Luncheon Chairs Julia and Thomas Pascal Will Robinson
Thank you for making the 2018 Encore Luncheon a success!
HSPVA Friends’ 12th Annual Encore Luncheon on March 2nd honored HSPVA’s 2018 Distinguished Alumna, novelist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi. Special thanks to our amazing chairs, Julia and Thomas Pascal Will Robinson, as well as Andrea White and the HSPVA Musical Theatre, Visual Arts, Jazz, and Dance students who helped make this luncheon a success. And thanks to all of our underwriters and guests! You make a huge impact in the lives of HSPVA students and teachers every day—thank you!
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 Kinder 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.
ABOUT THE 2018 DISTINGUISHED ALUMNA
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.
HSPVA’s Distinguished Alumni
Emmy Award-winning actor, director, and producer best known as Dr. Bailey on Grey’s Anatomy
Jazz musician and MacArthur fellow
CBS News correspondent and CNN contributor
Folk singer/songwriter and 2010 State Musician of Texas
Social media entrepreneur and founder of WordPress
Tony and Emmy Award-nominated actor best known for her work on The Killing and The Catch
Former lead Rolling Stone photographer best known for his iconic portraiture
Grammy Award-winning songwriter and producer
Writer, musician, comedian, and producer
Novelist and Pulitzer Prize finalist