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Martha Lavey, February 1957 - April 2017

We are deeply saddened to announce that Martha Lavey, ensemble member and former Steppenwolf Artistic Director, passed away on Tuesday April 25 due to complications from a stroke she suffered the previous week. This stroke was in addition to the debilitating stroke she suffered in May of 2015, and from which she had been struggling to recover. She spent her last days as she lived, in the company and comfort of family, ensemble members and people who love her deeply.

As faithful friends, audience members, donors, staff, artists, mentees and members of the Steppenwolf community, we were all indelibly impacted by Martha's passion, commitment, vision and unmatched intellect. Martha cared deeply for each and every one of us-no matter our relationship to her or the theatre. She will be dearly missed.

Services for Martha will be held near her parent’s home in Vienna, Virginia at St Mark Catholic Church. A memorial to celebrate her life and her impact on Steppenwolf and the Chicago community will be held at Steppenwolf, with a date and time to be determined.

If you have a memory or a thought about Martha, please share your story with us. Comments will be collected and shared with Martha's family and the community.

With sadness and love,
Artistic Director Anna Shapiro and Executive Director David Schmitz


Martha’s family has asked for gifts to be made to Steppenwolf in lieu of flowers. Make a donation online in memory of Martha Lavey. Gifts can also be made by calling 312-654-5617 or by mailing a check to Steppenwolf Theatre Company, 1700 N Halsted St Chicago 60614. Please write Martha Memorial in the memo line.