For more than four decades, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has redefined the landscape of acting and performance. Our ensemble of 50+ members are among the top actors, directors and playwrights in American theater creating groundbreaking work—both within and outside our theatre walls. Learn more about some of the Steppenwolf ensemble members and productions that are achieving great success.
Steppenwolf Productions on the Move
Steppenwolf's production of The Minutes by ensemble member Tracy Letts is headed to Broadway! Directed by Tony Award-winning director and ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro will feature ensemble members Ian Barford, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Tracy Letts, Sally Murphy and Austin Pendleton along with Blaire Brown, Armie Hammer, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller and Jeff Still. The production will run February 25, 2020 - July 19, 2020 at the Cort Theatre.
Steppenwolf’s production of Linda Vista by ensemble member Tracy Letts played on Broadway September 9 – November 10, 2019 at 2nd Stage’s Hayes Theater. The cast featured ensemble members Ian Barford, Jim True-Frost, Sally Murphy and Caroline Neff.
Linda Vista was chosen as a New York Times Critic's Pick! Ben Brantley says "Tracy Letts, the author of “August: Osage County,” reinvents the midlife crisis play with a hilarity that scalds in this Steppenwolf production” and it "reminds you how brilliant Steppenwolf acting can be." Read the entire rave review HERE.
National Theatre - London
WINNER OF THREE 2019 JEFF AWARDS!
“BEST PRODUCTION”, “BEST NEW WORK – BRUCE NORRIS” & “BEST SUPPORTING ROLE -- K. TODD FREEMAN”
SHORTLIST FOR UK EVENING STANDARD AWARDS: BEST PLAY
SHORTLIST FOR UK EVENING STANDARD AWARDS: BEST ACTOR - K. TODD FREEMAN, FRANCIS GUINAN, CECILIA NOBLE
Steppenwolf and the National Theatre’s co-production of Downstate by ensemble member Bruce Norris received its UK premiere at the National Theatre this past spring 2019 to critical acclaim, following the world premiere at Steppenwolf. The cast featured ensemble members who originated the roles in Chicago – Glenn Davis, K. Todd Freeman, Tim Hopper and Francis Guinan.
West coast - LOs angeles
Steppenwolf in association with Center Theatre Group co-present the world premiere of King James by ensemble member Rajiv Joseph, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro. The production will premiere at Steppenwolf in May 2020 and then will move to Center Theatre Group as part of their 2020/21 season.
In the News
BBC World Service
"In the Studio, Steppenwolf Theatre Company": Nick Duncalf follows Tina Landau and Tarell Alvin McCraney of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company as they rehearse their revolutionary new stage show, Ms Blakk for President. Listen to the story.
The New York Times
"Think He’s a Jerk? Then He’s Doing His Job": Profile on ensemble member Ian Barford. Read the article.
Critic's Pick: 'Linda Vista' Review: A Womanizer Who Devastates as He Charms. Read the article.
“Fall Theater Preview” features Lindiwe and Steppenwolf’s production of Linda Vista on Broadway. Read the article.
Linda Vista Star Sally Murphy’s 8 Most Memorable Nights Onstage. Read the article.
Mark Larson’s ‘Ensemble’ offers a comprehensive, at times poignant, view of Chicago Theater History: "The late Chicago director and educator Sheldon Patinkin — who was present at the birth of Second City and Steppenwolf, two of the most celebrated ensembles to ever emerge from the Chicago theater world — used to say that an ensemble is only as good as how well it can compensate for its weakest link...” Read the article.
"Hope Infused Blues: Ladysmith Black Mambazo is back at Steppenwolf for LINDIWE..." Sunday feature by Chris Jones. Read the article.
"How Tracy Letts — a Steppenwolf Theatre member — steals every scene he’s in as Henry ‘the Deuce’ Ford in ‘Ford v Ferrari.’" Piece by Julie Hinds. Read the article.
Chicago Life Magazine
Three Questions: Anna D. Shapiro, artistic director of Steppenwolf, talks with Frank Schwelhs, associate editor Chicago Life, on her anticipated new show, King James, by ensemble member Rajiv Joseph. Read the article (page 10).
Director of Education Megan Shuchman on Steppenwolf Education’s many offerings and soon-to-be new education center, part of Steppenwolf’s major campus expansion. Read the article (page 38).
Visiting Chicago? You're Doing It Wrong Read the article.