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

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.

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BUG is back!

Steppenwolf welcomes audiences back to the theater with acclaimed production by ensemble member Tracy Letts, directed by David Cromer, with ensemble members Randall Arney, Carrie Coon and Namir Smallwood reprising stunning performances

November 11 – December 12, 2021

Trailblazing new 50,000 square foot Arts & Education Center opens to audiences in November with two new bars for socializing

CHICAGO (September 22, 2021)—Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation’s premier ensemble theater company, is thrilled to welcome audiences back for in-person performances for the first time in 20 months with its acclaimed and extraordinary revival of Bug by ensemble member Tracy Letts, in the Downstairs Theater November 11 – December 12, 2021. Directed by David Cromer with ensemble members Randall Arney, Carrie Coon and Namir Smallwood alongside Jennifer Engstrom and Steve Key reprising their roles, the production was shut down before the end of its run in March 2020 due to the pandemic, and the show’s return to stage is Steppenwolf’s bold refusal to let the disaster of COVID-19 rewrite its story.

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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

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