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.

2019/20 Season

Get early access at a special members-only price. Classic Members can book both plays for $30 by calling Audience Services at 312-335-1650. SYA plays are not included in your membership.

Teachers, see below and book tickets for your students today!

The Brothers Size

By ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney
Directed by Monty Cole
October 2 – 19, 2019
in the Downstairs Theatre

Returning to our stage for the first time since its celebrated Chicago premiere, Steppenwolf for Young Adults presents Tarell Alvin McCraney’s The Brothers Size. Ogun Size is hardworking and heartbroken. Oshoosi Size is recently returned home from prison and trying to be anywhere but. In this fierce and honest look at the complex bonds of brotherhood, McCraney weaves together poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to magnify the tug-of-war between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone.

Recommended for grades 9+

Student performances at 10am will be held: Oct. 2, Oct. 3, Oct. 4, Oct. 8, Oct. 9, Oct. 10, Oct. 11, Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 17 and Oct. 18

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Based on the book by Erika L. Sánchez
Adapted by Isaac Gomez
Directed by ensemble member Sandra Marquez
Featuring ensemble member Karen Rodriguez
February 26 – April 5, 2020
in the Upstairs Theatre

A world premiere adaptation of Erika L. Sánchez’s award-winning novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter follows Julia, a Chicago high school student as she navigates trials and tribulations of following her dreams of becoming a writer alongside the death of her older sister, Olga—who might not have been quite as perfect as she seemed. This poignant and vibrant new work is a love story to young Chicanas who, in trying to find the truth about the people and the world around them, end up finding themselves.

Recommended for grades 8+

Student performances at 10am will be held: Feb. 26, Feb. 27, Feb. 28, Mar. 3, Mar. 4, Mar. 5, Mar. 6, Mar. 10, Mar. 11, Mar. 12, Mar. 13, Mar. 17, Mar. 18, Mar. 19 and Mar. 20


To book group tickets to a public performance:
To book a group of 10 or more, email or call 312–392–2422.

To book group tickets to a student matinee:
Tickets for student matinee performances (Tuesdays-Fridays at 10am) are currently SOLD OUT. To be added to our extensive waitlist please fill out this quick pre-registration survey, making sure to let us know which shows you want to attend, any days you cannot attend, and how many students you are interested in bringing (make sure to cross reference these dates against your school calendar)

For any questions regarding student matinee's, please contact Abhi Shrestha at