Steppenwolf’s 2017 Gala celebrated the remarkable artists whose vibrant and broadly diverse voices define Steppenwolf’s past, present and future. Hosted by 2017 Gala Co-Chairs Amy Eshleman and Lori Lightfoot, Cameron and Amy Findlay, Susan and David Mendelsohn, Jon Michael Hill, Tim Hopper and Karen Viola, Amy Morton and Rob Milburn and the Board of Trustees, this year’s benefit raised $1.15 million in support of Steppenwolf’s innovative artistry and expansive education programs. Great appreciation from Steppenwolf to all those who contributed to the success of this year’s event.

The evening kicked-off with a cocktail hour in our elegant tented venue decorated with bright, pop-art images of the Steppenwolf ensemble. Guests then joined Steppenwolf artists and ensemble for a gourmet seated dinner as spontaneous performances, curated by Anna D. Shapiro, occurred intermittently throughout the meal. Emceed by Steppenwolf collaborator Alexandra Billings, appearances by The School at Steppenwolf alumni, Q Brothers, Carpacho y Super Combo with Sandra Delgado and Alexandra’s own cabaret act filled the room with a lively energy that had guests dancing out of their seats. A live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Steppenwolf artists and a paddle raise for Steppenwolf Education followed the evening’s performances. The fun continued late into the night with a live concert by JC Brooks, a late-night DJ and after-hours lounge in Front Bar.

Be sure to save the date for Steppenwolf’s 2018 Gala on Saturday, May 12!

Gala Photos

Steppenwolf Theatre Company wishes to thank the following donors for their generous support of the 2017 Gala.



Marlene Breslow-Blitstein and Berle Blitstein
CRC Swett
The Crown Family
Dover Corporation
Amy Eshleman and Lori Lightfoot
Green Courte Partners, LLC
Jeffrey Maling and Rebecca Johnston
Matt and Holly Maloney 
McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Northern Trust
The Orlebeke Foundation
Sage Foundation
Seigle Family Foundation
Sidley Austin LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Christine Albright and Lawrence Gill
Baker McKenzie
Sarah Beardsley and Dr. Christopher Randolph
The Boeing Company
Juliette Feld and Andrew Grossman
J.P. Morgan
Heather and Kenny Mitchell
Norcon Inc.
Ropes & Gray LLP
Bruce Sagan and Bette Cerf Hill 
Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP
Elizabeth Schubert
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Shapiro
Stephanie and Gerald Smith
United Airlines
John and Carol Walter 
William Blair & Company