SpeakEasy Stage Company
• Reception • Open bar • Seated dinner • Entertainment • Silent Auction • Raffle •
Lovely Hoffman and Samuel Yin
About the Gala
Over 250 artists, supporters, and friends will gather to celebrate the future of SpeakEasy Stage Company at our annual Spring Gala. In addition to the top-drawer local entertainment you’ve come to expect from SpeakEasy, this year’s event features cocktail reception, live music, open bar, seated dinner, and a silent auction.
About the Honorees
Lovely Hoffman is an IRNE Award Winner, Broadway World Award recipient, and a respected, multi-talented performer and educator. Since graduating from Boston College, where she studied Communications, Political Science, and Music, Lovely has taught middle school Social Studies, which she has done for over 10 years. As an educator, Lovely believes in educating the "whole child" and has made it a priority to consistently organize social justice and arts initiatives for her students. She has led and organized school trips to Senegal, Uganda and Ghana because she believes it is important that children of color have a strong sense of self. And she works to ensure that students have access to the arts. As part of SpeakEasy Stage Company's Student Matinee Series, Lovely has brought over 175 students see a mainstage SpeakEasy production each year, many of whom had never before attended a theatrical performance.
While working in education, Lovely has also pursued her passion as an artist and has performed throughout New England in various artistic capacities. As a theatre artist, some of Lovely’s favorite roles include Gary Coleman in Avenue Q (Ocean State Theatre), Crystal in Little Shop of Horrors (New Repertory Theatre) and her favorite role of all time, Celie, in SpeakEasy Stage’s production of The Color Purple, for which she won an IRNE award for Best Actress in a Musical. Lovely is also a singer songwriter and has received national acclaim at film festivals and media outlets across the country for her songs, “Black Lives Matter” and “My Black is Beautiful.” Lovely’s mantra, “Creativity takes Courage,” inspires her to write music and embrace art that encompasses the wide spectrum of the human experience, from love to pain to hope and justice.
Sam Yin’s interest in the arts is reflected in his service to the community, extending to the visual arts, performing arts, architecture, and design. Sam has served as chair and vice-chair of the board of trustees of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the nation’s oldest independent public college of the arts. He chaired the Boston Cultural Council, part of the Massachusetts Cultural Council program that awards cultural grants at the local level. For him, the BCC experience of working with dedicated creative people from all parts of the city was a distinct pleasure. He served as a board member for both the Boston Center for the Arts and SpeakEasy Stage Company, the latter of which was his first board position and an experience he remembers fondly. In the 1980s, the mayor's office appointed him as one of several residents tasked with helping develop the master plan for the South End along with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. In that position, he authored urban design sections of the report.
In his work life, Sam served as the director and vice-president of scientific affairs of Stryker Biotech, which develops products that use proteins to repair bones. His work has been published in leading scientific and medical journals. He graduated from Columbia and MIT with degrees in biophysics and biochemistry.
Sam also enjoys the arts in New York. One accomplishment that speaks to his love of the urban streetscape is that he has walked all blocks of Manhattan, from the Battery—where New Amsterdam first took root and the history of New York City began—all the way up to 102nd Street on the Upper East Side and 120th Street on the Upper West Side.