Spend an evening with Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's one-of-a-kind events celebrate the work seen on our stages with our acclaimed ensemble of artists. Join us for a chic fundraising event like the Gala or Unlocked or take an inside look at the life of a play at an Explore event. Steppenwolf offers unique and memorable opportunities to engage with the theater and our artists. We hope you will spend an evening with us!


At the Explore event series, we invite audience members to join us in a social, fun setting to celebrate the ideas and themes in our shows. Each Explore event is a journey through the world of a play currently in production and every event is a unique experience tailored to create an immersive environment that reflects the world of that play. Explore events typically feature some combination of food, drink and guest speakers, performers and musicians.

Admission to all Explore events is free and open to everyone.



First Look

New plays. Out loud. The mission of First Look is to develop plays for future production at Steppenwolf and other theaters across the country. First Look provides a home for up to six playwrights each season to develop new plays, and presents public readings of the works in progress accompanied by special events.

First Look 2015 takes place August 11 - August 16.

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Unlocked: 1984

Since its inaugural year, the Steppenwolf Associates have raised nearly $1 million for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Throughout the year, the Associates host some of the most unique fundraising events across the city, drawing hundreds of young professionals to support arts education. Each event is the perfect mix of fun and fundraising, meeting new people and making a change.

Unlocked: 1984



Hosted by the Board of Trustees and our renowned ensemble of artists, Steppenwolf's Gala brings together leaders from the Chicago community for a memorable celebration of the theater. This signature event raises over $1 million annually - invaluable resources that help us champion new voices and artists on our stages and bring high-quality productions to teens making Steppenwolf a destination for ambitious, thought-provoking theater.

2016 Gala


Women in the Arts

Steppenwolf’s annual Women in the Arts Luncheon honors women for their distinguished careers in theater, television and film. Past honorees include Steppenwolf ensemble members Joan Allen and Martha Plimpton, Julianna Margulies and Mary-Louise Parker. Proceeds from the luncheon support the next generation of young leaders in the arts.

2016 Women in the Arts Luncheon


Teens: The Scene

The Scene is a special opportunity for high school students to score an affordable ticket to a Steppenwolf production, meet Chicago's most celebrated artists and connect with other teens who are passionate about theater. Each ticket includes dinner and post-show discussion with the actors.

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Veterans' Night

The Veterans Night Series was started in 1982 by Steppenwolf Theatre Company founders Jeff Perry, Terry Kinney, and Gary Sinise. This group is given the privilege to be the first audience to see each production, as they are invited to the final dress rehearsal of the plays featured in Steppenwolf’s season.

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