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

Steppenwolf for Young Adults 20/21: Join us as we investigate hope, a place where past and future meet

Animal Farm

Based on the novel by George Orwell
Adapted for radio by
 Steve Pickering
from the stage adaptation by Althos Low
Directed by Lili-Anne Brown
October 19 – November 20, 2020

This FREE offering is available to teachers and their 8⁠–⁠12th grade students during the streaming window. Register today to receive complementary educational materials and access to the FREE radio play when streaming begins on October 19, 2020.

For the first time ever, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents a radio play as part of the 2020/21 season!

In Animal Farm, George Orwell’s always timely allegory, a group of diverse farm animals rise up against the human ruling class, hoping to form a society in which animals can be equal, free and happy. But in the turbulent wake of a revolution, will power corrupt even the noblest of causes? Featuring a cast filled with Steppenwolf ensemble members and esteemed Chicago actors, this radio play presentation brings Animal Farm into conversation with 2020’s political landscape of revolution, uprising and civil disobedience.

Recommended for grades 8+

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Based on the book by Erika L. Sánchez
Adapted by Isaac Gómez
Directed by ensemble member Sandra Marquez
Featuring ensemble member Karen Rodriguez

In the Upstairs Theater

At its heart, this is a Chicago story about family, community and coming together even when that feels impossible. An adaptation of Erika L. Sánchez's best-selling novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows Julia, a Chicago high school student, as she 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.

Recommended for grades 8+

Interested in registering?

If you or your school are interested in participating in either of our SYA offerings for the 2020/21 season, please visit the productions' webpages to register. If you have any questions, please contact Abhi Shrestha at