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.


Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced today that Brooke Flanagan, who previously worked at Steppenwolf for seven years, will return to the organization in the role of Executive Director and will become the first woman to hold the title in Steppenwolf’s 45-year history. Current Executive Director David Schmitz, who has worked at Steppenwolf since 2005 and been Executive Director since 2015, is stepping down to serve Oregon Shakespeare Festival as Executive Director. Flanagan currently serves as Managing Director for Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Schmitz will stay on at Steppenwolf through mid-July 2020 allowing for a seamless transition. 

“Brooke is an extraordinary leader whose impact on Chicago’s arts ecosystem continues to be tremendous,” shares Artistic Director Anna D. Shapiro. “We are grateful to be able to continue to commit to our city and community by inviting a leader who has a deep love and understanding of Steppenwolf, its mission and its values. Brooke will only fortify our ability to stay connected, active and innovative during this unprecedented time of social distancing, enabling us to be stronger than ever when live theatre resumes. I can’t wait to work alongside her.”

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Half Hour is a Steppenwolf Theatre produced, ensemble member hosted, interview-style podcast that uses the most magical amount of time there is in the theatre—the half hour before a show begins—to sit down and make connections between artists in the Steppenwolf family. Hosted by Audrey Francis, Caroline Neff, Cliff Chamberlain, and Glenn Davis, four of Steppenwolf’s newer ensemble members, Half Hour takes audiences behind the scenes for candid, intimate, one-on-one conversations between members of the nation’s premier ensemble theatre.

Half Hour is produced by Patrick Zakem, recorded and engineered by Matthew Chapman. Half Hour is immediately available on our website and on all of your favorite podcast platforms. 


The Minutes

Steppenwolf's production of The Minutes by ensemble member Tracy Letts on Broadway will return to Broadway

Directed by Tony Award-winning director and ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro the cast features 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. View more information.

King James

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 was originally scheduled to premiere at Steppenwolf in May 2020 and then move to Center Theatre Group as part of their 2020/21 season. The production will now premiere at Steppenwolf as part of the 2021/22 Season.


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
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