Individual Donor Benefits

Your Gift Makes the Difference

No other group contributes to the success of Steppenwolf as much as our generous group of individual donors. In appreciation of their support, we offer a variety of benefits designed to bring donors closer to the artists of Steppenwolf.

Need more information or have a question about your benefits?
Contact Suzanne Miller, Annual Fund Manager, at (312) 654-5617 or

2015-16 Donor Calendar of Events

Annual Fund

Annual Fund donors receive a variety of special event benefits designed to bring them closer the artists of Steppenwolf. For more information, contact Donor Services at (312) 654-5617.

Friends (donors of $75+)
- Invitation to the Season Preview
- Advance email notification of special ticket opportunities

Players (donors of $150+)
- Yearlong recognition in the Steppenwolf Program
- An invitation to attend a Steppenwolf for Young Adults production

Designers (donors of $250+)
- Invitation to the Donors Cast Party
- Commemorative poster

Ensemble (donors of $500+)
- A Behind-the-Scenes special event with the Garage Rep artists
- Invitation to a reading of a First Look Play

Producer (donors of $1,000+)
- Exclusive invitation to a technical rehearsal with the director, designers, cast and crew
- A commemorative poster signed by the cast from a production

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Directors Circle

The Directors Circle is a distinguished group of individuals who support annual operations at Steppenwolf and enjoy VIP ticketing services and invitations to private events with the Steppenwolf ensemble. For more information, please contact Jessica Gretch, Individual Giving Coordinator, at (312) 654-5672 or

Benefactor ($1,500 to $2,499)
- Enjoy 2 complimentary subscriptions to our 5-play season 
- Guaranteed prime seating with unlimited ticket exchanges and/or purchases 
- Special evenings at the theater, such as an intimate dinner with the cast and artistic team of a production
- Your choice of one poster from the Steppenwolf season signed by the cast
- Recognition in the Steppenwolf program and Donor Wall located in the Downstairs Theatre Lobby
- Complimentary beverages and priority bar service during intermission at every performance

Sustainer ($2,500 to $4,999)
- 2 complimentary subscriptions may be used for Steppenwolf’s Opening Night series, which includes a post-show party with the cast
- Invitation to one pre-performance opening night dinner where you can meet and network with Steppenwolf artists and trustees

Patron ($5,000 to $9,999)
- Invitation to all pre-show opening night dinners, including complimentary valet parking
- Concierge services for Broadway and regional theaters

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Our artists' visions come to life because of the leadership support of Individual Production Sponsors. For more information about sponsorship, contact Eric Evenskaas, Associate Director of Development at (312) 654-5615 or

Distinguished Production Sponsor ($10,000 and above)
- Premier seating for 4 at the opening night dinner and performance of your sponsored production
- Invitations to all opening night dinner celebrations and performances during the 2015/16 season
- Opportunity to attend an advance reading of your sponsored production
- 6 tickets to host a special night at the theater to see your sponsored production, featuring a backstage toast with the cast
- Framed memento from your sponsored production signed by the cast

Grand Sponsor ($25,000 and above)
- An opportunity for a private dinner with a Steppenwolf ensemble member
- Invitations to exclusive dinners with Steppenwolf artists to learn about projects in development
- An opportunity for a private tour of the theater with artistic or production staff
- All benefits of a Distinguished Sponsor with an increase to 10 tickets for your special night at the theater to see your sponsored production

Premiere Sponsor ($50,000 and above)
- Private tour with production staff of the Steppenwolf Costume or Scene Shop while your sponsored production is under construction
- Opportunity to watch a performance from the stage manager’s booth and listen to cues being called on headset
- All benefits of a Grand Sponsor


By committing to an Individual Production Sponsorship level for 3 years, Ensemble Fund members powerfully impact Steppenwolf’s ability to develop major, ensemble-driven projects from conception to production. The Ensemble Fund provides Steppenwolf with the artistic resources to plan for script-development workshops, increased cast sizes or rehearsal time and extraordinary production elements. For more information about Steppenwolf’s Ensemble Fund, contact Eric Evenskaas, Associate Director of Development at (312) 654-5615 or

In addition to Individual Production Sponsorship benefits listed above, members receive:
- Featured recognition as an Ensemble Fund contributor in program book and on the lobby donor wall
- Invitations to the annual Ensemble Fund dinner, an intimate evening with supporters and Steppenwolf ensemble members