Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan will be honored by Covenant House at A Night of Broadway Stars on Monday, June 3rd at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street, New York City, for her advocacy on behalf of young people facing homelessness.
Rachel will receive The Beacon of Hope Award in recognition of her work advocating for millions of young people facing homelessness, which has included leadership of Covenant House’s annual Sleep Out: Stage and Screen Edition and service on Covenant House’s International Board of Directors.
“Rachel is an authentic and powerful voice for change, and an inspiration for young people facing homelessness,” said Covenant House President Kevin Ryan. “Every day in 31 cities across six countries, kids who have experienced homelessness come to the doors of Covenant House. Rachel has taken the time to meet many of them and lead a national effort to end youth homelessness. She has used her gifts to focus resources, marshal popular opinion and inspire a generation of young people to overcome adversity.”
The annual A Night of Broadway Stars features artists from many of Broadway’s hottest musicals and is a benefit for Covenant House, the largest charity in North and Central America serving homeless and trafficked youth. The concert will be directed by veteran director, choreographer and Covenant House Board member Jeff Calhoun (Newsies, 9 to 5) and hosted by Covenant House Board member John Dickerson (CBS 60 Minutes.)
Covenant House has so far announced appearances by Covenant House Board members Audra McDonald (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune) and Capathia Jenkins (Newsies), as well as Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Monk), Erich Bergen (Madam Secretary), Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), 2019 Tony Award nominee Caitlin Kinnunen (The Prom), 2019 Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger (To Kill A Mockingbird), Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella), Teal Wicks (The Cher Show), Gavin Lee (SpongeBob Square Pants), Michael James Scott (Aladdin), Angela Grovey (The Play That Goes Wrong), Shoshana Bean (Wicked), the cast of 2019 Tony Award nominee Ain’t Too Proud (Saint Aubyn, E. Clayton Cornelious, Marcus Paul James, Jelani Remy, Christian Thompson and the 2019 Honorary Tony Award recipient Broadway Inspirational Voices. More cast members will be announced later this month.
Rachel is an accomplished actress, who made her Broadway debut in The Big Knife with Roundabout Theatre Company in 2013. In 2016 she played Desdemona in Othello at New York Theater Workshop opposite David Oyelowo and Daniel Craig. Her turn as Rachel Posner in the critically acclaimed Netflix political drama House of Cards earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. She appeared in a variety of other projects, on both the big and small screen before playing the title character Midge Maisel in the Amazon series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Her performance has earned her a Primetime Emmy Award, 2 Golden Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and more. She can next be seen in the upcoming film Ironbark alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and will star in and produce the film I’m Your Woman with Amazon Studios later this year.
Rachel joins an elite group of distinguished past Beacon of Hope Award recipients including rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi, country star and philanthropist Martina McBride, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman, film director James Cameron, jazz great Herbie Hancock and humanitarian Olivia Harrison, wife of the late, great Beatle and philanthropist George Harrison, whose support of Covenant House in Guatemala (known as La Alianza) has provided the poorest of the poor with love and hope.
The evening will also honor Jim Burke, the chief executive officer of Workforce Logiq, who has supported Covenant House for over a decade and helped thousands of youth build a bridge from homelessness to hope and opportunity. Also being honored for his tireless efforts on behalf of homeless youth is Doug Blagdon, founder and managing partner of ShoreBridge Capital Partners, an investment and merchant banking firm focused on alternative investment opportunities. He is a member of the Covenant House New York Board of Directors, chairs the Covenant House New York Finance Committee, and serves on the Investment and Pension committees of Covenant House International.