It’s time to make a scene! Join us for an exciting evening in support of Victory Gardens Theater’s ground-breaking education, community engagement, access, and new works programs. Held at the beautiful Ivy Room, the evening will feature cocktails, dinner, and live and silent auctions in support of Victory Gardens Theater.
This annual premier fundraiser will also include an exclusive performance by Brian Quijada and Nygel D. Robinson from their new musical Mexodus. Plus, there will be the honoring of Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson (Law & Order, Chicago Med) and Victory Gardens Theater’s Original Playwrights Ensemble for their multi-decades contributions to the theatrical community.
For the health and safety of our guests, we will adhere to CDC guidelines and recommendations from the city of Chicago and the State of Illinois throughout the duration of the event. We ask that all attendees provide either proof-of-vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test from no more than 48 hours prior to the event, and we will require all attendees to self-certify their health and exposure to COVID-19 ten days prior to the event. This event will feature an outdoor cocktail reception, and windows and French doors throughout the ballroom will be open to ensure a steady flow of fresh air. Masks will be required with removal only to eat or drink.
Making A Scene: Gala 2021 Honorary Chair
E. Patrick Johnson
Making A Scene: Gala 2021 Honorees
S. Epatha Merkerson
Making A Scene: Gala 2021 supports the following programs
Our robust arts education department, led by Roxanna Conner, provides new and meaningful learning through arts experiences for nearly 1,500 Chicago Public Schools 7th to 12th grade students.
VG is the nation’s leading hub for innovative, bold new plays and has presented 183 world premieres to date, 90 of which were part of our new works development program, Ignition, or written by members of the Playwrights Ensemble. Our mission is to support and amplify the voices of new, diverse playwrights.
Our Community Outreach and Impact work consists of the Neighborhood Arts Collective-Chicago (NACC) and Black Beauty Festival. Through NACC partnerships with community-based nonprofits, VG extends the reach of performing arts into the neighborhoods. Black Beauty Festival is a free two-day event that uplifts Black-owned businesses.
Lastly, with 25 years of access services and artistic programming, The ACCESS Project strives to celebrate the richness of disability culture both on and off the stage. The ACCESS Project is a nationally recognized model outreach effort designed to involve people with disabilities in all aspects of theater.
Making A Scene: Gala 2021 Sponsorship Levels
Sponsorships start at $2,500, and include four seats to the event. See the full details and sponsorship level options here.
To purchase, select October 23 from the calendar at the top, then hit the “Book Your Seat or Table” button and follow the prompts. Please note, you’ll need to log in to or create a Victory Gardens account to complete your booking. Prefer to book by phone? Contact Meredith Maiorana at 773.634.9858 and she’ll be happy to assist!
All sponsorships are fully customizable! To discuss your needs, please contact Erin Strick, Interim Director of Development, at email@example.com.
Making A Scene: Gala 2021 Committee
Making A Scene: Gala 2021 Sponsors
- Frederick Bates and Ellen Benjamin
- Brienne Letourneau and Richard Bailey
- The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation
- Charles E. Harris, II
- Sylvia and Larry Margolies
- Susan Weiss and Dean Grosshandler
- Laura Matalon and Spencer Waller
- Willkie Farr & Gallagher