Theatre Under the Stars

The annual Leading Ladies Luncheon brings together patrons from across Houston’s philanthropic arts community to support and celebrate TUTS, local volunteers and educators, and our esteemed Shirley Stein Champion in the Arts and Education honoree. Proceeds from the Luncheon help to create barrier-breaking educational programming that includes, inspires, and engages our unique and diverse community.

To be a part of the 2024 Leading Ladies Luncheon Planning Committee, please contact Emily Manck White at


Shirley Stein Outstanding Champion in the Arts and Education

  • Paula Harris (2023)
  • Cissy Segall Davis (2022)
  • Carrie Woliver (2021)
  • *Shirley Stein z”l (2019)

Educator of the Year

  • Justin Doran, St. Francis Episcopal High School (2023)
  • Melanie Bivens, International Leadership of Texas Charter School (2022)
  • Kristina Sullivan, Queensbury Theater (2021)
  • Roshunda Jones-Koumba, G.W. Carver Magnet High School (2019) 

Volunteer of the Year

  • Jennifer Lamb (2023)
  • Dawn Neal (2022)
  • Liese Kelly, Gia Ochsenbein, and Alyssa Sunew (2021)
  • Dawn Powers (2019)

*Shirley Stein z”l was the first and greatest Leading Lady at Theatre Under The Stars. Shirley dedicated her life to what she loved most, her beloved family and friends, and her passion for the arts and arts education. TUTS was blessed that Shirley believed in our mission and for all the unconditional support, fierce loyalty, and contagious enthusiasm she gave our organization. As a true champion of the arts, the Leading Ladies honor her legacy with “The Shirley Stein Outstanding Champion in the Arts and Arts Education” to encourage other outstanding women in our community to step forward in bold ways to make a lasting impact for Houston’s arts and arts education.

Leading Ladies enjoy meaningful and exclusive TUTS experiences through social events, volunteer needs, leadership development, philanthropy, and members-only perks. For more information about TUTS Leading Ladies, click here.