Welcome to the Friends of Ring Theatre

Friends of Theatre was founded in September of 1972. Our goals over the years have increased somewhat, but have never gotten off the track.

Our primary goals are:

  • To assist the Department of Theatre Arts and its talented young students to become the finest in the country.
  • To work with the university to make the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre a jewel in the community by supporting the beautification and technology of the physical plant.
  • To serve as a link so that all members will have the opportunity to meet and greet fellow members, students and faculty at Jerry Herman Ring openings, theatre parties, meetings and other social events.



If you are interested in joining this philanthropic and fun group whose donations support the students and productions here, please call Thor Bruce at (305) 321-3252. List updated November 2, 2020.



President: Thor Bruce
Vice-President (Book Sales): In Memoriam Myrna Palley
Vice-President (Hospitality): Carol Newport
Treasurer: Sheldon Palley
Recording Secretary: Margaret Sarafoglu
Corresponding Secretary (Newsletter): Peggy Vital
Liaison: Camille King
Liaison: Henry Langston

 Bonnie and Peter Dockter
Myrna and Sheldon Palley
Kay Fahringer
Judi and Frank Herbert
Dick and Camille King
Richard and Susan Skor
John Schulte

Harvey and Jan Benefield
Ruth L. Biel and Martha C. Hobbs
Dr. Thor W. Bruce and Mirella M. LaSalle
Dr. Ronald Clark and Gloria Villa
Dr. Diane V. Baker and Mr. George Giampetro
Don and Carol Golden
Sandra and "Hutch" Hutchinson
Henry Langston
Anne Slesnick Leidel
Renee and David Lieberman
Carol Newport
Joe and Helen Realini
Dr. and Mrs Theodore Sarafoglu
Maggie and Bernie Silverstein
John Softness and Carol Blades
Peggy and Frank Vital

Denys Alt
Tim Anagnost
Maxine Bizette
Pat Clarke
Patricia L. Crow
Marie-Gabrielle Monteil Lopez
Margaret R. Rente
Monica Silva


In memory of Marshall Waldman, a staunch supporter of Friends of Theatre and The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre.


Membership Categories and Benefits

The Friends of Theatre, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to supporting the University of Miami Department of Theatre Arts and productions at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre. Membership fees are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Please note that tickets to productions and receptions are not tax deductible.

As a Member you will:

  • Connect with other people who share your passion and commitment for Theatre.
  • Support the amazing and talented Theatre Arts students at the University of Miami.
  • Deepen your community experience and strengthen your ties to the University of Miami.
  • Gain private access and special privileges (such as receptions and outings).
  • Be recognized in public for your gift.

Click here to view a complete list of all membership categories and benefits.