Thank you for making the 2018 Encore Luncheon a success!

Julia and Will Robinson - Kinder HSPVA Encore Luncheon

Luncheon Chairs Julia and Thomas Pascal Will Robinson

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.

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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.

Kinder HSPVA Encore Luncheon Susan Choi

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

Susan Choi

Novelist and Pulitzer Prize finalist