Apply for Garage Rep

Three Plays. Three Companies. One Stage.

Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep series, now in its sixth year, presents the work of three of Chicago’s most innovative emerging theater companies in rotating rep under Steppenwolf’s banner. Steppenwolf invites applications from companies around the city. We provide the chosen companies with mentorship in areas of artistic producing, dramaturgy, marketing and press, production management, strategic and financial planning and fundraising. With this program, we aim to learn from the next generation about what excites them; we aim to introduce Steppenwolf audiences to their work and their audiences to ours; and above all, we aim to contribute to the vibrant Chicago theater ecology.

Garage Rep 2015 runs in Steppenwolf’s Garage Theatre from March – April 2015, and is supported by Steppenwolf’s staff and resources.

Types of Projects

We are looking for projects from companies with a track record of production excellence and innovative approaches to attracting audiences. The companies themselves need not be artists of a particular generation; nor do we place restrictions on budget size or how long companies have been in existence. Each company must be willing to work in rotating repertory in a spirit of collaboration.

Extant or New Work

The projects can be extant or newly-developed works. New plays with an existing draft and developed proposals of devised work are welcome. We are open to a variety of aesthetic approaches. We are not interested in remounts of already-produced projects.

Informational Meeting

All companies interested in applying are welcome to attend an informational meeting at 6:30pm on April 17, 2014 in Steppenwolf's Yondorf Rehearsal hall (758 W North Ave).

Apply Now

To apply, download the PDF application, and send your completed application to by May 30. Further details are included in the application.