The Muse Luncheon

The Hermitage’s Muse Luncheon was created to present national speakers whose creativity inspires us all, and whose life work compels us to think deeply and richly.

Our inaugural speaker in 2016 was the Public Theater’s legendary Oskar Eustis, lauded by many as having delivered the most compelling event of the Sarasota season.

How did we match that?

Bill T. Jones:
Choreographer, Dancer, Theater Director, Writer

Bill T. Jones’ honors range from the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Visibility Award, to the 2013 National Medal of Arts, to a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award, the 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010, to name only a few.

His Broadway credits include a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed FELA!, which he co-conceived, co-wrote, directed, and choreographed. He also earned a 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography in Spring Awakening as well as an Obie Award for the show’s 2006 off-Broadway run.

At this year’s Muse Luncheon Bill T. Jones was captivating, invigorating, and energetic. Stay to tuned to find out who we announce for 2019!

Proceeds are dedicated to the Hermitage Artist Retreat Endowment Fund. Distributions will support the essential operating expenses associated with providing our core artist residencies and free arts programming for our Gulf Coast community, in perpetuity.

Event Details

Stay tuned for announcements about the 2019 National Keynote Speaker.

For more information, contact Development Director Craig Badinger at or 941-475-2098 ext 2.