Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced award-winning star of stage and screen Laurie Metcalf as the guest of honor at their 2014-2015 annual Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon. The event takes place Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12 noon (a location has yet to be announced). Widely celebrated for her role as Jackie Harris on the long running hit sitcom, Roseanne, as well as recent featured roles in Desperate Housewives and The Big Bang Theory, Laurie Metcalf’s career has spanned theater, film and television. Winner of three Emmy Awards and two Obie Awards, Metcalf was one of Steppenwolf’s original ensemble members alongside fellow college classmates Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney, Joan Allen and John Malkovich, among others. Her career-making turn as Darlene in Steppenwolf’s 1984 revival of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead catapulted Metcalf into the national spotlight. She has received Tony nominations for her work in David Mamet's November and Sharr White’s The Other Place. Recently she starred in Domesticated with Jeff Goldblum at Lincoln Center Theater.

Metcalf’s dynamic career continues at full speed with major roles in three current TV series: the HBO series Getting On, CBS’s The McCarthys and The Big Bang Theory.

This year’s event features an in-depth conversation with Laurie Metcalf and Steppenwolf Artistic Director Martha Lavey. Previous honorees for Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts include ensemble members Joan Allen and Martha Plimpton, along with Juliette Lewis, Julianna Margulies, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson and Mary-Louise Parker.
The sixth annual luncheon will bring together nearly 300 leaders from Chicago’s business and civic communities to honor Ms. Metcalf for her enormous contribution to the field. The event raises funds for Steppenwolf’s professional development programs, including Steppenwolf for Young Adults, the nationally recognized education program, the School at Steppenwolf, as well as the Professional Leadership Programs, providing apprenticeships, fellowships and internships for the next generation of arts managers and producers.

To purchase tickets or learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Steppenwolf’s Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or

Ian Barford, Kate Arrington, Laurie Metcalf and Kevin Anderson in Detroit at Steppenwolf Theatre.

Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts to Honor Laurie Metcalf