Golden Globe Award-winning actress, comedian, producer, writer, and best-selling author Amy Poehler has been named Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ 2015 Woman of the Year. Poehler, a former “Saturday Night Live” cast member and star of the hit show “Parks and Recreation,” returns to campus four years after delivering the Class Day address in 2011.
The award is Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ oldest honor, bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. Established in 1951, the Woman of the Year award has been given to many notable and talented entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Hathaway, Claire Danes, and most recently, Marion Cotillard and Dame Helen Mirren.
The Woman of the Year festivities, presented by The Related Companies, will begin at 2:45 p.m. on Jan. 29, when Poehler will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. Following the parade, Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for the actress. At 4 p.m., Poehler will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, Hasty Pudding’s home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation. Afterward, Hasty Pudding cast members will perform several musical numbers from the group’s 167th production, “¡Oops! … Madrid It Again!”
“We are extremely excited to announce Amy Poehler as our 2015 Woman of the Year. She is an accomplished performer, incredible comedian, and an inspiration to everyone in the Hasty Pudding,” said Hasty Pudding president Jason Hellerstein ’15. “We look forward to welcoming Ms. Poehler and celebrating and honoring her achievements in a truly unique and memorable way.”
Hasty Pudding Theatricals will announce its Man of the Year at a later date. That recipient will be honored on Feb. 6.
For more information about the production of “¡Oops! … Madrid It Again!” visit www.hastypudding.org.