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Donor Spotlight

Tom and Lisa Hazen

Tom and Lisa Hazen’s passion for theater extends from Chapel Hill to New York. Between local, Broadway and Off-Broadway shows, the Hazens see an average of 50 productions per year.

When we at PlayMakers have questions about a particular show, we ask Tom and Lisa. Often they have not only seen the show in question, but have seen the original production as well and have an encyclopedic knowledge of the artists involved over the years. Tom grew up in New York City where his interest in theatre was born. He came to North Carolina more than 30 years ago to teach at the UNC School of Law and is the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Law. Lisa is from Graham, North Carolina and has been active in local nonprofits with extensive volunteer and philanthropic work.

The Hazens’ support of this community goes beyond the arts; they have both served on the Board of Visitors for the NC Children’s Hospital – with Tom serving as chair – as well as the Medical Foundation of North Carolina. With their son George being a former UNC-Chapel Hill football player, they are also great supporters of the Rams Club.

Tom and Lisa saw their first PlayMakers production in 1996. Their love of theater prompted them to become more involved with PlayMakers as one of their philanthropic causes. Thanks to Tom and Lisa, over the next three years you will see and feel improvements at the theatre, starting this season with new Standing-Room-Only seats in the Paul Green Theatre. These may just prove to be the best seats in the house. Next season look for better lighting and seating in the lobby.  And whenever you have a chance to enjoy one of these improvements – do what we do – lift a glass in thanks and appreciation for everything this couple does for PlayMakers and the greater community.  Here’s to Tom and Lisa Hazen.