Steppenwolf for Young Adults

Steppenwolf Theatre Company produces world-class theater based on the principles of ensemble performance that showcases the work of the finest actors, directors and playwrights. The company, formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, has a celebrated history of producing challenging theater with an intimate relationship between the audience and the actors.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) programs build on this legacy by sharing the principles of ensemble collaboration, superior acting and the creation of new work with the wider community in which we live. Our productions and programs are specifically geared to teachers, young adults and families. We present professional productions of established plays, original adaptations of novels and new works for audiences of all ages.

2015/16 Season

Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ 2015/16 season features two plays—one classic story, one cutting-edge experience. The season begins with George Orwell’s 1984, adapted by Andrew White and directed by SYA Artistic and Educational Director Hallie Gordon. The literary masterpiece is followed by another forward-thinking creation—a world premiere interactive experience that explores the intersection of technology and decision-making—The Compass, devised and directed by Michael Rohd.

George Orwell's

Adapted by Andrew White
Directed by Hallie Gordon
October 21 – November 20, 2015 in the Upstairs Theatre

Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth located in the nation of Oceania, part of a vast empire in a constant, shifting war against other superstates. Dissent is not tolerated (not even in thought), and Winston and his fellow citizens are under perpetual electronic surveillance by their ever-watchful ruler Big Brother. When Winston falls in love with a co-worker, their illegal affair pushes them to rebel and face the darkest and most dangerous corners of the regime. On the heels of last year’s gripping Animal Farm, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece in a multi-media production that is a haunting, shockingly timely look at a future that seems disturbingly present.

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The Compass

Devised and directed by Michael Rohd
February 24 - March 12, 2016 in the Downstairs Theatre
World Premiere

The Compass is a groundbreaking, live interactive performance that explores the intersection of technology and decision-making. At the center of The Compass is a trial, determining the fate of a young person who used the app to make a life-altering decision. In this play, every show will end differently, depending on what you, the audience, decide. Join us as we navigate the question: When someone else, or something else, tells you what to do, what exactly are you responsible for?

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Group tickets for Public Performances and Student Matinees On Sale Now

Group tickets for public performances and student matinees are now on sale. To book a group of 10 or more, email or call 312–392–2422.

To book student matinee groups, contact Education Assistant Jared Bellot at 312-654-5643 or email him at