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.

2014/15 Season

Join Steppenwolf for Young Adults for two plays—one classic and one new—that investigate what makes us create movements and start revolutions. Today, in our technology-driven landscape, anyone can generate ideas that travel quickly around the world: any individual, any politician, any community organizer, any tech innovator, any artist. But what does it take to create a movement? A desire for change is required for something to become more than an idea. So how does that happen? What is the art of a revolution?

George Orwell's
Animal Farm

Adapted for the stage by Althos Low
Directed by Hallie Gordon
October 15 – November 9, 2014

George Orwell's revolutionary masterpiece comes to the stage with Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ world premiere adaptation of Animal Farm. After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones’s farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It's all working pretty well, until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. Animal Farm illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes.

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This Is Modern Art
(based on true events)

By Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval
Directed by Lisa Portes
February 25 – March 14, 2015

The crew of Made U Look (MUL) is willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, these Chicago graffiti artists set out night after night to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when the crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, where does art belong? Written by acclaimed playwright Idris Goodwin and Louder than a Bomb founder Kevin Coval, This Is Modern Art gives a glimpse into the anonymous lives of graffiti artists and asks us to question the true purpose of art.

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Teachers, bring your students!

For schools interested in booking tickets, please contact Education and Community Programs Coordinator Lauren Sivak at (312) 654-5643 or email her lsivak@steppenwolf.org. Call now and book tickets to our upcoming Young Adult show!