Kinder HSPVA Encore Luncheon Susan Choi

March 2, 2018 – 11:30-1:00pm

Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston

Featuring entertainment by HSPVA students and remarks from HSPVA’s 2018 Distinguished Alumna, Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi


Luncheon Chairs
Julia and Thomas Pascal Will Robinson


Each year, HSPVA Friends’ Encore Luncheon raises vital funds for art area supplies, state-of-the-art technology, specialized teachers, and other essential building blocks required by HSPVA’s rigorous arts curriculum. The proceeds from the luncheon go directly to these needs and the talented, dedicated young artists who work every day to excel in their crafts.



Susan Choi (Theatre ’86) is a critically-acclaimed novelist and 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist for American Woman, her second novel. Her first novel, The Foreign Student, won the Asian-American Literary Award for fiction. Her third novel, A Person of Interest, was a finalist for the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2010 she was named the inaugural recipient of the PEN/W.G. Sebald Award. Her most recent novel, My Education, received a 2014 Lammy Award. Susan is also a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, and she teaches fiction writing at Yale and NYU.


The Encore Luncheon sells out every year, so reserve your table today!
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See the Underwriting Benefits for complete details.
Checks should be made payable to HSPVA Friends. Please mail payment and the Encore Luncheon Underwriting Reply form to:
HSPVA Friends
4119 Montrose Boulevard, Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77006

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Susan Choi HSPVA 2018 Distinguished Alumna

HSPVA’s 2018 Distinguished Alumna, Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi

Photo by Adrian Kinloch

HSPVA’s Distinguished Alumni

Chandra Wilson

Emmy Award-winning actor, director, and producer best known as Dr. Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy

Jason Moran

Jazz musician and MacArthur fellow

Camille Zamora

Internationally-acclaimed soprano

Bianna Golodryga

CBS News correspondent and CNN contributor

Sara Hickman

Folk singer/songwriter and 2010 State Musician of Texas

Matt Mullenweg

Social media entrepreneur and founder of WordPress

Mireille Enos

Tony and Emmy Award-nominated actor best known for her work on The Killing and The Catch

Mark Seliger

Former lead Rolling Stone photographer best known for his iconic portraiture

Bryan-Michael Cox

Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer

Harris Wittels (1984-2015)

Writer, musician, comedian, and producer