Spirit of Shakespeare Award

Monday, April 24, 2023

5:30 p.m.           Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m.           Seated Dinner
7:30–9:00 p.m.  Award Presentation & Entertainment

Where: Chicago Shakespeare Theater
800 E. Grand Avenue, on Navy Pier

The Spirit of Shakespeare Award is the Theater’s largest fundraising event of the year. Your vital support fuels our efforts and ensures our vibrant future, making a lasting impact on this city we call home.

This year’s award will be presented to the Theater’s Founder and Artistic Director, Barbara Gaines, to recognize her artistry, celebrate her achievements, and acknowledge the vital role she has played in Chicago’s performing arts community. Join us in thanking her for making the dream of Chicago Shakespeare Theater a reality in this not-to-be-missed celebration.

For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information, contact Molly McDonald at or register online ►

Headlining Sponsors

Mark Ouweleen and Sarah Harding

Burton X. and Sheli Z. Rosenberg

Lead Consortium

The Jentes Family
Susan Manilow
Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan

The Segal Family Foundation
Steve and Robin Solomon

Host Committee

Allstate Insurance Company

Bartlit Beck LLP


Bulley & Andrews

The Crown Family

Kent and Liz Dauten,
Keystone Capital

Barbara Franke

Greg Gallopoulos

Virginia and Gary Gerst


Jenner & Block LLP

Judy and John Keller

Ray and Judy McCaskey

Navy Pier

Shelia Penrose and Ernie Mahaffey

Barbara Petersen

Ropes & Gray LLP

Timothy R. Schwertfeger and Gail Waller

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom,
Brian and Yasmina Duwe

Carl and Marilynn Thoma

Pam and Doug Walter




as of April 18, 2023




Barbara Gaines


Headlining Sponsor $100,000

Deluxe seating for up to 20

Lead Consortium $50,000

Premier seating for up to 10

Host Committee $25,000

Prime seating for up to 10

Benefactor $12,000

Seating for up to 10

Supporter $6,000

Seating for up to 10

Sponsor Reservation(s) $2,500 each

Premier seating for one

Patron Reservation(s) $1,000 each

Reserved seating for one

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