E. Brooke Flanagan
E. Brooke Flanagan serves as Executive Director for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, America's premier ensemble theater. Together with Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro, she is responsible for stewarding the company's artistic growth, programmatic service, and economic vitality. This includes the "Building on Excellence Campaign" in progress, a $74M capital expansion program that serves to evolve the theater's artistic home to foster bold and ambitious opportunities for creative expression, social exchange, unparalleled accessibility, and arts-driven learning for Chicago teens.
Prior to joining Steppenwolf, Brooke served for a decade as Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Managing Director, responsible for the theater's fundraising, long-range strategy, and external affairs programs. Brooke spent seven seasons previously at Steppenwolf as Director of Major Gifts; was the Associate Director of Development for Ravinia Festival; and held early career positions at League of Chicago Theatres and Santa Fe Opera. She is the Immediate Past Board Chair for Arts Alliance Illinois, the state arts advocacy organization. Following the onset of Covid-19, she championed the creation of the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund and served on both the city and state "back to work" task forces for the performing arts. She holds her BFA in Theatre from the College of Santa Fe and resides in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood with her husband and three children, who proudly attend a Chicago Public School.