World-Class Theatre for Teen Audiences

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is proud to produce two productions a season from their nationally recognized Young Adults series that is focused on creating professional plays specifically for a teen and family audience. We bring the same professional caliber of work to these plays that we bring to all Steppenwolf productions.

We recognize the challenges that our teachers face in this uncertain moment. We are committed to helping you remain connected, engaged and creative while being flexible to your unanticipated needs.

2020/21 Season

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Based on the novel by Erika L. Sánchez
Audio & original stage adaptation by Isaac Gómez
Co-directed by ensemble members Sandra Marquez and Audrey Francis
Featuring ensemble member Karen Rodriguez with Charín ÁlvarezEddie MartinezPeter MooreLeslie Sophia PerezBianca PhippsRobert Quintanilla and Harrison Weger

Streaming April 26 – August 31

Run time: 110 minutes

A groundbreaking audio adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter is a Chicago story about family, community and coming together even when that feels impossible. Julia, a Chicago high school student, navigates the trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her sister, Olga—who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This story is a timeless reminder that no matter one’s country of origin, no matter what language one speaks or what status one occupies, we all have dreams.

Recommended for grades 8+

Interested in registering?

If you or your school are interested in participating in I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, you can now register HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Abhi Shrestha at

2021/22 Season

The Red Folder Project

Inspired by Red Folder, an illustrated play written, directed and illustrated by ensemble member Rajiv Joseph and featuring ensemble member Carrie Coon

Streaming October 2021

In Rajiv Joseph’s Red Folder, a first grader’s elementary school folder is just a folder, until it isn’t. In this short virtual play, a child’s world is turned upside down when he starts to believe his self-worth should be measured by which side of his school folder, left or right, his work belongs in. Inspired by this exceptional piece of storytelling, Joseph’s play will be packaged for teachers to stream for free in classrooms around the world in addition to a suite of virtual fodder encouraging students to consider their own red folders by asking, “How can art act as a tool for reflection, helping us to see something from our past in a new light?”

Recommended for grades 8+


By Eve L. Ewing
Adapted by J. Nicole Brooks
Directed by Gabrielle Randle-Bent

Onstage in February 2022

After nearly two years in quarantine, we will feature our first live production for teens with an incredible world premiere adaptation of Eve L. Ewing’s 1919, which tells the story of the killing of 17-year-old Eugene Williams in treacherous waters off the segregated 1919 Lake Michigan shoreline. The next eight days and their aftermath constitute an under-told episode of the city’s history. Adapted from Ewing’s poems, Brooks’s play is a bold, lyrical exploration of Black Chicagoans’ resistance, fortitude and endurance: past, present and future.

Recommended for grades 8+


lead sponsor of accessibility 

John Hart and Carol Prins