Broadway legend Bernadette Peters recently starred in the Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman critically acclaimed production of Follies. Prior to that, she starred opposite Elaine Stritch in the Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler Tony Award-winning masterpiece, A Little Night Music. She received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Song and Dance and went on to earn a Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her starring role as Annie Oakley in the Tony-Award winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun. Peters also received Tony nominations for her work in The Goodbye Girl, Sunday in the Park with George, Mack and Mabel, and On The Town and earned a Drama Desk nomination for her memorable portrayal of the Witch in Sondheim's Into the Woods. She is the co-founder, along with Mary Tyler Moore, of Broadway Barks!, an organization that promotes the adoption of shelter animals.
Gala honoree Jane Iredale is the founder, president, and CEO of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and a longtime board member of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Founded in 1994, Iredale Mineral Cosmetics is distinguished by its emphasis on makeup that has skin care benefits. Its products can be found in some of the most exclusive department stores in the world, and is exported to more than 40 international markets, including the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. A committed environmentalist, the company moves this year into its new Gold LEED certified corporate headquarters that it converted from an 1889 school building in Great Barrington. Before she formed her cosmetics company, Jane Iredale's background had been in film, theatre, and television. She started as a casting director, working in television commercials for the three major networks, and then in film, television and theater. She won an Emmy award for a public television series "The Silent Years," and was nominated for a Tony for the Broadway musical "Wind in the Willows."