The Loft

The Loft

A New Space for Chicagoland Teens

The fourth floor of Steppenwolf’s new Arts and Education Center, also known as The Loft, is a brand-new space designed to house all of Steppenwolf Education’s programming and inspire the next generation of theater learners, makers and appreciators. The Loft includes three dedicated learning spaces for young people to explore and create within, as well as gallery walls that will feature artwork created by Chicagoland youth.

More than a series of classrooms, studios and reflection galleries, The Loft signifies Steppenwolf's deeply-seated commitment to education and to being the Chicago destination for teens to come and learn about what the arts have to offer. It's an invitation to all the theater nerds, the arts makers, the appreciators, the teens who just want to explore and try something new.

Steppenwolf's Loft: just bring yourself.

The Virtual Loft Series

The Virtual Loft series

This summer, Steppenwolf Education in collaboration with Chicagoland youth hosted a series of FREE, intergenerational, virtual events introducing YOU to the expanded menu of programming that will live in The Loft. Part maker workshop, part conversation series with exciting local artists and educators, part community kickback, The Virtual Loft Series explored all that The Loft has to offer!

For more information about anything related to The Virtual Loft Series, please contact Steppenwolf’s New Building Opening Engagement & Events Producer Jared Bellot at jbellot@steppenwolf.org!

The Loft Teen Arts Project

The Loft Teen Arts Project (LTAP) is a juried competition open to visual artists in all mediums (mural, photography, sculpture, graphic design, printmaking, collage, graffiti, etc.) between 14–22 years of age interested in submitting their work for an opportunity to be exhibited in The Loft.

Selected by a jury of celebrated local artists, creatives and curators in collaboration with Chicago youth and Steppenwolf Education staff, the winning entries will be displayed for one year at Steppenwolf, receive a $1,500 cash prize ($2,500 for group submissions) and receive a stipend for supplies and materials.

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Explore The Loft

Want more information?

Are you a teen, educator, youth organization or community member who wants to learn more about The Loft or the programming happening at Steppenwolf this summer? Contact Steppenwolf’s New Building Opening Engagement & Events Producer Jared Bellot at jbellot@steppenwolf.org!

CONTACT US

The Loft Opening Committee

The Loft Opening Committee is a cohort of Chicagoland youth who will dream up, develop and facilitate a series of events during the summer and fall 2021 to drum up community excitement leading up to the opening of The Loft. These young people represent City Connections partner organizations BUILD Inc., Kuumba Lynx and Storycatchers, as well as past and present members of the Steppenwolf Young Adult Council.

  • Ginelle A.B.
  • Isabella B.
  • La’Keisha B.
  • Mikquel B.
  • Miles C.
  • Victoria C.
  • Devin D.
  • Kristen D.
  • Ines G.V.
  • Faith H.
  • Hannah H.
  • Andreauna K.
  • Gannon L.
  • Marquis M.
  • Naima M.
  • Winifred O.M.
  • Gloria O.
  • Katie S.
  • Maiya S.
  • William S.
  • Joey V.

The Loft Advisory Council

The Loft Advisory Council is a small group of key Steppenwolf stakeholders, community members and civic leaders who will serve in an informal advisory role regarding the opening of The Loft.

  • Susan Berghoef*
  • Amy Bluhm*
  • Mike Bolton
  • Sheila Chapman
  • Beth Davis*
  • Jeremy Dunn
  • Alfreda Eddings-Walls
  • Amy Eshleman*
  • Jane Fleming
  • David Germaine
  • Anais Gonzalez-Nyberg
  • Lawrence Grimm
  • John Hart*
  • Elizabeth Ingram
  • Leslie Jaffe
  • Lauren Katz
  • Lynn Lockwood Murphy*
  • Robert LoPrete
  • Lilian McGrady
  • Jeremy Ohringer
  • Vanessa Passini
  • Cari Sacks*
  • Robert Sanborn*
  • Michelle Schlack
  • Jennifer Stuart
  • Elliot Stultz*
  • Annie Tully
  • David Wagener
  • Allan Waite
  • Ashley Walter
  • Nina Winston

*denotes Steppenwolf Trustee

Want more information?

Are you a teen, educator, youth organization or community member who wants to learn more about The Loft or the programming happening at Steppenwolf this summer? Contact Steppenwolf’s New Building Opening Engagement & Events Producer Jared Bellot at jbellot@steppenwolf.org!

CONTACT US

The Loft Opening Committee

The Loft Opening Committee is a cohort of Chicagoland youth who will dream up, develop and facilitate a series of events during the summer and fall 2021 to drum up community excitement leading up to the opening of The Loft. These young people represent City Connections partner organizations BUILD Inc., Kuumba Lynx and Storycatchers, as well as past and present members of the Steppenwolf Young Adult Council.

  • Ginelle A.B.
  • Isabella B.
  • La’Keisha B.
  • Mikquel B.
  • Miles C.
  • Victoria C.
  • Devin D.
  • Kristen D.
  • Ines G.V.
  • Faith H.
  • Hannah H.
  • Andreauna K.
  • Gannon L.
  • Marquis M.
  • Naima M.
  • Winifred O.M.
  • Gloria O.
  • Katie S.
  • Maiya S.
  • William S.
  • Joey V.

The Loft Advisory Council

The Loft Advisory Council is a small group of key Steppenwolf stakeholders, community members and civic leaders who will serve in an informal advisory role regarding the opening of The Loft.

  • Susan Berghoef*
  • Amy Bluhm*
  • Mike Bolton
  • Sheila Chapman
  • Beth Davis*
  • Jeremy Dunn
  • Alfreda Eddings-Walls
  • Amy Eshleman*
  • Jane Fleming
  • David Germaine
  • Anais Gonzalez-Nyberg
  • Lawrence Grimm
  • John Hart*
  • Elizabeth Ingram
  • Leslie Jaffe
  • Lauren Katz
  • Lynn Lockwood Murphy*
  • Robert LoPrete
  • Lilian McGrady
  • Jeremy Ohringer
  • Vanessa Passini
  • Cari Sacks*
  • Robert Sanborn*
  • Michelle Schlack
  • Jennifer Stuart
  • Elliot Stultz*
  • Annie Tully
  • David Wagener
  • Allan Waite
  • Ashley Walter
  • Nina Winston

*denotes Steppenwolf Trustee