Kavi Gupta stars at Halcyon party
January 30th, 2017
Halcyon Theatre honored Kavi Gupta, the gallery owner who represents diverse artists around the globe.
It’s a nice fit as the North Side theater lists “diversity” is its core value and bringing “inadequately represented” voices to the stage its main mission.
Gupta was among three honorees to receive the theater company’s Iris Award.
“I’m proud to present this award to Kavi, whom I also consider a friend,” Denise Hoeflich told the crowd gathered at Savage Smyth event center. She’s an ensemble member and board chair of the theater, which will showcase “American Hwangap” starting Feb. 24. It’s a funny/moving story about a Korean family living in suburban Texas.
Hoeflich and Gupta have much in common. He’s a former investment banker who pivoted to pursue his passion for art. And she’s a former litigator loves acting. Hoeflich started performing at Halcyon before working behind the scenes, too.
She was co-chair of the Jan. 27. fundraiser, which raised more than $80,000.
Chef Michael Kornick and his wife, Lisa Kornick also were honored. He founded mk restaurant and co-ows DMK Restaurants–and counts Gupta as a friend as well. Meghan Beals, artistic director of the Chicago Dramatists, a nonprofit that nurtures playwrights, was honored as well.
Attendees included former Steppenwolf Theatre Chair Nora Daley; World Business Chicago President Jeff Malehorn and his wife, Laura; Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott partner Sean Gallagher and his wife, Susan; and Better Chicago CEO Liam Krehbiel and his wife, Berger Schatz attorney Karen Krehbiel.