2016 Performance Garage
Gala Celebration 
Honoring Suzanne Roberts


April 2, 2016



Gala Co-Chairs: Joan Myers Brown, Chrisine Cox,

Roni Koresh


Performances by BalletX, Koresh Dance Company,

Philadanco, Jeanne Ruddy, and the Performance

Garage Youth Outreach Program




 Suzanne Roberts is passionate about the arts and sharing that passion with others. A Philadelphia native, Suzanne lives for the stage.  Suzanne Roberts is passionate about the arts and sharing that passion with others. A Philadelphia native, Suzanne lives for the stage. During her acting carreer, Suzanne took jobs at the Bucks County Playhouse, Plays & Players, and the Society Hill Playhouse. She also played major roles across the country, including Kate in The Taming of the Shrew. Suzanne’s husband Ralph Roberts enthusiastically supported her acting career, never missing a performance. In 2002, Ralph purchased the naming rights for the Philadelphia Theater Company’s new building as a gift to Suzanne, whose name continues to illuminate the corner of Broad and Lombard.


Suzanne created the TV program Seeking Solutions with Suzanne in 2000. The show continues to inspire adults in their golden years to improve their health, enrich their lives, and expand their horizons.


Suzanne has received countless awards including Women’s Image Network’s (WIN) Lifetime Achievement Award, two Emmys, and most recently the prestigious Philadelphia Award. She also has received international recognition for her landmark therapy work with Navajo children. Additionally, she is now one of the largest private supporters of the performing arts in the Philadelphia region. The Suzanne Roberts Cultural Development Fund supports 29 dance and performing arts organizations.


Suzanne is a mother of five and grandmother of eight children.

Honorary Committee

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
State Representative
Donna Bullock
Senator Larry Farnese
Councilman William Greenlee
State Representative Brian Sims


Barbara Adams

Tania Attanasio*
Floss Barber & Robert Angevine

Millie Lane Berg*

Jill & Sheldon Bonovitz

Suzanne & Norman Cohn

Michael & Ellen Singer Coleman

Margery & Frank Cooper

Susan & Carlo DiGiovanni

Janet Goldwater & Branch Coslett

Wendy & Gregory Gosfield

Mary Bert Gutman

Kathryn Keeler* & Grant Greapentrog

Susan Lewis & Joseph Kluger

Charisse R. Lillie

Leslie Anne Miller & Richard Worley

Peggy & Scott Reynolds

Carrie Rickey & Paul Levy

Jerry & Cookie Riesenbach

Aileen & Brian Roberts

Catherine Roberts & Anthony Clifton

Diane Roberts

Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer

Rob Roberts 

Jeanne Ruddy* & Victor F. Keen*

Ashley Searles & Jeb Brookman*

Babs & Harvey Snyder

Barbara & Robert Tiffany

Zibby & James Tozer

Kathleen Vick & Stephen Stack

Michele & John Vernon

Dr. Robert Wallner*

Richard Witt


*Performance Garage Board Member

2016 Gala Sponsors

Amy Branch &
Jeff Benoliel 
Tanya Shields

Food Sponsors

Christine Cox, Jeanne Ruddy & Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown