Mayor Emanuel honors Steppenwolf Theatre, Martha Lavey

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Steppenwolf managing mirector David Schmitz (from left), Steppenwolf board chair Nora Daley, Steppenwolf former artistic director and current ensemble member Martha Lavey, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Steppenwolf artistic director Anna D. Shapiro; and aldermen Brian Hopkins at today’s proclamation presentation at City Hall. | Brooke Collins at City of Chicago

Steppenwolf Theatre Company was honored today with two proclamations by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the Chicago City Council.

In one resolution, the mayor recognized Steppenwolf’s “artistic visions and contributions” to Chicago for the past 40 years. The mayor and his wife Amy Rule attended the company’s anniversary gala Saturday night.

In another resolution, the mayor honored former Steppenwolf artistic director Martha Lavey for her 20 years of leadership with the Tony Award-winning theater company. Lavey, who stepped down from her post in 2015, is recovering from a stroke she suffered shortly thereafter.

The resolutions were presented to Lavey and Steppenwolf notables at City Hall today.

“For 40 years, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has been an integral component of Chicago’s signature

arts and cultural scene,” said Mayor Emanuel in presenting the honors. “On behalf of the City, I want to thank all of the performers and artists — including the legendary Martha Lavey for her 20-year commitment to refining our city’s arts scene. It is with their artistic visions and contributions over the years that Steppenwolf is an

icon today for Chicagoans and art fans around the world.”

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