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USC To Honor Redford With Inaugural Award

The USC School of Theatre, launches a new tradition by honoring actor/director Robert Redford with the newly established Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists at an inaugural gala fundraiser at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10 at The Beverly Wilshire.

The award, to be presented annually, was created to recognize artists who have distinguished themselves not only in the quality, skill and innovation of their work but also in their public commitment to social responsibility, to increasing awareness of global issues and events and to inspiring and empowering young people.

Proceeds from the event provide scholarship support for the next generation of artists at the USC School of Theatre.

“The award honors an individual who has used his or her fame to increase public awareness of issues that are of vital importance to us all,” says Madeline Puzo, dean of the USC School of Theatre.  

“Robert Redford truly embodies all that an engaged artist  represents.  He is a distinguished actor, an Academy Award-winning director, an ardent conservationist, philanthropist and environmentalist, a man who stands for social responsibility and political involvement and an artist and businessman who is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression,” Puzo said.

Gala Chair Richard Weinberg, chair of USC’s theater school’s board of councilors, adds: “Many awards in our society bear the names of the great men and women who inspired them: Alfred Nobel, John Heisman, Eleanor Roosevelt and John Templeton, to name a few.  

“With the new Robert Redford Award, honoring this remarkable gentleman and creating an award which will forever bear his name, USC has joined in recognizing the best that the human spirit has to offer.  I am honored this good friend of mine, and good friend of so many, has once again displayed what it means to be a leader … a leader dedicated to the preservation and betterment of our world.”

Redford has nurtured more than a generation of innovative voices in independent film through his non-profit Sundance Institute and Film Festival.

Gala vice chairs are Sherman Alexie, Lisa Barkett, Alex and Linda Cappello, Jake Eberts, Michele Engemann, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Susan A. Grode, Alan and Cindy Horn, Alan Ladd, Jr., Pat Mitchell, Madeline Ramer, Michael Ritchie and Tom Rothman. Platinum sponsors are Bill and Lisa Barkett, Roger and Michele Engemann, Howard and Sally Oxley, and Richard and Diane Weinberg.

Tickets are $375 per person.  For information, call 213-821-4262 or visit

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