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 theatre creating groundbreaking work—both within and outside our theater walls. Learn more about some of the Steppenwolf ensemble members and productions that are achieving great success.



A Bold Return to Herald the Revitalization of the Arts in Chicago 

The Nation’s Premier Ensemble Company Opens its Trailblazing New Theater Building and Education Center for the 2021/22 Season

For the First Time in Steppenwolf History, Every Production in the 2021/22 Season is Written by an Ensemble Member, with works by Rajiv Joseph, Tina Landau, Tracy Letts, Tarell Alvin McCraney and Yasen Peyankov

Designed by World-Renowned Architect Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

CHICAGO (April 28, 2021) – Today Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation’s premier ensemble theater company, unveiled its path to welcoming audiences back to the theater—and not the same one they left but a stunning new 50,000 sq. ft. theater building and education center on Halsted Street. As the world came to a pause in 2020, the walls of the state-of-the-art arts facility continued to rise, symbolizing hope for the entire Chicago arts community. Designed by world-renowned architect Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG)with theater design and acoustics by Charcoalblue, the transformed Steppenwolf campus will change the way Chicagoans and visitors experience the company’s cutting-edge theater with a new 400-seat Round Theater—one of its kind in Chicago—an education center, breathtaking city views, and new bars for community and socializing. The 2021/22 season kicks-off in the fall with a special event that invites the entire arts community and city to experience this landmark project; details to be announced.

Read full press relase here

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Recent Media Coverage

2021/22 Season Announce Coverage 

Steppenwolf Theatre announces return to live shows with ‘Bug’ and LeBron James play ~Chicago Tribune

Steppenwolf Theatre comeback season a mix of virtual, in-person productions and debut of new theater center ~Chicago Sun-Times 

Steppenwolf Announces 2021-22 Season, Opening of New Building ~American Theatre Magazine

Chicago’s Steppenwolf Will Welcome Back In-Person Audiences, at New Theatre Complex, in November ~Playbill

Steppenwolf Announces Virtual and In-Person 2021-22 Theater Season ~Theatermania

Praise for the Steppenwolf NOW virtual stage (now streaming through aug 31, 2021)

"Steppenwolf debuts new digital play by award-winner James Ijames" – Daily Herald

"Review: In Steppenwolf Theatre’s ‘Red Folder,’ Carrie Coon battles with school supplies" Chicago Tribune 

"Inspired by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, a new play ponders race, gender and inclusion" The Washington Post 

"Critic's Pick: Review: Royalty as Horror Show in ‘Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!’" New York Times 


chicago Tribune A&E cover storIES

Construction continues on Steppenwolf's new state-of-the-art theater and education building, slated for a 2021 opening. 

Chicago Tribune: Theaters of the Future

 Chicago Tribune A&E: Theaters of the future

Chicago Tribune: "Rising Amid a Pandemic" 

“This new theater has become a symbol of hope for the arts in Chicago,” [Executive Director Brooke Flanagan] said. 
“This is talismanic,” Shapiro said. “For all of us."

The Loft at Steppenwolf - A New Home for Chicagoland Teens

The Loft at Steppenwolf

New dedicated education floor opens for 2021/22 Season, growing the reach of Steppenwolf’s education programs from 20,000 to 30,000 students annually

Loft Teen Arts Project awards commissions to Chicagoland youth for new artworks to be displayed in The Loft, juried by a panel of acclaimed artists including Nick Cave, Liz Flores, Silvia I. Gonzalez and Santiago X

Education programs kick off this summer with The Virtual Loft Series

CHICAGO (May 19, 2021)—Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation’s premier ensemble theater company, is excited to announce initial programming details for The Loft, its first-ever dedicated education space that encompasses the entire fourth floor of Steppenwolf’s trailblazing new Arts and Education Center, designed by world-renowned architect Gordon Gill of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

Read the full press release here. 


Theatre is for everyone. Learn more about the changes Steppenwolf Theatre Company is making so our productions are more accessible for everyone.

NPR: Community Voices: Growing Accessibility and Compassion in the Chicago Theater Community

Chicago Tribune: Chicago is known as a great town for theater, but does that mean theater here is for everybody?


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Madeline Long
Senior Communications Director