Residency & Subscriber School Program

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Steppenwolf for Young Adults offers two separate Residency Programs to area schools that commit to attending both Steppenwolf for Young Adults' productions in exchange for discounted tickets, scripts, study guides, and invitations to special events surrounding the productions. All Residency Workshops are taught by Steppenwolf Teaching Artists.

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PRE/POST Residency Program

Our PRE/POST Residency Program is composed of three parts: Preparation (pre-show workshop), Experience (the production), and Reflection or Interpretation (post-show workshop).

The Pre-show workshop is intended to raise student excitement and interest in the play through the use of performance-based exercises based on the play’s themes. By first exploring themes, students are given a “lens” through which to view the production, thereby making their experience at the theatre more active and thoughtful.

The Experience of seeing a play at Steppenwolf Theatre is always followed by a post-show discussion. At school group performances, the discussion moderator fosters dialogue and debate between the students themselves. The actors of the show also participate in the conversation, and answer questions.

The Post-show workshop engages students in reflective dialogue about the play, especially in regards to how the play speaks to their experience in the world. Performance-based exercises and in-depth discussions are used to help students realize, as well as articulate, their personal connections to the play.

Immersion Residency Program

Our Immersion Residency Program was created to address the need for longer, more in-depth partnerships with our schools and for a rigorous curriculum with Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ productions as the central focus. The Immersion Residency Program integrates professional development with a year-long in-classroom residency. We accomplish this by immersing Steppenwolf teaching artists in Chicago Public Schools, targeting both classroom teachers and students through a combination of:

  • curriculum development that is inquiry based and uses Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ productions as the centerpiece
  • professional development that brings classroom teachers and our teaching artists together for intensive work sessions throughout the year
  • classroom support through extended classroom residencies that are co-taught by a Steppenwolf teaching artist and the classroom teacher
  • student engagement in exploring the play as a work of art and cultural expression; guiding students though an artistic process in how theatre artists approach the creation of work for the stage.

For more information on our In School Residency Programs, please contact Associate Education Director Steppenwolf for Young Adults, Megan Shuchman at mshuchman@steppenwolf.org