Three Productions from Chicago's Next Generation of Artists
Steppenwolf’s NEXT UP program showcases Chicago’s next generation of artists, in three productions presented in rotating repertory in The Garage. NEXT UP is presented in collaboration with Northwestern University's MFA programs in Direction and Design, and features the work of graduates of those programs with casts of professional Chicago actors.
The directors and designers make their Steppenwolf debut under the mentorship of Steppenwolf staff and artists, including ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro and scenic designer Todd Rosenthal—both members of the Northwestern faculty—as well as Associate Artistic Director Erica Daniels, Artistic Producer Rebecca Rugg, and Associate Producer Jacob Padrón.
“The Steppenwolf/Northwestern collaboration for NEXT UP is an exciting experiment in large institutions integrating and supporting the work of young theater makers,” comments ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro, head of Northwestern University’s MFA Directing Program. “Of course, Steppenwolf has a long and storied history of doing just that—but this multi-year mentor/mentee experience is really a reimagining of the university/regional theater partnership. I am so proud to be a part of it,” adds Shapiro.
Support for Next Up comes through the "Leading for the Future Initiative," a program of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.