Apply for Garage Rep
Three Plays. Three Companies. One Stage.
Steppenwolf’s Garage Rep series, now in its fifth year, presents the work of three of Chicago’s most innovative storefront 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 media relations, production, 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 ongoing vibrancy of Chicago’s theater ecology.
Garage Rep runs in Steppenwolf’s Garage Theatre from March – April 2014, and is supported by Steppenwolf’s staff and resources.
We are accepting applications for the Garage Rep 2014 until May 31. Download the PDF application.
Types of Projects
We are looking for projects from companies with a track record of production excellence and innovative approaches to attracting young 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.
By young audience, we are particularly interested in the Millenial generation—which we define as being roughly 20-35 years old. We are looking for projects that seek to engage a Millenial generation audience in unique ways; project proposals should speak specifically to this aspect of the repertory's goals.
Steppenwolf’s 2013/14 season theme is:
Getting Ahead: Stories about our hunger to come out on top, and the discoveries we make on the way. How far will you go? What would stop you?
We welcome projects that are in conversation with our season theme. While this is not a requirement in the application, we hope applicants will consider or address how the project might be inspired by or look through the lens of Getting Ahead.
Extant or New Work
The projects can be extant or newly-developed works. New plays with an existing draft and 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.