Profiles in Philanthropy: The Garfield’s Playmakers Program and the Hedgelawn Foundation


While the public and private schools in the area do their best to offer their students fun seasonal stage productions once or twice a year, it simply is not the same experience as committing five weeks, from 10 am to 3 pm, to create a major play.

That’s the contention of Tess Hogans, the theater manager for the Garfield Center for the Arts who also supervises the Playmakers program (along with Catherine Bushby) for young actors every summer. And for Tess, as she noted in her interview in the Spy’s Profiles in Philanthropy series with Judy Kohl of the Hedgelawn Foundation, it is this quality of  “time on task” that not only brings out an extraordinary confidence in young thespians, but allows for a diversity of age and multiculturalism that break down traditional bear enriches the process of acting itself.

As Playmakers starts its twelfth season in the summer of 2018, Tess highlights how such a relatively small program can have such immediate and gratifying results while Judy talks about being the Playmakers original sponsor and its significant return on investment.

This video is approximately four minutes in length. For more information on the Garfield Center for the Arts Playmaker program or to make a donation, please go here


About Dave Wheelan


Letters to Editor

  1. Thank you Dave! This is a wonderful program and we are so grateful for the support of The Spy and our community. A small correction: 2018 will actually mark the 15th year of Playmakers!

Write a Letter to the Editor on this Article

We encourage readers to offer their point of view on this article by submitting the following form. Editing is sometimes necessary and is done at the discretion of the editorial staff.