Steppenwolf’s Young Professionals Party



By Judy Carmack Bross



The Steppenwolf Associates—young professionals with a passion for their internationally recognized ensemble theater and superb networking skills—launched their benefit season with a sold-out theatrical evening titled: Unlocked: From the Page to TheStage.


Steppenwolf Associates Co-Presidents Jon Blanc and Shilpa Rupani.

Matt Mastenbrook and Blaine Turner sample and learn about wine courtesy of sponsor Candid Wines.

Associates Co-Presidents Jon Blanc and Shilpa Rupani and development committee members Harriet White, Adrienne Pope and Eléonore Moncheur de Rieudotte welcomed 120 guests who contributed more than $23,000 for Steppenwolf education.


Elizabeth Dauterman with Associates Board member Clyde C. Compton.

Sponsor Hopewell Brewing Company helped bring the party to life by serving their amazing craft beer.

Sponsored by Ice Miller and Winston & Strawn LLC, the event featured food and beverages donated by Adobo Grill, BLVD, Candid Wines, CH Distillery, Hopewell Brewing Company and Vinci. To end the evening, guests attended a performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, followed by an after party at Front Bar.   


Guests Aashesh Verma and Steven Michael enjoy food from event partners BLVD, Vinci, and Adobo Grill.

Associates Board member Kate Nardin (right) with Steppenwolf apprentice Mihika Miranda.                                                                       

The Steppenwolf Associates have made it their mission to raise awareness and funding for Steppenwolf’s nationally recognized arts education program. At over 70 young professionals and growing, they are committed to inspire Chicago teens to become lifelong theater lovers. They are united around a passion for performance, an appreciation for arts education and the inherent ability to cut loose while giving back.


Guests enjoy special cocktails courtesy of CH Distillery.

Development Committee Co-Chairs Harriet White, Eléonore Moncheur de Rieudotte, and Adrienne Pope.

Admission to the Steppenwolf Associates occurs on a rolling basis, with members given the chance to become mentors to Chicago high school students as well as to get to know the Steppenwolf ensemble at private post-show events.


Associates Board members Andre Williams and Adrienne Pope.

Education Manager Jared Bellot and Director of Education Megan Shuchman participate in an activity at the event.

Raffle prizewinners Eléonore Moncheur de Rieudotte, Clyde C. Compton, Shilpa Rupani, Casey Schmitt, and Charlie Schmitt.


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Photo Credits: Juli Del Prete