Steppenwolf Theater honors Annette Bening and Sherry Lansing | Chicago coil
The Steppenwolf Theater Company to Honor Tony Award and Double Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award Winner Annette bening and leader in the film industry Sherry lansing as the 2021 Women in the Arts laureates.
For the 11th anniversary of this beloved event, the award winners join ensemble member Steppenwolf Carrie Coon for a live conversation about their award-winning careers and their impact as leaders in the field, Tuesday, June 22 at 12:30 p.m. CT.
Organized as a virtual event this year, Women in the Arts will be free and open to the public for the first time, available to stream through Steppenwolf’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Advance reservations are encouraged but not required. (See below.)
Q&A will follow the conversation, and guests are invited to ask questions of the winners when they book for the event.
Annette bening has had a long career on stage and on screen, becoming a household name. Theater-trained Bening recently starred in Arthur Miller All my sons, alongside Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts, earning her a Tony nomination. Appeared in over 40 films, Bening is known for her roles in American beauty, 20th century women, Tthe children are well and scammers, among others.
During his 30-year career in the film industry, Sherry lansing has been involved in over 200 films, including Oscar winners Forrest Gump, Brave Heart and Titanic. She made history as the first woman to run a major film studio when she was appointed president of 20th Century Fox in 1980. Additionally, from 1992 to 2005, Lansing led Paramount Pictures as Chairman and CEO towards creative and financial success. In 2005, she founded the Sherry Lansing Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to cancer research, health, public education and career opportunities. Lansing’s full biography can be found below.
The Women in the Arts event, traditionally held as a luncheon, began as a way to bring together Chicago businesses and civic communities to celebrate innovators in the performing arts. Since its inception in 2010, the event has raised over $ 1.3 million for Steppenwolf Education and the Steppenwolf School, as well as the Professional Leadership Program, offering apprenticeships, scholarships and internships to the next generation of artistic managers and producers.
Previous winners include members of the ensemble Joan allen, Laurie Metcalf and Martha plimpton, in the same way Claire Danes, Danai Gurira, Juliette Lewis, Julianna Margulies, Margo Martindale, Julianne Nicholson, Marie-Louise Parker, Sarah paulson and Phylicia rashad.
The Women in the Arts 11th Anniversary Luncheon Co-Chairs are Anne and Don Phillips, Cari and Michael Sacks and Helen Zell. The main sponsors are Allstate Foundation, Exelon, Grosvenor Capital Management, Anne & Don Phillips and Helen Zell. Additional support was provided by Illinois Tool Works Foundation, The Orlebeke Foundation, Cari B. & Michael J. Sacks, Lynn Lockwood Murphy, Chris and Eileen Murphy, PNC, Smithburg Family Foundation, Steppenwolf Associates and United Airlines.
The event is free and ticketless, but RSVPs are encouraged. For more information and for RSVP, visit HERE.
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