Member Profiles

Laurie Metcalf


Laurie Metcalf is an original ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. She has performed in dozens of Steppenwolf productions, and made her first appearance in New York in Steppenwolf’s acclaimed 1984 production of Lanford Wilson's Balm in Gilead at the Circle Rep Theater. She has had the pleasure of working on productions by amazing playwrights including Martin McDonagh, Terrence McNally, Don Dilillo, Caryl Churchill, Willy Russell, Alexandra Gerston, Beth Henley, Michael Weller, George Bernard Shaw, Tom Stoppard, Garry Marshall, Kaufman & Hart, Lynn Siefert, Bruce Norris, Sam Shepard, Alan Ayckbourn, Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter, Jane Anderson, Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Neil Simon. She was Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2015 “Women in the Arts” honoree for her extraordinary contribution to the field.

She has received some of the industry’s highest honors: three Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards, including her most recent Tony win for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Broadway’s Three Tall Women. She has been nominated for one Academy Award, eleven Primetime Emmy Awards, five Tony Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and three SAG Awards. Her performances in the TV series Roseanne and the 2017 film Lady Bird (alongside fellow Steppenwolf ensemble members Tracy Letts and Lois Smith) have been highly praised. Other film credits include Desperately Seeking SusanLeaving Las VegasToy StoryJFKInternal Affairs and Uncle Buck. She can be seen on TV in The Conners starting fall 2018 and will be heard in the much-anticipated animated movie Toy Story 4 in summer 2019.

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Credits & Awards


Beer League; Steel City; Timecode; Runaway Bride; Toy Story; Scream II; Bulworth; Blink; Leaving Las Vegas; Chicago Cab; U-Turn; Dear God; A Dangerous Woman; JFK; Mistress; Pacific Heights; Internal Affairs; Uncle Buck; Miles From Home; Stars and Bars; Making Mr. Right; Desperately Seeking Susan.


Balm in Gilead, November (Broadway); Bodies, Rest and Motion, School for Scandal (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Getting Out (Wisdom Bridge Theatre); Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Northlight Theatre); The Man Who Came to Dinner, Member of the Wedding (Columbia College); All My Sons (National Theatre, London)


Easy Money; Charlie Lawrence; Norm; Roseanne; Grey's Anatomy; Without a Trace; Fraiser; Monk


Obie Award (Balm in Gilead); Joseph Jefferson Awards (Libra, My Thing of Love, Educating Rita, You Can't Take it With You, Coyote Ugly, Balm in Gilead and The Glass Menagerie); Three Emmy Awards (Roseanne); Tony Award nomination for November.

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Laurie Metcalf

Laurie  Metcalf

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