Scenic designs included A Chorus Line, The Rimers of Eldritch, You Can’t Take it with You, and The Laramie Project. Steve also mentored and advised countless student designs over his tenure with us, helping his students discover their own creative vision and voice. Tom Huston Orr, director of the School of Drama said, “Steven was a tremendous asset to our faculty; a great educator and artists who will be deeply missed. He was an integral part of our organization, a leader and valued friend. It will be extremely difficult moving forward without him.” Regent Max Weitzenhoffer, Tony Award winning graduate of the OU School of Drama, added, “Professor Draheim was a significant asset to the school. He helped to reinvent our design and production area, resulting in a program with a national reputation for excellence. I enjoyed his work in our theatres many times”
Steven’s greatest creation and proudest accomplishment however, is his daughter, Allison, whom he affectionately called “Peanut.” Literally raised in the School of Drama, Allison helped her father with design projects and appeared in numerous productions. She loved, inspired and made him laugh throughout their time together.
On June 4, 2011, Steve married his soul mate and life partner Jennifer Hatfield Draheim. Though only married for two years, Jennifer brought immense happiness to Steve. Jennifer was Steve’s strength and encouragement following his diagnosis and the subsequent medical challenges. Steve’s family and friends wish to thank Jennifer for standing strong and loving Steve as he fought this brave fight.
Steve continued to inspire his students, colleagues and family through the way he faced this difficult situation. Steve never complained, asked “why me?” or lost faith as he fought the good fight against his disease. He often times assumed the role of comforter and supporter to others who were having difficulties after learning of his illness. We can follow his example of bravery as we face the challenges of our own lives on a daily basis.