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.

22/23 Season


By Eve L. Ewing
Adapted by J. Nicole Brooks
Directed by Gabrielle Randle-Bent and Tasia A. Jones

October 4 – 29, 2022
in the Ensemble Theater in Honor of Helen Zell

On July 27, 1919, Chicago erupted following the killing of 17-year-old Eugene Williams in treacherous waters off the segregated Lake Michigan shoreline. The days that followed made an indelible mark on the city—its sense of boundaries, of relationships between neighbors and of the underlying systems of inequity and racism that persist today. Adapted by J. Nicole Brooks from Eve L. Ewing’s collection of searing and luminous poems, this world premiere is a hopeful, lyrical exploration of Black Chicagoan’s resistance, fortitude and endurance: past, present and future.

Recommended for grades 8+

Chlorine Sky

By Mahogany L. Browne based on her book
Directed by Ericka Ratcliff 

February 14 – March 11, 2023
in the Downstairs Theater

"Ok, so boom. / We ain't friends anymore." Sky and Lay Li were always in sync. But now their rhythms are changing; Sky likes swimming, and Lay Li is all about beauty. Sky, basketball; Lay Li, boys. Things just make more sense underwater and on the court. A world premiere adaptation of Mahogany L. Browne’s popular young adult novel, Chlorine Sky is an intimate coming-of-age story told in verse about two girls who are best friends—until they aren’t. Sometimes, growing up means growing apart.

Recommended for grades 8+


Teachers: Interested in bringing your students to one or both of these Steppenwolf for Young Adults (SYA) shows? Click here to fill out a pre-registration form so we can get you booked for a field trip to Steppenwolf next year!


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John Hart and Carol Prins