Your Gift Makes the Difference

Our generous individual donors provide the essential support that allows Steppenwolf to be a leader in American theatre, developing innovative new work and providing a home for the industry's most talented artists.

We are truly grateful for the partnership of our donors, and we are proud to offer a variety of benefits to bring them closer to this exciting work.

Need more information or have a question about your benefits?
Contact Julian Leal, Annual Fund and Operations Manager. 

Annual Fund

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

Friends ($90+)

  • A poster from the Steppenwolf season
  • Advanced email notification of special ticket opportunities

Designers ($250+)

All the above, plus:

  • Invitation to attend a special Steppenwolf donor event

Ensemble ($500+)

All the above, plus:

  • Yearlong recognition on website and in program books
  • Invitation to an exclusive artistic conversation and reception

Producers ($1,000+)

All the above, plus:

  • An invitation to one Directors Circle Front Row event
  • A poster from the Steppenwolf season autographed by the cast

Directors Circle

The Directors Circle is a distinguished group of individuals who support annual operations at Steppenwolf and enjoy VIP privileges. For more information or to join, please contact Jessica Gretch or fill out this secure form.

Benefactor ($2,000 - $4,999)
$700 is not tax-deductible

  • Two subscriptions with guaranteed prime seating for onstage productions
  • Personal customer service with dedicated staff to handle inquiries and VIP ticketing privileges
  • Three Front Row events each season: special events featuring Steppenwolf ensemble members in conversation about their work
  • One round of complimentary beverages on your performance nights
  • Autographed show poster of your choice
  • Yearlong recognition on website

Patron ($5,000-$9,999)
$900 is not tax-deductible

  • Two subscriptions - plus, option to choose Opening Night series, which includes post-show parties with the cast
  • Invitation to one Opening Night celebration during the season, including the pre-show dinner
  • Recognition on the lobby's Donor Wall
  • All Benefactor benefits

Distinguished Patron ($10,000-$14,999)
$1,000 is not tax-deductible

  • Invitation to all Opening Night celebrations, including pre-show dinners and post-show parties
  • Complimentary Steppenwolf Garage parking for one vehicle on your performance nights at the theater
  • Concierge services for Broadway and regional theaters
  • All Patron benefits

Please note: benefits are subject to change per health and safety guidelines

Individual Production Sponsorship

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

Individual Production Sponsor ($15,000 to $24,999)

  • Seating for 4 at Opening Night performance and pre-show reception of your sponsored production
  • Recognition as a Production Sponsor on program book, opening night invitation and lobby signage; plus year-long recognition on lobby donor wall, program books and website
  • Opportunity to host a sponsor night during the run with 6 tickets and a toast with artistic leadership before or after performance
  • Invitations for two to all Opening Nights during the season
  • Two Directors Circle memberships, including VIP subscriptions and ticketing privileges and complimentary valet parking for one vehicle on your performance nights
  • Opportunity to name a seat in the Downstairs Theatre (for first time at giving level)

Grand Production Sponsor ($25,000 to $49,999)

  • All benefits of Individual Production Sponsor with an increase to 10 tickets for your sponsor night or to use throughout the production’s run
  • Opportunity for private tour of the theater with artistic or production staff
  • Invitations to exclusive dinners with Steppenwolf artists to learn about projects in development

Premier Production Sponsor ($50,000 to $99,999)

  • All benefits of Grand Production Sponsor
  • Private dinner for 10 on the Ensemble Theater stage

Lead Production Sponsor ($100,000+)

  • Full recognition and benefits customized to donor