Award-winning author Julie Otsuka is the final speaker in the 2017-18 Raymond Carver Reading Series. She will participate in a Q&A session at 3:45 p.m. and do an author reading at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in Huntington Beard…
Bea González to be Honored June 19 at Syracuse Stage Gala Event
Bea González, dean of University College, will be honored with the fourth annual Louis G. Marcoccia Award for Exemplary Service to Syracuse Stage at the Gala Event taking place at Schine Student Center on June 19. The event features a cocktail reception, silent auction and dinner, followed by a concert by Grammy Award-winning blues artist Keb’ Mo’.
“Bea has been a positive force and a force of nature for us in this theater for many years,” says Producing Artistic Director Timothy Bond. “She has been our conduit to the community and a great ambassador for Syracuse Stage. We are so glad to be able to honor her for her amazing service to this theater.”
Her connection to theater began early as a student attending local performances. “I think theater can be transformative because it was for me as a student,” González says. “I really believe that creating an opportunity to experience live theater for as many people as possible is critical because it just might be transformative for them.”
Gonzalez, who now serves as the Treasurer of the Syracuse Stage Board of Trustees, following her service as chair of the board, has been a moving force, making connections that make a difference within the Central New York community. For example, she has helped make Syracuse Stage productions part of an effort to reach at-risk youth in the community. She has worked to increase accessibility for students to expand their understanding by attending plays pertaining to topics in which they have interest. By involving foundations and city government to assisting with special events to buying tickets for individual students, González has made it possible for many in the Central New York community and at Syracuse University to engage with the power of theater.
“Bea’s exemplary passion, skills, and service have significantly influenced numerous important positive changes that have enhanced many greater Central New York community organizations,” says Louis G. Marcoccia, president of Syracuse Stage’s Board of Trustees. “Syracuse Stage is an illustration of an important community asset that has substantially benefitted from Bea’s dedicated leadership and service.”