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Steppenwolf Stage Manager Malcolm Ewen’s Spirit Lives on via New Fund at Season of Concern Supporting Chicago Theater Artists

Stage Directions • Industry NewsTheatre Buzz • June 4, 2021

Malcom Ewen. Photo credit: Michael Brosilow

In life, Malcolm Ewen, the long-time production stage manager at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and a decades-long member of the board of Season of Concern, was a tireless advocate for Chicago’s theater community. In addition to his distinguished career at Steppenwolf his leadership presence was felt from The Goodman Theatre in Chicago to Weston Playhouse in Vermont.

Today, June 4, in honor of what would have been Ewen’s 67th birthday, Season of Concern is proud to announce the establishment of The Malcolm Ewen Fund, a new source of emergency financial support for Chicago theater makers in need. Although Ewen’s premature death in 2019 robbed the community of one of its most effective leaders, his generous spirit will live on in The Malcolm Ewen Fund at Season of Concern.

Established through his generous bequest to Season of Concern, The Malcolm Ewen Fund will provide short-term assistance for theater employees facing non-healthrelated financial issues.Much like its namesake, who devoted himself to developing resources that ensured the health and well-being of all theater artists, The Malcolm Ewen Fund will be open to all Chicago theater artists, union and non-union theater workers alike, whether they work on stage or behind-the-scenes.

Just as fitting, Tony award-winning actor, Rondi Reed, Ewen’s fellow Steppenwolf ensemble member and Season of Concern board member, will serve as the Chairperson of The Malcolm Ewen Fund.Said Reed, “Malcolm was a driving force within the Chicago theater community and a tireless advocate for its members,” said Reed.  “As a longtime friend and colleague, it is a great honor for me to serve as chair of this new initiative, which stands as a living memorial to his years of passionate support for Season of Concern and its mission.”

Luther Goins, Board President, Season of Concern, added “I had the great fortune, while working as an Actors’ Equity Business Rep, to witness Malcolm’s support and his personal acts of kindness to dozens of actors, directors, designers, and theater technicians. Therefore, not only is the Malcolm Ewen Fund appropriate, but it is also a loving tribute to a dear and caring man who spent his life making the world a better place.”

Ewen’s familyconfirmed, “As a family, we are truly honored that Malcolm will be recognized for his efforts to help others in the theater community. He touched so many lives by his time, energy and caring. We hope his legacy of leadership and generosity inspires others for many years to come.”

Applications will for assistance from The Malcolm Ewen Fund will be accepted starting July 1, 2021. Applicants must be active members of the Chicagoland theater community, union or non-union, having worked with or without salary since September 1, 2019.  More information regarding guidelines, eligibility and the application process will be announced shortly.

Further information about The Malcolm Ewen Fund, contact Richard Turner, Season of Concern board member at (773) 404-2994.
Further information from all Season of Concern: www.seasonofconcern.org

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