screenshot of Arnel's workshop

Steppenwolf Education celebrates the learner, maker and appreciator in each of us. We commit to breaking down barriers to ensure access and equity for all. Having heard that so many of our Steppenwolf Education constituents—emerging professionals, educators and teens alike—are craving spaces to not only feel creative but to feel creative in community with one another, we are launching Maker May.

WHAT IS MAKER MAY?

Leaning on the talents of artists close to Steppenwolf Education's heart, we will get to not only witness first-hand how incredible artists create and hear what helps them stay motivated to be creative, but also engage in weekly maker challenges that we can take on from our own living rooms and share with one another.

Each week, we will feature a two-part workshop. Part one will have a focus on our featured artists, their creative process, how they are thinking about making in the current moment, and they will leave participants with a maker challenge. 48 hours later, participants will have a chance to showcase and discuss their work with our featured artists and the wider creative community. All participants ages 13 and up are welcome!

We have had an overwhelming interest in these workshops and our webinar can only allow 500 participants. If you are unable to log into the webinar on the day of the workshop, please go to our Facebook page to watch the live stream.

WEEK 1: EXPLORING AND EXPERIMENTING WITH LIVE LIT
Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7 at 4:30–6pm CST

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Comedian and The New York Times best-selling author Samantha Irby and WRITE CLUB founder Ian Belknap will introduce us to the world of “live lit,” which refers to literature that is meant to be performed. Irby and Belknap will do a bit of teaching, a bit of sharing, a lot of oversharing. Grab your pen, paper, or laptop and get to writing.

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This week's MAKER CHALLENGE: Use this prompt to write about your "pre-lockdown" life and share out on Thursday, May 7 at 4:30pm CST.

WEEK 2: PEEK INTO ERIKA L. SÁNCHEZ’S CREATIVE PROCESS
Tuesday, May 12 and Friday, May 15 at 4:30–6pm CST

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National Book Award Finalist and The New York Times bestselling essayist, poet, and educator Erika L. Sánchez is a writer with many talents who recently collaborated with Steppenwolf for Young Adults and playwright Isaac Gomez for the world premiere stage adaptation of her novel I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. Get writing tips from Erika L. Sánchez and discover the writer in you!

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This week's MAKER CHALLENGE: Use this prompt to generate writing on an object that is special to you and share out on Friday, May 15 at 4:30pm CST.

WEEK 3: A DEEP DIVE INTO ERIK & JESSIE & EVERYONE YOU KNOW VARIETY SHOW
Tuesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 21 at 4:30–6pm CST

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Erik Hellman, most recently seen in Steppenwolf production of Lindiwe and Familiar, and Jessie Fisher, in Steppenwolf production of Constellations and on Broadway in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, are co-creators of the widely popular and successful show Erik & Jessie & Everyone You Know. They will be reflecting on their careers, the art of variety show, and how to infuse our art-making with generosity and kindness in this moment of redefining our artistry.

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This week's MAKER CHALLENGE: Use this prompt to make a proposal for an Act of Artistic Generosity and share out on Thursday, May 21 at 4:30pm CST.

WEEK 4: REIMAGINING MASKS WITH ELIZABETH FLAUTO

Tuesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 28 at 4:30–6pm CST

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Elizabeth Flauto is a theatrical costume craftsperson with a specialty in hats and masks. Recent credits include Hamilton and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway, A Doll's House Part 2, Guards at the Taj and The Doppelgänger at Steppenwolf. Join Elizabeth as she reflects on her career, gives a tour of her home studio and challenges us to reimagine our relationship to masks, our current protective gear.

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This week's MAKER CHALLENGE: Use this prompt to create a mask (or concept for a mask) that combines your practical needs with your own self-expression. Come to share out on Thursday, May 28 at 4:30pm CST.

PROGRAMS SPONSOR

Klepak Foundation Steppenwolf Education Virtual Workshops

Ralla Klepak was a trailblazing attorney, advocate, singer and educator, driven by a passion for social justice and the power of the performing arts to promote world peace. Steppenwolf is grateful to the Ralla Klepak Trust for the Performing Arts for their generous partnership, which provides resources to “keep the (virtual) lights on” for teens and educators during the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and create first-of-their-kind industry models for online theater education engagement.  

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Since launching virtual programming in late March, Steppenwolf Education has reached close to 1000 participants worldwide. Our free virtual programs catered to teens, educators, early career professionals and beyond. Featuring Steppenwolf ensemble members, established industry professionals and educators, our programs have been described as “incredibly grounding and insightful.”

Virtual Workshops

PROGRAMS SPONSOR

Klepak Foundation Steppenwolf Education Virtual Workshops

Ralla Klepak was a trailblazing attorney, advocate, singer and educator, driven by a passion for social justice and the power of the performing arts to promote world peace. Steppenwolf is grateful to the Ralla Klepak Trust for the Performing Arts for their generous partnership, which provides resources to “keep the (virtual) lights on” for teens and educators during the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and create first-of-their-kind industry models for online theater education engagement.