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

Teachers, check out next season’s offerings below and let us know if you are interested in bringing your students by filling out this quick interest survey. We will be in touch with more information as it becomes available.

George Orwell's Animal Farm

Adapted for radio by Steve Pickering
from the stage adaptation by Althos Low
October – November 2020
Audio play available for streaming

We are producing our first ever audio play for Steppenwolf for Young Adults! George Orwell’s allegory looks at an uprising of farm animals against humans, hoping to create a society where animals can be equal, free and happy. But in the wake of a revolution, will power corrupt even the noblest of causes?

We will make this audio play accessible for streaming in the classroom—or, should school not return in the Fall, we will make it accessible to your homes and your students’ homes. Along with this offering, you will still have the opportunity to work with our fantastic Steppenwolf teaching artists, either in the classroom or virtually. As always, we will be creating an exciting new curriculum around this audio play! 

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
February – March 2021
in the Upstairs Theatre

At its heart, this is a Chicago story about family, community, and coming together even when that feels impossible. 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 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. 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 groups tickets FOR a student matinee:

If you or your school are interested in participating in either of our offerings for next season, please fill out this quick interest survey. This survey entry will reserve your spot and we will be in touch with more information as it becomes available.

For any questions regarding student matineés, please contact Abhi Shrestha at

Interested in group tickets FOR a public performance:

To book a group of 10 or more, email for more information and to be added to our groups waitlist for next season.