Special Events

The O'Neill is a leading American developmental theater, hosting one-of-a-kind special events that bring together supporters of the O'Neill locally and nationally. These exclusive events are an opportunity to give back an evening of entertainment; a day on one of the most pristine golf courses in the country; or a night under the stars in the Sunken Garden for O’Neill friends and family.

Proceeds from all O’Neill special events go directly towards keeping all O'Neill programming alive.
As a sponsor or event attendee, you directly impact the future of American theater.


Contact: Gabrielle Bennett
events@theoneill.org or (860) 443-5378 x 213


Monte Cristo Award

Judith Light, 2017 Honoree 



The Monte Cristo Award honors a theater artist who exemplifies Eugene O’Neill’s “pioneering spirit, unceasing artistic commitment, excellence, and accomplishment.” A groundbreaking playwright and the only American dramatist to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Eugene O’Neill set his masterpiece Long Day’s Journey Into Night at his childhood home, the Monte Cristo Cottage, in New London, CT. Past Monte Cristo Award recipients include Meryl Streep, Christopher Plummer, Michael Douglas, Kevin Spacey, Hal Prince, James Earl Jones, and Wendy Wasserstein.

Gain access and visibility to the entertainment industry’s most high-profile outlets and be part of the Monte Cristo Award community, while supporting the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s mission to nurture, discover, and develop new work and new artists for the stage. Sponsors receive lasting recognition before the event through press releases, marketing materials & social media, during the event with premium logo visibility , and long after the event is over through the press, O’Neill website, as well as many other television, press & online media outlets. All sponsorships are customizable to fit your business needs and visibility goals, offering incredible brand building opportunities for your organization.


Summer Gala - July 22, 2017 | 6pm summer_gala_ticket_banner.jpg

Special guests that attend the Summer Gala include local leaders, business owners, and friends of the O’Neill from across its half-century of new theater development. Past entertainment has included performances by original cast members from In the HeightsFela!Avenue Q, Frozen, In Transit, and original performances by Charles “Roc” Dutton and Kermit the Frog.

On July 22 the O’Neill will honor the accomplishments of the National Music Theater Conference’s founding Artistic Director Paulette Haupt and celebrate the Conference’s 40th season! The Conference has developed more than 120 new musicals including: Nine, Avenue Q, Violet, The Wild Party, and In The Heights, Join us for an evening of music in the O’Neill’s Sunken Garden with sweeping views of Long Island Sound, while enjoying a gala dinner catered by Ivy’s Homemade.






Annual O'Neill Golf Tournament - 2017 SOLD OUT

For 26 years, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center has had the great fortune of hosting an exclusive golf tournament on the beautiful Fishers Island. The tournament sells out every year, with 112 golfers eager to spend the day on the course.


Golfers arrive by chartered ferry and private bus. Brunch is served, followed by a full 18 holes of championship golf with panoramic views of Long Island Sound. Cocktails and dinner are served along with an exciting live auction and prizes for the winning foursomes. Sponsors are encouraged to attend and spend the afternoon networking with the players, all while taking in the views from the club’s lawn.

For information regarding our 2018 golf outing please contact Gabrielle Bennett at events@theoneill.org.


Eugene O'Neill Celebration



Alumni Reunions

The presence of O'Neill Alumni is felt all over the country and world. We love to get a group of Alumni together whenever we can by holding reunions across the country. 


Alumni: what has the O'Neill meant to you? Click here to share your O'Neill story