Renowned Speakers

on the Saroyan Stage

Rick Steves

Travel Guru, Philanthropist, and Host of Rick Steves’ Europe on PBS

Travel Like A Local

March 16, 2022 | 10:30am | William Saroyan Theatre

Rick Steves is a beloved public television host, best-selling travel guide author, international tour guide, podcast host, teacher, activist, and philanthropist. Founder and owner of Rick Steves’ Europe, Steves has built a travel business that brings more than 30,000 people to Europe annually and contributes one million dollars a year to nonprofits. As a philanthropist, Rick works closely with several advocacy groups and makes regular financial contributions to more than 170 organizations, including an annual donation of $1 million to ​Bread for the World​. ​Although Steves enjoys four months a year in Europe researching new ways for Americans to travel as “temporary locals,’’ he loves returning to his hometown of Edmonds, Washington, where his office window overlooks his old junior high school. Always an advocate for traveling “through the back door,” Steves promotes lesser-known sights and getting to know the locals as the premiere way to travel. Sharing his travel experiences and discoveries, Steves teaches us how to connect more intimately with international communities, save money along the way, and broaden our global perspectives–all while having the time of our lives!

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Written by Eric H. Weinburger and Elaine Bromka

October 13, 2021 | 10:30am | Online

Exclusive for Early Season Ticket holders and Sponsors

Tea for Three is an online Vimeo play followed by a live Q&A with Elaine Bromka, Emmy® award-winner, star and co-writer. A witty, charming recreation of the reminiscences of three memorable First Ladies, Tea for Three chronicles the legacies of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford as they prepare to leave the White House.

Season Ticket holders who purchase by September 22, 2021 will be contacted via email to register for the show. On the day of the presentation (October 13, 2021), registrants will receive a non-shareable link to the Vimeo play and directions for getting on the Question-and-Answer Webinar with Elaine Bromka following the play.

Acclaimed American actress Elaine Bromka is known for co-writing the one-woman play Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat & Betty with Eric H. Weinberger, in which Bromka portrayed First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford. Her thirty-plus year career has included appearances in numerous movies and television programs as well as on and off-Broadway productions. Bromka is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College and a faculty member at Smith and NYU.

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