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: O'Neill Special Events Manager Ainslie Seeber
events@theoneill.org or (860) 443-5378 x 285


Summer Gala

July 18 | An Evening of Jazz Under the Stars

Guests gathered in the Sunken Garden for a music filled evening. Food and beverages were served by Coastal Gourmet, followed by a live puppetry performance and were dazzled by talented O'Neill alums Tina Fabrique & Colman Domingo.


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 Heights, Fela!, and original performances by Charles “Roc” Dutton and Kermit the Frog.

Saturday, July 18, 2015
Check out photos here! 






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Honoring Nathan Lane 

Nathan Lane has created a wide footprint on American stage, film, and television and encompasses the ethos of the Monte Cristo Award - artistic excellence and lifelong commitment to theater. He starred alongside O’Neill Trustee Brian Dennehy as Larry Slade in the revival of the Eugene O'Neill play The Iceman Cometh at Chicago's Goodman Theatre in 2012, and reprised his role as Hickey in Robert Falls’ production of The Iceman Cometh at Brooklyn Academy of Music February 5th – March 15th, 2015.

Lane made his Broadway debut opposite George C. Scott in Present Laughter, followed by Merlin, The Wind In The Willows, Some Americans Abroad, On Borrowed Time, Guys And Dolls, Laughter On The 23rd Floor, Love! Valour! Compassion!, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Man Who Came To Dinner, The Producers, The Frogs, The Odd Couple, Butley, November, Waiting For Godot, The Addams Family, The Nance, and It’s Only A Play. On television, Lane most recently held recurring roles on “The Good Wife” and “Modern Family.” Lane has appeared in over 35 films including “The Birdcage,” “Ironweed,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “Mousehunt,” “Jeffrey,” “The Lion King,” “Stuart Little,” “Nicholas Nickleby,” “The Producers,” “Swing Vote,” “Mirror, Mirror,” and “The English Teacher.”

Inducted in the American Theater Hall of Fame in 2008, Mr. Lane has been honored for his work on stage and screen, including two Tonys, five Drama Desk Awards, two Obies, an Oliver Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, two Golden Globe Nominations, and two Emmy Awards.

About the Monte Cristo Award: 


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.


Annual O'Neill Golf Tournament

For 24 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 2016 golf outing please contact Chris Lagana at events@theoneill.org.




Eugene O'Neill Celebration
October 16 & 17, 2015 

Stay tuned for more details! 



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 all over the country. The following reunions will be taking place in 2014:



25th Anniversary National Puppetry Conference Reunion: June 12, 2015 | Click to learn more

45th Anniversary National Theater Institute Reunion: October 8-11, 2015 | Click to learn more


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