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2016 Women In The Arts

Steppenwolf’s 2016 Women in the Arts Luncheon on February 4, 2016 was a vibrant afternoon with four time Golden Globe-winning actress Claire Danes. Claire joined 400 hundred leaders from the Chicago civic and corporate community for a compelling and artistic conversation with Claire led by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts.

Guests enjoyed lunch while listening to honest, behind-the-scenes insight that ranged from filming Homeland with Tracy Letts and the great tone established on their set that allows the artists to thrive, to Claire’s first role after junior high school in My So-Called Life where she met Steppenwolf ensemble members Jeff Perry and Tom Irwin.

The event raised $200,000 for Steppenwolf’s education and professional development programs, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults, our nationally recognized education program, the School at Steppenwolf, and the Professional Leadership Programs, which provides apprenticeships, fellowships and internships for the next generation of arts managers and producers.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company wishes to thank the following donors for their generous support of the 2016 Women in the Arts Luncheon

Lead Sponsors

Event Sponsor


Baird, Noreen Gallagher 
Sarah Beardsley and Becki Etzler 
Berle and Marlene Breslow-Blitstein 
Vilma Chan, PwC 
Citadel, Katie Spring 
Nora Daley 
Mary A. Dempsey and Amy Eshleman 
Mary Kathryn Hartigan 
Lynn Hauser 
J.P.Morgan, Elizabeth H. Connelly 
Lynn Lockwood Murphy 
Deborah Quazzo 
Anna D. Shapiro 
Sidley Austin LLC, Elizabeth Schubert 
Stephanie B. Smith 
United Airlines 
Nina Winston 
Winston & Strawn LLP and Paul & Lisa McGrady