For more than four decades, Steppenwolf Theatre Company has redefined the landscape of acting and performance. Our ensemble of 49 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.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company opens its highly anticipated 
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center

Expanded Steppenwolf campus a cultural nexus for Chicago including a new state-of-the-art theater in the round, dedicated education center and two new bars for socializing

CHICAGO (November 2, 2021)—Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation’s premier ensemble theater company, opened today its trailblazing new 50,000 square foot theater building and education center, the Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center. Designed by world-renowned architect Gordon Gill FAIAof Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, with theater design and acoustics by Charcoalblue and construction by Norcon,the expanded Steppenwolf campus is a cultural nexus for Chicago—offering bold and ambitious opportunities for creative expression, social exchange, unparalleled accessibility, and arts-driven learning for Chicago youth in The Loft, Steppenwolf’s first-ever dedicated education space.

Opening to the public this month as in-person performances return to Steppenwolf, the Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center is the largest new permanent cultural asset to open in the City of Chicago in 2021. The $54 million new building is part of Steppenwolf’s multi-phase $73 million Building on Excellence expansion campaign.

“What an extraordinary day this is for our company and Chicago. This multi-phase campus expansion is over two decades in the making and is a manifestation of Steppenwolf’s core values of ensemble, innovation and cultural citizenship. Formed by an ensemble of young actors who wanted to create courageous work, nearly 50 years later our expanded campus builds on the company’s infamous beginnings and ensures a future for the continued artistic growth of the ensemble and space for tens of thousands of Chicagoland teens to experience transformative arts education. We are investing in this expansion of our artistic home in Chicago to serve our extraordinary city and support the work of generative and diverse theater artists for generations to come,” shares Executive Director E. Brooke Flanagan.

Read full press release >> here

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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?


Steppenwolf Theatre Company has become the nation’s premier ensemble theatre—redefining the landscape of acting and performance. Thrilling, powerful, groundbreaking productions and accolades have made the theatre legendary.

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Madeline Long
Senior Communications Director