Grand Sphinx Farkas to Honor Barclay at Gala

Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 and Grand Sphinx, Andrew Farkas, will be honoring Paris Barclay as the 2017 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award at the annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala in New York City on April 3rd.

Established in 1770, the Hasty Pudding Institute is the oldest collegiate social club in the nation. The club is a premiere preforming arts organization that strives to unite Harvard undergraduate students in friendship, conversation and camaraderie. Since its creation, Hasty Pudding has grown significantly and now is made up of The Hasty Pudding Club, Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Harvard Krokodiloes.

Each year the Hasty Pudding Institute recognizes one individual in the entertainment industry for their contributions to the performing arts. Each recognized individual is bestowed the club’s highest honor, the Order of the Golden Sphinx award, and is celebrated at the annual Order of the Golden Sphinx Gala.

Certainly a well-deserving recipient of this award, Paris Barclay is an Emmy award-winning director and currently serves as the President of the Directors Guild of America. Graduating Harvard in 1979, Barclay was a member of the Hasty Pudding club as an undergrad and participated in the club as a former singer of the Krokodiloes and composer two Hasty Pudding Theatricals shows.

As the 2017 recipient of the Order of the Golden Sphinx award, Barclay joins a prestigious club filled with extraordinarily talented members like Clive Davis, legendary music producer; Daryl Roth, Tony Award-winning Broadway producer; David Heyman, box office-hit producer, and many more.

This year’s honoree celebration will be held at the Paramount Hotel in New York City and attendees will have an opportunity to enjoy performances by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals and Harvard Krokodiloes. Chairman and Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute, Andrew Farkas, will also be in attendance and recently noted his excitement for this year’s nominee.

As an active alumni and former president of the Hasty Pudding Institute, Andrew Farkas not only serves as the Chairman but also “Grand Sphinx” of the club. In 2011, thanks to a generous donation from Farkas, the Hasty Pudding club was able to make improvements to the theatre in which they perform all shows. The gift marked the renaming of the theater to Farkas Hall, which serves as a presentation the Farkas family’s commitment maintain the club’s facilities.