The heart of Steppenwolf is that while the work may soar, our foundation is decidedly human scale – an ongoing celebration of discovering the extraordinary in the every day.
– Anna D. Shapiro, Artistic Director
Our Expanded Campus
CHICAGO's THEATRE, HOME TO AMERICA'S ENSEMBLE
Steppenwolf has inspired generations of theatre audiences and has long been a benchmark for theatre excellence. This next act offers new opportunities for productions of varying scope and voice, welcoming new generations of audiences, an embracing and humane approach to life both onstage and off, and public spaces that throw open our doors and invite folks to spend more of their lives with us. The new campus will be an expression of not just what we do but of who we are: a home for the greatest theatre ensemble in the United States and a thriving center for culture in Chicago.
“This campaign is about being relevant and accessible to all of Chicago. We will create an urban theater campus that will bring people from all manner of backgrounds together to have artistic experiences that are in dialogue with their lives, as vastly different as they can be. The theaters we create will be the home for the most talented, brave, compassionate, and diverse ensemble in the country, working alongside engaged and adventurous young adults. And the architecture will create moments where the artists are so accessible, you’re going to feel that you are making this work alongside them.”
– David Schmitz, former Executive Director
The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, Lead Underwriter of Fundraising for The Campaign for Steppenwolf