A Noise Within Gala Supports Education Program

Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, co-founders and producing artistic directors of Pasadena-based A Noise Within, are joined by event committee chair Jay Lesiger at the organization’s 30th anniversary gala.

First published in the June 2 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

Photos by Erin Rodick
The Outlook


A Noise Within, a Pasadena-based classic theater company, held its 30th Anniversary Gala to support ANW’s Education Program. (It marked A Noise Within’s first in-person gala since 2019.)
The event raised more than $280,000 for the organization’s Education Program, with support and contributions from more than 180 philanthropists, businesses, civic leaders and community members. The event also served to launch ANW into a new phase of growth: It was announced that the Steinmetz Foundation has contributed the company’s inaugural endowment gift — $1 million to support ANW’s Education Program. This generous contribution will support education at ANW in perpetuity, launching the company into its next 30 years with incredible investment and support from the community.
“The arts – and in particular, arts education – are absolutely critical to a vibrant, thriving community,” said Bill Kennedy, ANW board chair. “For 30 years now, A Noise Within has prioritized student audiences, empowering the next generation of artists, creative thinkers and community leaders.”
The annual gala also serves to recognize members of the community who have made a lasting impact on ANW and its education program. This year, the Community Matters Award was presented to Capital Group, while the Chuck and Bette Redmond Legacy Award was presented to Deborah Strang.