Gala Benefit


20th Anniversary


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Ojai, California


Danai Gurira is an internationally renowned playwright, actress, activist and philanthropist. She has been developing her extraordinary plays at OPC for over a decade. We honor Danai for starring in TV’s The Walking Dead and numerous feature films, and her acclaimed plays from In The Continuum to her Broadway hit, Eclipsed. Establishing an international relationship between OPC and the Almasi Arts Alliance in Africa, we honor Danai for her artistic vision and humanitarian activities that bring the world together in greater understanding and hope.

Carl Thelander, OPC’s visionary Board President, has guided the Conference through an unprecedented period of artistic growth and financial health. Not only does Carl lend his strong leadership to the OPC mission and give generous financial support to all OPC operations, he also opens his home to artists and staff for communal meals and guest housing throughout the year. We honor Carl for his unselfish, loving and steady guidance of OPC.

Gary Ungar is an internationally renowned producer, creative representative and developer of leading film, television and theatrical talent, including Guillermo Del Toro, Jennifer Kent and Damien Chazelle. He has been involved from the early stages with Mr. Chazelle’s current hit, La La Land. A longtime OPC Board Member, he has been a visionary force connecting OPC with emerging talent from around the world and with innovative thinkers from the larger entertainment community. We honor Gary for his generosity of spirit in deepening the artistic impact of OPC throughout the community.



4pm - Matilija Hall

An afternoon of artistic passion and theatrical power! 20 amazing OPC artists celebrate 20 years of creative excellence with original dramatic works that honor the ground-breaking efforts of OPC and the necessity of the artist’s visionary voice in today’s world. Monologues, scenes and songs will soar and inspire us all to embrace the great OPC work that lies behind and ahead.

Artists include:
Luis Alfaro - Lucy Alibar - Robert Askins
Jon Robin Baitz - Perla Batalla - Stephen Belber
Bekah Brunstetter - Bill Cain - Davis Gaines
Nick Gandiello - Linda Gehringer - Sam Hunter
Terrence McNally - Christopher Gabriel Núñez
Jiehae Park - Thomas Sadoski - Sarah Treem

Gideon Wabvuta
- Steven Weber - Charlayne Woodard
Musical Director: Michael Sobie



6pm – Topa Mountain Winery

Following the performance, we will head to the majestic Topa Mountain Winery for an evening of fine wines, festive cocktails, legendary oysters and a multi-course Farm-to-Table Feast from the Southern California’s finest chefs. Live auction fun and heartfelt tributes to our honorees round out the celebration!

$5,000 Host Committee Table for Ten – private table seating for you and your guests, talent seated at your table, VIP parking for table host, prime seating at dinner and show, and a ½ page ad in the 20th Anniversary tribute book

$3,000 VIP Table for Eight - private table seating for you and your guests, talent seated at your table, and prime seating for dinner and the show

$1,000 Patron Package for Two - prime seating at dinner and show, and a ¼ page ad in the 20th Anniversary tribute book

$250 Show & Dinner Ticket

$75 Show Ticket Only

Underwrite an Artist
Your support can enable us to have as many OPC artists as possible attend the celebration that honors their incredible work. Please consider sponsoring an OPC artist at our event by including a $250 tax-deductible contribution with your ticket purchase.

Conference Benefactors:
National Endowment for the Arts
The Lear Family Foundation
Michael & Judy Ovitz

Host Committee:
Susan Grode
Katie and Gay Hendricks
Lyn and Norman Lear
Judy Ovitz
Emily and Elizabeth Thelander
Peter and Iona Tompkins
Robin and Jeremy Ungar

Jon Robin Baitz, Miles Benickes, Carolyn Bennett, Jane Deknatel, Dana Delany,
Kiki and David Gindler, Helene Gordon, Mark Helm, Freya Ivener,
Hawk Koch, Catherine Kimmel and Charlotte Stoudt, David Mangone,
Arla Manson, Pamela Melone, Liza and Conan O'Brien


Sponsored in part by:
ABK Beer
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Phantom Carriage Brewery
Ventura Rentals