Spend an evening with Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's one-of-a-kind events celebrate the work seen on our stages with our acclaimed ensemble of artists. Join us for a chic fundraising event like the Gala or Red or White Ball or take an inside look at the life of a play at an Explore event. Steppenwolf offers unique and memorable opportunities to engage with the theater and our artists. We hope you will spend an evening with us!

Women in the Arts

Steppenwolf’s annual Women in the Arts Luncheon honors women for their distinguished careers in theater, television and film. Past honorees include Steppenwolf ensemble members Joan Allen and Martha Plimpton, Julianna Margulies and Mary-Louise Parker. Proceeds from the luncheon support the next generation of young leaders in the arts.

2014/15 Women in the Arts Luncheon


Red or White Ball

Steppenwolf’s Red or White Ball is the hottest fundraising event for Chicago’s young professionals and is hosted by the Steppenwolf’s Junior Board, the Auxiliary Council. This fun and fabulous cocktail party benefits Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the theater’s nationally recognized education program.

2015 Red or White Ball



Hosted by the Board of Trustees and our renowned ensemble of artists, Steppenwolf's Gala brings together leaders from the Chicago community for a memorable celebration of the theater. This signature event raises over $1 million annually - invaluable resources that help us champion new voices and artists on our stages and bring high-quality productions to teens making Steppenwolf a destination for ambitious, thought-provoking theater.

2015 Gala



At the Explore event series, we invite audience members to join us in a social, fun setting to celebrate the ideas and themes in our shows. Each Explore event is a journey through the world of a play currently in production and every event is a unique experience tailored to create an immersive environment that reflects the world of that play. Explore events typically feature some combination of food, drink and guest speakers, performers and musicians.

Admission to all Explore events is free and open to everyone.



Teens: The Scene

The Scene is a special opportunity for high school students to score an affordable ticket to a Steppenwolf production, meet Chicago's most celebrated artists and connect with other teens who are passionate about theater. Each ticket includes dinner and post-show discussion with the actors.

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Veterans' Night

The Veterans Night Series was started in 1982 by Steppenwolf Theatre Company founders Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney, and Gary Sinise. This group is given the privilege to be the first audience to see each production, as they are invited to the final dress rehearsal of the plays featured in Steppenwolf’s season.

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