Steppenwolf Theatre Names Emmy and Golden Globe Award-Winner Sarah Paulson Honoree of 2018 Steppenwolf Women in the Arts Luncheon

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Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Sarah Paulson as the 2018 honoree at the annual Steppenwolf Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon. Paulson joins Steppenwolf artistic director Anna D. Shapiro for an engaging conversation about her career both on-stage and on-screen and her impact as a leader in her industry.

​Sarah Paulson is acknowledged as one of today’s most critically acclaimed actresses of the screen and stage. She was first introduced to Steppenwolf through her work in ensemble member Tracy Letts’s Killer Joe, and the two appear in Stephen Spielberg’s upcoming film, The Post. Paulson’s impressive film career includes features with ensemble members Lois Smith (Griffin & Phoenix), Austin Pendleton (The Notorious Bettie Page) and John Malkovich, whom she joins in the upcoming Netflix film, Bird Box. On stage, she has appeared in a wide-range of productions including the title role in Lanford Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Talley’s FollyCherry Orchard with Alfred Molina and Annette Bening, and Broadway’s The Glass Menagerie alongside Jessica Lange.

On television, Paulson’s inspired performances have captured the attention of audiences and critics alike. Her portrayal of attorney Marcia Clark in American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson earned her numerous awards including a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and Emmy Award. Sarah also received four consecutive Emmy nominations for her character portrayals in Ryan Murphy’s award-winning television series, American Horror Story. Her upcoming projects include American Crime Story: KatrinaGary Ross’s Ocean’s 8, the female-driven spinoff of Ocean’s Eleven, M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, and the Netflix series, Ratched, based on the character Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, for which she is set to produce and star in the title role.

​The ninth annual Women in the Arts luncheon brings together nearly 400 leaders from Chicago’s business and civic communities to honor Paulson for her indelible 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.

The event takes place on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 12 Noon at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel (221 N Columbus Dr). A VIP Reception begins at 11:30 a.m.

​Individual tickets start at $250. VIP tickets that include pre-lunch reception begin at $500. Table sponsorships for Women in the Arts are currently available at $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. To purchase tickets or learn about table sponsorship opportunities, contact Steppenwolf’s Special Events Department at 312-654-5632 or specialevents@steppenwolf.org. 

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Actor Sarah Paulson will be honored at the 2018 Steppenwolf Women in the Arts Benefit Luncheon (photo by the Associated Press).

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