Light the Lights Benefit

Light the Lights!
A Drama League Celebration

Monday, October 18, 2021
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Festive Attire

The Players

16 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY

Benefit Co-Chairs

Benefit Sponsor

Venue Sponsor


Mary Jain
Joe Pizza

Sceneworks Studios logo with a brown circle and two S's facing each other

Join The Drama League for a special benefit evening celebrating the return of in-person theater and honoring actor, singer, dancer, and songwriter Wayne BradyTaking place at The Players’ historic clubhouse in Manhattan, the benefit will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and intimate musical performances. Scroll down to read more about our honoree Wayne Brady!

Support the event by purchasing tickets, making a contribution, or taking out a digital journal ad!  More details below.

Tickets & Sponsorships

As we look ahead to the future of theater, we are invigorated by calls to restructure how our community uses its resources.  Putting funds directly into artists’ pockets is more important than ever, and our benefit presents an opportunity to rise to this urgency together. We are building the event to reflect our core mission to support artists at all levels and amplify their voices through our programs. The evening will consequently be less formal than our past black-tie galas, but just as crucial in its impact and no less festive in spirit.

Below are the available ticket and sponsorship options for attending the benefit.  Purchase your tickets online, or contact our Benefit Consultant, Margaret Breed, at events@dramaleague.org or 212.244.9494 x 111.

20 Guests, Listing as a Benefit Chair in all event materials and social media, Logo Inclusion on Step & Repeat, Verbal Recognition at event by Drama League leadership, Chair listing in press releases, Digital Journal Ad and Logo Placement, Photo Opportunity.

10 Guests, Listing as a Vice Chair in event materials, Verbal recognition at event by Drama League leadership, Vice Chair Listing in press releases, Digital Journal Ad, Photo Opportunity.

6 Guests, Priority Listing on Benefit Committee in event materials and press releases.

4 Guests, Listing on Benefit Committee in event materials and press releases.

Single tickets are available – and you may sponsor an artist’s ticket as well.

Additional ways to support the Benefit

Get those creative juices flowing by sharing your Anthem for the Future of Theatre on TikTok!  There are so many iconic songs celebrating the talent, glamor, and grit of the theater community – now it’s your turn!  We want to hear YOUR musical vision for the future of theater with an original song by you, in any style, and it might even be performed by a Broadway star at the benefit on October 18! 

Sponsor an artist to attend!  Each of these tickets purchased will enable us to open the event to theater artists, at no charge to them.  These artists will include performers from current productions and other artists making an impact on the theater community.  To provide an artist with a ticket to the benefit, use the ticket purchase button above and select the “Sponsor an Artist to Attend” ticket option.

Celebrate the return of in-person theater with a Digital Journal Ad!  Our digital journal will be distributed to all attendees and sponsors of the benefit, and is a wonderful way to show your personal or your company’s support of the theater community.  Ad spaces will be available for purchase through September 20.  To reserve an ad space for $1,000 or for additional information, contact events@dramaleague.org.  

Or, make a fully tax-deductible contribution to the event by clicking the button below.  Every dollar of your donation will go directly towards The Drama League’s mission of supporting artists, amplifying their voices, and building a stronger and more vibrant theater community.

Health & Safety at the Benefit

In compliance with New York City and State guidelines, and to ensure the safety of all in attendance, proof of vaccination will be required for all guests.  Registered attendees will be contacted with more specific details about providing proof of vaccination or acceptable alternatives closer to the event date.

About the Honoree

WAYNE BRADY, a five-time Emmy Award winner and Grammy Award nominee, has made his mark on stage and screen as an actor, singer, dancer, songwriter, and television personality. A true multi-hyphenate, Brady’s career path, and personal life journey have helped him see the world in a very unique way. His aspirations have always gone beyond solely starring in various entertainment projects, and under his Makin’ It Up Productions banner, he’s set out to create new content across different platforms that showcase innovation and inclusivity in fun and powerful ways. Brady made his Broadway debut starring as legal showman ‘Billy Flynn’ in the long-running hit musical, Chicago. Soon after, Brady starred as the ground-breaking character ‘Lola’ in Kinky Boots, the Tony Award winning musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. His interpretation of the lead role was so popular, he returned for an additional limited run the following year. Brady would later assume his biggest theatrical role to date headlining as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award winning juggernaut Hamilton. A five-time Emmy Award winner (the first to win Daytime and Primetime awards in two consecutive years), Brady was also the only entertainer across the 2019-2020 season to have a presence across five different television series (“Let’s Make A Deal,” “The Masked Singer,” “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” “Black Lightning” and “Comedy IQ”) – each spotlighting different aspects of his immense talent.  All of this followed on the heels of his award winning daytime talk show “The Wayne Brady Show.” In addition to being a force in front of the camera, Brady is heavily active behind the scenes wearing the hats of executive producer for “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” “Let’s Make A Deal” and “Comedy IQ,” which he also co-created. He recently took on another dual role with “Game of Talents,” a new series in which he starred and executive produced. A writer across all of his various projects, one of Brady’s proudest accomplishments is his team-up with Dave Chappelle on Comedy Central’s “Chappelle’s Show”, spoofing the film Training Day.  Co-written by Brady and Chappelle, the segment has been enshrined in the Museum of TV and Film as one of the top sketches of all time. An accomplished singer and performer, Brady’s musical acumen has always been a personal passion, and he used that as fuel to help win the second season of “The Masked Singer”. Off his victory, Brady dropped a brand-new original single, entitled “Flirtin’ w/ Forever,” which quickly climbed the streaming charts, as well as an accompanying music video. This followed the success of his debut album, headlined by a version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” which earned him a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category. Last year represented the latest step in Brady’s career evolution as he took his talents to TikTok, amassing a stellar following in a short period of time. Whether utilizing the platform to raise awareness to important social issues or collaborating with his extended family, TikTok has helped him continue to reach and interact with new fans in surprising and innovative ways. Wayne Brady currently resides in Los Angeles.