Cover artwork of the Community Issue: Pen and colored pencil illustrations of people of different genders, ethnicities, and sizes clustered together in harmony
From the Desk of Rachel Routh: The Community Issue
DGF President Andrew Lippa and Gala Host Kate Baldwin
DGF President Andrew Lippa and Gala Host Kate Baldwin. Photo by Walter McBride.

On November 12, DGF celebrated our annual Gala debuting an all new theme: First Look. Attendees were treated to preview performances from upcoming, recently opened, and recently announced shows, including We Live in Cairo, Bernhardt/Hamlet, The Secret Life of Bees, Huzzah!, Be More Chill, The Prom, and Jagged Little Pill.

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Rachel Routh
Rachel Routh

(she/her) began her tenure as Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild Foundation in 2012. As the Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, she is charged with developing and shaping the Foundation’s vital grant making, educational, and outreach programs.

Andrew Lippa

’s awards include a Tony and Grammy nomination, sharing in an Emmy for the Nickelodeon TV series The Wonder Pets, the Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla Theater Foundation Award, ASCAP’s Richard Rodgers/New Horizons Award, The Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, and second place for the Alice B. Deucey Award for all-around outstanding fifth-grader (lost to Cynthia Fink). Memberships include ASCAP, Actor’s Equity, and the American Federation of Musicians. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Lippa serves on the council of the Dramatists Guild and is President of the Board of the Dramatists Guild Foundation ( He was born in Leeds, England, but grew up in suburban Detroit.