Each year, ASU Gammage recognizes two people or organizations that go above and beyond to support its mission of connecting Arizona’s communities with the arts.
At the March 11 Gammy and Jerry Awards Dinner during the 2019–2020 Season Announce Event, ASU Gammage will honor Sue Frost with the Gammy Award and Pat Langlin-Brazil with the Jerry Award for their outstanding support.
Frost is a founding member of Junkyard Dog Productions, which is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals. Her works have included "Come From Away," "First Date" and "Memphis."
“Sue is one of the most inspirational producers on Broadway,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage and ASU vice president for cultural affairs. “She is a big advocate for new musicals and has a deep dedication to arts education and diversity. Sue's work is so important in the Broadway community and helps shape the future of the industry.”
Before co-founding Junkyard Dog Productions, Frost was the associate producer at Goodspeed Musicals for 20 years, where she produced more than 50 new musicals at both the Goodspeed Opera House and the Norma Terris Theatre in Connecticut. Of the new musicals, many of them have since gone on to Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours and regional theaters across the nation.
Frost has been instrumental on Broadway in leading the charge for more expansive arts education programs that foster the artists of tomorrow in New York and around the country. She is chair of the audience engagement committee of the Broadway League that focused on arts education and is also a member of the League's Board of Governors.
Langlin-Brazil is an ardent supporter ASU Gammage: She served on the ASU Gammage 50th anniversary leadership board, sponsored many cultural participation programs and is always looking for ways to help.
Langlin-Brazil’s personal gifts and sponsorship from George Brazil Plumbing and Electrical, a company she owns with Marc Erpenbeck, helped pave the way for the addition of a new sound system and additions to the building that include new women’s and ADA bathrooms and elevators. She and George Brazil Plumbing and Electrical have also sponsored ASU Gammage’s military family and other cultural participation programs.
"I want everyone to know that people in the plumbing business can be interested in plays and musicals, too," Langlin-Brazil said. "I've always felt like I've done my job if a stranger walks up to our exhibit at the home show and says, 'I like what you do for ASU Gammage.’”
She thinks about ASU Gammage not only today, but well into the future with an advised bequest that will create a permanent endowment in her name so that generations to come can enjoy great performance and programs at ASU Gammage.
“We are so honored to present the 2019 Jerry Award to Pat Langlin-Brazil,” Jennings-Roggensack said. “Pat is such an ardent supporter of ASU Gammage and through her support (we are) able to further our mission of connecting communities.
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