODAY was be Ed. Cassidy. All net proceeds of the event will be distributed as the NCTF/John Breglio Fund for New American Theatre.

Hosted by Michael Ritchie (Artistic Director of Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles) and wife Kate Burton (Present Laughter, Hedda Gabler), the gala will featured a silent auction filled with exciting prize packages.

Co-chairs of the 2009 Chairman's Awards Gala are Bank of America, Cisco Systems, Inc. and Ernst & Young.

The Gala Committee includes Mitchell Auslander, Richard M. Ditizio, John R. Dutt, Isabelle Halphen, Gretchen Shugart, and John Thomopoulos.

NCTF is an association of ten of America's finest not-for-profit theatres dedicated to increasing the participation of corporations and their employees in supporting theatre across the country and in New York. Member theatres include: Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, American Repertory Theatre, Center Theatre Group, The Cleveland Play House, Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Trinity Repertory Company.

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Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
2009 Chairman's Awards Gala: Funding New American Theatre

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Kate Burton

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Kate Burton

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Kate Burton and Michael Ritchie

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Lauren Ambrose

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Lauren Ambrose

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Lauren Ambrose

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Lauren Ambrose

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Nan Knighton and John Breglio

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
John Breglio

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Swoosie Kurtz and Kate Burton

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre

Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Kate Burton and Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Kate Burton, Jane Fonda and Michael Ritchie

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Bruce E. Whitacre, Kate Burton, Jane Fonda, James Turley and John G. Miller

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
John Breglio, Jane Fonda and Ed Cassidy

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
John Breglio, Jane Fonda, Bruce Whitacre, Ed Cassidy and James S. Turley

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh and Jenny Powers

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh and Jenny Powers

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh, Lauren Ambrose and Jenny Powers

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh, Lauren Ambrose and Jenny Powers

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Billy Zavelson and Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Billy Zavelson and Matt Cavenaugh

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Mat Eisenstein

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Sara Jean Ford

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Sara Jean Ford

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre

Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Jane Fonda's bag...

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
...is Jane Fonda's mug shot!

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Elaine Stritch and Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Elaine Stritch and Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Elaine Stritch and Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Elaine Stritch and Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Elaine Stritch and Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Elaine Stritch and Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Jane Fonda and Lauren Ambrose

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Jane Fonda, Moises Kaufman and Zach Grenier

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Jane Fonda and Moises Kaufman

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Zach Grenier

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Zach Grenier

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Zach Grenier

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Moises Kaufman

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Moises Kaufman

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Jane Fonda and Zach Grenier

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh and Jane Fonda

Photo Coverage: NCTF Annual Chairman's Award Gala Funding New American Theatre
Matt Cavenaugh, Jane Fonda, Jenny Powers and Zach Grenier

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.