CAMBRIDGE, MA (January 6th, 2022) – The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, announces JENNIFER GARNER as the recipient of its 2022 Woman of the Year Award. From her performances in Alias, 13 Going on 30, Love Simon, and YES DAY to her role as a philanthropist and entrepreneur, the Pudding is proud to present this honor to an iconic and talented actress who has had such an impactful presence in the world of entertainment.

The Woman of the Year Award is the 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, Julia Roberts, Scarlett Johansson, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and most recently Viola Davis, the 71st Woman of the Year.

The Woman of the Year festivities will begin at 2:45pm on February 5th, 2022, when Ms. Garner will lead a parade through the streets of Harvard Square. Following the parade, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Ms. Garner at 8:00pm, after which she will be presented with her Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s historic home in Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation at 8:30pm. This year, the Woman of the Year event and Opening Night will coincide and after the press conference, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will perform HPT 173: Ship Happens!

“We are thrilled to honor Jennifer Garner, who will be the first Woman of the Year to be honored on Opening Night! 13 Going on 30 was my go-to movie growing up, so I can’t wait to meet her,” said co-producer Molly Chiang. “As a talented actress and philanthropist, Jennifer is a role model to all of us at Hasty Pudding Theatricals. It is so wonderful to celebrate her in this exceptional year with the organization’s return to the stage,” added Man and Woman of the Year Coordinator Jacqueline Zoeller.

Award-winning actress Jennifer Garner has enjoyed a successful career at the top of her field in both film and television and has also taken on the role of philanthropist and entrepreneur.

Garner is known for her versatility in a wide range of starring-roles in Alias, Dallas Buyers Club, Love Simon, Juno, and more. She most recently starred in and produced the film YES DAY, based on the children’s book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, which became Netflix’s biggest Kids & Family film release. She will next be seen in the sci-fi film The Adam Project for Netflix opposite Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, directed by Shawn Levy. Garner will also produce and star in the Apple TV+ limited series The Last Thing He Ever Told Me, based on the eponymous New York Times bestseller and the Netflix comedy Family Leave.

Garner is a Save the Children Trustee and has worked with the organization for more than a decade. In addition to bringing Save the Children’s early childhood education programs to her home state of West Virginia, she has advocated on Capitol Hill and traveled to Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington to meet with lawmakers, press and philanthropists to raise awareness and funds for the organization. In 2014, Garner joined the global non-profit’s board of trustees, deepening her commitment to issues affecting children in America and around the world.

In 2017, Garner co-founded the organic food company Once Upon a Farm with Cassandra Curtis, Ari Raz and former Annie’s president John Foraker. Together the visionaries have grown the company with a goal of providing children with the best tasting, most nutritious, and highest quality food utilizing sustainable methods. As a businesswoman, Garner has worked with major brands including Neutrogena and Capital One, and most recently joined the Virtue Labs team to amplify and raise awareness about the unique health and beauty benefits of the company’s premium hair care line.


CAMBRIDGE, MA (December 23rd, 2021) – After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals announces JASON BATEMAN as the recipient of its 2022 Man of the Year Award. The Pudding is proud to present this honor to an Emmy, SAG, and Golden Globe award-winning actor. From being the DGA’s youngest ever director for directing three episodes of “Valerie” at age 18, to starring in numerous television shows and movies, to starting his own production company, Mr. Bateman has made a significant and meaningful impact in the worlds of television and film.

The Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ Man and Woman of the Year Awards are presented annually to performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to the world of entertainment. The Man of the Year award was established in 1967 with past recipients including Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Robert Downey Jr., Paul Rudd, and Ryan Reynolds.

The Man of the Year festivities will take place on Thursday, February 3rd, 2022. The Hasty Pudding Theatricals will host a celebratory roast for Mr. Bateman at 6:00pm and present him with his Pudding Pot at Farkas Hall, which has been the Pudding’s historic home in the heart of Harvard Square since 1888. A press conference will follow the roast at 6:20pm. Afterwards, the Hasty Pudding Theatricals will perform a preview of HPT 173: Ship Happens, the Pudding’s third-ever production featuring both men and women in the cast and HPT’s first show in two years after cancelling the show for the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are stoked to present Jason Bateman with the 55th annual Hasty Pudding Man of the Year award. It’s been a hot minute since we’ve handed one of these out, so we figured we’d give it to the guy who all our moms have crushes on after watching “Ozark”. Can’t wait to see you soon, Jason!” said Pudding President Nick Amador. “We have put tremendous effort into returning to the stage after the pandemic and having Jason Bateman join us in this exciting homecoming is a dream come true,” added co-producer Lucy Goldfarb.

Jason Bateman has become a prolific multi-hyphenate both in front of and behind the camera as an actor, producer, and director. On his Netflix series OZARK, Mr. Bateman, together with the other show producers, were recently nominated for the ‘Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television’ by the Producers Guild of America. Mr. Bateman was also individually nominated by the Directors Guild of America for ‘Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series.’ In 2019, Mr. Bateman earned an Emmy® Award for ‘Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.’ Additionally, he has been nominated for multiple Emmy®, SAG®, and Golden Globe® awards for his leading television roles in OZARK and ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, the former of which earned him the 2019 SAG® Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series,’ and the latter of which won him the 2005 Golden Globe® for ‘Best Actor in a Comedy Series.’  Mr. Bateman is also known for his starring roles in films such as “Horrible Bosses” series, “Game Night,” “Identity Thief,” “Bad Words,” which was also his directorial debut, just to name a few.

Currently, Mr. Bateman’s production company Aggregate, is producing the following projects, “Florida Man,” a drama series for Netflix, the romantic comedy feature film “Your Place or Mine” together with Reese Witherspoon, then the Apple series “Lessons in Chemistry,” and the feature film, which Mr. Bateman will direct “Here Comes the Flood.”   Aggregate also produced and Mr. Bateman directed two episodes of the Emmy nominated HBO drama” The Outsider” as well as the drama series, “A Teacher,” for FX, their highest viewed series of 2020. Bateman, together with Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes launched the SmartLess podcast in July 2020, produced by Wondery. Guests thus far include Vice President Kamala Harris, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, Adam Sandler, Ricky Gervais, Bryan Cranston, Paul McCartney, and Tina Fey, to name a few. “Smartless” will embark on a live tour across North America in February 2021, which will be filmed exclusively for Discovery + for a limited, documentary series to launch in 2022.


The Hasty Pudding Theatricals gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our corporate sponsor, The Harvard Cooperative Society (

Athletic_FullLockup_Navy_080122-01 (2)
Grendels Logo
Band Ad
Screen Shot 2022-02-07 at 12.05.04 PM