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 Linda Vista by ensemble member Tracy Letts is now playing on Broadway featuring ensemble members Ian Barford, Jim True-Frost, Sally Murphy and Caroline Neff. The production runs September 9 – November 10, 2019 at 2nd Stage’s Hayes Theater. Tickets and info at 2st.com.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.