Steppenwolf Theatre Company will host Emmy and Obie Award-winning actor and original ensemble member Laurie Metcalf as the guest of honor at the 2014-2015 Steppenwolf Salutes Women in the Arts. The popular fundraising luncheon takes place  Monday, March 9, 2015 at 12 noon at The Standard Club in downtown Chicago. The sixth annual luncheon will bring together nearly 300 leaders from Chicago’s business and civic communities to honor Metcalf for her substantial contribution to the field and will feature an in-depth conversation with the actress and Steppenwolf artistic director Martha Lavey.

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 remarkable 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, John Malkovich and others. Her career-making turn as Darlene in Steppenwolf’s 1984 revival of Lanford Wilson’s Balm in Gilead catapulted her 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 The Domesticated with Jeff Goldblum at Lincoln Center Theater. Ms. Metcalf’s dynamic career continues at full speed with major roles in the HBO series Getting On, CBS’s The McCarthys and The Big Bang Theory.

The Women in the Arts luncheon 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. 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.

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Ian Barford, Kate Arrington, Laurie Metcalf and Kevin Anderson in Detroit at Steppenwolf Theatre (photo by Michael Brosilow).

Steppenwolf Salutes Women in The Arts to Honor Original Ensemble Member Laurie Metcalf